By Martha Elson • email@example.com
May 24, 2009
Beatles fans of all ages lined up to get "tickets to ride" at
yesterday's courier-journal.com Abbey Road on the River festival at
the Belvedere, a celebration of all-things-Beatles and then some.
Bands were pumping out Beatles songs on several stages, including the
mop-topped, dress-alike Beatrips from Kyoto, Japan -- delighting
Melissa Conn, 39, of Middletown with her favorite Beatles song, "Help!"
She may have had the youngest Beatles fan at the event, her
2-month-old son Ashton, who reacted to the music by falling asleep.
But asked if he was a Beatles fan, she said, "Oh, absolutely."
At the Fountain Stage next to the fountain area, the Cryers -- who
looked nothing like the Beatles -- got the crowd dancing with
Next to the stage was an area with Beatles photos for sale, including
one titled "The Beatles Boarding a Plane," which was marked down from
$3,200 to $2,500 for the show.
Lynda and Jamie Pearl of Fairdale, who were both wearing Beatles
T-shirts, have been coming to the festival since it moved to
Louisville from Cleveland in 2005.
"We know we're always going to have a good time," said Lynda Pearl,
who said they were pushing 50 "really hard. As for her favorite
Beatles period, "I personally like the early Beatles stuff," she said.
Billed as "the World's Largest Beatles-Inspired Music Festival," the
event also featured booths selling lemonade, frozen custard, fries,
shrimp, veggie gyros, "All you Need is Love" T-shirts and other
A copper-colored "Abbey Roadster" PT Cruiser car bore the lines from
"The End," on Abbey Road: "And in the end, the love you take is equal
to the love you make."
David Steele, 11, of Bardstown, was wearing an Abbey Road album
T-shirt and a Beatles cap with Beatles buttons on it. He said his two
brothers, who are almost 10 years older than he is, often played
Beatles music, and, "I just really got into it."
"I've been hearing it all my life."
The festival continues today and tomorrow, in the Galt House area.
The lineup includes the Yellow Submorons at noon today and the Blue
Meanies at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Reporter Martha Elson can be reached at (502) 582-7061.