Don DannemannOriginal Lead singer of The Cyrkle
Original Lead singer of The Cyrkle
Don Dannemann was the original lead singer of The Cyrkle (Red Rubber Ball & Turn Down Day). They were the only American artist ever managed by Brian Epstein.The band was on The Beatles' final tour in 1966, including their final ever official concert at Candlestick Park in August of that year. A terrific storyteller, Don will be at the Fest on Sunday only, telling these great Beatlecentric stories and joining Liverpool to sing his hits and perhaps join in a Beatles song or two. This is Don's first ever FEST appearance.
Billy J. KramerBritish Invasion Star
Billy J. Kramer
British Invasion Star
Billy J. will be at the Fest all weekend with his band, including Billy Joel's former drummer Liberty Devitto. Billy will be world premiering his new single. Legends are hard to come by, but Billy J. is one of them. We are delighted to welcome him back to our stage. One of only two artists to have four songs written for them by Lennon/McCartney (Peter & Gordon was the other). Billy took Do You Want To Know A Secret to # 1 in the UK, knocking the Beatles out of the top spot! Other hits by Billy include Bad To Me, I'll Keep You Satisfied, and From A Window. His latest album, I Won The Fight, was produced and written mostly by Billy - a career first. With a song called To Liverpool With Love, Billy helped lead the charge that got his former manager Brian Epstein inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago. Billy will be talking about Liverpool (his hometown) and the 60s at the FEST, and will be having signing sessions all weekend.
Laurence JuberIn Concert, Formerly of Wings
In Concert, Formerly of Wings
Laurence Juber joined Wings as Lead Guitarist the same time Steve Holley joined. They were both brought into the band by Denny Laine. Laurence is one of our all time favorite guitarists, and you will hear why once he picks up his guitar and plays. Over the years, Laurence has released three albums of acoustic Beatles tunes and one of Wings tunes. Laurence has a brand new Beatles album coming out just before the FEST, called The Fab Fourth. 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. If we counted correctly, this is Laurence's 36th FEST and he keeps getting better!!
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.
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, Glen Burtnik, 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 selections from Let It Be. They will also be performing selections from All Things Must Pass, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, McCartney (all celebrating their 50th anniversary), and 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!
The WeeklingsIn Concert on Sunday
In Concert on Sunday
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 on Sunday afternoon. The guys will have a new single and new album by the time they hit the Fest stage! This is their sixth consecutive year with us and it is exciting to see their popularity increase each year, getting lots of airplay on Little Steven's Underground Garage, and on Chris Carter's Breakfast With The Beatles, on The Beatles Channel!
Scott FreimanCreator of Deconstructing The Beatles
Creator of Deconstructing The Beatles
SCOTT FREIMAN is a composer, a musician, and a software entrepreneur. He will be giving an A/V presentation on his latest film - Deconstructing The Beatles Abbey Road. He is the creator of Deconstructing The Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. Scott has presented his lectures to sold out audiences throughout North America at theaters, museums and corporations, such as Pixar, Google, and Facebook, and has also lectured at colleges and universities and taught a 13-part course at Yale University entitled The Beatles in The Studio.Scott is featured in seven Deconstructing the Beatles films now available on DVD. They include films on the Birth of the Beatles, the 1963 Beatles, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, and The White Album. Two films deconstructing Abbey Road were just released. Scott made his first FEST appearance last March and did his White Album presentation.
Ken DashowQ104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Q104.3 - Master of Ceremonies
Ken Dashow's knowledge and love of music, and of course, The Beatles, can be heard weekday afternoons 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.
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, on the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road, came out this past summer. 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 2020.
Kenneth WomackAuthor of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2
Author of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2
Kenneth Womack world-premiered both of his wonderful books on George Martin, called Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966, (in 2017) and Sound Pictures, Volume 2 (last year)! 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 books, 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.
Jude Southerland KesslerJohn Lennon Author/Historian
Jude Southerland Kessler
John Lennon Author/Historian
Jude Southerland Kessler's fourth volume of the history of John Lennon, was debuted at the Chicago Fest last summer. It is called, Should Have Known Better and covers 1964 from the day the returned from their historic American debut in February. This is an amazing book and a must read for all Beatles fans, especially John fans. Over 900 pages of day by day accounts of the year Beatlemania broke out worldwide. The first volume in the series is Shoulda Been There, the second is Shivering Inside, and the third is She Loves You. Jude has a new panel discussion on the Beatles' 1964 North American Tour, with Bruce Spizer, Chuck Gunderson, and Piers Hemmingsen. A featured writer on the Fest's Blog for the last two years, where she is contributing two pieces per month, Jude's A/V presentations at the FEST are original and you will even learn new things about the Beatles.
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” Contests, and assisting Mark part in the Saturday Auction on the main 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.
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! You can even have your photo taken sitting behind The Beatles Kit and all photos will be forwarded to Team Ringo!!!
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 musical Jagged Little Pill on Broadway. Congratulations to Vivek on this new feather in his cap!
Bob AbdouPuppet Shows All Three Days
Puppet Shows All Three Days
After a brief hiatus, Bob Abdou -- Mr. Puppet -- returned to the Fest in 2019, picking up right where he left off and thrilling Festers once again. We're excited to see what he has in store for us in 2020! Bob will also be leading our parade on Saturday, which will be an 80th birthday celebration for John Lennon.
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.
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)
Andrew Weiss & FriendsOn the Apple Jam Stage
Andrew Weiss & Friends
On the Apple Jam Stage
Back for their second year at the Fest, Andrew Weiss & Friends will be paying tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Double Fantasy.
Phil AngottiOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
A legend at the Chicago Fests, Phil will finally be bringing his talents to the New York Metro Fest, where he will be performing on the Apple Jam stage.
Cellophane FlowersIn Concert
Cellophane Flowers, featuring Jeff Lubin, is a reinterpretation of Beatles songs arranged for string quartet & voice. They made their FEST debut in 2015 in New York, thrilling attendees on two of our stages.
Molly JeanneOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
Molly Jeanne is a 16-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.
Dora & Casey HillOn the Apple Jam Stage
Dora & Casey Hill
On the Apple Jam Stage
The daughters of Drew Hill from LIVERPOOL, Dora & Casey have hit the Apple Jam Stage in New York and Chicago over the last few years, thrilling Festers with their enchanting performances. They will be playing some original songs along with a Beatles song or two.
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 of scenes from The Beatles history through his imaginative eyes. Eric, who has been at most Fests since 2008, continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going.
Alex CainAuthor of The Beatles Beat
Author of The Beatles Beat
After a lengthy and successful career in TV Sound, Liverpudlian Alex combined his love of drumming and the Beatles to write (with Terry McCusker) Ringo Starr And The Beatles Beat - the definitive account of Ringo Starr's drumming with the Beatles.
Simon WeitzmanDirector/Producer on the Fan Film Ltd Beatles fandom documentary, Here There & Everywhere
Director/Producer on the Fan Film Ltd Beatles fandom documentary, Here There & Everywhere
Simon has been creating Here, There & Everywhere - A film celebrating 50+ years of Beatles Fandom. At the Fest, he will screen a brand new 1 hour cut of 100 percent new footage. Featuring fans from around the world (some very familiar to this audience) the film is a loving showcase of stories and talent celebrating the unique Beatles family. The film is due out later this year. Look out for Simon and fellow producer Stuart around The Fest as they will be doing some further interviews and vox pops for the feature. The Beatles In Stereographic 3D - Paul Skellett and Simon Weitzman present the final book box set celebrating seminal parts of The Beatles career in stereographic 3D. The project took 15 months to complete and the sets feature viewing glasses designed by Queen's Brian May. 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.
Rob LeonardHost of Beatlesongs
Host of BeatlesongsRob Leonard 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 together and apart. This unique show airs every Friday from 8pm to 11pm on 90.3FM WHPC Garden City, New York www.nccradio.org. The show started over 35 years ago and has been on the air for a over 26 years (1984-1987 and 1996 to the present) Rob is also the co-host of the Beatles podcast "The Fab 4 Free 4 All" with friends Mitch Axelrod and Tony Traguardo. www.fab4free4all.com
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!
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. This year at the Fest, Susan will be taking over from the retiring Al Sussman (Al will still be at the Fest!) as Tom Frangione's assistant.
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.
David BedfordAuthor of "The Fab 104"
Author of "The Fab 104"
Liverpudlian David Bedford has finished up his new book, Looking For The 4th Beatle, which debuted at the Chicago Fest this past August. 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.
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.
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.
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 in Europe, really getting to know him. We welcome Susan back for her third year. This story has never been told, until her book was published, and is very fascinating.
Kit O'TooleAuthor of "Songs We Were Singing"
Author of "Songs We Were Singing"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 “Deep Soul”), and Cinema Sentries, and previously served as a music editor for Blogcritics. Kit is also a longtime contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine.
Terry Lilly Whitney, a.k.a. The Rockin’ Rhymer, is a Michigan native who has been part of the poetry jam and other activities at the Chicago Fest for several years. Her new book, Any Rhyme At All, will be available at the Fest.
Wally PodrazikPanel Discussions
Wally Podrazik has been the Discussions Room host at almost all of our Chicago FESTS (and numerous other cities) since 1977. Wally is one of the most respected Beatles historians 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. Wally's insight make his contributions to the daily discussions with our guest authors invaluable.
Steve MatteoAuthor of Let It Be
Author of Let It Be
Steve Matteo is the author of Let It Be (33 1/3-Bloomsbury) and Dylan (Sterling). He has written for such publications as The Absolute Sound, Literary Hub, Dan's Papers, Scenes, Under the Radar, Boomer magazine, The Alternate Root, Versopolis, Ugly Things, Pulse, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York magazine, Time Out New York, Rolling Stone, Spin, Interview, Elle and Salon. Steve's talk this year ties in perfectly with the 50th Anniversary of Let It Be.
Cheryl B. HokensAuthor of Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Vietnam Story
Cheryl B. Hokens
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.
Terry CrainAuthor of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise
Author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise
Author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise in the U.S. 1964-1966. The boodocuments original Beatles memorabilia and identifies the companies involved and their dealings with The Beatles management, NEMS and many lawyers. This is Terry's first appearance at the New York Metro FEST as a guest author.
Mark Brickley, author of the re-issued book, Postcards From Liverpool: Beatles Moments & Memories. He has a new multi-media PowerPoint Show, The Beatles Road to Stardom: 1956-1964, which he will present at the FEST. This will be Mark's first time joining us at the NY Metro FEST.
Erika White is co-host of Because the Beatles, a podcast focusing on the Beatles from a next gen, female perspective. Prior to that, she was a regular contributor to Rebeat Magazine, where she wrote about the Beatles and interviewed classic rock luminaries including Peter Yarrow, Laurence Juber, and Louise Harrison. She was also featured on the MPL Communications radio special, McCartney in the '70s, discussing the impact of the Wings abumd Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound. When not obsessing about the Beatles, Erika is a graphic designer, theater performer, and dog enthusiast.
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.
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 third FEST author appearance.
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