Saturday, 22 November 2014

New Penny Lane Store at Camden Market

Just in time for the holidays, the Penny Lane Market to open in Stables Market in Camden town Saturday November 22.

Run by Antonio, this shop is the only shop that sells his unique LOVE ME DO fragrance (Unisex and Rechargeable Handmade fragrance). Visit the shop to which also sells Beatles, pub, Union Jack, London and other Vintagemania souvenirs to test and buy THE LOVE ME DO fragrance.

The shop is equipped with a 800 watt music system and a Sony videoprojector, and a big banner (reproducing the Beatles Grafiti wall in Praga - ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE 2 mt x 1,50) so people can make have their photos taken in front of the wall..

If you visit, let them know you heard about the shop from the BBFC.

You can check them out on Facebook.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Where's Ringo Book

Watch for a review of this book in the next issues of the BBFC magazine.

Review of Let It Be DC 2014

I represented the BBFC last night at the Let It Be DC benefit concert in Leesburg, Virginia USA.  A few weeks ago we interviewed organizer Neal Green about the upcoming event.  You can read that interview here
Last night's concert was incredibly fun and musically amazing.  Local radio and TV personality Hillary Howard was the MC and she kicked the evening off right on time.

A surprise guest, local singer JD Wilkinson took the stage first with a lovely rendition of 'Let It Be'.

Next on the bill was The Goodfellas.  These guys have performed both at Abbey Road on the River and in Liverpool.  Their set was full of some older gems from the Beatles early day such as 'Besame Mucho' and 'Twenty Flight Rock'.  They soon had the dance floor packed and fans singing along.

After a short break, Apple Core Band - USA took the stage. I've been amazed by this band for years ever since I first saw them at Abbey Road on the River DC. They were on top form and covered favorites from several Beatles albums including 'Got to Get You Into My Life', 'Taxman', 'Lady Madonna' and 'Eight Days a Week'.  If you haven't seen this band perform in person, you are missing out.  We really need to get them to Liverpool for Beatles Week!

Last up on the bill was the incredible band from Richmond Virginia The English Channel.  Unlike the other two bands, this one covers British music from the 60's and 70's and not just the Beatles.  They were also incredible last night with songs from The Who, Queen, The Moody Blues, The Zombies,  a bit of Beatles and even Lulu. If you have plans to go to the next Abbey Road on the River in Louisville in May, you will have to go and see them.

For the hearty souls with and a reserve of energy left after hours of dancing and singing and no urgent need to get home, there was a jam session with all the bands that followed and eventually a small group of die hard fans had a sing-a-long into the wee hours of the morning.

This was the second year that this event was organized by Neal Green and the first time it was held at Lansdowne Resort. Each year it gets better and better.  I am already looking forward to next year.

--Review by Michele Copp

A sampler video of the night is below:

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Let It Be DC - This weekend!

If you live anywhere near Washington DC (or can hop on a plane) you will not want to miss this fab event.   Let It Be DC is this weekend and promises to be even better the second time around!  This fantastic event is not only  amazingly fun, but it also benefits the musical community making it a win-win for everyone.  

The BBFC will be attending so if any BBFC members also come, please send us a message to let us know you'll be there or wear your lapel pin on the night so we can meet up and say "hello".  

Find out more:
Event Website
Let It Be DC Facebook Page
The website
Get your tickets

Don't miss out - Dublin Beatles Fest starts Friday!!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

GRAMMY Museum exhibit arrives in Liverpool

History was being made in Liverpool today when a James Brown jumpsuit and vest, Ray Charles’ jacket and handwritten lyrics of The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ went on public display for the first time in the city.

These are among 80 never before seen artefacts which form part of the world-first GRAMMY Museum exhibition at the Beatles Story’s Pier Head site, including unseen images of The Rolling Stones by Bob Bonis.

‘The British Invasion: How 1960s beat groups conquered America’ also provides visitors with the opportunity to have a virtual drum lesson with former Beatle, Ringo Starr.

Other highlights include a range of items belonging to musical influencers and legends such as The Hollies, The Zombies, The Supremes and The Beach Boys, including album covers and hand-written lyrics to clothes worn by the superstars and the original instruments which they played.

Part of the exhibit is also dedicated to interviews with GRAMMY award winning artists.

Martin King of the Beatles Story said: “This really is a fantastic exhibition and we are proud to be able to host something so prestigious here in the famous city of Liverpool.

“The artefacts from the GRAMMY museum in LA are incredible and we are confident people will travel to Liverpool just to see this exhibition. It certainly has the “wow” factor.

“We will open with more than 80 unique pieces and new items will be added over the life of the exhibition.

“We are privileged to be working with The GRAMMY Museum team and believe this exhibit really compliments what we have on offer at the Beatles Story.”

Bob Santelli, The GRAMMY Museum’s Executive Director, added: “The Grammy Museum is honored to partner with The Beatles Story for such an important exhibition. The British Invasion dramatically impacted America in the ‘60s. This exhibit tells that story.”

Among the artefacts on show are:
  •  Roy Orbison Work Permit from 1982
  • The Hollies, Biba shirt worn in the late 1960s
  • A ticket from The Beatles - Roy Orbison Show Tuesday, 4th June, 1963
  •  A tour program from Roy Orbison /Beatles Tour 1963
  •  Album cover of ‘Breakin' It Up’ On The Beatles Tour! Jackie DeShannon
  •  Ray Charles jacket
  •  Beach Boys-style Pendleton shirt
  •  Jimi Hendrix outfit from performance on BBC
  • Frank Zappa’s stage costume
  •  The Kingston Trio white and green striped shirt
  •  The Kingston Trio Commemorative Nick Reynolds Martin guitar
  •  Fender Precision Bass, Serial Number 15352 with Guitar Research Case
  •  Tony Valentino - The Standells Burgandy Jacket
  •  Tony Valentino - The Standells Fender Telecaster
  •   Supremes Costume
  •   The Zombies tour jacket
  •  Lead Belly pocket watch
  • Chad & Jeremy guitar
  • The Hollies snare drum from Bobby Elliot
  • Hollies suit (jacket and trousers from performances)

The exhibit opened on 16th October at the Beatles Story, Pier Head.
Tickets can be booked here:  click here