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Micky DolenzOf The Monkees
Of The Monkees
What a thrill it is to welcome Micky Dolenz to his first Chicago FEST! Micky was one of the Monkees and their lead singer on hits like Last Train to Clarksville, I’m A Believer, and Pleasant Valley Sunday. The Monkees TV show began in 1966 as a loving parallel tribute to The Beatles. It turned out to be bigger than anyone expected and their albums sold millions. Micky wrote the Monkees song, Randy Scouse Git, which had a direct Beatles reference in it. Micky and the other Monkees met The Beatles and he hung out quite a bit with John Lennon and Harry Nilsson in the early 1970s. Micky is a great entertainer and storyteller and is excited about appearing in front of thousands of Beatles Fans. Micky will of course perform some of his Monkees hits with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Micky will happily sign any Monkees albums or photos you bring. He will be charging a fee, a portion of which will be donated to charity.
Peter NooneOf Herman's Hermits
Of Herman's Hermits
Peter was the lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, the British Invasion group that had more hits in the 1960s than any other group except The Beatles. In 1965, Herman's Hermits were Cashbox’s #1 selling artist, and had three #1 songs in four months (Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat, Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, and I’m Henry the VIII, I Am)! Peter is an international star, having appeared on every major TV show of the time, two Broadway shows, hosted VH1 shows for four years and three PBS Specials on The British Invasion. Peter now has a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM 60s on 6 called Something Good with Peter Noone. Peter has many great personal Beatles stories to share and we are extremely delighted and honored to welcome Peter to his very first Chicago FEST! Peter will be speaking and signing autographs on both Saturday and Sunday, and will be joining Liverpool for some Herman's Hermits songs and some Beatles songs, too!
Mike PenderA Founding Member of The Searchers
A Founding Member of The Searchers
Mike Pender was a founding member of The Searchers, a band from Liverpool that was originally formed as a skiffle group. During the early 1960s, The Searchers played The Cavern, clubs in Hamburg, and many other venues where The Beatles played. After The Beatles, The Searchers were the second group from Liverpool to have a hit in the United States, hitting the charts with the Sonny Bono penned Needles and Pins in March of 1964. It is Mike's voice and amazing guitar playing that defined their early hits, such as Love Potion #9 and Don't Throw Your Love Away. Mike will be speaking, signing and performing a number of his hits (with Liverpool) in his very first FEST appearance, anywhere!
Laurence JuberMusician, Formerly of Wings
Musician, Formerly of Wings
Laurence Juber, former lead guitarist of Wings, an incredible solo guitarist, and one of our favorite guests, is returning to the Chicago FEST. Laurence has won Grammy awards as a member of Wings and as a solo artist, and has played guitar for lots of television shows and movies including the James Bond theme for The Spy Who Loved Me. In addition to treating us to amazing musical performances at the FEST, Laurence will be debuting his new photo memoir Guitar with Wings: LJ's Musical Journey on Six Strings.
LiverpoolWorld's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights
World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights
LIVERPOOL is the World's finest Beatles sound-alike band. Their amazing concerts highlight every FEST, including the last hour of the concert when they bring up all the musical legends of their time to perform their hits live on our stage. Just to name some artists Liverpool has played with - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, five former Wings Members, Peter & Gordon, Billy J.Kramer, Klaus Voormann, The Quarrymen, Joey Molland, Tony Sheridan, Howie Casey, Gerry Marsden, Neil Innes, Doris Troy, Alan Parsons, Gary Wright, Greg Hawkes, Mark Lindsay, Earl Slick, Brett Hudson, Chris Montez, Tom Scott, Jim Horn, Norman Hurricane Smith, Greg Kihn, three stars from Across The Universe and more. Friday evening, they welcome fans with a 60s (optional) Dress Up Night that includes a Look-Alike Contest, a Dress Up Contest, Door Prizes and more. Saturday and Sunday evening's concerts begin around 9 PM.
Mark RiveraRingo Starr's Musical Director, Legendary Sax Player
Ringo Starr's Musical Director, Legendary Sax Player
Mark Rivera, Ringo Starr's current Musical Director, premiered his first solo album, Common Bond, at the NYC FEST in February. It is a collection of eight originals and two covers. Mark and producer Jimmy Bralower (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood) assembled an amazing cast of friends and colleagues who joined in on the record, including a rare appearance by Billy Joel, who played a sizzling Hammond B3 organ on one track. Ringo, Robert Randolph, Nils Lofgren and Steve Lukather also contributed their great talents to this excellent album. Mark, one of the finest Sax players in the business, returns for his second Chicago FEST appearance, and he definitely will be adding his talents during Saturday and Sunday evening's concerts with Liverpool..
Mark HudsonMusician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer
Musician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer
Our resident musicologist takes us on more journeys through the history of music that created the world in which The Beatles conquered. Ringo Starr's former producer for 10 years, Mark Hudson hung out with John Lennon, Harry Nilsson & Micky Dolenz in the early 1970s. The Hudson Brothers toured with Herman's Hermits way back! Our musical guests will join in the Saturday and Sunday evening jam sessions with Liverpool, headed by Mark! New this year is the opportunity to record a song with Mark at the FEST. See the events page and section called We Can Write It Out. Mark is also the Musical Director of Sunday's very popular Musician's Forum.
Mark LewisohnThe World's Foremost Beatles Historian. Author of "Tune In: The Beatles All These Years"
The World's Foremost Beatles Historian. Author of "Tune In: The Beatles All These Years"
Considered the world’s foremost Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn has written a number of highly-regarded books about the band including The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, The Beatles Day by Day, The Complete Beatles Chronicle, and The Beatles London. His latest book is Tune In: The Beatles All These Years - the first of his long-anticipated three-volume biography of the Beatles, ten years in the making. Mark has also worked as a consultant for Apple and as an editor of Paul McCartney’s fanzine Club Sandwich. Mark will be joining us all weekend. His Sunday Talk/A/V Presentation (with Richard Buskin and Robert Rodriguez) is an intriguing one called Was Sgt. Pepper Really The Beatles Creative Peak? We expect a lot of the audience will be chiming in on this hot topic. We are thrilled to welcome him back to Chicago FEST.
Rob ShanahanRingo Starr's Photographer
Ringo Starr's Photographer
Rob Shanahan has been the Photographer for the Yamaha Music Corporation since 2003, and has been Ringo Starr's personal photographer since 2005. Rob has gone on tour with Ringo, and works closely with him on photographing and designing his albums, tour books, and DVDs. His book is called Volume 1: Through the Lens of Music Photographer Rob Shanahan. Rob will be displaying his work, talking about his book and experiences with Ringo, and sprinkling in some A/V presentations. He plans to bring many new photos from this Summer's Ringo tour.
Marc RubinsteinPig Light Show
Pig Light Show
For those old enough to remember the Fillmore East, an important part of the shows was the Joshua Light Show. Marc Rubinstein was mentored by Joshua and progressed to the Pig Light Show. Marc will be adding visual spice to Liverpool’s concerts on Saturday and Sunday evenings. This is Marc's fifth year dazzling up the stage effects at the FEST.
Terri HemmertMaster of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies
Aside from being a legendary Chicago DJ (WXRT) and a member of the Radio Hall of Fame, Terri Hemmert has been serving as our beloved Master of Ceremonies in Chicago since 1978, which was the second Chicago FEST ever. Terri has been an integral part of WXRT for 40 years and is the host of Breakfast With The Beatles every Sunday morning at 8 AM. Terri was voted the #1 Beatles Fan in Chicago!!
Nancy Lee AndrewsPhotographer/Author
Nancy Lee Andrews
A model turned rock photographer, Andrews was engaged to Ringo Starr from 1975 to 1980. At the FEST, Andrews will be world premiering her new limited edition book of Ringo and his friends, Ringo Starr: Photographs. She released her first book, A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in 2008.
Wally PodrazikO'Hare Ballroom Host: Panel Discussions, Trivia Competitions
O'Hare Ballroom Host: Panel Discussions, Trivia Competitions
Wally Podrazik is one of the most respected Beatles historians in the world. He's written numerous books on the Beatles, including All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography, 1961-1975. Wally, a native Chicagoan, has been our Panel Discussions moderator since the first Chicago FEST in 1977. He'll be serving as host in the O'Hare Ballroom.
Bruce SpizerLeading Authority on the Beatles Recordings
Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings
One of the world's leading authorities on the Beatles recordings, Bruce has been at every FEST since 1998. His eight Beatles books are part of every collector and music afficianado's book shelves. His talks on many various topics are legendary in the Beatles world. We are sure his entertaining talks and A/V presentations for the 50th anniversary will be related to the year 1964.
Tom FrangioneBeatles Trivia Expert
Beatles Trivia Expert
TOM FRANGIONE: A writer for BeatleBrunch radio and Beatlefan magazine, Tom has been one of the most widely published journalists covering the Beatles world for over 30 years. He’s contributed liner notes to several Beatles tribute albums, and served as a research consultant for the John Lennon Box of Vision project, as well as CD compilations for Paul McCartney’s MPL song publishing company. Tom hosted the premieres of Good Ol’ Freda with the Beatles longtime aide Freda Kelly at the Apple iTunes Theater in NYC, and the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy with the Quarrymen at the NJ Performing Arts Center. As part of the NY/NJ Fest going back to the 70’s, and here in Chicago for the past decade, Tom hosts the “Name That Tune” contest and will be assisting Terri and Wally with their emcee duties.
David BedfordAuthor of "The Fab 104"
Author of "The Fab 104"
Liverpudlian David Bedford's new book, The Fab 104, premiered in February at the NYC FEST. The 104 refers to the number of musicians/friends/and others were involved with The Beatles story from the Quarrymen (July 6, 1957) until the day Ringo completed the band in August, 1962. David's first book, Liddypool, is one of those essential books to own, giving us a great glimpse of what it was like to grow up in Liverpool and how that influenced The Beatles. His always entertaining talks and A/V presentations have become fan favorites.
Vivek TiwaryAuthor of "The Fifth Beatle"
Author of "The Fifth Beatle"
Vivek Tiwary's New York Times best-selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle - The Brian Epstein Story (forewords by Billy J. Kramer and Andrew Loog Oldham) is being turned into a major motion picture, produced by Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty). They will combine Vivek's powerful script with the use of The Beatles' original songs - a combination that should make for a truly phenomenal film. Vivek is a multiple Tony Award winner (Green Day's American Idiot, The Addams Family, The Producers). This is his first Chicago FEST appearance.
Chuck GundersonAuthor of "Some Fun Tonight"
Author of "Some Fun Tonight"
Chuck Gunderson has been attending the FEST since the late 1970s. An avid fan and collector, Chuck debuted his new book, Some Fun Tonight!: The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America, The Historic Tours of 1964-1966, at the NYC Fest in February. Carefully researched with lots of new information, this epic two-volume comprehensive history of the North American tours features many unpublished images along with rare memorabilia from each city the Beatles performed in. Chuck makes his home in Utah and has two degrees in history - a B.A. from San Diego State University and an M.A. from the University of San Diego. He is proud to be presenting his new book at the FEST to show off this new history of the greatest band of all-time.
Jude Southerland KesslerJohn Lennon Author/Historian
Jude Southerland Kessler
John Lennon Author/Historian
Jude recently premiered her third volume of the history of John Lennon. This one is called She Loves You. Her writing style is geared for fans, as she explains in great detail all angles of events in a very enjoyable manner. 800 + pages of day by day accounts of the year Beatlemania broke out in the U.K. - 1963. Jude will be talking about the book and giving a fascinating A/V presentation, too!
Al SussmanFest Favorite/New Author "Changin' Times"
Fest Favorite/New Author "Changin' Times"
Al Sussman's first book, Changin' Times: 101 Days That Shaped a Generation, November 22, 1963 - March 1, 1964, is a portrait of an unforgettable time in American history. It is more of a history book than a Beatles book, but the British Invasion is key to the story - especially The Beatles. We congratulate Al on his achievement. He has been part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974. 40 years later, he is an author.
Ron CampbellAnimator who worked on "Yellow Submarine" film and Beatles Cartoon Series
Animator who worked on "Yellow Submarine" film and Beatles Cartoon Series
Ron Campbell is an animator, director, and producer, who worked on the Beatles cartoon series in the mid-60s and on their animated feature film Yellow Submarine in 1968. He'll be displaying his work and creating one of a kind Beatles illustrations at the FEST. He will be in the Celebrity Art Exhibit Room.
Richard BuskinAuthor of "Beatles 101"
Author of "Beatles 101"
Richard Buskin's latest book is Beatles 101. If you look at the introduction to the Tune In book, you will see that Mark Lewisohn thanks Richard. Well he is the Richard being thanked. He helped Mark along the way.
Eric CashBeatles Fine Artist and Illustrator of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"
Beatles Fine Artist and Illustrator of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"
Internationally acclaimed artist Eric Cash is back again this year at the FEST displaying and selling his traditional style oil paintings. Eric continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going. He will be featuring new works along with his illustrations as shown in Richard Buskin's new book Beatles 101.
Robert RodriguezAuthor of "John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo in the 70s"
Author of "John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo in the 70s"
Robert Rodriguez' new book John, Paul, George & Ringo, Solo in the 70s, puts the decade in perspective with a 30,000 word day-by-day timeline, following rock's evolution through the decade, and giving the reader a better perspective. He interviewed solo Beatles producers, engineers, friends, musicians and associates. Robert's previous book, Revolver, was one of the best books in recent years, giving reasons why the album was the Beatles' height of creativity as a band.
Candy LeonardAuthor of "Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World"
Author of "Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World"
Featuring fan vignettes and photographs, Candy's book, Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World, recounts what it was like to grow up at the height of Beatlemania, and examines the many ways the Beatles changed society forever. The book is being premiered in Chicago and Candy will be having workshops over the weekend.
Dave SchwensenAuthor of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium"
Author of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium"
Dave's new book, The Beatles At Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert, tells the tale of the concert where John Lennon "saw the top of the mountain". Produced by Sid Bernstein, the Shea Stadium concert was the first major stadium show ever - that story is told in Dave's book with comments and remembrances from fans who actually attended. Along with his book, Dave will be having some A/V presentations.
Susan RyanBeatles Historian
Susan will be giving A/V presentations of her NYC FEST Walking Tours, and will be a part of our Women as Beatles Historians discussion.
Jim BerkenstadtAuthor of "The Beatle Who Vanished"
Author of "The Beatle Who Vanished"
Jim Berkenstadt's book, The Beatle Who Vanished, takes a look at the post-Beatles life of drummer Jimmie Nicol, who sat in for Ringo Starr for 13 days when Ringo was ill in 1964. When Ringo returned, Jimmie Nicol receded into the night. Berkenstadt's book examines exactly what happened to Nicol in the years after his brush with fame.
Anthony RobustelliAuthor of "I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963"
Author of "I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963"
Anthony Robustelli's book digs deep and provides detailed analysis of the music The Beatles recorded in 1962 and 1963. At the FEST, Anthony will be hosting A/V presentations that will give added flavor to his stories.
Kenneth WomackAuthor of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"
Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"
Womack, a literary critic and award-winning author, has written four books about the Beatles. His latest, The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, addresses the lives and works of the Beatles from their formative years through the present day. It is a huge project and it took years of researched. It becomes available in July.
Judith KristenAuthor of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"
Author of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"
Judith's first book on The Beatles, A Date With A Beatle, told the story of a persistent 16 year old Beatlemaniac in 1964. She will share it at The FEST, with all the tidbits that fans love. Last year, she published Once Upon A Time In Liverpool, a children's book, with illustrations by Eric Cash. Her new children's book this year is called The Flower Children.
Danny DonutsNightly Fest Recaps
Nightly Fest Recaps
Danny will be creating short video presentations each evening with highlights of the day’s events - always with a song and a unique sense of humor.
Lanea StaggBeatles Culinary Tribute
Beatles Culinary Tribute
Lanea has come up with many clever Beatles titled and inspired dishes and the recipes are all in her book. Lanea will be talking about her Culinary Tribute to The Beatles.
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