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Gregg BissonetteRingo Starr's Drummer on Tour
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.Gregg will be jamming with Liverpool and talking about his experiences being on tour with Ringo.Gregg 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. Gregg 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).
Pattie BoydAuthor of 'My Life In Pictures'
Author of 'My Life In Pictures'
We are so honored to welcome back PATTIE BOYD to the Chicago FEST stage for the first time in 15 years! Pattie first met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night. They started dating shortly afterwards and were married less than two years later (1966). Pattie was one of the top models during the Carnaby Street era in London in the mid 1960s. George wrote a number of songs for Pattie, none more magnificent than Something. 15 years ago, Pattie wrote her autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, another classic song written for her, but this time by Eric Clapton. Pattie will be signing and personalizing all copies of her amazing new coffee table book, My Life in Photos. She will also be displaying some of her iconic clothes she wore back in the 1960s and offering some her photos from the book in a Limited Edition, in her own Exhibit Room.
Mark RiveraRingo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
Ringo Starr's Music Director, Legendary Sax Player
MARK RIVERA is Ringo’s musical director, Billy Joel's horn player and one of the top sax players in the business. Mark's long awaited autobiography, Sideman, was published in February and Mark can't wait to join us again to talk about his famed career, and of course join in the nightly jams with Liverpool. 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 concerts, and adding his amazing talents as the top horn player he is. Mark will be participating in at least one signing session on Friday and two signings on both Saturday and Sunday. Exact times will be posted on our site a week before the FEST and in our program booklet.
Billy J. KramerBritish Invasion and Liverpool Legend
Billy J. Kramer
British Invasion and Liverpool Legend
Billy J. is a living legend from the British Invasion of 1964 led by The Beatles, of course. It is always an honor to have Billy join us at THE FEST. In 2014, Billy released To Liverpool With Love, a song protesting Brian Epstein's absence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five years later, Brian got in. We do think his song had a bit to do with it and we thank him for it. Billy will be on hand all weekend, talking with Terri Hemmert about his storied history, signing books, albums, photos and jamming with Liverpool during their nightly concerts.
Terry SylvesterLiverpool Legend, of The Swinging Blue Jeans & The Hollies
Liverpool Legend, of The Swinging Blue Jeans & The Hollies
TERRY SYLVESTER is a native of Liverpool and former member of The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, and The Escorts. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Fest stage! Terry will be participating in at least one signing session on Friday and two signings on both Saturday and Sunday. Exact times will be posted on our site a week before the FEST and in our program booklet.
Joey MollandLiverpool Legend and Apple Band Badfinger
Liverpool Legend and Apple Band 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. Joey will be participating in at least one signing session on Friday and two signings on both Saturday and Sunday. Exact times will be posted on our site a week before the FEST and in our program booklet.
The WeeklingsIn Concert on Saturday
In Concert on Saturday
The Weeklings (JEM recording artists), America’s most unique celebration of the music and muse of The Beatles, features former members of Styx, Dave Mason, the original Beatlemania on Broadway, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s Jukebox and BeatlesFest house band Liverpool. The band performs and records explosive renditions of Beatles album and Top 40 classics, uniquely arranged nuggets such as "Paperback Writer," "Baby You're a Rich Man," and "I Am the Walrus," 60s classic remakes like The Easybeats' 1966 garage rock hit “Friday On My Mind” featuring Peter Noone of Herman Hermit's fame on lead vocals, plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like "Little Elvis," "In the Moment" and "3" -- the title track from their latest album chosen the No. 1 Coolest Song in the World 2020 on Sirius/XM's Little Steven's Underground Garage. The Weeklings bring their music to life through their extraordinary energy and musicianship, exceptional vocals, and charming stage presence.
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. 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!
Cellophane FlowersIn Concert on Saturday
In Concert on Saturday
Jeff Lake and Cellophane Flowers have been gracing our the Fest stages since 2015. A guitar, voice, violins, viola, and cello take us on a classical journey through a set of Beatles songs that will blow away all in attendance.
Jay BergenAuthor of Lennon, The Mobster & The Lawyer
Author of Lennon, The Mobster & The Lawyer
JAY BERGEN was John Lennon's attorney in late 1975 into 1976 for the lawsuit that John and Capitol Records filed against Morris Levy, who released an incomplete version of the Rock 'n' Roll album under the name Roots for sale via TV advertising without any permission. Jay became friendly with John and Yoko and tells this unique story in his book, Lennon, The Mobster & The Lawyer. He tells how John was in court every day and was very involved every step of the way. This court case did not get all the notoriety of the immigration case (Lawyer Leon Wildes was a special guest six years ago), but it was extremely important to John.
Terri HemmertMaster of Ceremonies Since 1978
Master of Ceremonies Since 1978
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."
Phil Angotti & FriendsIn Concert
Phil Angotti & Friends
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. Phil has been performing at the Fest for years, with his incredible group and solo. We're excited to see what Phil & Friends are cooking up for their main stage set, and look forward to their raucous Apple Jam performances.
Ellis & Ary's My Sweet GeorgeIn Concert
Ellis & Ary's My Sweet George
George Harrison Tribute
Liv RoseOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
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 Pepperland RockestraOn 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.
Haley LeRandOn the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
On the Apple Jam Stage
Jeff LakeOn the Apple Jam stage
On the Apple Jam stage
On the Apple Jam stage
Allan KozinnAuthor of Acclaimed McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1
Author of Acclaimed McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1
Allan Kozinn (with co-author Adrian Sinclair) have written The McCartney Legacy, Volume a 720 page tome that covers Paul's career from 1969-1973. this is one of those books that is a must for all fans. This book was our best-selling book of 2022 and all copies we offer have been signed by both Allan and Adrian.
Tom FrangioneThe Beatles Channel (SiriusXM) 'Resident Beatles Expert'
The Beatles Channel (SiriusXM) 'Resident Beatles Expert'PAUL McCARTNEY IN CONVERSATIONHear Tom Frangione’s exclusive interview with Paul McCartney, courtesy of our friends at The Beatles Channel on Sirius XM. In this interview, which has drawn notice worldwide, Paul discusses his classic album “Tug of War” and tells loads of great Beatles stories along the way.You’ll hear the entire hour-long interview, including material that wasn’t included in the broadcast special. So whether you’re a SiriusXM subscriber who caught the broadcast (or perhaps may have missed it), or haven’t yet signed up, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.As an added bonus, a special visual presentation has been prepared by Natalie Palumbo, to accompany the interview.The interview will be featured over the weekend on both the Main Stage and in the Video Room. If you haven't heard it (or seen it), you won't want to miss this!
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.
Neal GlaserOf Art Celebs, Signed Ringo Art
Of Art Celebs, Signed Ringo Art
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,
Kenneth WomackAuthor of the Forthcoming Mal Evans Biography
Author of the Forthcoming Mal Evans Biography
Kenneth Womack has written the definitive story about Mal Evans. This book have been almost 50 years in the making and Ken has the full cooperation of the Evans family. It is being published on November 14th. Ken gave us the world's first sneak peek at last summer's Chicago FEST. He will be expanding on it this year with more visuals and details on the life of The Beatles trusted jack of all trades assistant. For those who may not know, Mal's only public appearance ever, was at our second NYC Beatlefest in September, 1975. It was a true honor. Ken is a literary critic and award-winning author who has written five books about the Beatles. Ken is the Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at at Monmouth University in New Jersey.
Gary AstridgeRingo's Drum Kits Curator, 8' Sculptured Peace Hand
Ringo's Drum Kits Curator, 8' Sculptured Peace Hand
We are delighted to welcome back Ringo's personal Drum Curator GARY ASTRIDGE. Gary couldn't make it last summer, but he is bringing this 8 foot Sculptured Peace Hand (made from an actual casting of Ringo's right hand)! Take photos with the sculpture at the FEST and share on social media to spread Ringo's message of Peace and Love! Unique life-size statuette versions will be available at the FEST, benefiting Ringo and Barbara's Lotus Foundation.
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 insights make his contributions to the daily discussions with our guest authors invaluable.
Susan RyanBeatles Historian
Susan Ryan started an online publication over 19 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.
Skylar Moody is a NYC-Metro based Beatles content creator for TikTok (@lucyinthesky.lar) and YouTube as well as a budding music journalist. From the age of 15, she has been deeply influenced by the work of The Beatles. Their impact has inspired her to connect with fans around the world and become the voice of her generation that keeps the band's legacy alive. Skylar on Wordpress
Al SussmanAuthor of Changin' Times
Author of Changin' Times
Author of Changin' Times
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 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 2023.
Jude Southerland KesslerJohn 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.
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.
Danny DonutsNightly Fest Recaps
Nightly Fest Recaps
DANNY DONUTS will be doing his parody songs each evening, starting with a welcome to the Special Guests on Friday night, Parodies of events and Video highlights of the festivities and attendees on the main stage. He also leads the Saturday afternoon Sing-Along Parade for fans of all ages!
Piers HemmingsenAuthor of "The Beatles In Canada"
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.
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.
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.
Terry CrainAuthor of "NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise"
Author of "NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise"
Jim BerkenstadtAuthor of "Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed"
Author of "Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed"
Jim Berkenstadt is the author of "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.
Steve MatteoAuthor of Act Naturally: The Beatles on Film
Author of Act Naturally: The Beatles on Film
Steve Matteo is the author of the new Act Naturally: The Beatles on Film. His first book on the Beatles was Let It Be (33 1/3-Bloomsbury) and also, 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.
Sara SchmidtAuthor of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles
Author of Happiness is Seeing The BeatlesSara's book, Dear Beatle People: The Story of The Beatles North American Fan Club, premiere at the recent New York Metro Fest.This book was highly anticipated. The cover and inside illustrations are by Beatle artist Eric Cash. Mark Lewisohn gave me his blessing on the book and allowed me to use a few interviews he conducted for Tune In. The book is 377 pages with over 100 photographs, many in color. No one has ever written about the Beatles Fan Clubs, especially the ones in the United States. I uncovered some great stories that have never been heard before about fan club officers meeting The Beatles in person during their U.S. tours and at their homes. There are also many extra fun things in the book for fans to discover.Sara Schmidt is a second-generation Beatles fan who runs the popular website "Meet The Beatles...For Real." She is the author of the book "Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: Beatlemania in St. Louis," and her new book, "Dear Beatle People: The Beatles North American Fan Clubs" will be available soon.
Ray ZirkleAuthor of "Advertising the Beatles'
Author of "Advertising the Beatles'RAY ZIRKLE is the author of Advertising The Beatles, mostly from Ray’s collection of all advertisements in the music trade magazines and other places as well. An excellent document on this subject.
Terri WhitneyAuthor of "Any Rhyme At All"
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 book, Any Rhyme At All, will be available at the Fest.
Doug Wolfberg is a musician, author and attorney based in Pennsylvania. His new book from Schiffer Publishing, Fab But True, is making its official debut at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans. Fab But True employs superior forensic research skills with crisp, sparkling storytelling to present sixteen remarkable stories from the career of the best band there ever was - or will be. From the race horse that saved the Beatles, to the flamboyant celebrity lawyer who squandered the Beatles' merchandising fortune, to the incredible story of how the one and only painting by all four Beatles came into existence amid a lockdown in a Tokyo hotel room, Fab But True does a deep dive on these remarkable stories and the colorful characters who intersected with the lives and careers of the Beatles. Fab But True is a richly illustrated and face-paced narrative hardcover representing Doug's first Beatles book.
This will be our 36th 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.
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