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Music component added to Beatles at the Ridge Symposium

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas -- In its fifth year as an "Authors and Artists Symposium," the noted Beatles at the Ridge event will, this year, add a rather significant Beatles music component.

"We're thrilled to have live music within the Symposium itself, not just in our larger music festival," Mayor Charles Snapp, BATR festival Director commented. "We keep going and growing!"

Symposium Chair, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series, has recruited two extraordinary musicians for the September event. On Friday, 15 September, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Los Angeles' own, Alan Bernhoft, will present a remarkable John Lennon concert.

Wearing full costume, Bernhoft will sing some of Lennon's classic but lesser-performed hits such as "Hey Bulldog!" and "Norwegian Wood." Recently, Bernhoft told the She Said She Said radio show on Blogtalk Radio, "I want to do some unique songs that people don't hear every time they turn around. I want to perform the unusual!"

Alan Bernhoft

Known as "The Man with John Lennon's Voice," Bernhoft is heralded as one of the best John Lennon impersonators in America. He is also a gifted singer/songwriter with four successful CDs on the market. Entitled Beatlesque (Vols. 1-4), these original tracks were created in the style of The Beatles but with very original content. Recently, Bernhoft released his 5th CD called Beatlesque Station, and he will have copies to sign and sell at the Ridge.

"I've studied John Lennon for 33 years while creating The John Lennon Series," Kessler commented, "and Alan Bernhoft has him down pat, the voice, the gestures, the inflection, the wit. Lennon fans don't want to miss this free concert at The Studio in Walnut Ridge! It'll be one for the memory books, I promise!"

Immediately after Bernhoft's performance, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., teen musician Cameron Hicks will pay homage to The Beatles with a concert during the annual BATR "Meet and Greet."

Cameron Hicks

Held in The Studio on Main Street, this event will fete Featured Author, Bruce Spizer, who is releasing his ninth book, "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fan's Perspective". Ridge-goers are invited to stop by, share some refreshments, and enjoy a casual time with the noted author. Hicks, the 2015 BATR Talent Show winner, will provide entertainment.

Also on hand for the party will be the full complement of symposium speakers including Dr. Ken Womack, Lanea Stagg, Sara Schmidt, Dr. Kit O'Toole, Terri Whitney, Rande Kessler, Jude Southerland Kessler, and Featured Artist, Enoch Doyle Jeter.

Then on Saturday, 16 September, Hicks will lead a Ridge "Beatles Sing-Along and Jam" in The Studio on Main from 3:30-4:15 p.m. The talented Memphis area performer will showcase his award-winning "Blackbird" and other Beatles favorites before inviting Ridge guests to join him on stage with their guitars, tambourines, ukes, and voices.

"I want to create a live jam similar to the one The Beatles lead on 'Hey Jude,'" Hicks said. He would like as many people as possible to get up, sing, and participate - even if that only means clapping hands. Hicks did this in 2016 when he performed at the GRAMMY Museum of Mississippi Beatles Symposium. "This time," he grinned, "my goal is...more people, louder voices! We can do it!"

To find out more about teen star, Hicks, go to

To find out more about Alan Bernhoft or his Beatlesque CDs, go to or on Facebook at

To find out more about Beatles at the Ridge Symposium schedule of events, go to or on Facebook at

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Published September 6, 2017

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