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Jeffersonville, IN (March 21, 2018) – Producers of the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River are working with local educator and acclaimed musician Jecorey “1200” Arthur to present a special show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Hey Jude,” one of The Beatles most iconic songs. Variations on Hey Jude, arranged and produced by Arthur, will feature an ensemble cast of more than 50 dancers, actors, and musicians, spanning from professional touring artists to local elementary school students. The 30-minute concert will explore renditions of the song in various musical styles including country, salsa, bluegrass, hip hop, and electronic dance music, and will feature the Louisville Dance Alliance, the University of Louisville Percussion Ensemble, DJ K-Dogg, and many more.
“Hey Jude is by far one of The Beatles’ most recognizable songs,” says Arthur. “It has lived well beyond their years and will continue to be an essential piece of art for our world in centuries to come. The Beatles represented much more than their musical genre; they represented humanity. This 50th anniversary performance is going to celebrate and showcase how transcendent Hey Jude is through a multi-cultural experience.”
Released in August of 1968, the Beatles recorded “Hey Jude” during the sessions for their self-titled double album, commonly known as “the White Album”. The song’s original title was “Hey Jules”, and it was written by Paul McCartney with intention of comforting John Lennon’s son, Julian, from the stress of his parents’ separation.
Variations on Hey Jude will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 10:30pm during the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River. The world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival will return to downtown Jeffersonville, IN at the Big Four Station Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, 2018. Grammy-winning rock group America and the fathers of psychedelic rock Vanilla Fudge will headline the 2018 event, where more than 50 bands from around the world will perform on eight indoor and outdoor stages. Other festival highlights will include presentations by The Beatles’ legendary sound and recording engineer Geoff Emerick and special concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the White Album, which is considered by many to be The Beatles’ most quintessential rock album.
Single day general admission tickets are on sale now for just $20 with the code “Wave 3 News” at www.arotr.com. The tickets also include free admission for a 21 and under guest.
The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is produced with support from Wave 3 News, Budweiser, Bud Light, Four Roses, Southern Indiana Tourism (SoIn), Crosley, Gretsch Guitars, Fidelity Investments, The City of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Koetter Construction, Octopus’s Garden, V.G. Reed Printing, 91.9 WFPK Relics, and WAKY 103.5.