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Klaus VoormannMusician, Artist: Performed/Recorded with John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Member of Manfred Mann Band
Musician, Artist: Performed/Recorded with John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Member of Manfred Mann Band
Klaus returns to the New York Metro FEST for the first time in 15 years! He led our 50th anniversary celebration of Revolver in Chicago this past August. Klaus first met The Beatles in Hamburg in 1960. He was so blown away by their music that he brought his girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, to see and hear what excited him. Their friendship solidified and that friendship continues to this day. In 1966, John asked Klaus to design the cover for their next album. The cover has become iconic and won Klaus a Grammy for Best Album Cover of the year for Revolver. As a musician, Klaus was the bass player with the Manfred Mann Band. He also recorded with George (All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World), John (Instant Karma single, Imagine LP) and Ringo (Ringo LP, where he also created the booklet artwork). When John was asked to perform in concert in Toronto in 1969, he invited Klaus to join him. When George put his band together for the Bangla Desh concert in 1971, he chose Klaus. At the Chicago Fest this past August, Klaus launched his brand new graphic novel about the creation of Revolver, which he will be discussing at the Fest and signing in his Art Exhibition room.
Laurence JuberMusician, Formerly of Wings
Musician, Formerly of Wings
Laurence was Paul's lead guitarist from 1978 to 1980, a time that included the Back To The Egg album. Laurence will be premiering his third solo Beatles album at the FEST, called LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles. 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 performing some Wings hits with Liverpool during Saturday and Sunday evening's concerts, in addition to his Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Solo Acoustic Concerts. You won't want to miss these.
Joey MollandOf Badfinger
Joey Molland is best known for being a member of Badfinger, the Beatles' protege band on Apple Records. He auditioned for Badfinger in November of 1969, joined the group shortly after, and remained with them until 1974. From Come and Get It and No Matter What to Day After Day, their driving sound made them an instant sensation in the early 1970s. In addition to his work with Badfinger, Molland played guitar on George Harrison's albums All Things Must Pass and The Concert for Bangladesh and played on John Lennon's Imagine. Joey is a native Liverpudlian who will be telling great stories from those hectic Apple days. He will be performing his hits (and a few Beatles songs) with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Billy KinsleyMusician: The Merseybeats, Liverpool Express
Musician: The Merseybeats, Liverpool Express
A native Liverpudlian, Billy Kinsley is a founding member of The Merseybeats. In the early-60s, The Merseybeats often played at The Cavern Club on the same bill as The Beatles, and are said to have appeared with them more than any other group from that era. During that time, they had hits with "It's Love That Really Counts" and "I Think Of You." Billy later became a session musician for Apple Records, working alongside George Harrison and others, before becoming a founding member of Liverpool Express in 1975. As part of Liverpool Express, Billy sang lead on "You Are My Love," which Paul McCartney has cited as one of his favorite love songs. This is Billy's first New York Metro FEST appearance! He is a great storyteller and has unique insight into those early days of The Beatles development.
Denny SeiwellOriginal Wings Drummer
Original Wings Drummer
Denny first crossed paths with Paul in 1971 during the recording of Ram. He was a session drummer in New York City when the call came. Paul invited him to join his brand new band, Wings, soon after. Denny was on that legendary first Wings tour when the band would take a van around to U.K. colleges unannounced and asked to play for nothing. Most said yes!! This is Denny's first appearance at the New York Metro Fest since 2012, and he'll be performing some Wings hits in concert with other former Wings members Laurence Juber and Steve Holley, with Liverpool.
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 in 2014. 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/XM. 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 NY METRO FEST! Mark will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday, in the nightly jams and greatly adding his musical knowledge on Sunday's Musicians' Forum.
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. It was at those sessions, Mark got to work with Paul, George, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, and dozens others. At the New York Metro FEST, Mark will lead the Grand Jam Finale's at the end of Liverpool's concerts on Saturday and Sunday, and will also head up the always fascinating and lively Musicians' Forum on Sunday!
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 honor of its 50th Anniversary, the guys will be performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety, with Side 1 on Saturday night and Side 2 on Sunday night. They'll also be performing dozens more Beatles cuts! Just to name some artists Liverpool has played with over the past 37 years at the FEST - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Klaus Voormann, Joey Molland, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Mike Pender (Searchers), Neil Innes/Rutles, The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, Doris Troy, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Six Wings Members, Spencer Davis, Terry Sylvester (Hollies), 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 are not to be missed. You never know who is going to show up unannounced to join in the jam!
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, George's big sister, is the author of 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). After appearing last year, for the first time in 16 years, Louise makes an encore visit to the New York Metro Fest. Again, she'll be bringing along her grandson, Tory Rodgers, who shares a resemblance to and encapsulates the spirit of his Grand Uncle George.
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 Elephants Memory Band. On lead guitar is Mark Bosch from the Ian Hunter Band. This is their fourth a ppearance at the New York Metro Fest, and they'll be recreating John's One-To-One Concert on Saturday as we celebrate its 45th Anniversary!
Larry KaneNewscaster/Toured with the Beatles "When They Were Boys"
Newscaster/Toured with the Beatles "When They Were Boys"
Newscaster and Beatles author Larry Kane's most recent book about the Fab Four is "When They Were Boys." This book covers the early history through March of '64. Larry was the only journalist to travel with The Beatles on the '64 & '65 U.S. tours, and he incorporated stories from those experiences. Larry can currently be seen numerous times in the Ron Howard film, Eight Days a Week: The Beatles Live. He was at the premiere and advance screenings and will talk about the interaction with Paul, Ringo and Ron. He will be with us Friday and Saturday.
The WeeklingsIn Concert on Sunday
In Concert on Sunday
Appearing in concert, The Weeklings -- consisting of Glen Burtnik and John Merjave from LIVERPOOL, Bob Burger, and Joe Bellia -- will be playing songs the Beatles wrote but never recorded as well as their Beatle-esque originals and more Beatles cuts. They'll also be selling copies of their latest album, Studio 2, recorded in Abbey Road Studio 2, so be sure to snatch one up.
Leon WildesImmigration Attorney, represented John Lennon
Immigration Attorney, represented John Lennon
Leon Wildes is the legendary Immigration Attorney who almost single-handedly won the federal case against John Lennon. It was the most influential and bitterly contested deportation case in U.S. history. The American Bar Association has named his book, John Lennon vs. The USA, the most important legal book of the year. We are honored to be welcome Leon to his first FEST ever. He will be joining us on Sunday to talk about the case and sign copies of his book. If you want to order a signed copy ahead of time, please go to the webstore. We are the only place where you can get signed copies of his book.
The Statue of Liberty said “come”
JOHN LENNON vs. THE USA: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History
- Leon Wildes, with foreword by Michael Wildes
Book review by Tom Frangione (Courtesy Beatlefan Magazine)
“With special thanks to all the people, known and unknown, who helped us stay in America, without whom this album would not have been made”
- Sleeve notes, Double Fantasy album, 1980
My only disappointment in reading Leon Wildes’ long awaited book is that I knew how the story would end, for his telling of this most important chapter in the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono presents so many twists and turns (some strategic and some not) that the plot unravels like a courtroom drama on steroids.
The book chronicles John & Yoko’s immigration struggles which consumed half his post-Beatles years. While this phase of John’s life and career have been, heretofore, examined in books such as Jon Wiener’s superb Come Together: John Lennon in His Time, never before have we had such an insider’s view, literally from the pilot’s seat. Tellingly, the book’s title - citing Lennon as the plaintiff and the United States as the defendant - stands in stark contrast to the 2006 movie and its accompanying soundtrack album, where those designations were reversed. As Wildes spells out in stunning detail, it was when the roles were reversed that the lynchpins of the outcome would come into being.
Fans that may fear that the book will be too deep a journey into dryness and lawyering needn’t worry. Where necessary or appropriate, Wildes strikes a perfect balance of legalese and layman language, expounding on any technical terms masterfully, so that the non-attorneys can follow along with ease.
Setting the tone early on, it’s abundantly clear that Wildes’ belief was, and is, that the Lennon case was one of selective prosecution, taken to absurd proportions. He makes that case rather convincingly early on, engaging the reader to jump squarely into his client’s corner. That lack of objectivity contrasts nicely with his contention that he was completely unfamiliar with John and Yoko, and their art, prior to having met them.
Actual documents and correspondence relating to the case are used sparingly throughout the main text, but are bountifully presented in the nearly 50-page appendix. Some are fascinating, including Senator Strom Thurmond’s memo to then Attorney General John Mitchell that got the ball rolling as it were, wherein he advised that “many headaches might be avoided if appropriate action be taken in time”, commenting on Lennon’s association with the radical left and the potential for disruption at the Republican National Convention, compounded by the effect Lennon’s appeal would have on the newly minted 18-year old vote. The government’s zeal to nip this thing in the bud – whatever the cost - is evident in their lack of fact checking, citing Lennon’s birth date as September 10, 1940.
It would not be the last time that sloppy paperwork went in the Lennon file, as Wildes details. One such document in the FBI file contained a photo of Apple Records recording artist David Peel, misidentifying him as Lennon. Another such document, which I vividly recall seeing at the now-defunct New York Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Annex some years ago, is a 1972 letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service “revoking the privilege of voluntary departure”, basically telling John and Yoko to get out. Now. That the couple was living mere blocks from where I stood reading that letter made things all the more gut-wrenching.
Other insights revealed by Wildes include the discovery that, at the outset of the proceedings, Yoko may have already been, in fact, a lawful permanent resident, having obtained a green card a decade earlier. Such findings were more than pawns in the game, according to Wildes; they were further proof of vindictive spirit, with which the Nixon administration (and yes, Wildes skillfully connects those dots right to the White House) pursued John & Yoko. Indeed, the US Attorney assigned to the case, whom Wildes cites general admiration for, was Vincent Schiano, who had only two cases at the time – Lennon, and that of a Nazi war criminal. The United States went so far as to recommend trying John and Yoko’s cases separately, which may have ultimately meant Yoko having to choose between her husband and her daughter (Kyoko) whom she and John were searching for and attempting to reunite with. It was clear that not even humanitarian grounds, the very core of immigration policy, were going to be afforded if the White House had its way.
One such concession the government laughingly recommended was for John to seek to have his 1968 drug bust (the basis for the deportation case, according to the company line) in England pardoned or expunged. Of course, that would have necessitated his return to the UK, at which point the government would have effectively won its case by default by simply not allowing him to re-enter America. An interesting counter-tactic was to challenge whether the cannabis resin (hash) John was busted for would qualify as a narcotic or even marijuana, as provided for in said grounds for deportation. Wildes, not familiar with the substance, asked John whether hash was marijuana, to which John eloquently replied “oh no, it’s much better”. In that regard, Wildes tells of the lengths to which he solicited the expert testimony of Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School, whose book “Marihuana Reconsidered” was a widely recognized study of the medical, social and legal aspects of the drug, which he deemed vital. While Grinspoon had ceased the practice of providing courtroom testimony, he made an exception in exchange for some autographed Lennon memorabilia for his leukemia stricken 12-year old son. It’s but one of many examples of how this case was destined to differ from typical courtroom fare.
In preparation for mounting their case, Wildes spells out the lengths he had to coach and interact with his clients, whose lifestyles were worlds apart from his. That personalization put a face on how and why John and Yoko knew that Wildes was their guy, and formed a bond of friendship for the Lennon and Wildes families, which continues to this day.
The legacy of Wildes’ legal maneuvering in the Lennon case lives on, having impacted immigration policy reform right up to the current Obama administration. His long overdue book is a highly recommended celebration, in which all Lennon fans should revel.
Ken DashowQ104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Q104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Ken Dashow has been our emcee for the past 17 years. His knowledge and love of music, and of course, The Beatles, can be heard weekday afternoons from 2-7 P.M. 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.
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, is being turned into a television event series, produced by Sonar Entertainment (MTV's The Shanarra Chronicles, FX + the BBC's Taboo). They will combine Vivek's powerful script with the use of The Beatles' original songs -- a combination that should make for a phenomenal TV Series. 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 at the New York Metro Fest, getting us up to date on the project. Vivek joins us on Friday and Saturday.
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 - that's 46 FESTS!! 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 2017 New York Metro FEST.
Jon CobertPianist, Recorded with John Lennon
Pianist, Recorded with John Lennon
Jon Cobert makes a return visit to the NY Metro FEST. Jon is an outstanding session pianist in the New York City scene and plays on John’s hit of Stand By Me, from 1975’s Rock & Roll album. He can also belt out a vocal, as he did on stage with us in April and at Q104.3’s Live Breakfast With The Beatles with Ken Dashow celebrating John’s birthday.
Paul SkellettPicture Curator, Artist, Designer: "All You Need Is Love"
Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "All You Need Is Love"
Paul Skellett is a well known fine artist, designer and forensic remastering expert. For the recently released All You Need Is Love, Paul served as Picture Curator, Artist, and Designer. The book features images from the preparation and performance of 'All You Need Is Love' on the Our World satellite broadcast. Paul has also worked on Tom Murray's Mad Day Out and Eight Arms To Hold You, and is currently hard at work on completing his Rock and Roll Circus book.
Simon WeitzmanResearcher, Project Wrangler: "All You Need Is Love"
Researcher, Project Wrangler: "All You Need Is Love"
Simon Weitzman served as Researcher and Project Wrangler for recently released All You Need Is Love. The book features images from the preparation and performance of 'All You Need Is Love' on the Our World satellite broadcast. Simon has also worked on Tom Murray's Mad Day Out and Eight Arms To Hold You.
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. Jude has been a featured writer on the Fest's Blog for the last two years, 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.
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's recent book, Some Fun Tonight!: The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America, The Historic Tours of 1964-1966, is a must have for all fans. 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.
David BedfordAuthor of "The Fab 104"
Author of "The Fab 104"
Liverpudlian David Bedford's new book, Looking For The 4th Beatle, will be debuting at the New York Metro Fest. His previous 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.
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, who has been at most Fests since 2008, continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going.
Kenneth WomackAuthor of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"
Author of "The Beatles Encyclopedia"
Kenneth Womack, a literary critic and award-winning author, has written five books about the Beatles. His latest, New Critical Perspectives on The Beatles explores the lives and works of the Beatles with new essays. Kenneth is the Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at at Monmouth University, here in Monmouth, NJ.
Kit O'TooleAuthor of "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks"
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
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 Ken 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. Tom also will be heading up many of the Guest/Authors' Discussions in the Discussion Room.
Al SussmanFest Favorite/Author 'Changin Times'
Fest Favorite/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. A friend and part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974, Al assists Tom in the Beatles Trivia and Name That Tune Competitions. Al is also one of the co-hosts of the Things We Said Today podcast.
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 submittef stories and prose about the Beatles. Now she gather women Beatles historians and come up with new topics to explore each year.
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.
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. Jim will be assisting Klaus in his Exhibit Room.
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, 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 FEST, Anthony will be providing added flavor to his stories in fascinating A/V Presentations over the weekend.
Ken MichaelsDJ & Podcast Host
DJ & Podcast Host
Ken Michaels has been a DJ in the metropolitan area for over 30 years. He co-hosts the podcast Things We Said Today, with Al Sussman, Allan Kozinn and Steve Marinucci.
Darren DeVivoDJ on WFUV
DJ on WFUV
Darren DeVivo has been attending the FEST since the 1980s. He is the evening DJ on WFUV and is one of a handful of announcers joining us over the weekend.
Piers HemmingsenAuthor: The Beatles In Canada
Author: The Beatles In Canada
Author of The Beatles In Canada: The Origins of Beatlemania! Piers' book offers a whole new perspective for U.S. fans. We certainly did not know that She Loves You made it to No. 1 in Canada in December, 1963, before we ever heard of the Beatles! Piers has created the standard for Canada's Beatles history, much as Bruce Spizer has done with his series of U.S. books.
Rob ShanahanRingo Starr's Photographer
Ringo Starr's Photographer
Ringo's personal photographer from 2006 to 2016 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 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Charles RobertsTook first photo of John Lennon and The Quarrymen
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!
Located at 2 Exchange Pl in Jersey City, NJ
To book your room, HEAD HERE. ***Rooms are sold out for Saturday, but still available for Friday and Sunday. Information on our Overflow hotel is at the bottom of this section.
The hotel is spectacular and so are the views of NYC, with the hotel shaped like a cruise ship that juts out into the Hudson River, directly across from the Freedom Tower at 1 World Trade Center. The Riverside part of Jersey City is the fastest growing area in the entire state. There are jamming areas, too, for those late night after FEST sessions. All details and tickets for the FEST will be made available in early November.
Easy access by PATH, with the stop immediately next door to the hotel.
For directions to the hotel, HEAD HERE
Parking in the nearby hotel lot and another bigger lot across the street will be available for $18.00 per day.
Our Overflow hotel is the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City. Each room is a suite and the rates are $179.00 per night. The hotel will provide free transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency. It is only about a 10-to-12 minute walk and there is also a trolley to and from the Hyatt Regency.
HEAD HERE to reserve your room online. To reserve over the phone, call 1-800-222-TREE.