The Original & Longest Running Beatles Celebration, Since 1974!
 
  • SHOWTIMES
  • AUG. 12, 2022
    5PM - Midnight
  • AUG. 13, 2022
    Noon - Midnight
  • AUG. 14, 2022
    Noon - 11 PM
Confirmed Chicago Fest Guests
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  • Billy J. Kramer
    British Invasion Legend In Concert

    Billy J. Kramer

    British Invasion Legend In Concert

    Billy J. will be at the Fest all weekend for music and talks. 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.

  • Peter Asher
    Of Peter & Gordon

    Peter Asher

    Of Peter & Gordon

    Peter has attended numerous FESTS over the past 15 years, and we are thrilled he is joining us in 2022. One of the most popular shows is on The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM is Peter Asher: From Me To You, in which Peter takes the listeners on a different musical journey each week and we never know in what direction he will go.

  • Laurence Juber
    In Concert, Formerly of Wings

    Laurence Juber

    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 will be performing on Saturday and Sunday. One of our all time favorite guitarists, you will hear why once Laurence picks up his guitar and plays. Over the years, Laurence has released three albums of acoustic Beatles tunes and one of Wings tunes. 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 37th FEST and he keeps getting better!

  • Gregg Bissonette
    Ringo Starr's Drummer on Tour

    Gregg Bissonette

    Ringo Starr's Drummer on Tour

    Gregg Bissonette is one of the most versatile drummers in the business. Since 2008, Gregg has had the “honor and thrill” of performing in the All Starr Band with his drumming hero Ringo Starr at concerts around the world. A first time Chicago Fest guest, Gregg will be jamming with Liverpool and doing a Drum Clinic on the main stage. Bissonette has played with David Lee Roth, James Taylor, Santana (on his Grammy-winning album Supernatural), Don Henley, Joe Satriani, Andrea Bocelli, ELO, Maynard Ferguson, Spinal Tap, and countless others. Gregg has recorded for numerous films (including The Bucket List, Finding Nemo, Best in Show, The Bourne Supremacy, The Devil Wears Prada, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), TV shows (all ten seasons of the NBC series Friends), and the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert and video. Bissonette recently recorded video lessons for Kennan Wylie’s Drumset Method books (Hal Leonard) and has three solo albums: Gregg Bissonette, Submarine, and Warning Will Robinson. He also has an award-winning 2-disc DVD, Musical Drumming in Different Styles (Hudson Music).

  • 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, 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 (now 52nd!) Anniversary, the guys will be performing selections from Let It Be. They will 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!

  • Chris O'Dell
    Worked at Apple, was at Rooftop Concert

    Chris O'Dell

    Worked at Apple, was at Rooftop Concert

    Chris O'Dell The former Apple secretary and one of rock’s first female tour managers was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White AlbumAbbey Road, and Let It Be, and sang in the chorus of the final cut for “Hey Jude.” worked at Apple Records and was at the historic Rooftop Concert on Jan. 30, 1969. She’s George Harrison’s “Miss O’Dell”, the famous B-side to “Give Me Love,” his No.1 single from 1973. Chris's memoir from 2010, Miss O'Dell, is the remarkable story of an ordinary woman who became a part of rock royalty’s trusted inner circle. Miss O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history and is the ultimate fly-on-the-wall rock memoir. We look forward to welcoming Chris back to The FEST.

  • Phil Angotti & Friends
    In Concert

    Phil Angotti & Friends

    In Concert

    A legend at the Chicago Fests, Phil and his band will be opening for Liverpool on the main stage on Friday night and performing on the Apple Jam stage throughout the weekend.

  • The Weeklings
    In Concert

    The Weeklings

    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 -- some fresh from their fourth album on Sunday. This is their seventh 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!

  • Cellophane Flowers
    In Concert

    Cellophane Flowers

    In Concert

    Cellophane Flowers, featuring Jeff Lake, 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.    

  • Bruce Spizer
    Leading Authority on the Beatles Recordings

    Bruce Spizer

    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 is on the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road.  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 2022.

  • Mark Lewisohn
    The World's Foremost Beatles Historian

    Mark Lewisohn

    The World's Foremost Beatles Historian

    We’re honored to welcome MARK LEWISOHN back to the FEST. Mark is taking a brief time out from preparing the second volume of his history trilogy The Beatles: All These Years to join us.

    Considered the world’s foremost Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn has also written a number of highly-regarded books about the band including The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, The Beatles Day by Day, The Complete Beatles Chronicle, and The Beatles’ London.

    THE FAMOUS FOUR GO TO RISHIKESH

    A fascinating illustrated talk by Mark Lewisohn

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    Every bit as intriguing now as it was then, the Beatles’ dive into TM and 1968 trip to India was crucial in their time together. Sharing rare gems from his deep archive and research, Mark Lewisohn presents an unmissable talk: a richly illustrated, informed, balanced and eye-opening view of what really happened when Liverpool’s four young seekers flew to the foothills of the Himalayas and returned home different.

  • Tom Frangione
    The Beatles Channel (SiriusXM) 'Resident Beatles Expert'

    Tom Frangione

    The Beatles Channel (SiriusXM) 'Resident Beatles Expert'

    For over 40 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 Trivia and “Name That Tune” contests, and assisting with the auction, interviews and other duties on the main stage. Tom has been part of the official Beatles Channel on SiriusXM since its launch in 2017 as part of the weekly Fab Fourum program, and now hosts the weekly rarities program Way Beyond Compare as well as Apple Jam, focusing on the artists the Beatles introduced to the world on their own Apple Records label. Tom is also a Contributing Editor to Beatlefan Magazine, and contributor to Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Radio.

  • Wally Podrazik
    Panel Discussions

    Wally Podrazik

    Panel 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 insights make his contributions to the daily discussions with our guest authors invaluable.

  • Terri Hemmert
    Master of Ceremonies

    Terri Hemmert

    Master of Ceremonies

    Terri will be here all weekend as usual and heading those wonderful talks and sessions on the main stage with our Special Guests as only Terri can! Terri very much looks forward to seeing all of you at the FEST next month. "Campers get ready". Terri's very popular Breakfast With The Beatles every Sunday morning will continue as well.

  • Simon Weitzman
    Director/Producer of Here, There & Everywhere

    Simon Weitzman

    Director/Producer of Here, There & Everywhere

    Simon has been creating Here, There & Everywhere - A film celebrating 50+ years of Beatles Fandom. At the Chicago Fest, Simon hopes to have ready to premiere it in the main ballroom! 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 OutEight Arms To Hold You, and All You Need Is Love. 

  • Susan Ryan
    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan

    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan started an online publication over 18 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.

  • Jude Southerland Kessler
    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler

    John Lennon Author/Historian

    Jude Southerland Kessler's fifth volume of the history of John Lennon is out now. It is called, Shades of Life: Part 1. This is an amazing book and a must read for all Beatles fans, especially John fans. The first volume in the series is Shoulda Been There, the second is Shivering Inside, the third is She Loves You, and the fourth is Should Have Known Better. A featured writer on the Fest's Blog for the last four years, Jude's A/V presentations at the FEST are original and you will even learn new things about the Beatles.

  • Bob Abdou
    Puppet Shows All Three Days

    Bob Abdou

    Puppet Shows All Three Days

    After a brief hiatus, Bob Abdou -- Mr. Puppet -- returned to our last 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! Bob will also be leading our parade on Saturday.

  • Vivek Tiwary
    Author of The Fifth Beatle

    Vivek Tiwary

    Author of The Fifth Beatle

    Vivek Tiwary is the author of The New York Times best-selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle - The Brian Epstein Story. Vivek is a multiple Tony Award winner (Green Day's American IdiotThe Addams FamilyThe Producers), and he's very excited to be joining us. Vivek is also the producer of Jagged Little Pill on Broadway.

  • 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 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.

  • Gary Astridge
    Ringo's Drum Kits Curator

    Gary Astridge

    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!

  • Ellis & Ary's My Sweet George
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Ellis & Ary's My Sweet George

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    George Harrison Tribute

  • School of Rock Chicago
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    School of Rock Chicago

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Starting in 2015, School of Rock Chicago has come to melt faces at the Fest. And they haven't disappointed.

  • The Pepperland Rockestra
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    The Pepperland Rockestra

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    The Pepperland Rockestra has grown in size over the last few years, and they keep getting better and better. We can't wait to see what surprises they have in store for us this time around.

  • John Dorhauer Big Band
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    John Dorhauer Big Band

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    On the Apple Jam Stage

  • Scott Erickson
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Scott Erickson

    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.

  • Liv Rose
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Liv Rose

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    On the Apple Jam Stage

  • Daniel 'Big D' Phillips
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Daniel 'Big D' Phillips

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    On the Apple Jam Stage

  • Penny Lane
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Penny Lane

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    On the Apple Jam Stage

  • Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Want something truly unique and awesome? Be there for Sgt. Sauerkraut's set.

  • Neal Glaser
    Of Art Celebs

    Neal Glaser

    Of Art Celebs

    Neal Glaser’s personal relationships with celebrities has developed to where Art Celebs now is the publisher of artwork by Ringo Starr and Jimi Hendrix, and the publisher of artwork from comedian Bill Maher’s recent book When You Ride Alone. Art Celebs also produced and co-published artwork by legend Al Hirschfeld, and today they are the exclusive distributors of fine art lithographs by Sir Paul McCartney. Truly all this fine artwork is music to the eyes. Neal has been part of the FEST for over 20 years,

  • Jim Berkenstadt
    Author of "Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed"

    Jim Berkenstadt

    Author of "Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed"

    Jim Berkenstadt is the author of  the new book, "Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed." His last book, The Beatle Who Vanished, took 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.

  • Kit O'Toole
    Author of "Songs We Were Singing"

    Kit O'Toole

    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.

  • Piers Hemmingsen
    Author of "The Beatles In Canada"

    Piers Hemmingsen

    Author of "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.

  • 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'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.

  • Kenneth Womack
    Author of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2

    Kenneth Womack

    Author of Sound Pictures: George Martin Bio Volume 2

    Kenneth Womack recently 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 and 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 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. 

  • Skylar Moody
    Panelist

    Skylar Moody

    Panelist

  • Laila Ortiz
    Panelist

    Laila Ortiz

    Panelist

  • Ethan Alexanian
    Panelist

    Ethan Alexanian

    Panelist

  • Patti Gallo-Stenman
    Author of Diary Of A Beatlemaniac

    Patti Gallo-Stenman

    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.

  • Terry Crain
    Author of "NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise"

    Terry Crain

    Author of "NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise"

    Terry's A/V presentation this year will be "I Wanna Marry a Beatle!" - early U.S. Beatles novelty songs.
      Author of NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise in the U.S. 1964-1966. The book documents 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.

  • Marti Edwards
    Founder of Chicagoland Beatles Club

    Marti Edwards

    Founder of Chicagoland Beatles Club

    Marti Edwards was the founder of the Chicagoland Beatles Fan Club in the 60s and got to meet the band at their first Chicago Press Conference. She tells her story in the book 16 in '64. Marti will be taking part in some of the Panel Discussions over the weekend.

  • Susan Shumsky
    Author of "Maharishi & Me"

    Susan Shumsky

    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.

  • Terri Whitney
    Author of "Any Rhyme At All"

    Terri Whitney

    Author of "Any Rhyme At All"

    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.

  • Ray Zirkle
    Author of "Advertising the Beatles'

    Ray Zirkle

    Author of "Advertising the Beatles'

    RAY ZIRKLE joins us as he premieres his second book on Advertising The Beatles. This one is Volume 2 1970-2021. Mostly from Ray’s collection of all advertisements in the music trade magazines and other places as well. An excellent document on this subject.

  • Pat Mancuso
    Author of "Do You Promise Not To Tell?"

    Pat Mancuso

    Author of "Do You Promise Not To Tell?"

    Author of "Do You Promise Not To Tell?"

  • Sara Schmidt
    Author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles

    Sara Schmidt

    Author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles

    Sara has written a book from her personal experiences in the 1960s, called Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: Beatlemania in St. Louis. We find out what it was like being a Beatles fan (something we all know about), and the challenges of seeing them in person.

  • More to Come
    See you at the Fest!

    More to Come

    See you at the Fest!

More Guests to Come

the venue
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Chicago Fest, we’ll see you in August!

You can call 1-847-696-1234 or 1-888-421-1442 to book your rooms for our 2022 Chicago FEST (Aug. 12-14) or book online here. This will be our 35th consecutive year of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The hotel, located just outside O’Hare Airport, is perfect for us. It’s spacious, accommodating, and has lots of room for jamming around the hotel. The hotel provides free shuttles to and from O’Hare. Rooms are $168 per night.

 

PARKING: $15 all day/night

 
 
 
 
 
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