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  • Klaus Voormann
    Musician, Artist: Performed/Recorded with John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Member of Manfred Mann Band

    Klaus Voormann

    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.

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  • Joey Molland
    Of Badfinger

    Joey Molland

    Of 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 Kinsley
    Musician: The Merseybeats, Liverpool Express

    Billy Kinsley

    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.

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  • Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox
    In 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 Kane
    Newscaster/Toured with the Beatles "When They Were Boys"

    Larry Kane

    Newscaster/Toured with the Beatles "When They Were Boys"

    paulkane 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.

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  • Ken Dashow
    Q104.3 - Master of Ceremonies

    Ken Dashow

    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.

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  • Jon Cobert
    Pianist, Recorded with John Lennon

    Jon Cobert

    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 Skellett
    Picture Curator, Artist, Designer: "All You Need Is Love"

    Paul Skellett

    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.

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  • 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.

  • Jim Berkenstadt
    Author of "The Beatle Who Vanished"

    Jim Berkenstadt

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

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  • Ken Michaels
    DJ & Podcast Host

    Ken Michaels

    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 DeVivo
    DJ on WFUV

    Darren DeVivo

    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 Hemmingsen
    Author: The Beatles In Canada

    Piers Hemmingsen

    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.

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  • 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!

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