WALLINGFORD — More than 20 bands will come together for a Beatles music festival June 10 at the Oakdale Theatre, a new venue for the annual gathering.
The event said goodbye to Danbury, where it was held for the past five years, and hello to the Oakdale as part of an expansion, said Charles Rosenay, executive producer of Liverpool Productions.
“We have double the amount of bands,” Rosenay said. “Moving to the Oakdale gave the flexibility of being indoors and outdoors.”
The festival will incorporate the Oakdale’s dome stage, dubbed Pepperland, as well as the outdoor patio, called the Octopus’s Garden. If the rain comes, the outside stage will follow the sun inside to a breakout convention room.
Rosenay’s entertainment agency conducts Beatles history tours of Liverpool and London every summer, and also produced Beatles conventions for several years.
He said the conventions focused on memorabilia and special guests, but the festivals are “all about the music.”
A central Connecticut-based Beatles tribute band, the Hofners, is the finale band, “one of best bands in country,” Rosenay said.
The Hofners, named after Paul McCartney’s distinctively-shaped bass, will perform the entire “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, songs the actual Beatles never played live. The group stopped touring in 1966, and their magnum opus was released the following year.
Rosenay said he expects the festival to draw 2,000 to 3,000 people.
“Every person who loves the Beatles, within driving distance, should come to such a great event,” he said. “Where else can you see not just one but 20 bands?”
This year, Gene Cornish, a founding member of the Rascals, is the festival’s special guest. The Rascals were contemporaries of the Beatles and scored hits with “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “A Girl Like You” and “People Got To Be Free.”
Cornish, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will be available to meet and greet, sign autographs and take photos.
Festival organizers have thought of every little thing; there will be food trucks, vendors and a partner hotel for those who need somewhere to stay the night before.
Concerts With Causes, a Wallingford nonprofit, will be distributing information about their organization.
Tickets start at $19.67 for general admission or, if you’re a rich man, up to $39 for VIP with premium parking and seating.
At a glance
Fab4 Music Festival, featuring Beatles-inspired bands
When: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 10
Where: Oakdale Theatre
Tickets: General admission $19.67, VIP with premium seats and parking $39
Fifry years later, Dion DiMucci still isn’t sure how he wound up among the more than 50 colorful and familiar faces that make up the iconic collage that is the cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. But from “the kind of guess work I can do about that,” he thinks it probably comes down to a shared reverance for the roots of rock and roll and a shared love of brown fringed suede.
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Whatever the reason, Boca Raton’s resident Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and certified musical pioneer is as tickled now as he’s always been to be part of one of pop culture’s most talked-about album covers, right there on the second to the back row, between ‘Dr. Strangelove’ writer Terry Southern and actor Tony Curtis.
And in the company of W.C. Fields, Karl Jung, Mae West, Lewis Carroll, Sonny Liston, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Lawrence of Arabia and Laurel and Hardy.
“I just remember people telling me when it came out ‘This is you on the cover,’” the 77-year-old singer of “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” says, chuckling. “Me being a Bronx guy, I said ‘It’ll probably sell a lot. Put me on the cover, you’ll sell some records.’”
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One of only two American musicians who appears on the cover - Bob Dylan is the other - DiMucci thinks the roots of his selection might date back to February 1964, when he ran into John Lennon and Ringo Starr at a New York clothing store. “(Producer) Sid Bernstein brought them over to play at Carnegie Hall. (Lennon) and I ended up buying the same jacket. It’s the ‘Rubber Soul’ (cover) jacket. I still have mine.”
Lennon told DiMucci that they had more in common than just an affinity for fringe.
“He was telling me they always sang ‘Ruby Baby’ when they played in Hamburg, Germany, where they honed their skills as a band. They would play dance music and sneak their songs in there.”
DiMucci had first heard the Beatles earlier in their native England, when he was touring promoting his single “Donna The Prima Donna.” He said that “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” reminded him “of the Everly Brothers electrified.”
Three years later, when “Sgt. Pepper’s” was released, there was DiMucci, in the image from the cover of “Ruby Baby,” which the rocker took as “a little wink to the song or to me.”
He wasn’t obsessive about the Beatles at the time. “I wasn’t running out buying those albums - I was always into the blues guys, so I was buying different stuff…But I thought, especially after that album struck like lightning in the sky, that it was a real honor, or a way of saying ‘Thank you’ for the influence.’”
He also acknowledges the company he’s keeping on the cover. “Bob Dylan and I are the only American rockers on the thing. And they have Einstein, and they have Hopalong Cassidy, my wife’s favorite cowboy.” (Actually, Dion, it’s Tom Mix, not Cassidy.)
Speaking of cowboys, that period of time was apparently the Wild West in terms of intellectual rights. DiMucci laughs when asked whether he got any royalties for his image being used.
“Let’s face it. Put that out today and you would have to notify everyone’s lawyers and their estates. You would have to get a release from every one of those people or at least would have to make the effort,” he says. “Back then, it was so much freer. Nobody asked. But I’m in good company. There’s a lot of good people on that album cover.”
In the years that followed, DiMucci has done a few things with Paul McCartney, and “naturally we talked about Buddy Holly, because I was on that tour when he died. But we never talked about (“Sgt. Pepper’s”). It never came up.”
However he came to be on that album cover, DiMucci says he’s proud to know that so many musicians, from Lennon to Robert Plant to Lou Reed to Paul Simon to Bruce Springsteen, have taken the time to tell him how much his music has meant to them.
“A lot of them come up to me singing my songs. They feel like they know you because they grew up to your song. I feel like the ambassador of goodwill in a way.”
And it’s fun to have another part in rock history.
“At this point, I’ve been around so long I feel like Forrest Gump,” DiMucci says, referring to the movie character’s tendency to unknowingly stumble into important events. “In a good way.”
Artwork for "John Lemon Tart Pale Ale," a collaboration brew from Des Moines-based Exile Brewing Co. and Denver's Station 26 Brewing Co. (Photo: Ramona Muse Lambert/Special to the Register)
The beer isn’t the first from Exile to don the name of a dead idol. Shortly after the death of David Bowie in 2016 the brewery launched “The Rise of Ziggy Sourdust,” a dark Berliner-Style Weisse with chocolate and sour cherry that can be found in bottles or on tap.
A John Lemon launch party is scheduled for 4 p.m. on June 9 at the Exile taproom, 1514 Walnut St. Starting June 13, a limited supply of the beer will be available in bottles and kegs at central and eastern Iowa restaurants, bars and grocery retailers.
Des Moines Beer Week, founded in 2014, features a number of craft beer-related events across the metro. Self-described as a week that “aims to celebrate the Des Moines area’s growing craft beer scene,” events include the Iowa Craft Brew Festival, a meet the brewers night and beer sensory workshop.
More information can be found at exilebrewing.com and dsmbeerweek.beer.
The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which Rolling Stone named as the best album of all time, turns 50 on June 1st. In honor of the anniversary, and coinciding with a new deluxe reissue of Sgt. Pepper, we present a series of in-depth pieces – one for each of the album's tracks, excluding the brief "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" reprise on Side Two – that explore the background of this revolutionary and beloved record. Today's installment tells the story of the time a man claiming to be Jesus Christ visited the studio during the recording of "Fixing a Hole."
In August 1966, John Lennon faced a media firestorm in the U.S. after he uttered his infamous quote claiming that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." So it's not hard to imagine his amusement when, six months later, Christ himself seemed to accompany Paul McCartney into a recording session for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
On the night in question, the band began work on "Fixing a Hole," which, like many tracks on the album, would inspire a number of outlandish rumors. Perhaps the most persistent in the wake of the LP's 1967 release was that the title referenced "fixing a hole" in the arm of a heroin addict. McCartney rebuffed the interpretation in a contemporary interview with illustrator Alan Aldridge. "If you're a junky sitting in a room and fixing a hole then that's what it will mean to you, but when I wrote it I meant if there's a crack, or the room is uncolorful, then I'll paint it." He elaborated in the 1997 biography, Many Years From Now, written by friend Barry Miles. "At that time I didn't associate it, really. I know a lot of heroin people thought that was what it meant because that's exactly what you do, fix in a hole. It's not my meaning at all. ... Mending was my meaning.
By: Jordan Runtagh
Source: Rolling Stone
Legendary Beatles guitarist George Harrison is to be posthumously honoured with a blue plaque on his former home Kinfauns, in Esher.
Pattie Boyd, the late musician’s first wife, who lived with him at Kinfauns from 1965 to 1970, will unveil the plaque at 6.30pm today at 16 Claremont Drive, the site of the original building.
The ‘Here Comes the Sun’ star, who died in 2001, bought the property in July 1964 for £20,000, after moving out of London to escape fans on the advice of the band’s accountant, Walter Strach.
John Lennon and Ringo Starr moved to St George’s Hill, Weybridge, for the same reason.
Fans tracked George down, though, and carved messages to him on the house’s wooden gates.
In 1967 Pattie and George painted the outside of the house with psychedelic patterns inspired by the book Tantrum Art.
Visitors to Kinfauns included Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, who came by once to find nobody home, then painting ‘Mick and Marianne were here and we love you’ on the front wall.
In 1968, after the Beatles returned from India, they recorded some demos at the house, which became known as the Kinfauns or Esher Demos.
Some of these tracks were later recorded for The White Album, which is being remixed and reissued for its 50th anniversary next year.
By: Callum Rutter
Source: Your Local Guardian
Actor Johnny Depp says "great actor" and legendary musician Paul McCartney doesn't "lack in the talent department".
Depp was happy to shoot with McCartney for the forthcoming fifth instalment of "Pirates of the Caribbean".
"Paul's a great actor. Clearly the guy is not lacking in the talent department. If I changed something up in the scene, he'd change something up in the scene. He'd make stuff up. He was amazing," Depp said in a statement.
Depp says it was his idea to get McCartney on board for the film.
He said: "A funny idea came into my head about Jack running into his Uncle Jack in jail and I thought Paul McCartney would be perfect to play him.
"I didn't know if it would be possible for me to drum up enough courage to ask him, even though he's the sweetest man in the world, and certainly the most talented. But I just did it."
Talking about how he mustered up the courage to call the Beatles star, Depp said: "I just called him and told him that I have this idea for a gag in the film that might be fun, and asked if he would be interested. He thought it sounded cool, so we started talking about character."
Source: Bussiness Standard
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