The world's largest Beatles-inspired tribute festival will once again take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 21-25 at the Belvedere Festival Park and Muhammad Ali Center on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville.
The line-up for the 2015 WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River includes rock band The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO and ELO II, whose spectacular run of success in the '70s and '80s included numerous gold and platinum albums and Top Ten hits such as "Can't Get It Out of My Head" and "Telephone Line."
In addition, more than 60 bands from around the world including Colombia, Holland, and Brazil, will perform on eight stages throughout the weekend. Other musical highlights include a tribute show to Queen and Pink Floyd, as well as performances by two former Wings band members - Laurence Juber and Steve Holley.
To commemorate John Lennon's 75th birthday this year, festival organizers will present a series of events celebrating the music and life of John. Julia Baird, Lennon's sister and a director of Cavern City Tours in Liverpool, will attend this year's festival and speak about her memories of John. Additionally, renowned tribute artist and Beatle historian Tim Piper will perform "Just Imagine," backed by Working Class Hero. Piper intertwines John Lennon's songs with the stories behind them to create a unique and electrifying multimedia concert experience in this critically acclaimed tribute.
To celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, veterans will be honored at a concert by Matt Ryan, who will perform the high-energy musical experience "Bruce in the USA," a note-perfect and visually impeccable recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. Five dollars of every ticket sold at the box office on Monday will benefit the Louisville Coalition for the Homeless, an organization working with the Mayor of Louisville to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2016.
Abbey Road on the River is sponsored by the WAVE 3 News, Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Crosley, Gretsch Guitar, Flower Power Cruises, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, the Muhammad Ali Center, Shock Top, Budweiser, HorseShoe Bend Winery, The Galt House, WAKY 103.5, and 107.7 The Eagle.
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