1 Proteus 3 years ago Let me take you down to... . Additional ARotR coverage here: Hal Bruce & The Hard Dazed Knights' 214-song Beatle Medley The Live Album Sets The White Album LIVE It's good day, sunshine, right at the riverfront in downtown Louisville (that's pronounced "liv-er-pool"), Kentucky. Gretsch marketing maven Joe Carducci and I are ensconced on the 12th floor of the north tower of the historic Galt House hotel, overlooking River Road, the interstate, and the Ohio River... ... and this 5-day Beatles-n-60s fest is gearing up. We both arrived yesterday (Joe by air and me by land) and feasted on superb Eye-talian food last night in Louisville's funky Highlands district, right on Bardstown Road (and just a couple blocks from Guitar Emporium, a great local Gretsch dealer). I've spent the morning lining up my digital ducks to bring pics, audio, video – and, with any luck, LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE of the event... Which has actually already kicked off, with Hal Bruce's 3rd annual rooftop session overlooking Fourth Street. (I missed that – but not to worry, Bruce will be playing several times during the festival.) Abbey Road on the River (now in its eighth year) combines the Fab Four with related 60s music and cultural phenomena: we're talking 65 performers, seven venues, attendance around 30,000. Gretsch is the sole, exclusive, and only guitar sponsor – giving us dibs on a prime spot for the booth in the indoor concert ballroom. The official website tells all about it – but the short version is that we'll have bands that look like the Beatles, bands that sound like the Beatles, bands that do both, that don't look or sound like them but do all-Beatles material, John guys & Paul guys & George guys & Ringo guys (and for all I know Pete and Stu guys), PLUS progenitors of other Brit invasion, psychedelia, west coast, and classic 60s music in general. At least three albums (Revolver, Abbey Road, The White) will be played straight through live in their entirety, the UnionJack British Invasion Band is re-living the invasion as it played out on the Sullivan shows – and Beatles wizard Hal Bruce and the Hard Dazed Knights tomorrow night will attempt the death-defying stunt of playing all 214 Beatles songs in a continuous medley. As ever with GDP coverage of Gretsch events, pics will appear here, and audio and video files will link from this thread. The streaming coverage (if it works out) will be available through the ustream.com service right here. There's no use looking now, because we're not on yet. Live coverage will be announced in this thread as well. Kim Falcon is winging in Saturday (I'm hoping for go-go boots and Mary Quant), as is Fred Gretsch (probably no go-go boots); there'll be a special Beatles version of the Fred-n-Joe Show Saturday. There may be some Beatles trivia and swag. So what am I sitting in my room posting on the lonely ol' interwebs for? I've got to go gather some content. Stay tuned.