Explore the Fab Four’s NYC Sites on Foot

October 10th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Carnegie Hall…
The Plaza Hotel…
The Dakota Apartments…
The Ed Sullivan Theater…
Strawberry Fields in Central Park…

Experience first-hand some of the most significant New York City sites in the musical history of the Fab Four on Saturday, October 18 on Rick Bedrosian’s Beatles New York City Walking Tour. A chartered bus will depart from Yankee Trails in Rensselaer at 7am and return at approximately 7:30pm.

In NYC, Rick Bedrosian (guitarist with the Beatles tribute band Hey Jude… The Tribute) and his busload of Beatles fans will meet up with renowned Beatles authority and tour guide Susan Ratisher Ryan for a two-and-a-half-hour of Manhattan Beatlemania locations.

Then you’ll be driven to the Flatiron District where you’ll be free to explore and dine at Mario Batali’s Eataly, a 50,000-square-foot, indoor, Italian market and restaurant complex, as well as Union Square Park which is located just five blocks south.

The cost of the tour is $130 per person, which includes transportation, travel guides and the Beatles Walking Tour.

NOTE: And if you want to get into the musical mood, you can catch Hey Jude… The Tribute in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Saturday (October 11). Tickets are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.


LIVE: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ Saratoga City Center, 12/31/13

January 3rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Hey Jude

Review and photographs by L.P.G.

Hey Jude…The Tribute at First Night Saratoga 2014. What a way to ring in the new year… The Saratoga City Center was packed with several generations of Beatles fans who were “Happy Just to Dance” to such hit tunes as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Hey Jude” and “Ticket to Ride.” The band members – Tom Raider as John Lennon, Brad Jarvis as Paul McCartney, Rick Bedrosian as George Harrison, Don Ackerman as Ringo Starr, and the “fifth Beatle” Rich Coogan – all gave stellar performances.

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LIVE: Hey Jude… The Tribute @ the Parting Glass, 11/9/13

November 12th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Hey Jude...The Tribute (photo: Lisa Gandia)

Review and photographs by Lisa Gandia

Cheers to Hey Jude… The Tribute for their fab Beatles concert — good ‘til the last drop —in the Parting Glass, the famed Irish pub in Saratoga Springs. The band performed in concert on Saturday, November 9, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of With the Beatles, and the pub was alive with fans clapping, singing and dancing along to their memorable hits. The faux Fab Four – plus one more – featured Tom Raider as John Lennon, Brad Jarvis as Paul McCartney, Rick Bedrosian as George Harrison, Don Ackerman as Ringo Starr and Rich Coogan as Billy Preston, and all gave a stunning Beatles performance.

Raider’s genuine personality and outgoing stage presence contributed to his overall audience appeal. He looked, sounded and acted just like Lennon himself. His spectacular solo of “In My Life” revealed a more introspective side to his musical presence, aside from his usual light-hearted personality and humorous anecdotes.

Jarvis’ memorable acoustic version of “Yesterday” showcased his McCartney sound-alike ability and precise vocal range. His humorous dialogue with fans uplifted everyone’s spirits — and glasses — in a toast to good times, great tunes and welcoming company.

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LIVE: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center, 7/1/13

July 17th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Hey Jude: The Tribute @ GPAC (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The advance advertising and the sign out in front of Tawasentha Park on the road into the Guilderland Performing Arts Center promised the Beatles tribute duo, Imagining Lennon and McCartney. But the stage set-up displayed three microphones and a whole lot of vintage Beatle gear. (Fab gear, sorry.)

Having seen more Beatles tributes than I care to remember, I was particularly intrigued to check out the merchandise table which offered t-shirts and CDs by Rick Bedrosian of Hair of the Dog, who I had seen a few weeks ago.

The duo concept had been expanded into Hey Jude…The Tribute, a full band, with Tom Raider as John, Brad Jarvis as Paul, Rick Bedrosian as George and Brad’s son Taylor Jarvis as Billy Preston (a young, blonde Billy,) who was filling in for keyboardist Rich Coogan, who, along with Don Ackerman as Ringo, were absent this evening.

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