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The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will return to the Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, 2018. For the 17th year, the music festival will bring together 60 bands and 20,000 fans from around the world to enjoy five days of peace, love and rock-n-roll – all inspired by The Beatles.

Grammy-winning rock group America will perform their hits “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Sister Golden Hair” and more on Saturday, May 26th. Like The Beatles, America found great success in working with producer George Martin and recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who were both extremely influential on the band’s sound during the 1970’s. The fathers of psychedelic rock Vanilla Fudge, “Ticket to Ride” and “You Keep Me Hanging On,” will also headline the event, with shows on both Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th.

The Beatles’ audio engineer and four time Grammy-winner Geoff Emerick will give a presentation at 10:00am S aturday, May 26th, addressing the creative process of the band in the studio and how he achieved the sounds on their most famous and beloved songs. At the age of 19, Geoff Emerick became the Beatles’ chief audio engineer and is the man responsible for their distinctive sound on the Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many to be some of the greatest rock recordings of all time.

The 2018 festival will also present special concerts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The White Album, which was mostly written in India while the band was studying meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The festival favorite LOVE Album show will return on Sunday, May 27th with a live concert performed note-for-note just as the compilation was arranged by the late Sir George Martin.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will feature more than 60 bands performing on eight indoor and outdoor stages. Festival attendees can also enjoy a playground area for children, a Beatles merchandise marketplace, interactive art installations, on-site food and bar services, and art and craft vendors. General admission tickets are just $20 if purchased in advance with the discount code “Wave 3 News.” More information can be found online at www.arotr.com.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is produced with support from Wave 3 News, Budweiser, Bud Light, Four Roses, Southern Indiana Tourism (SoIN), Crosley, Gretsch Guitars, Fidelity Investments, The City of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Koetter Construction, Octopus’s Garden, V.G. Reed Printing, 91.9 WFPK Relics, and WAKY 103.5.

In response to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria, the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River launched a YouCaring page to help raise funds for disaster relief. The page was originally created to support the band members of long-time festival band from Puerto Rico, The Jukebox. Fortunately, The Jukebox band members – Arlemar Méndez, Francisco Cairol and Juan Carlos del Valle – homes were spared from the worst of the damage, and they requested the money go to those who needed it more.

Since the campaign was launched 2 weeks ago, it has raised more than $8,000 (some donations were sent directly to the band offline) and is still growing towards the ultimate goal of $10,000 for hurricane relief. The Jukebox band members have used the funds to buy supplies such as food, water, and baby formula and diapers, and then delivered them to the hard-hit areas. Click here to see a video of the supplies purchased, and click here to see a video of the distribution through villages.

“We first set a goal to raise $4,000 for our friends with The Jukebox, and when we surpassed that we kept increasing the goal,” explains Gary Jacob, festival producer. “This is such a testament to the comraderie [sic] and support shared among the Abbey Road on the River community. It’s great to realize that through the music of The Beatles and the experience of our event, our fans are rallying together and their generosity is improving the lives of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.”

Abbey Road on the River is a world-famous Beatles-inspired music festival that brings together more 50 bands and 20,000 fans to celebrate peace, love, and rock-n-roll. After 3 years in Cleveland and 12 years in Louisville, Abbey Road on the River moved across the river last year and now calls Jeffersonville, IN its home. The 2018 festival will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, at the Big Four Station Park. For more information, visit www.artor.com.

The timing could not be better for the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River to pay homage to the iconic and acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was released by The Beatles exactly 50 years ago in 1967, and is set for the much anticipated re-release on May 26, which coincides with the five-day festival, coming up May 25-29, 2017.

Sgt. Pepper, regarded as one of the first ever concept albums, is known for being one of the most influential and innovative albums of all time. It won four Grammy’s, and included hits like “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and “A Day in the Life.” The new, remixed special anniversary edition of the Sgt. Pepper album includes previously unreleased takes from their recording sessions.

More than 15 events will celebrate the groundbreaking album throughout the weekend, including 9 concerts, a presentation by internationally recognized Beatles expert Scott Freiman, and a “Pepper at 50” panel discussion with author Bruce Spizer, Beatle best friend and long-time aide Tony Bramwell, and “Beatle Brunch” Radio Host Joe Johnson. OnSaturday, May 27th at 11:45pm, a listening party will be held for the release of the new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will be held in Jeffersonville, IN at the Big Four Station Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29. The 2017 lineup includes Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grammy-winner Peter Asher, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers The Family Stone, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders,Ambrosia, and former Wings band members Laurence Juber (guitarist) and Steve Holley (drummer). More than 50 bands from around the world will perform on eight indoor and outdoor stages over the course of the five-day event.

The festival has partnered with 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville to host a free kick off concert starring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s sax man Jake Clemons today, May 25th. Live music begins at 2:00pm, and Jake Clemons will take the stage at8:45pm. Admission is free all day.

Tickets are available at arotr.com, and discounted general admission tickets are available for $20 each at all 45 area Thorntons stores. Tickets purchased at Thorntons also include free admission for one guest 21 and under.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is sponsored by WAVE 3 News, StarVista Live, Southern Indiana Tourism, City of Jeffersonville, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Bud Light, Four Roses Bourbon, AML Inc., 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Gretsch Guitars, Crosley Radio and Thorntons.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.arotr.com.

The annual Abbey Road on the River festival, a five-day celebration of The Beatles and their music, will run from May 25 through 29th in Jeffersonville.

The festival has moved across the river to Jeffersonville, so fans who have attended in the past when Abbey Road was hosted on the Louisville Waterfront, may need help navigating the new venue.

To help with that, the 2017 AROTR venue map showing the festival’s four main outdoor stages in Big Four Station Park, as well as the other event venues, has just been released.

The Budweiser Stage A is located at the northwest corner of the park, Stage B is in the middle of the park, Four Roses’ Stage C is located just off the Big Four Bridge ramp, and Stage D is near the south end of Big Four Station Park.  Additional performances will be held at the Clarion and Sheraton hotels as well as in other area venues.

In addition to the map, the finalized schedule for the 2017 lineup has been published and is now available on the Abbey Road on the River website.  This year’s lineup includes dozens of acts, including Herman’s Hermits, The Family Stone, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders, Steve Holley, and many more.

A free concert starring starring Jake Clemons from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Thursday, May 25 marks the start of the 2017 festival.  Tickets are available online.

 

Abbey Road on the River (AROTR), the annual music festival honoring the music and legend of The Beatles, is just around the corner and area residents now have the opportunity to pick up tickets at all 45 Kentuckiana area Thorntons locations.

With roots dating back to 2002 in Cleveland, the 5-day music festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend along the Jeffersonville waterfront with venues including Big 4 Station Park, Clarion Hotel, and 300 Spring.  Attracting over 30,000 attendees, Abbey Road on the River is billed as the largest Beatles festival in the country.

Since the move from Ohio, Abbey Road on the River has expanded greatly, averaging more than 60 bands annually.  The 2017 lineup includes legendary greats such as Herman’s Hermits, The Family Stone, Paul Revere & the Raiders former lead singer Mark Lindsay, Wings drummer Steve Holley, The Grass Roots, Ambrosia, and many more.  The star-studded lineup is backed by a full bill of original acts and tribute bands who carry on the musical traditions of 60’s, 70’s, and beyond.

And it’s all kicked off with a free concert starring starring Jake Clemons from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Thursday, May 25.

General Admission Tickets are available now for $20 at all 45 Kentuckiana Thorntons Stores, which includes free 21 and under admission.  Tickets are also available online.

AROTR1791.9 WFPK Independent Louisville is teaming up with the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River to give music fans a reason to say YEAH, YEAH, YEAH on opening day of the festival. WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will present the “WFPK Kick Off Concert starring Jake Clemons from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” on Thursday, May 25th at 8:30pm. The free, ticketless event will be held at the Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville, IN – the new home of the world famous Beatles tribute festival. Attendees will also be able to enjoy live Beatles music on other festival stages, a Beatles merchandise marketplace, and on-site food and beverage.

Jake Clemons is best known for being the nephew of the legendary Clarence Clemons and his replacement as lead saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He’s been touring with The Boss, playing all the big dates, since 2012. Jake has been bringing his original music to audiences since 2010, but he’s really begun making a name for himself as a solo artist with the release of his highly anticipated 11-song first album “Fear & Love,” which was released in January. He plays guitar, sax, piano, and drums, he writes music, he sings, and he loves rock ‘n roll.

Reflecting on the album and first single Jake says: “Fear & Love is a journey that forges through loss & hardship and attempts to reconcile those challenges until finding its way to the freedom of being vulnerable and honest, mostly with yourself. The first single ‘A Little Bit Sweet,’ sits just on the other side of those losses, recognizing that yes, life is bittersweet…but a little bit sweet makes it better.”

In addition to the free kick off concert on May 25th, Clemons will also perform at the festival on Sunday, May 28th. After 12 years in Louisville, the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will debut in Jeffersonville at the Big Four Station Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29. 2017 marks a number of musical anniversaries including the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the 50th anniversary of the release of the greatest album in rock history – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The lineup of popular musicians from that 1967 summer who will perform at this year’s festival include Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grammy-winner Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon, American rock band The Grass Roots, The Family Stone, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, American rock band Ambrosia and former Wings band members Laurence Juber (guitarist) and Steve Holley (drummer).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.arotr.com.

AROTRNext year, 2016, will be the final year for Abbey Road On The River in Louisville. Actions from The Galt House Hotel first compelled festival organizers to partner with the Marriott as the host hotel for 2016, but now organizers realize their hard work and efforts are being undermined by The Galt House, and that the hotel on Main Street thinks that somehow Abbey Road on The River is theirs.

“The festival does not belong to the Galt House,” says Gary Jacob, founder and organizer of Abbey Road on the River. “It’s ours, and so we will spend the next year either finding someone in Louisville who wants to buy Abbey Road On The River, or we will find a new city and a hotel up the 1-71 corridor where the hotel (to which we bring millions of dollars in travel business to) does not do things that are harmful to the festival just because they think they can.”

Organizers have informed all of their major partners – Wave 3 News, The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and The Muhammad Ali Center – and while all wish it was different, they all understand why this decision is being made. Life is too short to be a neighbor with a business who covets your business so much they will stoop to any level to take it. 2016 will be a blowout…festival organizers promise to make it the best farewell party the city will ever imagine!

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