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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.

  • Peter Asher
    Of Peter & Gordon

    Peter Asher

    Of Peter & Gordon

    As one half of the singing duo Peter & Gordon, they had ten worldwide top ten hits between 1964 and 1967, several of which were written especially for them by Paul McCartney. Peter also happened to be Paul's roommate from 1963 to 1965, when Paul was dating Peter's sister Jane Asher. From 1968 to 1970, Peter served as head of A & R for Apple Records, where he discovered and produced James Taylor. Peter also produced Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Diana Ross, 10,000 Maniacs, Lyle Lovett, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, and Ringo Starr.   At the Fest, Peter will be joined by fellow British Invasion legends Chad & Jeremy for a Musical Memoir concert! Part 1 of the concert will take place on Saturday and Part 2 will be on Sunday.

  • Billy J. Kramer
    British Invasion Star
    in Concert/New Autobiography

    Billy J. Kramer

    British Invasion Star
    in Concert/New Autobiography

    Billy J. Kramer is a native Liverpudlian and was a big part of the British Invasion. John Lennon wrote many of his biggest hits including "Bad To Me", "I'll Keep You Satisfied" and "From A Window". He even took "Do You Want To Know A Secret" to the top of the UK charts. Billy, who will be with us all weekend, telling stories and performing, is world premiering his new autobiography, Do You Want To Know A Secret.   On Saturday at the Fest, Billy will be joined in concert by fellow Liverpudlian Mike Pender of the Searchers, with legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto keeping the beat! Billy has become a great friend to the FEST and it is always an honour to have him join us.

  • 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!

  • Louise Harrison
    Author of "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles"

    Louise Harrison

    Author of "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a. The Beatles"

    Louise Harrison, George' big sister, 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 New York FEST appearance since 1999, and it's our pleasure to welcome her back!

  • Mark Rivera
    Ringo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player

    Mark Rivera

    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!  

  • Mark Hudson
    Musician and Ringo Starr's Former Producer

    Mark Hudson

    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.

  • Liverpool
    World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights

    Liverpool

    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.

  • 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. At the FEST, their show team 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.

  • Bruce Spizer
    Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings

    Bruce Spizer

    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 2016 New York Metro FEST.

  • Vivek Tiwary
    Author of "The Fifth Beatle"

    Vivek Tiwary

    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 IdiotThe Addams FamilyThe Producers), and he's very excited to be joining us in New York this coming April, getting us up to date on the project of his very important film.

  • Eric Cash
    Beatles Fine Artist and Illustrator of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool"

    Eric Cash

    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, who has been at most Fests since 2008, continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going.

  • Andy Babiuk
    Author of "The Beatles Gear Ultimate Edition"

    Andy Babiuk

    Author of "The Beatles Gear Ultimate Edition"

    The brand new Revised Edition of Andy's book, The Beatles Gear Ultimate Edition, is THE reference for all things to do with The Beatles' musical instruments, amps, and more. This edition is exactly double the size of the original edition. Plus, Andy was kind enough to include a signed copy of a great Beatles photo of the group on stage in 1964, which will be included for everyone who purchases a copy of his book through the FEST. Andy is also a fine musician and has been a member of The Chesterfield Kings and more recently The Empty Hearts. His Fab Gear Boutique Music Shop is in Rochester, NY. We welcome Andy's return to THE FEST.

  • Jude Southerland Kessler
    John 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. Jude has been a featured writer on the Fest's Blog for the last year, 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.

  • Simon Weitzman
    Researcher, Project Wrangler: "Eight Arms To Hold You"

    Simon Weitzman

    Researcher, Project Wrangler: "Eight Arms To Hold You"

    Simon Weitzman served as Researcher and Project Wrangler for the recently released book, Eight Arms To Hold You, which featured many rare and unseen photographs from the filming of Help! The book, published by Archivum and supported by Rex Features, received support from PledgeMusic, where many fans extended their thoughts, recollections, and offered personal memorabilia for the project. The images and anecdotes in Eight Arms To Hold You will make readers feel like they have been transported back into 1965 with Paul, John, George and Ringo.

  • Paul Skellett
    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "Eight Arms To Hold You"

    Paul Skellett

    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "Eight Arms To Hold You"

    Paul Skellett is a well known fine artist, designer and forensic remastering expert. For the recently released book, Eight Arms To Hold You, Paul served as Picture Curator, Artist, and Designer. The book, which made its U.S. premiere at the Chicago Fest, features rare and unseen photographs from the set of Help!, and was put together through archival work and meticulous forensic image restoration. Eight Arms To Hold You gives Beatles fans a whole new perspective on the Fab Four in 1965, both on the set of Help! and off.

  • 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.

  • Tom Frangione
    Beatles Trivia Expert

    Tom Frangione

    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 Sussman
    Fest Favorite/New Author 'Changin Times'

    Al Sussman

    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.

  • 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.

  • Susan Ryan
    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan

    Beatles 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.

  • Kenneth Womack
    Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"

    Kenneth Womack

    Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"

    Kenneth 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 was a huge project and took years of research to complete.

  • Candy Leonard
    Author of "Beatleness"

    Candy Leonard

    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. Candy is thrilled to be showcasing the book in New York this year!

  • Kit O'Toole
    Author of "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks"

    Kit O'Toole

    Author of "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks"

    Kit O’Toole, the author of  Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks, is a Chicago-based freelance writer and blogger who has written about rock, jazz, and R&B for over 20 years. As a blogger, O’Toole writes for Something Else Reviews (including the popular column “Deep Beatles”), Blinded by Sound (including the column “DeepSoul”), and Cinema Sentries, and previously served as a music editor for Blogcritics. Kit is also a longtime contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine

  • 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, 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 and and its indelible mark on rock music. John analyzes the songs and the creation of the album, puts in context of 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. One of his talks will be one with Robert Rodriguez, who has a strong view on The Beatles' follow up album – Revolver.

  • Chuck Gunderson
    Author of "Some Fun Tonight"

    Chuck Gunderson

    Author of "Some Fun Tonight"

    Chuck Gunderson 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.

  • Greg Sterlace
    Author of "The Beatles: Having Read The Book: A Collector’s Guide To Beatle Books"

    Greg Sterlace

    Author of "The Beatles: Having Read The Book: A Collector’s Guide To Beatle Books"

    Greg Sterlace's new book, The Beatles: Having Read The Book: A Collector’s Guide To Beatle Books, examines and looks into more than 100 Beatles books while adding insight into each book’s importance. Greg is a native New Yorker and lives in the Village.

  • 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.

  • Robert Rodriguez
    Author of "John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s"

    Robert Rodriguez

    Author of "John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s"

    Robert Rodriguez'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.

  • 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."

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