Music festivals offer aural enjoyment until medieval fairs roll into town, distracting concertgoers with impromptu baseball games played with hackeysacks and giant turkey legs. Gear up for today's Renaissance-free Groupon: for $50, you get four single-day tickets to Abbey Road on the River (a $120 value). Each second-best ticket allows for general admission to the festival on Friday, May 28; Saturday, May 29; or Sunday, May 30, at Belvedere Festival Park.
Abbey Road on the River bills itself as the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, with five days of more than 50 bands paying tribute to the oft-overlooked British Invasion act, best remembered for their ditty "Octopus's Garden." Each day of Abbey Road on the River boasts an array of high-quality acts performing on the festival's 11 indoor and outdoor stages. Eleanor Rigbys and nowhere men alike can see Beatles cover bands and full-on tribute acts from Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, England, and Scotland, as well as acts from exotic locales such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. Also appearing at this year's festival is Terry Sylvester, a member of The Hollies, who were recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. For guests who love the Beatles but hate their music, Abbey Road on the River also hosts a plethora of Beatles-related events and activities.
Second-best ticket perks include a special $119 nightly rate at the Galt House and an express entrance line, allowing you to get into "Paul is totally dead!" arguments quicker than regular-admission Beatlemaniacs.
- AROTR is the event that allows folks separated by geography and cultures to be a family. A place where love is real and the music is love. – John M.
- Musicians from around world were there and so many people represented the Beatles: men and women, young and the "mature." We met new people, danced with old friends, and enjoyed the rocking atmosphere. – Mary C.
- The first year in Cleveland I went alone but left with some new friends from both sides of the stage that I would never have met otherwise. Now in Louisville, friends old and new are a family that grows each year. – Debbi S.
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