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Boston museum to celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles' visit with exhibit

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' only concert in Boston, the city's West End Museum will host “The Beatles Invade Boston: 50th Anniversary Celebration,” a full weekend of events taking place Sept. 12-14 to commemorate the event, the museum announced on Thursday.

The Beatles performed their only concert at the Boston Garden on Sept. 12, 1964. Before the concert, the group held a press conference at the Hotel Madison, where The Beatles stayed while they were in Boston.

The press conference was crashed by three college-age friends Steve Small, Rich Hershenson and Charlie Kimball. The trio successfully made their way in to the press conference, took photos of the group, asked questions and later even shook hands with the group. Small, Hershenson and Kimball will remember the press conference at one of the museum events, which will be emceed by Cha-Chi Loprete, host of WZLX’s “Breakfast with the Beatles.”

Also appearing during the weekend event's will be Ron Campbell, a director and an animator on ABC’s Saturday morning cartoon series “The Beatles” and an animator on the film “Yellow Submarine,” who will create custom artwork. Also featured will be pictures of the press conference, Beatles memorabilia, a Beatles ukulele sing-along with Roger Greenawalt, screenings of the Beatles films “Yellow Submarine” and “A Hard Day's Night,” a talk by David Gallant of Suffolk University who teaches the course “The Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere,” a reading by author Larry Kane from his book “Ticket to Ride” and a talk by author Candy Leonard (“Beatleness”).

The weekend will also feature a screening of the documentary “The Beatles Boston.” The short film by Eric Green looks back at the Beatles visit to the city. The museum says it will offer extended hours because of the weekend events.