Alan WhiteDrummer: John Lennon, George Harrison, YES
Drummer: John Lennon, George Harrison, YES
Alan is joining us for the very first time. When John Lennon agreed to perform at the Toronto Rock & Roll Festival in Sept, 1969, he put a band together overnight that included Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Yoko, and Alan White (on Drums). John had called this 20-year-old he had heard the night before and invited Alan. He didn’t believe it was John initially. But it was and it was a game changer. They had their only rehearsal on the plane ride from London. The results can be heard on the Live Peace in Toronto Album. Alan joined YES in 1972 and they became one of the premiere Prog rock bands of the 1970s. YES was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just last year. Alan also played on the single Instant Karma and the Imagine and George’s All Things Must Pass albums. Alan also worked with Denny Laine (pre Wings) and his band Balls for several months.
Denny LaineFormerly of Wings
Formerly of Wings
Denny last joined us as an announced guest nine years ago. He was the only member of Wings (except the McCartneys) from its beginning to the end. With Paul, Denny co-wrote Wings’ biggest U.K. hit Mull of Kintyre. (and also Deliver Your Children). Denny also worked with Paul on Tug of War and Pipes of Peace after Wings disbanded. He was also a founding member of the Moody Blues and sang their biggest hit, Go Now. Denny also sings backing vocals with Paul & Linda on George’s All Those Years Ago. We congratulate Denny on finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of The Moody Blues. Denny sang that soulful lead on Go Now, which became a #1 song and launched their career. In addition to appearing on the main stage, Denny will also perform an intimate set on the Apple Jam Stage.
Laurence JuberIn Concert, Formerly of Wings
In Concert, Formerly of Wings
LAURENCE JUBER premiered his most recent CD of Beatles tunes, called LJ Can’t Stop Playing The Beatles at the NY METRO FEST. This is his third volume and also released one CD of Wings songs. He is performing solo acoustic concerts on both Sat and Sun, and you don’t want to miss them. LJ will be part of the Grand Jam with LIVERPOOL & Mark Rivera. Laurence is one of our all time favorite guests, and you will hear why once he picks up his guitar and plays. His first project in the Beatles world was as a session musician with Cleo Laine, produced by George Martin. Laurence has also worked extensively with Al Stewart.
Mark RiveraRingo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Ringo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Mark is Ringo’s musical director and one of the top sax players in the business. Mark’s first solo album, Common Bond, continues to receive accolades. Ringo and Billy Joel, whose band Mark has been part of for decades, both play on the album! Mark was the one who arranged the ‘secret’ 70th birthday surprise for Ringo in 2010, when Paul came out and performed Birthday at Radio City Music Hall. It was a total surprise to Ringo who ran out and almost leapt onto his kit to join in with his former bandmate. A moment to remember. Mark will be speaking, joining Liverpool during the concert, and adding his amazing talents as the top horn player he is.
Jack DouglasLegendary Producer
Jack worked as an engineer on John’s Imagine album in 1971. His work and personality caught John & Yoko’s attention and nine years later, he was invited and hired to produce Double Fantasy, for which he won the Album of the Year Grammy. Jack has over 40 Gold and Platinum records to his name working with Aerosmith, The Who, Cheap Trick, Supertramp, The James Gang, New York Dolls and many more. Jack’s musical/A/V presentation is not to be missed. Jack was our guest in Chicago in 2018 and his stories and images were absolutely amazing. You could hear a pin drop in the Main Ballroom! We are delighted to welcome Jack to his first ever NY METRO FEST.
Jack OliverFormer head of Apple Records
Former head of Apple Records
First joined The Beatles Apple Company in 1967 in the publishing division. He worked with Derek Taylor and managed Mary Hopkin, He became General Manager of Apple Records from 1969-1971 in London. He moved to Los Angeles in 71 and partnered with Peter Asher in many projects including James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. He is current working on a Beatles film, and hopefully we will have a sneak peak of it at the FEST.
Jon CobertPianist, Recorded with John Lennon
Pianist, Recorded with John Lennon
Jon is a longtime New York City session musician, playing piano, organ, guitar and other instruments and has recorded with Tom Chapin, Loudon Wainwright III and John Denver. He most notably played piano on John Lennon’s hit 1975 version of Stand By Me. Jon has earned five Grammy nominations. This is Jon’s second FEST and he will be joining Liverpool and the other musical guests on Sunday’s Musicians’ Forum, and the evening’s closing concert with Liverpool.
LiverpoolWorld's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights
World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, Concerts All Three Nights
LIVERPOOL, featuring Drew Hill, John Merjave, Chris Camilleri, and John Montagna (filling in for Glen Burtnik), 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 Abbey Road in its entirety. They'll also be performing dozens more Beatles and solo Beatles cuts! For those of you who are new to the FEST and have never attended one of our celebrations, here are some of the artists Liverpool has played with over the past 40 years at the FEST - Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Donovan, Peter & Gordon, Billy J. Kramer, Klaus Voormann, Chad & Jeremy, Randy Bachman, Neil Innes and The Rutles, Gerry Marsden, Mike Pender (Searchers), Joey Molland, The Quarrymen, Ronnie Spector, Alan Parsons, Doris Troy, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Seven Wings Members, Spencer Davis, Terry Sylvester (Hollies), Gary Wright, Albert Lee, Gene Cornish (Rascals), Max Weinberg, Mark Lindsay, Phoebe Snow, and Billy Kinsley (Merseybeats). 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!
Gary AstridgeRingo's Drum Kits Curator
Ringo's Drum Kits Curator
We are delighted to welcome back Ringo's personal Drum Curator GARY ASTRIDGE. When Ringo needs to send one of his Drum Kits to an exhibition somewhere, it is Gary, who takes care of these important details. Gary will be setting up an Exhibit at The FEST in addition to giving some amazing A/V Presentations concerning some of the most iconic Drum Kits on the planet!
Bob AbdouMr. Puppet
A personal message from Bob: Get Back to where you once belonged! After a two year sabbatical, it’s time for me to “get back to where I once belonged” and that place is the Fest for Beatles Fans. I am very grateful to Mark and Carol Lapidos for leaving the door open for me to return. I am so happy to announce that my shows will be a part of the 45th Anniversary of Fest for Beatles Fans in 2019. I will be premiering a new Beatles character that can only be described as a “real mixer” plus a special surprise new act that will be performed throughout the fest. I have seen many photos and comments on Facebook about how many miss me and my shows. This made me realize I made a positive impact on so many and that I am truly loved. I can’t wait to return and visit with each and every one of my Beatles family in New Jersey and Chicago, I too love you all. Peace in the neighborhood, Bob Abdou/Mr.Puppet
Ken DashowQ104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Q104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Ken Dashow is celebrating 20 years as our esteemed emcee! 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. His live Breakfast With The Beatles three times a year at the Cutting Room (around the Beatles birthdays) have become legendary. You never know who is going to pop up on his show, always with plenty of live performances. Ken will be joining us just about all weekend as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary.
Tom FrangioneBeatles Trivia Expert, Part of The Beatles Channel Fab Fourum
Beatles Trivia Expert, Part of The Beatles Channel Fab Fourum
For over thirty years, Tom’s been covering the Beatles on radio and in print, and is a long-time master of ceremonies and co-host at the Fest, heading up the “Name That Tune” and "Live Beatles Trivia" Contests, and taking part in the auctions, discussions and interviews on the ballroom stage. These days his work can be found in Beatlefan Magazine, on Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Radio, and on Sirius XM’s Beatles Channel, where he serves as the Resident Beatles Expert on the weekly Fab Fourum program, heard live every Wednesday evening at 9PM ET and rebroadcast on Saturday mornings and Sunday late afternoons.
Jacqui ArmbrusterOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
The uniquely talented Jacqui Armbruster is bringing her powerful voice and tremendous guitar-playing back to the Fest once again.
Bruce SpizerLeading Authority on the Beatles Recordings
Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings
Bruce Spizer is one of the world's leading authorities on the U. S. Beatles recordings. His latest book, The Beatles White Album and the Launch of Apple is being released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of The White Album's release. Bruce has been a guest at every FEST nationwide since 1998 - that's more than 50 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 are certain he will come up with some great new subjects for 2019.
Kenneth WomackAuthor of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2, Book Launch
Author of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2, Book Launch
Kenneth Womack world-premiered his new book on George Martin, called Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966, at the Chicago Fest in August of 2017. At the 2018 Chicago Fest, he premiered Sound Pictures, Volume 2! When writing about the recording sessions with The Beatles, he makes the reader feel he is in Studio 2 with them. Such long and exciting details we fans want to read about - and he doesn't rush these long segments of the books. Ken is a literary critic and award-winning author who has written five books about the Beatles. His most recent before the George Martin book, 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 in New Jersey.
Wally PodrazikPanel Discussions
Wally Podrazik has been the Discussions Room host at almost all of our Chicago FESTS (and other cities) since 1977. At this New York Metro FEST, Wally is more of a wandering spectator, assisting here and there, and being part of this year's Tribute to Brian Epstein with Deco, Vivek, Victoria and other staff, called Brian's Legacy: The World is Watching, 1969. Wally is one of the most respected Beatles historian in the world and from 1976-1983 wrote three books (with Harry Castleman) that became an early part of a journey to delve deeply in The Beatles history.
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, getting us up to date on the project and will be treating us to some more exclusive readings from the script. Vivek is also the producer of the current Little Jagged Pill.
Al SussmanFest Favorite/Author 'Changin Times'
Fest Favorite/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 is a friend and part of our staff since the first FEST in 1974. We know each other since 1971, when we worked at the Sam Goody Record Store in Paramus, NJ. Al assists Tom in the Beatles Trivia and Name That Tune Competitions. Al, a longtime executive editor for Beatlefan Magazine will also host some of the always fascinating Panel Discussions.
Susan RyanBeatles Historian
Susan Ryan started an online publication over 16 years ago called Rooftop Sessions, where fans submitted stories and prose about the Beatles. Now she hosts groups of women Beatles historians and comes up with new topics to explore each year in always fascinating talks. Susan also conducts Walking Tours of Beatles and John Lennon sites around New York City.
Darren DeVivoDJ on WFUV
DJ on WFUV
Radio disc jockey Darren DeVivo has been a major part of New York City’s WFUV for well over thirty years. Since making his on air debut in February 1984, Darren has been part of WFUV’s evolution into one of the country’s leading non-commercial, cutting edge music stations. After years of spinning tunes during different hours of the day and evening, Darren can now be heard Monday through Thursday nights from 10pm until 2am (the next morning) and Sunday night from 11pm until 2am (Monday morning) on 90.7 FM, www.wfuv.org and on the WFUV app. In addition, Darren can be heard weekends on WFUV’s secondary channel, “FUV Music”, 12mid-4am, 8am-12noon and 4pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday, on wfuv.org and the app only. Darren is also a long time Fest attendee, joining us for the first time in 1982 and missing only one year (2013) along the way!
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.
Michelle Joni's ExpandabandOn the Apple Jam Stage
Michelle Joni's Expandaband
On the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage.
The WagOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
“If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton (Actor, Author)
Scott EricksonOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
With the addition of the Apple Jam Stage in 2015, long time Fest attendee Scott Erickson became a staple of our music lineup. Since then, he has consistently surprised us by playing group and solo songs we all-but-forgot about, as well as entire albums.
Molly JeanneOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
Molly Jeanne is a 15 year-old singer songwriter. She has written over 150 original songs, which she performs at venues in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and Tennessee. Her songs have earned recognition from American Songwriter Magazine and the Smoky Mountains Songwriting Festival.
The Cavern ClubOn the Apple Jam Stage
The Cavern Club
On the Apple Jam Stage
The Cavern Club will be making their Fest debut, rocking the Apple Jam Stage.
Karonhyawake Jeff DoreenOn the Apple Jam Stage
Karonhyawake Jeff Doreen
On the Apple Jam Stage
Karonhyawake Jeff Doreen is a singer-songwriter from Tyendinaga, currently living in Hamilton, ON. He sings Beatles songs that he translates into Kanyen’kéha, Mohawk language. He is a speaker and teacher of Kanyen’kéha in the Grand Erie School Board. He has also taught at Six Nations of the Grand River at the adult immersion program.
Patti Gallo-SteinmanAuthor of Diary Of A Beatlemaniac
Author of Diary Of A Beatlemaniac
Author of Diary of a Beatlemaniac: A Fab Insider’s Look at the Beatles Era. The memoir is compiled from her own diary, weekly Teen to Teen newspaper columns, extensive scrapbooking and original snapshots. Patti was also Co-President of the Official Victor Spinetti Fan Club of America, Chapter #1. A journalist by profession and Philly girl, she is no stranger to the Fest for Beatles Fans but is making only her second FEST author appearance.
Simon WeitzmanResearcher, Project Wrangler: "The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D"
Researcher, Project Wrangler: "The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D"
Archivum returns with something really uniquely different! The world’s first 3D photographic album on The Beatles, using state-of-the-art technology to generate stereographic photography (3D). The Beatles were never photographed in 3D, but Archivum has created an innovative and immersive way to allow fans to virtually step back in time and experience The Beatles as if they were right there in the moment, delivering a completely new experience to Beatles fans of all generations around the world. Presented in a specially engineered 10 inch collectors album box The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D features an accompanying 8 page overview booklet, high quality metal stereograph viewer and 50 digitally mastered viewable stereographic cards painstakingly re-imagined from our Beatles photographic vaults. Stereoscopic premiered at the Chicago FEST last August. In addition to the new 3D book, Simon has served as Researcher and Project Wrangler for the tremendous books Tom Murray's Mad Day Out, Eight Arms To Hold You, and All You Need Is Love.
Jerry HammackAuthor of The Beatles Recording Reference Manual
Author of The Beatles Recording Reference ManualJerry is the author of three outstanding Beatles Recording Reference Manuals, with the Third edition covering 1967 just coming out in November. Volume One covered their first recordings through the end of 1964, while Volume Two covered 1965 and 1966. This series has been critically acclaimed and we welcome Jerry back to the FESTVolume 4 is set for a 2019 release covering 1968-1970.
Cheryl BreoAuthor of Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story
Author of Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story
Cheryl is no stranger to The Fest For Beatles Fans, but is now a first-time author with her book, Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story. It is an autobiography of being married to a Vietnam veteran, and an exploration of the absolute power The Beatles ' music -- the musical therapy that kept her alive in the face of the terror of that war.
Sandi BorowskyAuthor of Exploring Fab Four Landmarks
Author of Exploring Fab Four Landmarks
Sandi joins us for the first time as a guest author, with the release of her new book, Exploring Fab Four Landmarks. Sandi’s 2013 trip to the U.K. took on a life of its own and she took photos and notes of dozens of Beatles related sites in London and Liverpool.
Rob LeonardHost of Beatlesongs
Host of Beatlesongs
Rob is the host of Beatlesongs -- the only live radio show in the Long Island/New York area dedicated to the music and history of the Beatles. This unique show airs every Friday from 8pm to 11pm on 90.3 WHPC-FM, a popular Long Island-based station that serves as ‘the radio voice of Nassau Community College’. The show has been on the air for a total of over 26 years as of 2009 (January 1984 to January 1987 and from April 1996 to the present)!
Susan ShumskyAuthor of Maharishi & Me
Author of Maharishi & Me
Susan has written a book from her personal experiences in the 1960s and beyond, called Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment. Susan learned TM in early 1967, and studied with the Maharishi in Rishikesh in 1970. She ended up working for him for six years i Europe, really getting to know him. We welcome Susan back for her second year. This story has never been told, until her book was published, and is very fascinating.
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, Kit 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.
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 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. It is now available in a 2 volume soft cover edition. He will be treating us to another A/V Presentation and will be participating in some of the Panel Discussions.
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.
Allison Johnelle BoronFounder, REBEAT Magazine
Allison Johnelle Boron
Founder, REBEAT Magazine
Allison is a Los Angeles-based music writer and editor whose work has appeared in Goldmine, Paster, and more. She is the founder and editor of REBEAT Magazine, an online publication focused on mid-century music, culture, and lifestyle.
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