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Photos from Abbey Road on the River

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Over the Labor Day weekend, Gretsch Guitars co-sponsored the annual “Abbey Road on the River” festival—the world’s largest Beatles-inspired Music Festival. Located at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on the spectacular shores of the Potomac River, the festival featured more than 50 bands performing on eight stages, an indoor showcase display that presented thousands of historical and collectible items, including seldom-seen photos, volumes of books documenting every step of the band’s evolution, and Gretsch’s meticulous replica of George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet guitar, which he played early in the band’s career, including the Cavern days.

The American Red Cross received 40 percent of the revenue generated from tickets purchased through a special website and $5 from every ticket sold at the box office during the five-day festival. Gretsch also generously donated two guitars that netted over $5,000 for the Red Cross. More details here.

Enjoy some photos from the festival in our slideshow below.

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Beatlemania Hits D.C. Labor Day Weekend Festival

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Annual “Abbey Road on the River” in nation’s capitol once again celebrates Fab Four

Gretsch Guitars is co-sponsoring the annual “Abbey Road on the River” festival, once again celebrating all things Beatles over the Labor Day weekend at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on the shores of the Potomac River.

Just as thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., in February 1964 to see the Beatles’ first U.S. concert, thousands of fans, musicians and historians from all over the world will come together in the nation’s capitol on Sept. 1-5 to celebrate the group’s music and legacy at the largest Fab Four tribute festival in the United States, as they have since 2002.

Live music is a staple of the event, and more than 50 bands will perform on eight stages throughout the festival. An indoor showcase display will present thousands of historical and collectible items, including seldom-seen photos, volumes of books documenting every step of the band’s evolution, and Gretsch’s meticulous replica of George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet guitar, which he played early in the band’s career, including the Cavern days.

Other features will include the festival’s popular all-night sing-along sessions, displays of one-of-a-kind items created by Beatles fanatics (such as a 2002 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide motorcycle custom-painted with Beatlemania imagery), merchandise, lectures and screenings of 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.

Attending this year’s festival will be longtime Beatles memorabilia collector Russ Lease, who will exhibit the famous “drop-T” Beatles-logo kick drum head used during the band’s first U.S. visit in February 1964. That visit included, of course, the Beatles’ monumental Feb. 9 debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and first two U.S. concerts, at Washington Coliseum in the nation’s capitol and at Carnegie Hall in New York; the drumhead was on the front of Ringo Starr’s kick drum at all of those famous performances. It is the most famous and most valuable of the seven hand-painted logo kick drum heads used by Starr with the Beatles, and Lease will speak on its creation and history.

Also on hand will be acclaimed Beatles expert and author Bruce Spizer, who will speak on the finer points of the fascinating and often complex story of Beatles recordings as released in the United States. Spizer will go into meticulous detail on all U.S. versions of Beatles recordings, from the very first one (single “Please Please Me”/”Ask Me Why,” Vee-Jay Records, Feb. 7, 1963) to the very last released by their own company, Apple, while they were still together and on through phenomenally successful 2000 greatest hits compilation 1.

Visit www.abbeyroadontheriver.com for ticket sales, reservations, and further information. A portion of ticket revenues will be donated to the American Red Cross.


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Gretsch Guitars at Labor Day Weekend D.C. Beatles Festival

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Gretsch Guitars will be at the “Abbey Road on the River” festival in the Washington, D.C. area as Beatlemania invades the nation’s capital once again over the 2010 Labor Day weekend.

The event’s promoters bill it as “the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival.” Abbey Road on the River takes place from Thursday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center hotel in National Harbor, Md. Gretsch is co-sponsoring the event.

Abbey Road on the River will feature a near-constant lineup of bands, guest speakers, films, contests and other special events, all of which is staged to celebrate the still-thriving legacy of the Beatles.

At the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, the Gretsch Guitars booth will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting Friday, Sept. 3, with Gretsch girl Kim Falcon on hand for photos and to sign autographs. From 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 to 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, Gretsch Guitars presents Hal Bruce and the Hard Dazed Knights in concert, playing 214 Beatles songs as a single continuous medley with no breaks or intermission.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, festival-going Gretsch enthusiasts can enjoy a personal appearance by Fred Gretsch III and Gretsch product specialist Joe Carducci. They’ll present the Gretsch Guitars Experience, sharing behind-the-scenes stories about Gretsch history—which includes the Beatles—and a multimedia presentation of the sights and sounds of Gretsch.

Abbey Road on the River takes place twice annually; in Louisville, Ky., over Memorial Day weekend and in National Harbor, Md. (Washington, D.C.) over Labor Day weekend. Attracting more than 30,000 fans of all ages per event, Abbey Road on the River is the largest Beatles festival in the United States, founded in Cleveland in 2002 and held at its present locations since 2005.

For more details on the event, click here now.

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