Program features Beatles’ Shea Stadium concert


The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel’s “Performing Arts Connect” series on Zoom videoconferencing will feature “The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Beginning of Stadium Rock” Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

Author/comedian Dave Schwensen is the presenter. Celebrating a half-century of The Beatles in America, the program focuses on the chart-topping band’s historic August 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed in front of 55,600 fans and were filmed for a network television special in what is considered the first outdoor stadium rock show.

The program includes film clips, rare audio of the performance and discussion by Schwensen, author of “The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert.” Schwensen will share little-known details about promoter Sid Bernstein’s dealings with the band, how the technology and security capabilities differed from modern stadium shows, how The Beatles secretly re-recorded some songs before the ABC broadcast, and how the event drew a capacity crowd with no paid advertising, only word of mouth.

Schwensen is the author of six books and teaches courses in communications and presentation skills at Cleveland State University and Youngstown State University, among other institutions. He is a pop culture historian, a nationally recognized comedy coach for the Improv comedy clubs and a former talent coordinator and consultant for television and live events in Hollywood and New York City. His other books include “The Beatles in Cleveland,” “How to Be a Working Comic” and “Comedy FAQs and Answers.” He has been featured on PBS TV and radio and in Billboard, Variety, U.S. News & World Report, the Chicago Tribune, the Hollywood Reporter, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Magazine and other outlets.

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