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Louisville, KY - The world famous Beatles tribute festival, Abbey Road on the River (AROTR), that attracts more than 70 bands and 20,000 fans from all across the globe will return to Louisville for its fourth consecutive year, May 22 – 26, 2008, at the Belvedere Festival Park and Galt House Hotel & Suites, the official headquarter hotel. The music festival is billed as 5 days of peace, love, and rock and roll, including performances from the world’s most accomplished Beatles and 60’s era bands performing thousands of hit songs on 8 stages, 12 hours each day.

Topping the list of many event highlights this year is the first concert appearances by original Beatles drummer Pete Best, and former Hollies lead singer, Terry Sylvester. The jam-packed weekend will also feature a 40th anniversary concert with more than 40 performers reproducing The White Album, note for note in its entirety, including the still controversial, "Revolution # 9." Headlining the WFPK Brian Epstein Stage "Where New Music Goes To Get Discovered" on Saturday, May 24 at 10:00 p.m. will be a highly anticipated performance by Ike Reilly, a leading figure of indie rock from Chicago, IL.

The brand new Ali Center Plaza, a project of the City of Louisville including landscaping, a glass fountain and amphitheater-style seating, will host its inaugural performance on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. AROTR is presenting the premiere of The Harmonies Concert, a musical retrospective honoring not just The Beatles, but The Everly Brothers, Mamas and Papas, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Hollies starring ex-Hollie, Terry Sylvester.

On Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the festival will introduce Penny Lane on Main, a partnership among several Main Street attractions that are honoring rock and roll’s most accomplished band by hosting special events. The Frazier International History Museum will host a symposium with Pete Best, Terry Sylvester and Bruce Spizer on "Growing Up in Liverpool" at 11:00 a.m. The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory will host "Batty for the Beatles," which will include a corn hole toss, a groovy 60’s tattoo station, flower power arts and crafts, and a yellow submarine scavenger hunt.

For Abbey Road On The River fans that enjoyed the world premiere of Love (the soundtrack), live at last year’s event, organizers are scheduling two giant encore performances on Friday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 at 9:30 p.m. Additionally, this year’s event will celebrate the Summer of Love on Memorial Day, May 26, including the music of the other bands of that era including The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

Courier-Journal.com, the title sponsor of the event, is hosting an online voting contest where visitors to the site can vote for their favorite event poster, designed by the visual arts students of du Pont Manual High School. The 3 designs receiving the most votes will be printed and given out free to the first 500 festival attendees on Thursday, May 24 (opening day), and Monday, May 26 (closing day).

According to Mayor Jerry Abramson, Abbey Road on the River in Louisville has been a huge success, featuring dozens of the best Beatles bands, speakers, collectibles, 20,000 music lovers from Louisville, and thousands more from around the world.

"Since moving to Louisville in 2005, the signature Memorial Day Event has become the weekend Beatle fans mark their calendar by," said event producer Gary Jacob. "It is the perfect event for families to come together and share their love of this incredible music with their friends, family, and neighbors."

"Abbey Road is much more than a collection of bands with mop tops and faux English accents. We have serious musicians that study Beatle’s music in detail and present it through blues or classical or rock ‘n roll tradition, but respect the music’s soul and origins," says Hal Bruce, Halifax Nova Scotia based musician, and Abbey Road music director.

Festival hours are Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday: Noon-Midnight and Monday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. General admission (outdoor shows only) one-day tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Reserved tickets (ALL shows and events, including indoor) are selling out quickly and are available for $69.99 for a one-day admission. $5-$10 discount coupons are available at Courier-Journal.com. All tickets purchased by May 18 will include a free admission* for a Beatles fan 21 years or under. Tickets can be purchased online at www.abbeyroadontheriver.com or at the Louisville Visitor’s Center located at the corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

The Galt House Hotel & Suites, the official AROTR headquarters, is offering special rates by calling 1-800-the-Galt. Featuring an outdoor pool, Galt House has limited availability on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights.

Abbey Road on the River 2008 is sponsored by: Courier-Journal.com, Galt House Hotel & Suites, Velocity, 103.1 WRKA, 107.7 WSFR, WFPK 91.9, Greater Louisville Visitor and Convention Bureau, Louisville Metro Government and Coors Light.

For more information, visit www.abbeyroadontheriver.com.

*Free to 21 and under when accompanied by a festival advance ticket purchasers.

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