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

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Let It Be DC - Tickets on Sale Now!


Let It Be DC is back again 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 British Beatles Fan Club interviewed organizer Neal Green to find out more about this event and we think you will agree that it promises to be a fabulous night of fun.  The full interview is below.

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 Musicianship.org website
Get your tickets (Early bird pricing ends Oct 15)

Interview with Neal Green, Let It Be DC Organizer

BBFC: This is the second Let It Be DC event you’ve organized. What prompted you to develop this event? 
Neal: This idea, was born a year ago from a conversation with some friends around a dinner table. We were discussing the different ways the Musicianship was looking to raise funds. I was discussing the need for a concert to celebrate the music of the British invasion. I made the statement we should put the together a British Invasion concert to benefit the MusicianShip, and from there the rest was history. Let It Be DC was born. 
BBFC: Have you done this sort of thing before? 
Neal: Last years Let IT Be DC event was the first time I had ever worked in the music field. I jumped in with both feet and with a little help from many of my friends in the local music industry we successfully pulled it off. If you build it they will come. 

BBFC: This event supports a charity called The Musicianship. How and why did you select this particular organization to support? 
Neal: What better choice than an organization that provides all facets of training in the field of music to children that are at risk and in areas where music education has been budgeted out of the public schools. We are providing for our future by supporting these children with opportunity. Summer music camps, after school music activities and more. 
BBFC: How did you select the three bands that are schedule to perform? 
Neal: Let It Be DC is very blessed to have three local bands, The English Channel, The Apple Core, and The GoodFellas, they have been performing for a wide variety of audiences from small intimate venues to large international audiences. 

The GoodFellas, has even been invited to Liverpool for Beatles week and played the Famous Cavern Club. The English Channel will be playing at the 2015 Abbey Road On The River Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. A five day event that rivals all Beatle festivals. We will be raffling off at Let It Be DC a five day “Ticket to Ride” to the festival to raise money for the MusicianShip. 
BBFC: There are different ticket price levels available. What does a VIP ticket include? 
Neal: Our VIP guests will get early admission to the event and the opportunity to meet the bands and our amazing MC, Hillary Howard. Our VIP’s also get reserved seating at the front of the Ballroom and a complimentary beverage. 
BBFC: Is there accommodation available for people who might want to come from outside the immediate area? 
Neal: Lansdowne Resort has really gone the extra mile for our guests and us! Lansdowne is offering rooms that normally go for $200.00 or more for an incredible $129.00! You have a choice between a king bed room or two twin beds. The rooms are beautiful! 
BBFC: I see on the website that there will be a Late Night Band Jam and a sing-a-long? What exactly is that? Will all three bands be playing together? 
Neal: We have a wonderful group of musicians who love the fans and fans that love our musicians. We are “family”! The Band Jam brings us all together at the end of the event and lets us celebrate that togetherness that is the music. It’s a fantastic experience! The sing-a-long is another tradition at these types of events. Having the event at Lansdowne Resort gives us the ability to continue the fun after the concert. Its for those who love to sing and those who love to play instruments to come together and go to the wee hours getting to know each other and enjoy. 
BBFC: What else do you want our readers to know about you, the bands or the event? 
Neal: This event Let it Be DC is an expression of what music of the British Invasion is all about, LOVE! Let It Be DC lets us come together and celebrate, while we afford the next generation the opportunity to do the same. Music, all music, brings us together, and together we can accomplish great things! 

Find out more:
Event Website
Let It Be DC Facebook Page
The Musicianship.org website
Get your tickets (Early bird pricing ends Oct 15)

 




Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Epstein Theatre Open Day to Celebrate Brian Epstein’s 80th Birthday


On Friday 19 September the Epstein Theatre once again throws open its doors to the public for a now annual Open Day in honour of the late Mr. Brian Epstein’s Birthday, marking what would have been his 80th Birthday.
The public can come along and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and for a small donation, a delicious range of sweet treats and cakes. To celebrate the occasion the theatre are asking any budding bakers to bring a cake with them that can then be sold, with all proceeds going to Statue 4 Eppy, a project that is raising funds for a statue of Brian Epstein to be erected in Liverpool. 

On the day, the Epstein will be open from 10am to 4pm and will also feature tours of the theatre where the public can explore the beauty of the venue, which is now also available to book for a variety of occasions including corporate events, conferences, weddings and special occasions.

This will mark yet another event in what has been a very special year for the former Beatles manager; 2014 has already seen Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, a fascinating window into the much speculated private world of the music entrepreneur have a successful 6-week run in London’s West End; a prestigious Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque unveiled outside the London NEMS office in his honour, and was also posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame following a campaign from fans.

Always proving to be a popular event, hundreds of people from all over Liverpool and beyond attended in 2012 and 2013, paying tribute and celebrating the life of one of Liverpool’s most-loved sons and theatre management are expecting an even better turn out this year!

The theatre’s brand new Autumn/Winter season brochure will also be hot off the press and the first copies will available to pick up on the day.

For full details and to join the theatre mailing list visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk
For further details on how to donate to Statue 4 Eppy please visit www.statue4eppy.com