It was surely no accident that The International Day of Happiness fell on the very first day of The Fest for Beatles Fans 2015, author Judith Kristen, author of “A Date With a Beatle” told Beatles Examiner March 29.
“After a genuine scramble for a new and beautiful venue thanks to Mother Nature wreaking havoc on The Fest’s usual spot in Secaucus, Mark and Carol Lapidos found the perfect place just 35 miles north in Rye Brook, New York. – The Hilton Westchester,” she said. “Fans and vendors alike were very pleased to find the performance areas, and the vendor rooms more in tune with that strong sense of Beatles’ community.” She said guests came from as far away as Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany.
Among the Fest’s guests were TV host and Beatles Hollywood Bowl promoter Bob Eubanks, Grammy Award winning guitarist Laurence Juber, Gary Wright, friend of George Harrison known for the song “Dream Weaver,” famed saxophonist and Ringo All-Starr Mark Rivera and fan favorite Mark Hudson. Photographers, artists, authors, and producers all connected to The Beatles in one way or another were Nancy Lee Andrews, Jack Oliver, Rob Shanahan, David Bedford, Eric Cash, Russ Titleman, Dave Schwensen, Chuck Gunderson and Jude Southerland Kessler, among so many others each, she said, with their own devoted fan base.
“Authors gave presentations with accompanying video, their were panels that discussed the magic of the Beatles in so many different ways. There were dance parties, band contests, an Ashram/Yoga Center, a FABratory, a giveaway to see the LOVE Show in Las Vegas, parades, and vendors selling everything from Beatle books, Beatle buttons and groovy Beatles T-Shirts and jewelry, all the way up to items for the fan with a very healthy wallet, with albums and paraphernalia selling into the $10,000 dollar range.”
She had special praise for Liverpool. “The Beatles tribute band Liverpool was as stunning as a band could be,” she said. “And if you closed your eyes you would swear the Beatles were playing backup to their spot-on voices. The instrumentals were stunning!” Add to that, she said, “the mastery of Laurence Juber, Mark Rivera, and Mark Hudson, and you had a finale that rocked the house and then some.”
They ended what she called “the FAB4ulous three day Fest” with a combination/mash up of ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ “The exhilarated crowd ended their latest Beatles Fest on a high note that was joyous and fun-filled enough to last each and every one in attendance until their next Fest!
“Again, many, many thanks from all of us to The Lapidos family for making the magic possible,” she said.