local Beatles news this week half good, half bad
By Chalres Cassady
Published Oct. 20, 2004
bad news first. Abbey Road on the River, a summer celebration in
downtown Cleveland of all things Fab Four, will not be back last
year. Founder-promotor Gary Jacob said that after four years here,
he is relocating the festival to a "new and permanent home" in Louisville,
There it will
still be Abbey Road on the River, but the river will be the Ohio
River, not the Cuyahoga.
As North America's
largest Beatles-tribute event, Jacob modeled Abbey Road on the River
after the enormous Beatles festival held in -- where else? -- Liverpool,
England. The 2004 edition included transatlantic vendors, Beatles
tributes and cover bands from as far away as Japan and Eastern Europe,
and Beatles-related history lectures and films.
first Abbey Road on the River is set to take place over Memorial
Day weekend in 2005 -- three weeks after the Kentucky Derby, which,
if there were any justice in the world, would now have to come to
have over 20 acts booked, including many of your very favorite tribute
bands," Jacob stated in a press release. He said that a Nov. 12
press conference featuring Ohio Beatles tribute group 1964 would
reveal more details. The Web site for the event remains www.abbeyroadontheriver.com.
(John Kerry ought to be all over George Bush for this one!) makes
Cleveland look like the Pete Best of Beatles festivals.
Best, you may
remember, was the original Beatles drummer from 1960 to 1962. He
was handsome, clean-living and popular with the group's growing
fans, and his sudden dismissal (to be replaced, of course, by Ringo
Starr) remains one of rock's great mysteries and what-ifs?
Pete Best played
percussion with other Mersey-beat bands in the 1960s, like Lee Curtis
and the All Stars, then left to become a social worker and family
man while the Beatles invaded the U.S.A. and effectively conquered
Now the good
news: Decades after the Beatles breakup, when Beatlemania showed
no sign of abating, Best was rediscovered with the CD re-issues
of Hamburg-days Beatle classics on which he performed for studio
microphones. Best wrote two volumes of memoirs and began to perform
with his own band.
once- and future-Beatle Pete Best comes to the Winchester Tavern
in Lakewood, performing live with a full band ensemble, and the
night is reported to include an autograph session and a Q&A
(and, given the Abbey Road on the River announcement, maybe some
group therapy). Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $20.
For more information
on Pete Best, check out www.petebest.com.
The Winchester can be found at 1211 Madison Ave., in Lakewood; phone
216-226-5681 or log onto www.thewinchester.net
for more information.
Can you be the next Cleveland Metroparks idol? The CanalWay CoffeeHouse
is a monthly live music program held at the CanalWay Visitors Center,
in the Cleveland Metroparks system just above the Cuyahoga Valley,
near Cuyahoga Heights and I-77.
visitors both from the city and the hiking trails of the Cuyahoga
Valley National Park just to the south, the CanalWay CoffeeHoues
seeks performers for the 2005 season. While acoustic artists make
up the bulk of the CoffeeHouse bookings, other types of music will
be considered. Send your demos, in CD or cassette-tape form, to
Hank Mallery, CanalWay Center, 4524 E. 49th St., Cuyahoga Heights,
is Dec. 10, and entrants will also be eligible for bookings
at the Metroparks' CanalWay Sunset Concert series, and music events
at the new Brookside Reservation. For more information about the
bookings, phone 216-206-1000.