British Invasion artists Peter Asher and Billy J. Kramer are among the special guests announced for the Fest for Beatles Fans to take place in October in Los Angeles, the Fest announced May 30. The fest, the first in L.A. in 14 years, will be held the weekend of Oct. 10-12 at the LAX Airport Marriott Hotel.
Also featured will be Denny Laine, Laurence Juber and Denny Seiwell, three former members of Wings, Joey Molland of Badfinger and Freda Kelly, the subject of the Beatles documentary “Good Ol' Freda.” Making his first appearance at a Fest will be Bob Eubanks, known as host of “The Newlywed Game” who was part of the group who put on the Beatles' concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. In fact, it was Eubanks who was one of the voices heard introducing the group saying, “And now, here they are, the Beatles.”
Others appearing will Mark Hudson, who produced Ringo for a decade, Rob Shanahan, who photographs Ringo's personal appearances, and Nancy Lee Andrews, a former girlfriend of Ringo's and herself a photographer. The Fest will also include artists Ron Campbell, who illustrated “Yellow Submarine,” Eric Cash, Alan Aldridge of “The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics” and Apple's art director John Kosh. Both Aldridge and Kosh will also be making their first appearances at the Fest.
Rounding out the guest list will be a long list of Beatles authors, including Bruce Spizer, Jude Southerland Kessler, Wally Podrazik, Andrew Grant Jackson, Vivek Tiwary, Chuck Gunderson, David Bedford, Al Sussman, Robert Rodriguez, Mark Hayward, Wally Podrazik, Richard Buskin, Jim Berkenstadt, Mark Hayward, Susan Ryan, Candy Leonard and David Schwensen. Chris Carter, host of both "Breakfast With the Beatles” on KLOS-FM in L.A. and Sirius/XM's national show “Chris Carter's British Invasion,” will be emcee.
Fest events will include a Battle of the Beatles Bands, a musicians' forum, a sound-alike contest, panel discussions, trivia, art exhibits, a puppet show and auctions. Tickets are now on sale at the Fest website. Another Fest is scheduled in Chicago for Aug. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.