The Abbey Road on the River Beatles festival in Louisville, Ky., kicked into higher gear May 25 with sets by special guests John Sebastian and the Beach Boys. The festival concluded on Memorial Day. You can see pictures from the last two days taken by Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs in the slideshow.
Fuchs said John Sebastian, who also spent some of his afternoon at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, told the crowd about his love of Louisville culture. “He began by telling us of his admiration for the rich Louisville history of Jug Band music and the role it played in his own growth as a songwriter.” The Lovin' Spoonful's music was influenced by jug bands
John Sebastian told stories of his band, The Lovin' Spoonful, being on tour with the Supremes and the Beach Boys, as well as playing the iconic songs he wrote for his group, including “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Summer in the City,” “Nashville Cats,” “You Didn't Have to Be So Nice” and “Daydream.”
The Beach Boys, who headlined the festival, played a lengthy hit-filled set. Songs included “Do It Again,” “Catch a Wave,” “Hawaii,” “Surfin' Safari,” “Don't Worry, Baby,” “409,” “Shut Down,” “I Get Around,” “Ballad of Ole' Betsy” and “Wendy.” Also included were “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man),” “Darlin', “Be True to Your School,” “In My Room,” “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn't It Be Nice,” “California Girls,” “Dance Dance Dance,” “Disney Girls,” which was written by Bruce Johnston, “Good Vibrations,” “God Only Knows” and “Help Me, Rhonda.”
The band also did several songs with Beatles connections. “Pisces Brothers” was a song dedicated to George Harrison and the group also covered “Dear Prudence,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Back In the USSR” and Chuck Berry's “Rock 'n' Roll Music,” which was also covered by the Beatles.