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Live from the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans
[Posted by Jude Kessler on Friday, 08/14/09 5:28 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Hi, it's Jude Kessler, reporting live from Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans '09! All the traditional elements are here this year, and some new surprises!

Rockin' Terri Hemmert, Chicago's #1 DJ, presides over festivities as MC. Joe Johnson of the ever-popular "Breakfast with The Beatles" radio show is on hand to interview fans who stream in from all over the United States. The World's Most Famous Beatles Artist, Shannon, is present with her phenomenal paintings of the lads, and smooth Beatles expert, Martin Lewis, is here, there, and everywhere - one minute interviewing gorgeous Ronnie Spector, the next minute hosting the "Beatles Sound Alike Contest." The familiar elements of the weekend are all in place.

Me and a special friend

This year, Bruce Spizer has not only his eight books on the Beatles recordings on Capitol, Swan, VeeJay, and so forth to sell. He has something new and entirely different: The Beatles Trivial Pursuit Game, for which he penned all questions (and all answers). The brand new boxed party game is selling off the shelves at the Fest, and boards are set up in hallways as people rip into it and begin to challenge one another.

The crowds at the Chicago Fest are bigger than ever this year; the economy has not daunted Beatle-land. There is an art show, a dance with music provided by popular Beatles tribute band, "Liverpool," book readings by authors like me (shameless plug for my book Shoulda Been There), and question-and-answer sessions on Beatles facts and history.

Bruce Spizer and Jonathan Polk, creator of Beatles Box of Vision

Rocker Brett Hudson, who has been fighting , is back in complete remission, setting the main stage on fire with his brother, Mark Hudson. Rock on! And, the "big event of the weekend" will be the onstage interview with Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the Ronnettes, and wife of Phil Spector, who produced John Lennon's "Rock'n'Roll" album and who was a close friend of The Beatles throughout their career.

The Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans is open to anyone of any age, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, running today through Sunday, Aug. 16. As Fest organizer Mark Lapidos always promises, "A splendid time is guaranteed for all!"

More reports coming soon. Stay tuned!

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