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Exclusive: Beach Boys, more to top bill at 2014 Abbey Road on the River

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The Beach Boys and another Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer will be among the many performers at the 2014 Abbey Road on the River in Louisville, the festival told Beatles Examiner it will announce Dec. 6.

Headlining the festival during Memorial Day weekend May 22-26 will be the Beach Boys. Also performing will be John Sebastian from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame group the Lovin' Spoonful, plus '70s stars Ambrosia, and former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber.

The festival, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the festival in Louisville and the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, will feature more than 60 international music acts performing tributes to The Beatles. Special concert tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 10.

The Beach Boys, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961, has sold over 100 million records worldwide. In the U.S. they've had 36 United States Top 40 hits, the most by an American rock band, and four number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Lead singer Mike Love has been known for his devotion to transcendental meditation and was with the Beatles in India.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and autoharpist John Sebastian is founder of the Lovin’ Spoonful, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The Spoonful's hits include “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Summer in the City,” “Daydream,” and “Nashville Cats.” Sebastian, presented by festival sponsor Grestch Guitar, will perform at 6 p.m. May 24 and May 25.

Ambrosia covered the Beatles song "Magical Mystery Tour" for the documentary “All This and World War II” in 1976, and had five Top Forty hit singles between 1975 and 1980, including “Biggest Part of Me” and “How Much I Feel.” The group will perform a tribute to the Beatles at Abbey Road on May 23 with former Wings guitarist and special guest Laurence Juber.

Dozens of bands from around the world and all across the United States will perform at the festival. For more information on tickets and hotel reservations, see the festival website.

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