The New York Beatlemaniacs

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The Beatles are half dead, right? Jah. But just ’cause the original Beatlemania petered out 40 years ago doesn’t mean there aren’t still legions of fans who worship the Fab Four from Liverpool.
Case in point: The very fervent New York Beatlemaniacs, founded in 2002 and headed up by longtime Beatlehead Jane Galland. So dedicated is Galland, she couldn’t commit to picking a favorite Beatles tune—there are just too damn many.
But everyone loves the Beatles; why join a group? “Music is the ultimate icebreaker,” says Galland. “The Beatles bridge every gap.” Indeed, the Beatlemaniacs see a wide range in membership, from original Beatles fans to college students, and even parents who bring the kiddies along. “We have a lot of musicians in the group,” adds Galland. “Our most popular events are the acoustic performances or sing-alongs.” Other to-dos include trips to Strawberry Fields on various Beatles’ birthdays and meals at Indian restaurants in honor of the late George Harrison.
How easy is it to get a foot in the door? According to Galland, “You walk into a room and you don’t know anybody, and then all of a sudden you start singing 'Can’t Buy Me Love’ and everyone is instantly friends.”
Sound like the club for you? Head to the Parlour (250 W 86th St between Broadway and West End Ave) on Sunday 15 at 4pm for the Beatlemaniacs’ Fifth Annual Sing-Along and Fun(d)raiser. Tickets are $5 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Food Bank of New York City. R.S.V.P. at meetup.com/beatlesnyc.—Amanda Waas

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