Kai Skimelid - drums
"Once again we saw lots of the same people we had seen from our previous concerts. It's the biggest crowd we've ever played."
Abbey Road On The River began with a simple epiphany: Beatles tribute bands attract big crowds. And since we began our festival in Cleveland Ohio in August, 2002 we have presented over 250 incredible Beatles bands from all over the world to play for over a quarter million delighted fans. Bands have come from Japan, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland, Italy,Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Scotland, England, and this year we will welcome our first bands from France and Argentina.
Special guests have included George’s sister Louise, original Beatle Pete Best, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers Terry Sylvester of the Hollies and Jefferson Starship, Denny Laine from the Moody Blues and Wings, and this year coming up in May, Herman’s Hermits featuring and starring Peter Noone, Leon Russell, Peter Asher (from Peter and Gordon), Laurence Juber from Wings, and former Apple CEO Tony Bramwell
For the first three years of the festival 2002 through 2004 the event resided in Cleveland, but in late 2004 we met with representatives from the city of Louisville and decided to move the entire festival to Louisville, and what a smart move that was. While we missed Cleveland, the event really matured in Louisville and became the signature Memorial Day weekend festival for that community. It allowed us to develop a close working relationship with government, tourism, schools, museums, the arts community, local businesses, and its incredible loving Beatles fans.
In 2009 we added the Washington DC market to our festival portfolio and began a three-year labor day weekend run at the spectacular Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor MD. But Cleveland kept tugging at our heartstrings and we knew that someday we would have to bring the festival back to where it all began in this Labor Day weekend August 30-September 1 Abbey Road on the REiver will return to its original home, Jacobs Pavilion at the Nautica entertainment Complex on the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River in beautiful downtown Cleveland Ohio.
Abbey Road on the River is more than a place now; it has become for thousands of fans a happy state of mind!
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