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Abbey Road on the River to re-enact Beatles' 'Ed Sullivan Show'

A photo from Abbey Road on the River
A photo from Abbey Road on the River
Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America with a re-enactment of the Fab Four's appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” reported Jan. 3.

The show takes place during "February '64," a three-day event Feb 7-9 at the Muhammed Ali Center and the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, KY. The weekend-long festival will showcase the pre-1966 music of The Beatles performed by 12 bands featured at the annual Abbey Road on the River paying tribute to the Fab Four.

The show will feature co-headliners BritBeat from Chicago and the Jukebox from Puerto Rico, plus the Steve Sizemore Group, the Cryers, Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes, the Rigbys, the Traveling Beatleburys, The Johnny Doughnut Experience, Whiplash, Blue Jay Way, Mario Dasilva and Nick Peay.

The highlight of the weekend will be a re-enactment of The Beatles' historic Ed Sullivan Show debut on February 9th at 8:00 p.m., exactly 50 years to the minute when Americans watched the original show. The hour-long variety show will be recreated in the Kentucky Center for the Arts' Bomhard Theatre with Beatle lookalike band BritBeat. The recreation of the Sullivan show will include commercials that aired during the 1960's era. Additional acts will include jugglers, comics, and other variety acts, and an Ed Sullivan impersonator to host the show. Following “The Ed Sullivan Show” re-enactment, BritBeat will perform a two-hour concert.

Single day tickets to February '64 are on sale for $19.64 at the Abbey Road on the River website. A full weekend ticket package is available for $79.64, which includes all shows held at the Muhammad Ali Center from Friday through Sunday and also guarantees priority seating in the Bomhard Theatre for the Ed Sullivan Anniversary Concert. Tickets to the Ed Sullivan Anniversary Concert can be purchased separately for $40 in person or online at the Kentucky Center for the Arts box office.

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