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Beatles Festival says yes to McCartney's question

Paul McCartney wrote the iconic lyrics in 1958 when he was just 16 years old, and now Beatles fans of all ages are still singing the catchy verses that pose the insightful question, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm sixty-four?"

As producer of the world's largest Beatles tribute festival, Abbey Road on the River, Gary Jacob is launching a new annual campaign on December 18th, the date of his 64th birthday, to honor all Fab Four fans 64 years old.

The five-day music festival will pay tribute to the 1967 Sgt. Pepper Album hit "When I'm Sixty-Four" with a special promotion offering free admission to the festival for Beatles fans who are age 64 on Thursday, May 23, or Monday, May 27.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase one Ultimate Ticket to Ride weekend ticket for $179.95 (and get a 2nd ticket for only $64), receive free admission for their grandchildren all weekend long, be entered into a drawing to win a Gretsch guitar valued at $1,000, and 64 additional surprises ranging from free stuff to discounts on food, drinks and merchandise.

Gretsch guitar to be given away at festival

"As a 64-year-old, I don't get many birthday cards in the mail any more. I thought paying tribute to our 64 year old fans at the festival that honors John, Paul, George, and Ringo's music would be an ideal present."

More than 50 world-class bands from Across The Universe will "come together" Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27, at the Galt House Hotel & Suites to perform on 8 indoor and outdoor stages for more than 25,000 fans. Performers include 1960s British invasion sensation Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, and the Legendary Rock and Roll and Songwriter Hall of Famer Leon Russell.

Additional bands in the line-up for 2013, many of them international, include Grammy winners Peter Asher and Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber, All You Need Is Love, The Newbees, BritBeat, Hal Bruce, Italy's The Brothel Creepers, France's Choking Smokers, Scotland's Itchycoo Park, Holland's The LSB Experience, The Norways' Norwegian Beatles, Sweden's The Repeatles, and England's The RockIts, The Shakers, Them Beatles, Meet The Beatles, and Wingsbanned.

The festival will also feature noted Beatles historian Bruce Spizer and Irish Beatles portrait artist Georgina Flood. Also planned is an original songwriting contest, a tribute to American Bandstand, a Cavern Club dance party featuring resident bands from the historic Cavern Club in Liverpool, and a Beatles merchandise marketplace.

With over 300 concerts and events there is truly something for everyone during the weekend that Beatles fans from all over the world have been marking their year by since 2002.

Visit www.arotr.com to purchase festival tickets, make a reservation at the Galt House Hotel, and get more information about Abbey Road on the River.

Abbey Road on the River event sponsors include WAKY 103.5, 107.7 The Eagle, The Galt House Hotel & Suites, the Louisville Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and Gretsch Guitar.

Published December 19, 2012

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