The Original & Longest Running Beatles Celebration, Since 1974!
 
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  • AUG. 9, 2024
    5PM - Midnight
  • AUG. 10, 2024
    Noon - Midnight
  • AUG. 11, 2024
    Noon - 11 PM
Confirmed Chicago Fest Guests
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  • Randy Bachman
    Of The Guess Who & Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    Randy Bachman

    Of The Guess Who & Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    A founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman makes his return to the Fest! Bachman, who has collaborated with Ringo Starr and Pete Townshend, will be with us all weekend. Also joining us will be Randy's son, Tal, who had a top hit in 1999 with "She's So High." In addition to their prodigious musical talent, Randy and Tal are the hosts of Musical Mystery Tour on The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.

  • Micky Dolenz
    Of The Monkees

    Micky Dolenz

    Of The Monkees

    What a thrill it is to welcome Micky Dolenz back to the Chicago FEST! Micky was one of the Monkees and their lead singer on hits like Last Train to Clarksville, I’m A Believer, and Pleasant Valley Sunday. The Monkees TV show began in 1966 as a loving parallel tribute to The Beatles. It turned out to be bigger than anyone expected and their albums sold millions. Micky wrote the Monkees song, Randy Scouse Git, which had a direct Beatles reference in it. Micky and the other Monkees met The Beatles and he hung out quite a bit with John Lennon and Harry Nilsson in the early 1970s. Micky is a great entertainer and storyteller and is excited about appearing in front of thousands of Beatles Fans. Micky loves The Beatles and he is looking forward to performing some Beatles songs on Friday and Saturday evening.

  • Billy J. Kramer
    British 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 about his storied history, signing books, albums, photos and jamming with Liverpool during their nightly concerts.

  • 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. 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 38th FEST and he keeps getting better! FESTS ATTENDED: 1982 - Los Angeles, Chicago, New York Metro, Houston 1990 - Los Angeles 1991 - New York Metro, Chicago 1992 - Los Angeles 1993 - Chicago 1994 - New York Metro 1995 - Los Angeles, Chicago 1996 - New York Metro, San Francisco 1997 - New York Metro, Chicago, Los Angeles 1999 - Chicago, Orlando, California 2000 - New York Metro, Chicago, Los Angeles 2002 - Boston 2005 - Chicago, Las Vegas 2010 - Chicago 2011 - New York Metro 2014 - Chicago, Los Angeles 2017 - New York Metro, Chicago 2019 - New York Metro, Chicago   OFFICIAL FEST VIDEOS:   Performing "Johnny B. Goode" with Mark Rivera and Liverpool at the 2014 Chicago Fest -     Performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2012 Chicago Fest -     Laurence Juber on the web: laurencejuber.com Laurence Juber on Facebook: Facebook.com/laurencejuber Laurence Juber on Twitter: @OM28LJ

  • Steve Holley
    Drummer, formerly of Wings

    Steve Holley

    Drummer, formerly of Wings

    Steve joined Wings around the same time as Laurence Juber, and has been to many Fests over the years. For those who may not know Wings history, it was Denny Laine who brought in both Laurence and Steve at the same time as the last lineup of Wings.

  • Freda Kelly
    Beatles Fan Club President

    Freda Kelly

    Beatles Fan Club President

    A native of Ireland, Freda worked for the Beatles from 1962 to 1972, and was president of their fan club. In the early years, Kelly worked with Brian Epstein. Freda's life was the subject of the fantastic 2013 documentary Good Ol' Freda.

  • 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 on the chorus of the final cut for “Hey Jude.” Chris worked at Apple Records and was at the historic Rooftop Concert on Jan. 30, 1969. At the Fest, the documentary on the life and career of Chris, titled "Miss O'Dell," will be screened. She’s George Harrison’s “Miss O’Dell”, the famous B-side to “Give Me Love,” his No.1 single from 1973. Chris' 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.

  • 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. 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!

  • Julie Evans
    Mal Evans' daughter, new book 'The Untold Story of Mal Evans'

    Julie Evans

    Mal Evans' daughter, new book 'The Untold Story of Mal Evans'

    Julie Evans is Mal Evan's daughter and will be joining us to celebrate Mal's book that Ken Womack so marvelously put together.

  • The Weeklings
    In Concert

    The Weeklings

    In Concert

    The Weeklings (JEM recording artists) are America’s most unique celebration of the music and muse of The Beatles, The band performs and records explosive renditions of Beatles album and Top 40 classics, uniquely arranged nuggets, 60s classic remakes, and brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals. The Weeklings bring their music to life through their extraordinary energy and musicianship, exceptional vocals, and charming stage presence. They have a brand new album out called Raspberry Park and we think it is their finest one yet. We offer signed copies of the album.

  • Cellophane Flowers
    In Concert

    Cellophane Flowers

    In Concert

    Jeff Lake and Cellophane Flowers have been gracing 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.

  • Brendan Hunt
    Ted Lasso Actor/Co-Creator and lifelong Beatles fan

    Brendan Hunt

    Ted Lasso Actor/Co-Creator and lifelong Beatles fan

    BRENDAN HUNT is an award-winning actor, screenwriter and playwright living in Los Angeles, best known for co-creating the international hit Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso along with Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly and Bill Lawrence. He is also an ensemble member for the show, portraying Ted's trusty assistant, Coach Beard. In its first two seasons, the show won consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Peabody Award and many others. Brendan's newest project is the autobiographical solo stage work The Movement You Need, which just completed a sold-out run at the Soho Playhouse in Manhattan. The show explores his complicated relationship with his alcoholic single mom, and the one avenue they had that was easy and in concord -- a mutual love of The Beatles. Brendan will be joining us on Saturday, August 10th as we welcome him to our stage for the first time (though he first attended the Chicago FEST almost 40 years ago!). His talk will be followed by a signing session in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.

  • The Taxmen
    In Concert

    The Taxmen

    In Concert

    The Taxmen, a new, Milwaukee-based band of young musicians, are bringing their enthusiasm and passion for the Beatles to Generation Z fans and beyond! Band members include Will Maher (24) rhythm guitar, Anthony Kopczynski (23) bass, Jeff Dziadulewicz (23) lead guitar, and Will Martin (20) drums. Playing Beatles tunes since the fifth grade, The Taxmen have been hitting the local Milwaukee music scene, giving rise to a new generation of raving Beatle fans! Their performances encompass classics from the 1950’s to the present day. The Taxmen are carving out their unique space, captivating audiences with their diverse repertoire of covers, as well as their own original songs. They are currently working on recording their first album, featuring original songs with a unique style, influenced by the greatest band of all time. You can find them on Instagram @TAXMEN.MKE

  • 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. 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.

  • The Newbees
    On the Apple Jam stage

    The Newbees

    On the Apple Jam stage

    For over 20 years, Jeff and Misty Perholtz have fronted the Cincinnati-based rock group The Newbees. Known for their modern-vintage rock sound, The Newbees continue to create retro-flavored original music and world-class, fully orchestrated tribute shows. They have toured extensively, celebrating the music of The Beatles (The Love Album, Abbey Road), The Allman Brothers Band, The Eagles and more. The Newbees have also served as a backing band for many rock legends, including John Kay of Steppenwolf, Billy J. Kramer, Joey Molland of Badfinger and Terry Sylvester of The Hollies. Along with Wings guitarist, Laurence Juber, Jeff co-produced Billy J. Kramer's latest album, "Are You With Me?" at Abbey Road Studios.

  • 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.

    Tom has been part of the official Beatles Channel on SiriusXM since its premier in 2017, hosting the weekly Fab Fourum, the Way Beyond Compare rarities show, and Apple Jam, celebrating the music and artists on the Beatles own Apple Records label. He also writes the weekly show Across The Universe, focusing on John Lennon’s life and music, and hosts a brand new series “Beyond The Beatles”, focusing on the solo music made by John, Paul, George and Ringo in the ‘70s.

    Tom is a longtime Contributing Editor to Beatlefan Magazine, and contributor to Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Radio as well.

    Tom has done exclusive one-on-one interviews with both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. His interview with Sir Paul was cited around the world, and won a New York Festivals international radio award in 2023.

  • Terri Hemmert
    Master of Ceremonies Since 1978

    Terri Hemmert

    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!

  • 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.

  • Jay Bergen
    Author of Lennon, The Mobster & The Lawyer

    Jay Bergen

    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. Jay will have an exciting announcement during the Chicago Fest, so stay tuned!

  • 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 2024.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Liv Rose
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Liv Rose

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    On the Apple Jam Stage

  • Jay Goeppner
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Jay Goeppner

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Jay has been a familiar sight at the Fest for decades, and his rollicking performances are not to be missed.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Pepperland Twist
    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Pepperland Twist

    On the Apple Jam Stage

    Performing cuts from Abbey Road and more, Pepperland Strings always never fails to put on a truly unique and memorable performance.

  • 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 five years, Jude's A/V presentations at the FEST are original and you will even learn new things about the Beatles.

  • Susan Ryan
    Beatles Historian

    Susan Ryan

    Beatles 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.

  • 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 os also the producer of Jagged Little Pill on Broadway.

  • Kenneth Womack
    Author of the Mal Evans Biography

    Kenneth Womack

    Author of the Mal Evans Biography

    Kenneth Womack has written the definitive story about Mal Evans. This book has been almost 50 years in the making and Ken has the full cooperation of the Evans family. Ken gave us the world's first sneak peek at last summer's Chicago FEST. 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. 

  • Skylar Moody
    Panelist

    Skylar Moody

    Panelist

    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

  • 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.

  • Ivor Davis
    Author of The Beatles & Me On Tour

    Ivor Davis

    Author of The Beatles & Me On Tour

    Author of The Beatles & Me On Tour

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Rodriguez
    Author of 'John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s'

    Robert Rodriguez

    Author of 'John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo In The 70s'

    Robert Rodriguez' book John, Paul, George & Ringo, Solo in the 70s, puts the decade in perspective with a 30,000 word day-by-day timeline, following rock's evolution through the decade, and giving the reader a better perspective. He interviewed solo Beatles producers, engineers, friends, musicians, and associates. Robert's previous book, Revolver, was one of the best books in recent years, giving reasons why the album was the Beatles' height of creativity as a band. Robert is a Chicago native.

  • 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.

  • Sara Schmidt
    Author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles

    Sara Schmidt

    Author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles

    Sara's book is Dear Beatle People: The Story of The Beatles North American Fan Club.
    This book was highly anticipated. The cover and inside illustrations are by Beatle artist Eric Cash. Mark Lewisohn gave his blessing on the book and allowed it 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. Uncovered are 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 "Dear Beatle People: The Beatles North American Fan Clubs."

  • Laurie Kaye
    Author of Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper

    Laurie Kaye

    Author of Confessions of a Rock N Roll Name Dropper

  • Deirdre Kelly
    Author of Fashioning the Beatles

    Deirdre Kelly

    Author of Fashioning the Beatles

    Author of Fashioning the Beatles. John, Paul, George, and Ringo were more than great musicians: they were the quintessential fashion icons of one of the most exciting and memorable fashion eras of all time. From their starts in black leather through Sgt. Pepper to Nehru collars and psychedelia, the Beatles used clothing to express their individual and group identities and, especially, to grow their following.

  • Andy Nicholes
    Co-host of 2 Legs Podcast

    Andy Nicholes

    Co-host of 2 Legs Podcast

    Co-host of 2Legs: A Paul McCartney Podcast

  • Ethan Alexanian
    Host of 'Fans On The Run' Podcast

    Ethan Alexanian

    Host of 'Fans On The Run' Podcast

    Host of "Fans On The Run," the podcast made by, for and about Beatles fans!

  • Lonnie Pena
    Podcaster

    Lonnie Pena

    Podcaster

    Podcaster

  • Aaron Badgley
    Author of Dark Horse Records

    Aaron Badgley

    Author of Dark Horse Records

    Aaron is the author of Dark Horse Records: The story of George Harrison's Post-Beatles Record Label.

  • Ed Chen
    Podcaster

    Ed Chen

    Podcaster

    Podcaster: When They Was Fab: Electric Arguments About the Beatles

  • More to Come
    See you at the Fest!

    More to Come

    See you at the Fest!

  • More to Come
    See you at the Fest!

    More to Come

    See you at the Fest!

    See you at the Fest!

More Guests to Come

the venue
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Chicago Fest, we’ll see you August 9-11, 2024!
We have held our annual area FEST at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare since 1986 – our home away from home!! 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.
PARKING: $20 all day/night. Room rates this year are $170.00 per night. You can make your reservations online HERE