We are extremely excited for this year's FEST, returning to NYC for the 40th anniversary of the FEST and commemorating the 50th anniversary (to the date) of the arrival of The Beatles in America!
This year's FEST will be EPIC.
Among the musical guests who will be joining us are Donovan, Peter Asher, Chad and Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer, The Smithereens, The Nutopians, Mark Hudson, Birds of Paradox, Mark Rivera, and of course Liverpool - our incredible house band, viewed as the best Beatles Tribute Band in the World.
In addition to our tremendous lineup of musical guests, this year's NYC FEST will feature The Cavern, a brand new ballroom that will be a place to rediscover The Beatles through a mixed bag of modern interpretations: young rock bands who admire The Beatles, fashion designers, hip hop artists, dancers, young performers, spiritual thought leaders and DJs playing into the night as it turns into the Rave Cave.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7 - 5:00PM TILL 12 MIDNIGHT*
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8 - 10:30AM TILL 12 MIDNIGHT*
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9 - 10:30 AM TILL 12 MIDNIGHT
* The CAVERN (Manhattan Ballroom) will be in action until 2AM on both Friday and Saturday.
PETER ASHER of Peter & Gordon, who will be performing his "Musical Memoir Show."
DONOVAN, 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who will be hosting a talk on meditation and the White Album, performing in concert on Saturday, and joining Liverpool during their concerts on both Saturday and Sunday.
CHAD & JEREMY, 60s British Invasion duo.
LIVERPOOL, our amazing house band, who will be in concert all three nights.
BILLY J. KRAMER, who will be performing and also promoting his new CD, “I Won the Fight.”
MARK HUDSON, Ringo’s former producer and Aerosmith hit-maker.
COUSIN BRUCIE, a mainstay of New York hit radio for more than 40 years, who will be broadcasting his SiriusXM show live from the stage of the Empire Ballroom on Saturday, February 8th, from 6:00PM - 9:00PM.
THE SMITHEREENS, who will be recreating the iconic Washington Coliseum concert The Beatles gave on February 11th, 1964. The Smithereens consist of Pat DiNizio, Jim Babjak, Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion, and Dennis Diken.
THE NUTOPIANS, headed by Rex Fowler (Aztec Two Step) and Tom Dean (Devonsquarean), are an 8 piece ensemble that re-imagines the music of John Lennon (Sunday only).
BIRDS OF PARADOX, local artist Jeff Slate's band that includes Steve Holley (Wings), Gary Van Scyoc, and Adam Ippolito (from John's Lennon Elephant Memory Band). On Sunday, they will be performing a tribute to Wings and to John Lennon, but we are sure they will be adding a Beatles song or two for the occasion.
MARK RIVERA, the amazing saxophone player who’s played with John Lennon and Ringo Starr, and still tours with Billy Joel. Mark will be joining in on the fun on stage, and is also debuting his new Beatles CD, “Common Bond.”
DEAR PRUDENCE, she's coming out to play! Prudence Farrow studied Transcendental Meditation with The Beatles and the Maharishi in India. She will be sharing stories all weekend long in the Ashram.
GARRETT GARDNER, finalist from NBC’s “The Voice.”
The CAVERN! *New Stage* *New Bands*
THE FEROCIOUS FEW
RESERVED FOR RONDEE
PEOPLE AT PARTIES
DJ NATASHA BLANK
DJ STEVE PAGAN
VIDEO PREMIERE: MUFFINHEAD & FRIENDS AS YOKO & FRIENDS in the Bad Dancer video remake, produced by Michelle Joni and DJ Natasha Blank, who'll be spinning Beatles dance remixes that night.
A SPECIAL NEW YORK FEST FASHION WEEK SHOW ON FRIDAY
LIVE PAINTING BY JESSE MOSHER ALL WEEKEND
THE HAIKU GUYS will astound you with Beatles Haikus when you least expect it!
ANOUSH FROUNDJIAN brings her Write On Me project to The Cavern, literally becoming a work of art.
Transcendental Meditation Intros
A 4-part Talk by Dear Prudence Farrow
All You Need Is Love Yoga by MacKenzie Pause-Hurley
Hatha yoga and Sound Showers by Sara Auster
"My Sweet Lord" Modern Spirituality talk + Deeksha with Margaret Nichols
Poetry Jam with Deco Bernadette Freeman
Candlelight singalong and Free Dance by Odetta Hartman and Daniela Kate Platner
Silent Meditation and Reading Zone
Beatles jams into the night.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:
The Cavern (New)
JFK Salute the Moment (New)
The Ashram (New)
Good Ol’ Freda
Giant International Beatles Marketplace
Drum Syposium by Modern Drummer Magazine
Beatles 60s Dance Party
Yoko Ono Bad Dancer Video Premiere in the Rave Cave (New)
Look-Alike and Dress-up Contest
The Transcendental Meditation Ashram (New)
Beatles Museum and Art Contest
Gretsch George Harrison Exhibit (New)
Beatles Videos/Author Presentations
Battle of the Beatles Bands (Sunday)
Beatles Sound-Alike Contest (Saturday)
Live Beatles Trivia Game Shows & Name that Tune
John Lennon New York City Photo Exhibit with Bob Gruen & Allan Tannenbaum
Eric Cash Exhibit - Beatles Fine Artist
Beatles Recording Studio
Beatles Puppet Show
Marc Rubinstein – Pig Light Show
Walking Tour of NYC Beatles Sites, led by Susan Ryan (New)
Celebrity Art with Neal Glaser and special guest Ron Campbell
Tribute to Sid Bernstein
Panel Discussions with Beatles Authors and Experts
The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014 – Charities
FOR THE LITTLE CHILD:
As more second generation Beatles fans are having children, we are expanding our show to include more activities geared to the 12 and under crowd.
1. Puppet Show with Bob Abdou - All three days
2. Childrens Concerts with mr. Ray (Sunday)
3. Beatles Parade - Saturday afternoon
4. Kids Korner Art - All weekend in the Art Museum
5. Kids Trivia Contest
6. Kids Name That Tune
7. Kids Beatles Yoga
BOB GRUEN, Photographer and Author of “John Lennon: The New York Years.”
ROB SHANAHAN, Ringo Starr's Chief Photographer.
ALLAN TANNENBAUM, Photographer and Author of “John & Yoko: A New York Love Story.”
ERIC CASH, Beatles Fine Artist and Illustrator of "Once Upon A Time in Liverpool."
RON CAMPBELL, Animator who worked on the "Yellow Submarine" film and Beatles cartoon series.
NEIL GLASER, Celebrity art.
MARK LEWISOHN, the World's Foremost Beatles Historian, who's debuting his book "Tune in: Beatles All These Years"
LARRY KANE, Newscaster who toured with The Beatles/Author.
BRUCE SPIZER, leading authority on the Beatles recordings.
AL SUSSMAN, new Author and FEST favorite.
DAVID BEDFORD, Author of "The Fab 104."
RICHARD BUSKIN, Author of "Beatles 101."
CHUCK GUNDERSON, Author of "Some Fun Tonight."
MARK HAYWARD, Author of "The Beatles with Norman Parkinson."
JERE HESTER, Author of "Raising A Beatle Baby."
JUDE SOUTHERLAND KESSLER, John Lennon Author/Historian.
JUDITH KRISTEN, Author of "Once Upon A Time In Liverpool."
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, Author of John, Paul, George, & Ringo, Solo in the 70s."
VIVEK TIWARY, Author of "The Fifth Beatle."
MARTIN LEWIS, Beatles Scholar/Master of Ceremonies.
KEN DASHOW, 104.3/Co-Master of Ceremonies/Breakfast with the Beatles.
FREDA KELLY, "Good Ol' Freda" Film/Former Beatles Secretary.
TOM FRANGIONE, Beatles Trivia Expert.
SUSAN RYAN, Hostess of Beatles/John Lennon NYC Walking Tour.
VINCE CALANDRA, former Ed Sullivan Show Executive.
IRENE FELDMAN, face behind iconic rock image "Elvis is dead. long live The Beatles."
Grand Hyatt at 42nd St (corner of 42nd St & Lexington Ave, NYC, next to Grand Central Station).
Rooms are $239.00 per night. For Reservations, call 212-883-1234 and tell them you are coming to the FEST to get the reduced rates.
The rates are subject to hotel review at any time, so we strongly suggest to call now if you know you are coming.
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