Blame it on the ever-nostalgic baby-boomers if you like, but after all these many years later, the Beatles are still in big demand.
You hear their music everywhere, and that’s just going to ratchet up a notch or two (or three) in the coming week and a half, as the calendar closes in on the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon on Saturday, October 9.
In honor of the anniversary, the Beatles’ evergreen music is once again permeating every facet of pop culture.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the Beatles/Lennon related events that are slated here in Nippertown:
TODAY (WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29)
“LENNONNYC” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Michael Epstein’s feature length documentary about John Lennon’s years in NYC – to be broadcast as part of the “American Masters” series on PBS-TV in November – kicks off the Woodstock Film Festival. Followed by a party in the lounge. 7:30pm. $25.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
Beatlemania Again @ The Linda, Albany. The Fab Four tribute band returns to The Linda by popular demand with their three-act performance: “Meet the Beatles,” “Sergeant Pepper” and “Get Back.” 8pm. $20. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to this show! (see below)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6
The Quarrymen live plus the film “Nowhere Boy” @ The Egg, Albany. Amidst all of the tributes, this is the Big One. Why? Well, the Quarrymen was actually John Lennon’s first band, and all three members playing at The Egg played alongside Lennon back in their school days. Now that’s the Real Deal. But that’s only the second half of the evening’s entertainment. Prior to the Quarrymen’s performance, The Egg will host a preview screening of the new bio-pic “Nowhere Boy” – starring Aaron Johnson as the young Lennon and Kristin Scott Thomas as Aunt Mimi – which explores John’s coming of age as musician in Liverpool in the ’50s and the beginnings of the Beatles. 7pm. $18.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Lennon” @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The songs of John Lennon as performed by such Nippertown musicians as Ashley Pond, Michael Eck, In Defense of Autumn, Brad Jarvis, Matt Durfee, M.R. Poulopoulos, Harry J. Strole, Jim Ketterer, Roger Noyes, Marc Clayton, Rob Wright. 8pm. $5.
Soulive @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. OK, this one isn’t an official John Lennon or Beatles tribute show. But you can bet your autographed Ringo Starr drumsticks that you’ll be hearing plenty of re-invented, jazz/funk/jam-band-influenced interpretations from the trio’s brand-spankin’ new album, “Rubber Soulive.” 8pm. $17 in advance; $20 at the door.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9
The Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Egg, Albany. The Nippertown indie music showcase features Imagining Lennon, starring Tom Raider, as well as a wealth of other local music faves including Sandy McKnight (celebrating the release of his multi-CD, 66-song retrospective, “How I Changed the World”), soul popster Charlie Phillips, funk rockers Capital Zen, punk-popster Vinnie Velez, a reunion of John Powhida & the Staziaks and maximum solo acoustic songsmith Michael Eck. A benefit for the Columbia Arts Team’s youth sponsorships and performing arts programs. 7:30pm. $20.
Heeeey, we have a pair of FREE TICKETS to give away to one lucky Nippertown.com reader for Saturday night’s show by Beatlemania Again at The Linda in Albany. To enter, just leave a comment below with the title of your all-time favorite Beatles/Lennon song. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations, Pat!