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HOLLYWOOD - December 7, 2007 -- On Sunday December 9th the Mods & Rockers Festival in Los Angeles is presenting a special event that will salute John Lennon and George Harrison honoring the anniversaries of their passing (December 8th and November 29th respectively) with special performances of some of their songs including several rarely-performed compositions.

The salute takes place as part of a holiday-themed event titled "A Very British Sixties Christmas!" which celebrates the holiday season in British Mod style with live 60s music by leading revivalist band 'The Ravers!' and several guest stars including British 60s rock icon Spencer Davis, American singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop and other surprise guests.

Spencer Davis and Stephen Bishop

There will be several Beatles-related Christmas songs performed including the 1967 Beatles fanclub rarity "Christmas Time Is Here Again", John Lennon's 1970 "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" and the 1963 British Top Twenty novelty hit "All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle".

Among the many Lennon and Harrison songs to be performed will be some tunes rarely heard performed live by any artists - including Harrison's "Old Brown Shoe", Lennon's "Hey Bulldog" and rarest of all "Cry For A Shadow" the 1961 instrumental that was the sole composition written by the combination of Lennon/Harrison. The tune was recorded by the Beatles in Hamburg.

The event takes place on Sunday December 9th in the Mods & Rockers Clubhouse situated in the private back-room enclave of the 1927 landmark restaurant/bar The Pig 'n' Whistle on Hollywood Boulevard next door to Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. The event starts at 8pm. (Event ends at 11pm.)

In keeping with the Sixties theme admission price to "A Very British Sixties Christmas!" will be at 1960s prices - only $3. The Pig 'n' Whistle will serve British beer (by Bass & Boddingtons) and British "pub grub". Contributing to the seasonal cheer the beer will be "two-for-one" in the 8pm-9pm hour.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to the "Toys-For-Tots" charity which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Attendees can take advantage of free street parking in Hollywood on Sundays - or use validated parking for only $2 at the nearby "Hollywood & Highland" entertainment complex (one short block away).

The live music will be provided by L.A.-based revivalist band 'The Ravers!' - who specialize in live performance of classic repertoire by the key British rock, blues, R&B and psychedelic bands of the 1960s including: The Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Animals, Yardbirds, Searchers, Hollies, Zombies, Cream, Them, Traffic, Troggs, Move, Small Faces, Manfred Mann, Pretty Things, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, Spencer Davis Group, Dave Clark Five, Moody Blues and Procol Harum.

(The Ravers! recently headlined at L.A.'s Viper Room - backing actress/singer Evan Rachel Wood and the other stars of the Beatles-themed film "Across The Universe" in a Hollywood celebration of the film's premiere.)

The live music event follows a tradition established with the very first Mods & Rockers Festival. Between 1999 and 2007, the Mods & Rockers Festival has presented a series of live music events featuring performers such as Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis, Donovan, Stephen Bishop, Barry McGuire, Jackie Lomax, Denny Laine (Moody Blues & Wings), Andy Summers (The Police), Howard Kaylan (The Turtles), Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Laurence Juber (Wings), Bruce Gary (The Knack), The Records and Strawberry Alarm Clock.

The event is hosted and produced by Mods & Rockers founder/producer and Beatles scholar, Martin Lewis.

What:Salutes to John Lennon & George Harrison. And a British 1960s themed holiday celebration with live music
When:Sunday December 9 at 8:00pm
Where:Pig 'n' Whistle 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood (Next door to Egyptian Theatre)
Who:Spencer Davis Stephen Bishop The Ravers! Other special guests
Organizers:The Mods & Rockers Festival
Tickets:Only $3. (1960s prices!) Available at the door only.
Parking:Free street parking or validated parking for $2 at "Hollywood & Highland"

Published December 7, 2007

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