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Is Queens big enough for two top-notch Beatles tribute bands?

Strawberry Fields is going to rock Astoria Park’s Great Lawn on Thursday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. Plus, Yesterday and Today will take the stage at MacNeil Park in College Point on the same night, but at 6 p.m. Both performances are free.

The members of Strawberry Fields strive to produce as authentic a Beatles experience as possible. They dress like the Fab Four and they sound like them, too. Their accents recall the originals’ hometown of Liverpool, and their musical instruments are vintage.

With mop top hairstyles, black suits, and thin ties, they play the legendary group’s first four albums, which rocked the world from 1960 to 1964. Then, they change into colorful Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band costumes and their hair grows and they take the audience through the band’s psychedelic phase.

Meanwhile, Yesterday and Today members do not put on wigs or dress like the original Lads from Liverpool. But they stay true to the music, taking pains not to deviate from the norm. They usually do three sets to cover the main phases – Beatlemania, Sgt. Pepper’s, and Summer of Love – to show the group’s progression. Plus, they like to finish with “Hey Jude.” (They also have a Queens connection as drummer Michael Naimoli lives in Ozone Park.)

The presentation by Strawberry Fields will kick off the 2017 Waterfront Concert Series, which is organized by the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation. Click here for the other Waterfront concerts.

Yesterday and Today will perform as part of the Summer 2017 Katz Concert Series, which is organized via a partnership with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, and NYC Parks. As such, the group will also perform in Middle Village’s Juniper Park on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. Click here for other Katz concerts.

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