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The Beatles Invade Boston: 50th Anniversary Celebration
CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND REGISTRATION
September 2014 marks 50 years since The Beatles descended upon Boston during the group’s first US tour. The Fab Four performed their only concert at the Boston Garden as part of the tour, which sparked the British Invasion and Beatlemania, setting fire to a musical love affair that endures to this day. On September 12, 13 and 14, The West End Museum will host The Beatles Invade Boston: 50th Anniversary Celebration, a full weekend of events commemorating the momentous occasion.
The Beatles stayed at Boston’s Hotel Madison, adjacent to North Station and connected to the Garden. Prior to the sold-out concert on September 12, 1964, the group held a press conference at The Madison, which was infamously “crashed” by three college-age friends. Steve Small, Rich Hershenson and Charlie Kimball successfully finagled their way in, snapped photos, asked questions and even shook hands with John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Events in The West End Museum’s The Beatles Invade Boston: 50th Anniversary Celebration, which commemorates the band’s first visit to Boston, are selling out. On Friday, September 12, the opening reception and reliving of the Fab Four’s Hotel Madison press conference have reached capacity, but sponsors The Langham, Boston and the Boston British Consulate have stepped in with an add-on event. And free tickets remain for other Beatles events at the Museum throughout the weekend.
From 8:30 p.m. to midnight on September 12, Beatles fans are invited to BOND at The Langham, Boston (250 Franklin Street, Boston). Beatles cover band The Nowhere Men will play followed by a DJ spinning Beatles music. Guests are invited to come dance through the night and enjoy the show. The party is free and open to anyone 21 and over.
Highlights of The West End Museum’s weekend with The Beatles will include:
- -reliving The Madison press conference with Small, Hershenson and Kimball; emceed by Cha-Chi Loprete, host of WZLX’s Breakfast with the Beatles
- -a Friday, September 12th party at BOND at The Langham, Boston with a performance by Beatles’ cover band The Nowhere Men followed by a DJ spinning Beatles music
- -meet-and-greets with Ron Campbell, a director and an animator on ABC’s Saturday morning cartoon series The Beatles (1965-1969) [see one of Campbell’s episode’s here] and an animator on The Beatles film, Yellow Submarine; Campbell’s artwork will be on sale and he will create Beatles works onsite
- -exhibits featuring Campbell’s artwork, photos of The Madison press conference and Garden concert from Eat Design/Erik Taros collection, and Beatles memorabilia
- -screenings of previously unseen footage of the concert at the Garden; plus Yellow Submarine; A Hard Day’s Night and The Beatles Boston, a documentary short by Eric Green recounting the band’s history with the City
- -a Beatles ukulele sing-along with Roger Greenawalt, music producer and 80s Boston rock musician (The Dark)
- -a talk by David Gallant of Suffolk University whose course—The Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere—investigates the impact and legacy of the band
- -Larry Kane reading from his book, Ticket to Ride, which recounts his travels with the band on its 1964-65 tours
- -two performances by tribute band Studio Two re-creating The Beatles 1964 concert at the Boston Garden.
- -a discussion with author Candy Leonard about her new book, Beatleness, the story of how the Beatles transformed American youth in the 1960s and how that “changed everything”
A related exhibit featuring Campbell’s artwork, Beatles photos from Fanthology/Erik Taros collection, and Beatles memorabilia is free and open to the public during non-event hours (no tickets required): Friday, September 12, 11:00 a.m.to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Beatles Invade Boston Sponsors: WZLX, TD Garden, Suffolk University, The Langham, Boston, Dunkin’ Donuts, The Beatles Cartoon Art Show, Fanthology, Studio Two, The Boxer Hotel. British Consulate-General – Boston, Big Daddy’s – Brighton, Roger Greenawalt, Gallery East, Ellis Strategies.