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  • Chad & Jeremy
    60s British Invasion Duo In Concert

    Chad & Jeremy

    60s British Invasion Duo In Concert

    This British Invasion Duo had seven Top 40 hits in just three years and became so beloved by FAB and British-loving Americans that they became the first British Invaders to move permanently to the U.S.! They frequently appeared on U.S. TV shows including the Dick Van Dyke Show. Among their big U.S. hits were "Yesterday's Gone" & "A Summer Song."   At the Fest, Chad & Jeremy and fellow British Invasion star Peter Asher will be uniting for a memoir concert that's not to be missed! Part 1 of the concert will be on Saturday, with Part 2 on Sunday.

  • Mike Pender
    A Founding Member of The Searchers

    Mike Pender

    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 in concert with fellow Liverpudlian Billy J. Kramer! We welcome Mike to his first NY METRO FEST!

  • Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox
    In Concert

    Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox

    In Concert

    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.   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.

  • The Weeklings
    In Concert

    The Weeklings

    In Concert

    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 album, so be sure to snatch one up.

  • Ken Dashow
    Q104.3 - Master of Ceremonies

    Ken Dashow

    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 8-10 A.M. On the web, he can be heard on iHeart Radio.

  • Cellophane Flowers
    In Concert

    Cellophane Flowers

    In Concert

    Cellophane Flowers, featuring Jeff Lubin, is a reinterpretation of Beatles songs arranged for string quartet & voice. They made their FEST debut last year in New York, thrilling attendees on two of our stages.   At the 2016 New York Metro Fest, Cellophane Flowers will be in concert on Sunday on both the Main Stage and the Apple Jam Stage.

  • School of Rock
    In Concert

    School of Rock

    In Concert

    School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. On Sunday at the FEST, their show team from Bedford, New York will be putting on concerts on both the Main Stage and the Apple Jam Stage.

  • Ron Aprea
    Played Sax for John Lennon

    Ron Aprea

    Played Sax for John Lennon

    Ron Aprea played saxophone on John Lennon's Walls and Bridges LP, appearing on the No. 1 hit "Whatever Gets You thru the Night." Ron joined us at the Chicago Fest this past August and is thrilled to be making his New York Fest debut in April!

  • Charles Roberts
    Took first photo of John Lennon and The Quarrymen

    Charles Roberts

    Took first photo of John Lennon and The Quarrymen

    As Charles recalls:   When the Quarrymen agreed to play at my street party in 1957, nobody in Toxteth had heard of them. Little did any of us know that they would eventually evolve into the greatest band in the world –- The Beatles. The lads came from the more affluent Woolton and the surrounding area, and they were all aware of Toxteths 'rough' reputation, but to their credit, they all turned up.   What happened then is well documented, and this first-ever photo of John and his Quarrymen captured a moment in time that can never be repeated. I have a limited number of photos hand signed by the three active Quarrymen, Colin Hanton, Len Garry and Rod Davis, and I will also sign them at The Fest.   Stock is limited and once they are gone I may never be able to secure the signatures of the Quarrymen again.   We welcome Charles to his first FEST, ever!

  • Rob Shanahan
    Ringo Starr's Photographer

    Rob Shanahan

    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 in February of 2014 during the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Rob took the iconic photo of Ringo and Paul at Ringo's 70th birthday, and will also be displaying photos from Ringo's recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Rob has been exhibiting his photos at our FESTS for the past five years.

  • Anthony Robustelli
    Author of "I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963"

    Anthony Robustelli

    Author of "I Want To Tell You: The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963"

    Anthony Robustelli'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 New York FEST, Anthony will be providing added flavor to his stories in fascinating A/V Presentations over the weekend.

  • Michael Starr
    Author of "Ringo: With A Little Help"

    Michael Starr

    Author of "Ringo: With A Little Help"

    Michael Starr is a New Jersey native who has written a new biography called Ringo: With A Little Help. Also a TV editor for the New York Post, Michael has authored bios of Peter Seller, Art Carney, Joey Bishop, Bobby Darin, and others. In his new book, he examines Ringo’s life from the early days right up through 2014. In his interview with Max Weinberg for this book, Max reaffirmed Ringo’s importance in the world of Rock Drumming. "Suddenly you had the attention being drawn to the drummer by virtue of the way Ringo played," Weinberg said. "Suddenly, everyone had to play like Ringo."

  • David Bedford
    Author of "The Fab 104"

    David Bedford

    Author of "The Fab 104"

    Liverpudlian David Bedford's recent book, The Fab 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.

  • Judith Kristen
    Author of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"

    Judith Kristen

    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.

  • John Kruth
    Author of "This Bird Has Flown: The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul 50 Yeas On"

    John Kruth

    Author of "This Bird Has Flown: The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul 50 Yeas On"

    A native New Yorker, music professor and musician who currently teaches at the College of Mt St. Vincent, John Kruth got hooked on The Beatles on February 9, 1964.  He has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and other publications. His new book, This Bird Has Flown: The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul 50 Yeas On, takes a fresh look at its indelible mark on rock music. John analyzes the songs and the creation of the album, puts in context the turbulent times in which it was created, and reaffirms Rubber Soul as one of the most important rock  ‘n’ roll records ever made. This is John’s first FEST appearance.

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