Laurence JuberMusician, Formerly of Wings
Musician, Formerly of Wings
Laurence has called Los Angeles home since the early 1980s, after Wings disbanded. He was Paul's lead guitarist from 1978 to 1980, a time that included the Back To The Egg album. He was a special guest at the FEST many times in LA in the 1980s and 90s. He has recorded over a dozen acoustic guitar albums and has won a couple of Grammy awards along the way. Laurence has written and played on many TV show and movie soundtracks, and has been named Guitar Player's 'Guitarist of the Year' twice! Laurence will be treating us to solo acoustic concerts that you have to see and hear to believe.
Bob EubanksL.A. Beatles Concerts Producer/TV Star/Radio Personality
L.A. Beatles Concerts Producer/TV Star/Radio Personality
Bob 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 that have never before been told in front of a Beatles audience. He also has many unpublished photos from that era that he will be sharing in an exhibition room.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 second Fest appearance, having made his Fest debut this past October in Los Angeles.
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. Wright played on George Harrison's iconic triple-album All Things Must Pass, and played piano on Harry Nilsson's 1971 hit "Without You." Wright 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.
Mark RiveraRingo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Ringo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Mark Rivera, Ringo Starr's current Musical Director, premiered his first solo album, Common Bond, at the NYC FEST last 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. We're thrilled to be welcoming Mark, one of the finest Sax players in the business, to the New York Metro 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. Just to name some artists Liverpool has played with over the past 35 years - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Klaus Voormann, Joey Molland, Gerry Marsden, Neil Innes, The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, 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.
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, and this is his first L.A. FEST. 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.
Jack OliverFormer President of Apple Records
Former President of Apple Records
Jack Oliver was President of Apple Records from 1969-1971. Oliver joined Apple in 1967 and worked with Beatles publicist Derek Taylor before becoming head of the label. During this time, Oliver also managed Mary Hopkin. After the Beatles broke up, Oliver partnered with Peter Asher as part of a management and production firm. Later on in his career, Oliver produced concerts and tours for The Eagles, James Taylor, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and others. From 1994-2001, Oliver was a personal advisor for actor Nicolas Cage. At present, Oliver is writing and producing and has multiple projects in the works.
Russ TitelmanLegendary Record Producer
Legendary Record Producer
A legendary record producer who worked with George Harrison on his self-titled 1979 album, Russ Titelman is a three-time Grammy winner. Aside from his work with George, Titelman has worked with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and many others during his brilliant career.
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 displaying images from and speaking about 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.
Jeff Slate's Birds of ParadoxIn Concert on Saturday
Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox
In Concert on Saturday
Appearing in concert on Saturday, Birds of Paradox is local artist Jeff Slate's band that includes Steve Holley (Wings) as well as Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito from John Lennon's Elephant Memory Band. In addition, Laurence Juber will be joining the band for a portion the show. Birds of Paradox went over so well at the 2014 New York City Fest that we just had to bring them back for another set of John, Paul, and Beatles tunes guaranteed to raise a smile.
Ken DashowQ104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Q104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Ken Dashow has been one of our emcees for 16 years. His knowledge and love of music, and of course, The Beatles can be heard weekday afternoons from 2-7PM on Q104.3 FM. Beatles fans from around the world can listen to his Sunday Morning Breakfast With The Beatles show, from 8-10AM. On the web, he can be heard on iHeart Radio.
The WeeklingsIn Concert on Sunday
In Concert on Sunday
Appearing in concert on Sunday, The Weeklings - consisting of Glen Burtnik and John Merjave from LIVERPOOL, Bob Burger, and Dave Anthony - will be playing songs the Beatles wrote but never recorded as well as their Beatle-esque originals. The Weeklings will also be selling copies of their brand new CD, so be sure to snatch one up.
Allan TannenbaumPhotographer and Author of John & Yoko: A New York Love Story
Photographer and Author of John & Yoko: A New York Love Story
Allan Tannenbaum, Photographer and Author of John & Yoko: A New York Love Story will be talking about his experiences as one of the few who had access to John & Yoko in late 1980.
Bob GruenRock photographer and author of See Hear Yoko
Rock photographer and author of See Hear Yoko
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 on display. Rob has been exhibiting his photos at our FESTS for the past four years.
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 seven years. At the New York Metro FEST, Eric will be featuring new works in his exhibit room. Recently, Eric created a Yellow Submarine piece of art that was the talk of the FEST. It was very surreal.
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 a guest at the FEST each year 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 in 2015.
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 Neal Glaser's Celebrity Art Exhibit Room.
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), and he's thrilled to be returning to the Fest this March.
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. - 1963-1964. The first volume in the series is Shoulda Been There and the second is Shivering Inside.
David BedfordAuthor of "The Fab 104"
Author of "The Fab 104"
Liverpudlian David Bedford's new book, The Fab 104, premiered last February at the NYC FEST. The 104 refers to the number of musicians/friends/others who were involved with the Beatles story from the Quarrymen (July 6, 1957) until the day Ringo completed the band in August of 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.
Candy LeonardAuthor of "Beatleness"
Author of "Beatleness"
Candy's book, Beatleness, has given us a new word to use to describe all things Beatles. Featuring fan vignettes and photographs, Candy's book 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 premiered at the Chicago FEST last August, and Candy is thrilled to be showcasing it at the New York Metro FEST.
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. Al has been a friend and part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974, and we congratulate him on his wonderful achievement.
David SchwensenAuthor of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium"
Author of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium"
David'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." The concert was produced by Sid Bernstein, was years in the making and was the first major stadium show ever. That story is told in David's book.
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 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.
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 digs deep and provides detailed analysis of the music the Beatles recorded in 1962 and 1963. At the New York Metro FEST, Anthony will be providing added flavor to his stories.
Tom FrangioneBeatles Trivia Expert
Beatles Trivia Expert
Tom is a writer for Beatlefan magazine and is a true Beatles expert, being the Trivia Champ for many years at the FEST.
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.
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. In 2013, she published Once Upon A Time In Liverpool, a children's book, with illustrations by Eric Cash. Her most recent children's book is called The Flower Children.
Robert RodriguezAuthor of "John, Pau", George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s"
Author of "John, Pau", 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.
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