March is usually the time for the New York/New Jersey area Fest for Beatles Fans. There won’t be one this spring, though, because of the pandemic. But it is on for Oct. 1-3, at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City; visit thefest.com if interested.
And in the meantime, the Fest has put together a Zoom tribute to George Harrison for 5 to 11 p.m. EST on Feb. 25, the day that marks the 78th anniversary of his birth.
Participants will include Beatles tribute band Liverpool, playing Beatles, Traveling Wilburys and solo Harrison music from Daryl’s House in Pawling, N.Y.; Beatles collaborator Billy J. Kramer; Joey Molland of Badfinger; Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon; guitarist Laurence Juber of Paul McCartney’s Wings (and a Harrison collaborator as well); saxophonist Tom Scott; producer Russ Titelman; Chris O’Dell (the subject of Harrison’s song “Miss O’Dell,” which you can listen to below); and disc jockeys Ken Dashow, Terri Hemmert and Tom Frangione.
There will also be photo and fan art presentations, Harrison trivia, ukulele music by GiGi Wong-Monaco and more. And the band The Gold Needles will premiere a new video for their cover of the Harrison-written Beatles song, “If I Needed Someone.”
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