THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2017 – NEW YORK METRO returns to New Jersey to the magnificent Hyatt Regency right on the Hudson River in Jersey City, NJ for three days of all things Beatles from March 3 – 5, 2017. Just a quick five-minute PATH train ride from Manhattan, the 43rd annual FEST will host thousands of Beatles fans from 30 states and beyond, as they celebrate the incredible music and legacy of their favorite Liverpool lads. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and the FEST will be celebrating it in all its psychedelic glory, along with everything Beatles. Featuring a multitude of special guests, panel discussions, film screenings, live musical performances, a wide range of Beatles-related activities for the whole family, and an avalanche of great Beatles-related items in the world’s largest Beatles marketplace, the 2017 Fest for Beatles Fans is the fab event of the year for anyone who likes The Beatles or just great music – Yeah, Yeah Yeah!
The Beatles continue to capture both our imagination and our attention, and this past year saw a wealth of Beatles-related activity for fans to enjoy. Inspired sold out concert tours by both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the magnificent Ron Howard documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Beatles Live, and a plethora of great new books chronicling many fun and fascinating facets of Beatles history are all proof that Beatlemania is still alive and well. The infectious spirit of this incredible band and their music that first rocked the world over fifty years ago will be on full display at the 2017 Fest.
In addition, Beatles fans of all ages will gather to enjoy many classic Fest traditions and make new ones. All the ballrooms and conference rooms of the Jersey City Hyatt Regency will offer non-stop concerts, contests and giveaways, photo and art exhibits, yoga, author presentations, videos, the FABoratory Beatles Experimental Zone, Beatles trivia, the exclusive U.S. screening “Looking For Lennon,” and more. Major special guests perform, jam, and recall memories from the 60s and beyond that they shared with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
KLAUS VOORMANN | Grammy award winning designer of covers of The Beatles Revolver and Anthology, performed with John, Paul, George & Ringo, member of The 60’s British Invasion group, The Manfred Mann Band
LOUISE HARRISON | Sister of George Harrison
LAURENCE JUBER, DENNY SEIWELL, STEVE HOLLEY | Formerly of Wings
JOEY MOLLAND | Lead guitarist of The Beatles Apple band Badfinger
BILLY KINSLEY | Member of The Merseybeats, who performed at The Cavern with The Beatles
LARRY KANE | Only American journalist invited to tour America with The Beatles in ‘64 and ‘65
LEON WILDES | Attorney who helped win John Lennon’s immigration case (Sunday only)
MARK RIVERA | Ringo Starr’s Musical Director, Billy Joel’s Sax player (Sat & Sun)
MARK HUDSON | Ringo’s Producer for 10 years
LIVERPOOL | World’s Finest Beatles Tribute Band In Concert Each Evening
Saturday features Side One of Sgt. Pepper and Sunday Side Two
PIG LIGHT SHOW with Marc Rubinstein
Other Musical Guests include:
JEFF SLATE’S BIRDS OF PARADOX | Recreates John’s One-to-One Concert on Saturday
Featuring 2 former members of John Lennon’s Elephant’s Memory Band –
GARY VAN SCYOC and ADAM IPPOLITO
THE WEEKLINGS | In Concert on Sunday Afternoon
The Weeklings Studio 2 Album was recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2
JON COBERT – Lennon Session Musician- Played on Stand By Me
GENE CORNISH of The Rascals
SCHOOL OF ROCK | Perform Sunday Afternoon
WINGMEN – In addition to performing a Mini Wingmen set with Liverpool on both Sat & Sun evenings, Laurence Juber (Guitar Player Magazine Guitarist of the year, twice) will be premiering his 3rd CD of his own amazing performances of Beatles Songs, called LJ Can’t Stop Playing The Beatles, being world premiered at the Fest, performing solos concerts on both Sat. & Sun. Denny Seiwell, Wings’ first drummer, shows his amazing drumming skills in his Sunday Ram seminar, where he plays drums live while the original tracks (without drums) are played, describing the recordings of these classic McCartney songs. Steve Holley, Wings’ last drummer, is playing a set with one of his current bands, The Sidney Green Street Band Plays The Beatles. These are new interpretations of Beatles songs. It will be on the Apple Jam Stage early on Sunday afternoon in this, the band’s first public performance of these songs.
THE FEST will also feature the Apple Jam Stage, where local musicians will be performing Beatles and solo Beatles tunes all weekend. Among the acts who will be rocking there are Fest veteran SCOTT ERICKSON performing Beatles and solo Beatles deep cuts, the Jack Douglas-produced LENNON & KATIE of Youth Be Told, AMANDA CONTI, JACQUI ARMBRUSTER, FABFORWARD, New York jam legends THE MEETLES and Fest Jam Band THE BOOTLEGS. mr. RAY’s Beatles4Kids Concert (Saturday 2PM).
Friendly Beatles competition ensues all weekend long, with Friday night’s dance party that features Sixties Dress-Up and Beatles Look-Alike contests, the Sound-Alike contest Saturday (tryouts that day, solos and duets), Battle of the Bands on Sunday (advanced sign-up required), Trivia and Name That Tune contests each day, and our Beatles Art Contest that runs all weekend with the winners announced on Sunday.
FANS look forward to a jam-packed schedule of music, talks and activities! More than 30 guest artists, authors and other Beatle-folk will lead presentations, showcase works, and participate in lively and enlightening discussions about The Beatles. KEN DASHOW of Q104.3 will emcee. KLAUS VOORMANN, befriended The Beatles in Hamburg in 1960, and was asked by John Lennon to design the iconic cover for Revolver which won him a Grammy Award 50 years ago. Klaus later played bass live at the Concert for Bangladesh, Live Peace in Toronto and on numerous solo albums by John, George and Ringo. He will be premiering the new Limited Edition of his latest book, Birth of an Icon – Revolver 50. This is his first New York Metro appearance since 2002. LOUISE HARRISON, George’s sister, will talk about her efforts to promote the arrival of the Beatles in America in 1964 and much more (her new book is My Kid Brother’s Band…a.k.a. The Beatles). CHARLES ROBERTS, who snapped the first photo ever of John Lennon & The Quarrymen (in 1957), will bring the moment to life. Discover the drummer who kept the beat of the Beatles in a gallery of Ringo’s original digital art, with art by John and Paul too, curated by NEAL GLASER, check out photos by Ringo’s personal photographer ROB SHANAHAN and see incredible paintings by acclaimed Beatles artist ERIC CASH. Still more events include Beatles Karaoke, Poetry Jam, Beatles Auction, Video Room, Guests Signings, Door Prizes + Sgt. Pepper surprises!
The Beatles’ history and influence is discussed in detail by an insightful and diverse array of authors and experts, including VIVEK TIWARY, whose graphic novel The Fifth Beatle is turning into an extended TV Mini Series, BRUCE SPIZER, JUDE SOUTHERLAND KESSLER, CHUCK GUNDERSON, DAVID BEDFORD, KENNETH WOMACK, TOM FRANGIONE, AL SUSSMAN, PIERS HEMMINGSEN, SIMON WEITZMAN & PAUL SKELLETT, ANTHONY ROBUSTELLI, JUDITH KRISTEN, SUSAN RYAN, KIT O’TOOLE, GREG STERLACE, SARA SCHMIDT, JIM BERKENSTADT, WALLY PODRAZIK, DARREN DEVIVO, ROB LEONARD, LOU SIMON and KEN MICHAELS.
ARTISTS AND POETS, this is a calling for self-expression! The Beatles Art Museum will be open for submissions for the Beatles Art Contest all weekend long in three categories: Professional, Amateur, and Kids, with attendee voting determining the winners. There will be discussions with Beatles authors and experts all weekend long, and tons of collaborative events in the FABoratory Beatles Experimental Zone.
YOGA, CHANTING and MEDITATION will happen throughout the weekend in our Beatles Ashram, honoring The Beatles’ journey to India to learn Transcendental Meditation and the Hare Krishna. Partnering with Gypsy Yogis in Weehawken, NJ, and a host of local inner-light-workers, this is a space to turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.
THE BEATLES LOVE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL partners with The Fest For Beatles Fans for a seventh year. On Sunday evening, we will draw the winner of our Las Vegas Beatles Getaway: a trip for two to the Mirage to experience the acclaimed Beatles LOVE Show. In the weeks leading up to The Fest, fans all over the country can enter to win on The Fest’s Facebook page.
CHARITY RAFFLES: In addition to everything else going on, The Fest has close to $600,000.00 over the years for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Spirit Foundation and The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and numerous other organizations since 1974. Yoko has been a generous supporter of The Fest for over 35 years, donating signed items for the Spirit Foundation raffles and auction.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City On The Hudson*
2 Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Parking Lots are nearby and Free parking is offered on the city streets on weekends. (They may be hard to find, but they are there.)
*Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City for the FEST are sold out on the Saturday night. Our overflow hotel is the nearby Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City, which is offering a room rate of $179.00/night. Ph: 201-499-2400.
Friday, March 3 – 5:00 PM TILL MIDNIGHT
Saturday, March 4 – NOON TILL MIDNIGHT
Sunday, March 5 – NOON TILL 10:30 PM
TICKET TO RIDE:
Advance Prices through March 2nd –
Fri-$52, Sat or Sun-$78,
All 3 Days – $190.
Single Day Tickets available at the Door
Fri – $52. Sat-$78, Sun-$78
Children 16 and under – ½ price
5 years & Under -FREE
For tickets, go to www.thefest.com and click on Buy Tickets OR call 1-866-THE-FEST.
ABOUT THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS: The Fest For Beatles Fans is the world’s longest-running Beatles fan celebration. It was launched in New York City in 1974 when founder Mark Lapidos thought of the idea for a 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Beatles’ arrival in America. He went to John Lennon and received his blessing. John said “I’m all for it, I’m a Beatles fan too!” Ever since that first Beatlefest (as it was called then), The Fest has become an integral part of the Beatles fan experience in America, with celebrations in multiple cities and regions throughout the year. Over the past 43 years, The Fest has featured appearances by a huge range of fellow musicians, artists, family members, friends, and associates from the Beatles world. The Fest also carries the world’s largest selection of licensed Beatles merchandise and publishes the only Beatles mail order catalogue in circulation.
For full details and guest bios, visit www.thefest.com and click on the New York Metro FEST.
OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #BeatlesFanFest17