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Gary WrightMusician, collaborated wtih George Harrison
Musician, collaborated wtih George Harrison
Gary Wright is a musician who is best known for his hit songs "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive," but his history with a couple of Beatles is a rich one. Gary played on George Harrison's iconic triple-album All Things Must Pass and had a very close friendship with him. He played piano on Harry Nilsson's 1972 hit "Without You." He also played on Ringo Starr's huge hits "It Don't Come Easy" and "Back Off Boogaloo" and toured with Ringo & His All-Starr Band in both 2008 and 2010. Gary's autobiography, Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, was released in October of 2014. Gary will be joining us on both Friday and Saturday, speaking, signing copies of his boom and performing with Liverpool on Saturday night.
Bob EubanksL.A. Beatles Concerts Producer/TV Star/Radio Personality
L.A. Beatles Concerts Producer/TV Star/Radio Personality
A native of Flint, Michigan, Bob Eubanks grew up in Pasadena, and became a radio legend on KRLA during the 1960s. He wanted to make sure The Beatles played Los Angeles, so he became a producer and brought them to the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and '65 and to Dodger Stadium in '66. He got to know The Beatles, and has a wealth of stories. He also has many unpublished photos from that era that he will be sharing in an exhibition room. Bob is most well known as the host of The Newlywed Game since it first aired in 1966, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bob is very much looking forward to his third Fest appearance - and first one in Chicago - having made his Fest debut last October in Los Angeles before joining us in New York this past March.
Terry SylvesterRock And Roll Hall Of Famer with The Hollies. Formerly of The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Escorts
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer with The Hollies. Formerly of The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Escorts
Terry Sylvester, a native of Liverpool, has been a guitarist/singer for The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and The Hollies. As part of The Escorts, Terry appeared at The Cavern Club on the same bill as The Beatles in the early-60s. With The Swinging Blue Jeans, Terry sang lead on 'Hippy, Hippy Shake,' which was the #23 song on the Billboard charts the same week in April, 1964, where The Beatles occupied the top five spots. As a member of The Hollies, Terry contributed vocals to hits such as 'Sorry Suzanne,' 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother,' and 'Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress.' Terry will be performing some of his hits and perhaps a Beatles song, with Liverpool, on both Saturday and Sunday nights. It has been 8 years since he last joined us and we are thrilled to welcome him back.
Mark RiveraRingo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Ringo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Mark Rivera, Ringo's current Musical Director, premiered his first solo album, Common Bond, at the NYC FEST last year. 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 including a rare appearance by Billy Joel on one track. Ringo, Robert Randolph, Nils Lofgren and Steve Lukather also contributed their great talents to this excellent album. His song, "Money, Money, Money" (with Ringo playing Drums) was voted the 8th Coolest Song of the Year on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius/FM. Mark is a huge Beatles fans and early in his amazing career, performed with John Lennon in 1975, an experience he will never forget. We're thrilled to be welcoming back Mark, one of the finest Sax players in the business, to the Chicago FEST!
LiverpoolWorld's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights
World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights
LIVERPOOL, featuring Drew Hill, Glen Burtnik, John Merjave and Chris Camilleri, is the World's finest Beatles tribute 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. In Chicago, the guys will be performing the Beatles' entire Shea Stadium set on Saturday night (the exact 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking concert). On Sunday night, they'll be playing every song that appeared in the Help! film (Side One of the U.K. Version of the album). Just to name some artists Liverpool has played with over the past 36 years - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Klaus Voormann, Joey Molland, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Neil Innes/Rutles, The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, Doris Troy, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Six Wings Members, and Gary Wright. For Liverpool, the focus is on the incredible music the Beatles created, and bringing that energy to the stage while performing note-for-note renditions. 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, and are not to be missed.
Louise HarrisonAuthor of "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles"
Author of "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles"
Louise Harrison, the sister of George Harrison, is the author of the brand new book, My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles. In the book, Louise covers lots of interesting Beatles topics from the inside looking out, including her efforts to help promote the arrival of the Beatles in America in 1964 (Louise was living in Illinois at the time). This is Louise's first Chicago FEST appearance since 1999, and it's our pleasure to welcome her back!
Mark HudsonMusician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer
Musician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer
Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers) was Ringo's producer for 10 years. During that time, most of the recordings took place in Mark's tiny studio in Los Angeles, which was a shrine to the Beatles. During those sessions, Mark got to work with Paul, George, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, and dozens others. Mark has been part of every FEST since 2003. Mark heads up Sunday's Musicians' Forum, and leads the jams with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday nights. You can also write a song with Mark in a new feature called We Can Write It Out. This feature is open to eight fans each on both Saturday and Sunday, and has an additional fee of $30.00. This is an experience you will not forget. At the end of the session, you will have created a complete song.
Jack OliverFormer President of Apple Records
Former President of Apple Records
Jack Oliver was President of Apple Records from 1969-1971. He joined Apple in 1967 and worked with Beatles publicist Derek Taylor before becoming head of the label. During this time, Jack also managed Mary Hopkin. After the Beatles broke up, he partnered with Peter Asher as part of a management and production firm. Later on in his career, Jack produced concerts and tours for The Eagles, James Taylor, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and others. From 1994-2001, he was a personal advisor for actor Nicolas Cage. At present, he is writing, producing and has multiple projects in the works. Jack joined us in Los Angeles last October and in New York this past March, and is excited for his first Chicago FEST! Jack will be sharing first hand stories from that incredible period in Beatles history.
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 did attend the first one, in 1977, to check it out and we met her because she won a door prize! 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!!
Rob ShanahanRingo Starr's Photographer
Ringo Starr's Photographer
Ringo's personal photographer since 2006 and a drummer himself, Rob will be displaying his amazing work in a Photo Exhibit Room, including his photos of Ringo and Paul from the Ed Sullivan Theatre in NYC last February during the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Rob took the iconic photo of Ringo and Paul at Ringo's 70th birthday, and will have new photos of Ringo and Paul from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held on April 18th. Rob has been exhibiting his photos at our FESTS for the past four years.
Bruce SpizerLeading Authority on the Beatles Recordings
Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings
One of the world's leading authorities on the U. S. Beatles recordings, Bruce has been a guest at every FEST nationwide since 1998. His eight Beatles books are part of every collector and music aficionado's book shelves. His talks on many various topics are legendary in the Beatles world, and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us for the 2015 Chicago FEST.
Eric CashBeatles Fine Artist
Beatles Fine Artist
Internationally acclaimed Beatles artist Eric Cash has been showing his traditional style oil paintings at the FEST for the past eight years. At the Chicago FEST, Eric will be featuring his new works, including his incredible piece of the "You're Going To Lose That Girl" scene from the Help! film. His Ed Sullivan Show painting for the 50th, last year, was incredible and he let us make a large banner of it for our decorations in the Main Ballroom.
Vivek TiwaryAuthor of "The Fifth Beatle"
Author of "The Fifth Beatle"
Vivek'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), and he's very excited to be joining us in Chicago this August, getting us up to date on the project of his very important film.
Wally PodrazikPanel Discussions
Wally has been the Discussions Room host at almost all of our Chicago FESTS (and other cities) since 1977. Wally is one of the most respected Beatles historian in the world and in the from 1976-1983 wrote three books (with Harry Castleman) that became an early part of a journey to delve deeply in The Beatles history. Wally also heads up the Beatles Trivia Competitions each day, with a segment for young fans, too!
Jude Southerland KesslerJohn Lennon Author/Historian
Jude Southerland Kessler
John Lennon Author/Historian
Jude is now working on the fourth volume of the history of John Lennon, scheduled for publication in 2017. The current book, called She Loves You, is a must read, as her writing style is geared for fans, as she explains in great detail all angles of events in a very enjoyable and engaging manner. 800 + pages of day by day accounts of the year Beatlemania broke out in the U.K. - 1963-1964. The first volume in the series is Shoulda Been There and the second is Shivering Inside. Recently, Jude became a featured writer on the Fest's Blog, where she is contributing two pieces per month. Her A/V presentations at the FEST are original and you will even learn new things about the Beatles.
David SchwensenAuthor of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium"
Author of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium"
David's 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." The concert - which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday night at the FEST - was produced by Sid Bernstein, was years in the making and was the first major stadium show ever. David will be having an in depth A/V Presentation on that most historic day in Beatles and music history, August 15, 1965.
Tom FrangioneBeatles Trivia Expert
Beatles Trivia Expert
Tom Frangione is a writer for Beatlefan magazine and is a true Beatles expert, being the Trivia Champ for many years at the FEST. Tom will be assisting Terri on the main stage with some of the special guests over the weekend as well as hosting our "Name That Tune" and Beatles Trivia Competitions.
Al SussmanFest Favorite/New Author 'Changin Times'
Fest Favorite/New Author 'Changin Times'
Al'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 book - a wonderful achievement, and tells us he is beginning work on a second book. A friend and part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974, Al assists in the Beatles Trivia and Name That Tune Competitions. Al is also one of the co-hosts of the Things We Said Today podcast.
Chuck GundersonAuthor of "Some Fun Tonight"
Author of "Some Fun Tonight"
Chuck has been attending the FEST since the late 1970s. An avid fan and collector, Chuck debuted his book, Some Fun Tonight!: The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America, The Historic Tours of 1964-1966, at the NYC Fest last 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. He will be treating us to another A/V Presentation and will be participating in some of the Panel Discussions.
Susan RyanBeatles Historian
Susan will be giving A/V presentations of her NYC FEST Walking Tours. Last decade, Susan started an online publication called Rooftop Sessions, where fans submit stories and prose about the Beatles.
Jorie GracenAuthor of I Saw Him Standing There
Author of I Saw Him Standing There
Photojournalist Jorie Gracen is the author of 'Paul McCartney: I Saw Him Standing There', which features her photos of Paul from 1976 onward. Filled with terrific anecdotes and focusing largely on Paul's solo tours and Wings tours, Jorie's book gives readers a glimpse into Paul's private life while also showing him smack in the middle of his life on the road. Unfortunately, the book is long out of print. Jorie, a native Chicagoan, has never missed a Chicago FEST. She will be treating us to her annual A/V Show with lots of new photos from the more recent tours. She has the most read and informative site on the web dedicated to Paul >> http://themaccareport.com
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.
Ivor DavisAuthor of "The Beatles and Me on Tour"
Author of "The Beatles and Me on Tour"
Ivor Davis traveled with the Beatles during their first American tour in 1964 and recently released “The Beatles and Me on Tour.” In 1964, Ivor was a writer for the London Daily Express, and was the only British writer who was invited on the entire tour. Ivor's book tells the incredible first-hand story of what it was like to travel with the Fab Four as they conquered America. In 1965, Ivor was in the vicinity of Elvis' home on August 27th, when The Beatles met Elvis. He will tell that story at the FEST.
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's book, I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 digs deep and provides detailed analysis of the music the Beatles recorded in 1962 and 1963. At the Chicago FEST, Anthony will be providing added flavor to his stories in fascinating A/V Presentations over the weekend
Marc RubinsteinPig Light Show Chicago 2015
Pig Light Show Chicago 2015
For those old enough to remember the Fillmore East in NYC, 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.
Andrew Grant JacksonAuthor of '1965' and 'Where's Ringo?'
Andrew Grant Jackson
Author of '1965' and 'Where's Ringo?'
Andrew returns to the Chicago FEST with not one, but two new books. One is the fun, lighthearted illustrated "Where's Ringo?" . The other is an important book, "1965", which focuses on what some people say was the finest year for Rock and Roll. It dleves into the entire year in music and the music culture. A soft cover edition of his first book, "Still The Greatest": The Essential Songs of The Beatles, was recently published. One of the main topics this year in the Discussion Room will focus on the year 1965, and promises to be a fascinating journey..
Robert RodriguezAuthor of "John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s"
Author of "John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s"
Robert's latest 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. Robert is a native Chicagoan and will add his perspective to the weekend's discussions.
Dee EliasAuthor of "Confessions Of A Beatlemaniac"
Author of "Confessions Of A Beatlemaniac"
Dee Elias is the author of "Confessions Of A Beatlemaniac," where she reveals her drive to meet the Beatles. Young fans should also read this book to get a sense from a hard-core Beatles fans of what it was like in the 1960s.
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.
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