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August 14, 2010 marks the exact 50th anniversary of the day that the Beatles adopted that name for their band. Having played for 4 years under the name The Quarrymen, in mid-August, 1960 they chose their new name just immediately prior to leaving Liverpool for their debut performance in Hamburg, Germany.

Celebrating that landmark event in the evolution of the most celebrated musical entertainers of the 20th century, the world's longest-running Beatles fan convention is presenting its 34th annual Mid-West Fest, with a full program of activities across the entire weekend of August 13-15, in the Chicago area.

Among the many special attractions of the weekend will be the World Premiere of a long-forgotten song co-written by George Harrison. The song, titled To Discover Yourself, was written in 1971 by Harrison and American rock musician Gary Wright (best known for Dream Weaver) but not recorded at the time, and subsequently forgotten. Wright, a longtime Harrison friend and collaborator, very recently discovered the demo he'd made at the time of the song's composition in his vaults. Fresh from performing on the current Ringo Starr tour, Wright will perform the unrecorded and unheard song at the Fest, for the first time ever in public, with noted Beatles tribute band Liverpool.

Beatles fans and vendors from around the world will come together to enjoy non-stop Beatles activities in 16 ballrooms and areas of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont. Other Key Attractions include 3 Former Members of Wings, founding member Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell and Laurence Juber, who will perform a Mini Wings Concert on Saturday Night. Denny Seiwell will perform a live Drum Tribute to Paul's Ram album on Sunday, and Laurence Juber will perform solo concerts on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Ringo's hits It Don't Come Easy and Back Off Bugalooo will be performed by Klaus Voorman and Gary Wright, both of whom were on the original recordings.

Also, on Friday night there will be a Sneak Preview of Nowhere Boy, the new feature film about John Lennon's teenage years and the evolution of The Beatles, which is being released by the Weinstein Company in theaters on October 8th as part of the worldwide celebrations of the 70th anniversary of John Lennon's birth.

And another film, Who Is Harry Nilsson and Why Is Everybody Talking About Him, will get an exclusive Sneak Preview on Saturday. The film will be introduced by Director John Scheinfeld, with a Q&A following the showing. Harry, a close friend of John and Ringo, was a Guest at almost all the fests from 1981 until 1994. It was the only stage he ever performed on.

Other guests will include Mark Hudson, Ringo Starr's record producer for 10 years, Chris O'Dell, author of Miss O'Dell, the story of her years working for the Beatles and beyond, Andy Babiuk, author of the book Beatles Gear, who will bring a small exhibit of some of the instruments used in the design of The Beatles Rock Band game, Paul Saltzman, photographer who will exhibit the unique photos of The Beatles he took in India in 1968, Bruce Spizer, author of 6 reference books on the U.S. release of Beatles recordings, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the John Lennon novel Shoulda Been There and the upcoming Shivering Inside and Jonathan Polk, creator of the Beatles Box Of Vision and the John Lennon Box of Vision.

No to mention, live Concerts by Liverpool, the World's Finest Beatles Tribute Band, free Appraisals by Gary Sohmers of the Antiques Roadshow, the giant Beatles Marketplace and much more.

This is the 113th National Fest since 1974. Further information and advance tickets for this special event are available by calling 1-866-THE FEST or by going to their website at At the Door, tickets are $34.00 for Friday, and $49.00 for Saturday or Sunday. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare phone number is 847-696-1234.

Published August 3, 2010

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