Join fellow fans from “across the universe” for a day-long convention in celebration of the fans and the music of The Beatles and 60’s pop music, as the Liverpool Productions fan club presents “BEATexpo 2009” on Sunday, November 29th, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Stamford, 700 E. Main Street in Stamford, CT. This is the first event of its kind in Connecticut in 12 years.
There will be special guests, concerts by tribute bands including “The Beatles Forever Band,” “Octopus’s Garden” and Tim Palmieri’s “The A-Z Beatles Songbook Show;” a rock & roll flea market/memorabilia marketplace; rare video shows; special exhibits and displays; a “penny” auction and many other features, events and attractions. “The Beatles Forever Band” is made up of former members of the Connecticut tribute band “The Neatles,” who actually hadlined the original Beatles conventions in the state in the early eighties.
Special guests of honor at BEATexpo include:
Peter Tork of The Monkees
He will be talking about how The Monkees were molded from The Beatles image, what it was like being side-by-side with The Beatles as the largest pop-rock musical act of the 60’s, about his personal association of The Monkees’ only film with The Beatles’ song “Strawberry Field Forever,” about filming a commercial with Ringo Starr, and numerous other stories and anecdotes. Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz have previously appeared at similar Beatles conventions. This is the first-ever expo appearance for Peter Tork, a resident of Connecticut. He will be meeting fans, signing autographs, be available for photos and talking onstage in a question and answer period on Sunday, November 29. His concert performance will be in the hotel’s ballroom the night before, Saturday, November 28.
Dennis Ferrante, John Lennon’s Recording Engineer
Grammy award winning recording engineer will talk about his years of producing and engineering John Lennon’s albums from “Imagine” thru “Rock n Roll.” Ferrante, who worked closely with Lennon throughout the ’70s on such classic albums as “Imagine,” “Some Time In New York City,” “Mind Games,” “Walls And Bridges,” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll” says that Lennon’s death absolutely leveled him: “I cried all night. And I just couldn’t get over it, it was like they shot my father, or my mother, or my brother. And I was so distraught, I didn’t go back to work for almost a week. I stayed home. And it’s funny because nobody called. ‘Cause they knew that I had worked with him.”
Sid Bernstein – the famed Promoter
Sid Bernstein is the legendary promoter who worked with Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein to bring The Beatles to America. He produced their historic 1964 Carnegie Hall concert and both their 1965 and 1966 Shea Stadium shows, the first stadium concerts in history. He imported the British Invasion to the shores of New York City and helped build the dreams of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues, the Kinks, James Brown, Ray Charles, John Denver, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, the Rascals, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on and on. He will be meeting fans, signing autographs, be available for photos and talking onstage in a question and answer period on Sunday, November 29.
Greg Hawkes from The Cars
Greg Hawkes played with Paul McCartney on his album “Flowers in the Dirt” and is recognized as one of the foremost keyboard players in the music industry. A huge Beatles fan himself, Greg Hawkes has recorded a tribute album of Beatles songs performed entirely on the ukelele entitled “The Beatles Uke.” He will be meeting fans, signing autographs, be available for photos and talking onstage in a question and answer period on Sunday, November 29. His concert performance will be in the hotel’s ballroom the night before, Saturday, November 28.
Butch Patrick of The Munsters
Iconic sixties TV star and pop culture personality Butch Patrick is best known for his child role as “Eddie Munster” on the hit television program “The Munsters.” Butch Patrick is a long-time Beatles fan and collector who has authored a book on his life and his experiences. Coincidentally, Butch Patrick appeared in The Monkees’ TV show. He will be meeting fans, signing autographs, be available for photos and talking onstage in a question and answer period on Sunday, November 29. He will also be part of the Special Pre-Show Concert Event on Saturday, November 28.
More guests of honor and celebrity appearances will be announced. There will be autographs signings and interviews, including question & answer sessions, with all the guests.
The rock & roll flea market and memorabilia marketplace will feature over 50 vendors buying – selling – trading every imaginable collectible, including records, CDs, DVDs, videos, photos, buttons, posters, picture sleeves, boxed sets, autographs, dolls, original tickets, books, magazines and much more. Paraphernalia will be priced as low as fifty cents for some items, and much more for the higher-end collectors items.
“Ticket to Ride” All-Day Passes for Sunday (Noon-8pm) are only $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door (if the event isn’t sold out in advance). There is also an early-bird V.I.P. admission which gets fans and collectors in at 11am for first crack at the vendors ($30.00), and they may stay on all day. Advance tickets available at: https://beatexpo.ticketleap.com/BEATexpo.
There will also be a Special Pre-Show Concert Event on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 8pm with special guests, bands and attractions. Tickets $15.00 advance or $20 at the door (if not sold out in advance). Advance tickets available at: https://beatexpo.ticketleap.com/BEATexpo. It is this Special Pre-Show Concert Event where Peter Tork and some of the other special guests will be performing live on stage in the ballroom.
“BEATexpo 2009” Special Room Rates at the Holiday Inn Downtown Stamford only $79.00. Call for room reservations: (203) 358-8400 or toll-free (800) 465-4329. Website: http://www.histamford.com/
Parking for this event will be Free.