Saturday, January 11, 2014

Off to a Good Start

2014 has barely started, and we've already got things going on. 

Much of our attention is directed toward the date February 9, 2014, which is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on Ed Sullivan. We've been wondering how to celebrate this date for a while, and now we've arrived at a definite event.

In partnership with Hippie Radio, we're appearing at Barlines in the new Omni Hotel Nashville, for a special party that's free to the public. The date is Sunday February 9, and the time is 5 pm to 9 pm.

Part of the fun will be a video screen showing the original footage of the Ed Sullivan show, and The WannaBeatles playing along with live versions of the songs that The Beatles played on television. 

Our friend Barb Deniston at Hippie Radio has been putting this together. You can see a picture of Barb with us at the Hippie Radio Christmas party in the most recent blog.

We just did a photo shoot yesterday at Barlines, in the Omni Hotel, to help publicize it. We got to meet Kellie Keyes, the friendly marketing director at the hotel, who was wiling to pose with us at the bar.

The photo shoot was also a reunion of sorts for us with Vince Pinkerton and his pal Tommy Terry. Vince and Tommy were the folks who shot and edited our videos from 2012, "We Wanna Meet Paul" and "Oh, Betty!

We knew we were in for a treat with Vince and Tommy setting up our photos. They shot over 300 photos in about an hour, including some creative variations on designs that were used for The Beatles. Here's one four-shot arrangement Vince put together:

Here we are onstage at Barlines:

And here we are jumping into the air - just because we can:

Thanks to Vince and Tommy for a very creative morning.

If you haven't seen the Omni, it's pretty impressive. It's part of a renaissance of downtown, where the new Music City Center has revitalized the blocks south of Demonbreun with new restaurants and attractions. The hotel occupies the block behind the new MCC, which makes it adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, with a pedestrian walkway. 

The lobby is decorated with lots of country music memorabilia. The legendary Hatch Show Print has moved its operations into the hotel, giving it an unique Nashville atmosphere. 

Here's a view through the window of Hatch Show Print, visible just as you exit Barlines: 

Our friend Barb at Hippie Radio said she had wanted to create a Hatch Show Print to help promote this event, but they were so backed up they couldn't do it in time. But we certainly appreciate the idea.  

Barb has more than compensated for that by putting ads on the air. We heard them yesterday, listening to WHPY 94.5 FM on our way to the photo shoot. The ad starts with Ed Sullivan saying "Here They Are, The Beatles!"  then sound of Paul McCartney singing the opening lines of "All my Loving." The ad mentions The WannaBeatles, and plays portions of our songs "In '63" and "Because They Were Fab."

Hippie Radio is also putting our song "In '63" into "rotation." We're excited about that. 

In other news, we've been invited to appear on national television ourselves. It's The Huckabee Show on Fox TV, which will be aired on Saturday, February 1. We'll be traveling to New York to do that, to record a four minute medley of Beatles songs, with Gov. Huckabee playing bass with us. That's something you don't see every day. 

Fortunately, the show pays for plane tickets and hotel accommodations. All we have to do is get to New York and be ourselves. You can read all about the adventure in this blog.

It seems like a good time to say "It's good to be a WannaBeatle." 

Bloggin' Bryan 10Jan2014

1 comment:

  1. wow so awesome you guys are doing so well and getting all these opportunities. Happy new year so far ! Cherry MacPherson