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The Wag at The Fest For Beatles Fans – NY Metro 2017 on 3/4/17

The Wag will be performing at The Fest for Beatles Fans 2017 on Saturday, March 4th 2017 from 3:50pm to 4:30pm!  More details below:

Calling all Beatles Fans in the New York area and beyond…. THIS is the weekend not to miss! The Fest is hitting the Hyatt Regency Jersey City as we celebrate the year of Sgt. Pepper!

::: In the lead-up to New York Metro, visit us at and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Beatles_Fest :::

Over the weekend, our tremendous house band, Liverpool, will be playing the entire Sgt. Pepper abum, dozens of other Beatles tunes, and leading the Grand Jam Finale with our musical guests on both Saturday and Sunday night.

In addition to Liverpool, the 2017 New York Metro Fest will feature the legendary Klaus Voormann, concerts over the weekend from Laurence Juber, Birds Of Paradox (recreating John Lennon’s One-to-One concert), The Weeklings, and more…

Our other musical guests will include Joey Molland (Badfinger), Billy Kinsley (The Merseybeats), Denny Seiwell (Wings), Steve Holley (Wings), Mark Hudson, who worked as Ringo’s producer for 10 years, Jon Cobert, and School of Rock Saddle Brook.

Our special guests will include George Harrison’s big sister, Louise, Larry Kane (newscaster who toured with the Beatles), Leon Wildes (John’s immigration attorney), Tony Kaye (of Pure McCartney), fine artist Eric Cash, and Neal Glaser of Celebrity Art.

The Apple Jam Stage, which is in its third year at the New York Metro Fest, will feature The Wag, Jacqui Armbruster, Lennon & Katie, Scott Erickson, Michelle My Pelle, Amanda Conti, The Bootlegs, The Meetles, and more!

The New York Metro Fest will also of course feature Fest traditions such as the Sound Alike contest on Saturday, the Battle of the Beatles Bands on Sunday, and the Beatles Art Contest.

The weekend home to dozens of the most accomplished Beatles authors and historians in the world, the Fest will also host Beatles Yoga and Meditation, the Giant Beatles Marketplace, The Fest Shop, Beatles Photographers and Artists, Live Beatles Trivia Game Shows & Name That Tune, Beatles Auctions, Charity Raffles, the Beatles 60s Dance Party, Look-Alike & Dress-Up Contests, and much more!

The FABoratory is back. In this magical space, you’re invited to dissect songs, play Beatles games, invent the future of being a Beatles fan, and use your imagination. Stop by any time to play, to leave your Magical Mystery theories Mad Fab scientist notes on the wall.




KLAUS VOORMANN first met The Beatles in Hamburg in 1960. He was so blown away by their music that he brought his girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, to see and hear what excited him. Their friendship solidified and that friendship continues to this day. In 1966, John asked Klaus to design the album cover for Revolver. More recently, he designed the album covers for The Beatles Anthology Series.

As a musician, Klaus was the bass player with the Manfred Mann Band. He also recorded with George, John, and Ringo. When John was asked to perform in concert in Toronto in 1969, he invited Klaus to join him. When George put his band together for the Bangla Desh Concert in 1971, he chose Klaus.

JOEY MOLLAND is best known as a member of Badfinger, the Beatles’ protege band on Apple Records. From “Come and Get It” and “No Matter What” to “Day After Day” & “Baby Blue”, their driving sound made them an instant sensation in the early 1970s. In addition to his work with Badfinger, Joey played guitar on George Harrison’s albums All Things Must Pass and The Concert for Bangladesh and played on John Lennon’s Imagine.

LAURENCE JUBER was Paul’s lead guitarist from 1978 to 1980, a time that included the Back To The Egg album. Laurence will be premiering his third solo Beatles album at the FEST and also has a just released Holiday album. He has recorded over a dozen acoustic guitar albums and has won a couple of Grammy awards along the way. He will be performing some Wings hits with Liverpool during Saturday and Sunday evening’s concerts, in addition to his Sunday Afternoon Solo Acoustic Concert.

BILLY KINSLEY, a native Liverpudlian, is a founding member of The Merseybeats. In the early-60s, The Merseybeats often played at The Cavern Club on the same bill as The Beatles. During that time, they had hits with “It’s Love That Really Counts” and “I Think Of You.” Billy later became a session musician for Apple Records, working alongside George Harrison and others, before becoming a founding member of Liverpool Express in 1975. This is Billy’s first New York Metro FEST appearance! He is a great storyteller and has unique insight into those early days of The Beatles development.

MARK RIVERA, Ringo’s current Musical Director, premiered his first solo album, Common Bond, at the NYC FEST in 2014. His song, “Money, Money, Money” (with Ringo playing Drums) was voted the 8th Coolest Song of the Year on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on Sirius/FM. Mark, who performed with John Lennon in 1975, will be joining in the nightly jams and adding his musical knowledge on Sunday’s Musicians’ Forum.

DENNY SEIWELL first crossed paths with Paul in 1971 during the recording of Ram. He was a session drummer in New York City when the call came. Paul invited him to join his brand new band, Wings, soon after. This is Denny’s first appearance at the New York Metro Fest since 2012, and he’ll be performing some Wings hits in concert with other former Wings members Laurence Juber and Steve Holley, with Liverpool.

LOUISE HARRISON, George’s big sister, is the author of the recently published book, “My Kid Brother’s Band…a.k.a. The Beatles.” In 2016, Louise returned to the FEST for the first time in 16 years. This year she is bringing along her grandson, Tory Rodgers, who shares a resemblance to and encapsulates the spirit of his Grand Uncle George.

MARK HUDSON, Ringo’s former producer and Aerosmith hit-maker, who will be telling stories and jamming out all weekend. Mark’s infectious energy helps to drive the nightly concerts at each Fest and he’s got some surprises in store for August.

LIVERPOOL, our amazing Beatles tribute band, will be in concert all three nights. In addition to their performance of the entire Sgt. Pepper LP (side 1 on Saturday, side 2 on Sunday), Liverpool will be playing the Friday night dance party and will be thrilling attendees with their note-for-note renditions of more Beatles hits and deeper Beatles cuts all weekend.

BIRDS OF PARADOX is local artist Jeff Slate’s band that includes Steve Holley (Wings) as well as Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito from John Lennon’s Elephant Memory Band. On lead guitar is the one and only Jimmy Mack! This is their fourth appearance at the New York Metro Fest, and they’ll be recreating John’s One-To-One Concert on Saturday as we celebrate its 45th Anniversary!

THE WEEKLINGS will be playing songs that were written but never officially released by the Beatles, their infectious Beatle-inspired originals, and other Beatles cuts on Sunday. They’ll also be selling copies of their spanking new second album, Studio 2, so be sure to snatch one up!

SCHOOL OF ROCK is the leader in performance-based music education. At the FEST, their show team will be putting on concerts on both the Main Stage and the Apple Jam Stage on Saturday.


Liverpool & Musical Guests in Concert
Beatles 60s Dance Party, Lookalike and Dress-Up Contest
The Fest Shop
The Giant Beatles Marketplace
Sunday’s Battle of the Beatles Bands
Saturday’s Beatles Sound Alike Contest
The Beatles Museum and Art Contest
Sunday’s Musicians’ Forum
“Looking For Lennon” Movie Screening
Eric Cash Beatles Fine Art Exhibit
The FABoratory
Beatles for Kids with mr. Ray
Live Beatles Trivia and Game Shows
Author Discussions and A/V Presentations
Celebrity Art with Neal Glaser
Beatles Auction on Saturday
The Beatles Ashram
The Beatles Video Room
Beatles Yoga
Marc Rubinstein’s Pig Light Show
Poetry Jam with Deco
Beatles Karaoke with Karen
Little Child Activity Room
Door Prizes
Charity Raffles

For the Little Child –

Mr. Ray’s Beatles 4Kids Concert – Saturday
Kids Korner Art – All weekend in the Art Museum
Kids Trivia Contest
Kids Name That Tune
Kids Beatles Yoga


ERIC CASH, Beatles Fine Artist

NEAL GLASER of Celebrity Art


VIVEK TIWARY, author of ‘The Fifth Beatle’
BRUCE SPIZER, leading authority on the Beatles recordings
JUDE S. KESSLER, author of ‘The John Lennon Series’
CHUCK GUNDERSON, author of ‘Some Fun Tonight’
PAUL SKELLETT, picture curator, artist, designer of ‘All You Need Is Love’
SIMON WEITZMAN, reseracher and project wrangler for ‘All You Need Is Love’
KENNETH WOMACK, author of ‘The Beatles Encyclopedia’
CANDY LEONARD, author of ‘Beatleness’
DAVID BEDFORD, author of ‘The Fab 104’
PIERS HEMMINGSEN, author of ‘The Beatles In Canada’
ANTHONY ROBUSTELLI, author of ‘I Want To Tell You’
JUDITH KRISTEN, author of ‘Once Upon A Time In Liverpool’
KIT O’TOOLE. author of ‘Songs We Were Singing’
JIM BERKENSTADT, author of ‘The Beatle Who Vanished’
GREG STERLACE, author of ‘Having Read The Book’




KEN DASHOW has been our emcee for the past 17 years. His knowledge and love of music, and of course, The Beatles, can be heard weekday afternoons from 2-7 P.M. on Q104.3 FM. Beatles fans from around the world can listen to his Sunday Morning <em>Breakfast With The Beatles</em> show, from 8-10 A.M. On the web, he can be heard on iHeart Radio.

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