February ’64 Press


Abbey Road on the River Presents

“February ‘64” to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Beatlemania

Concert Re-Creating The Beatles’ Legendary Performance on the

Ed Sullivan Show to be Held at Kentucky Center for the Arts


Louisville, KY (October 9, 2013) – On February 9th 1964, the world was forever changed when The Beatles made their first live television appearance in the United States on The Ed Sullivan Show. A record-setting 73 million people tuned in to CBS that evening from 8:00-9:00pm to see the lads from Liverpool perform in their Edwardian suits and mop top haircuts, making it one of the defining moments in television history.

Fifty years later, Louisville will celebrate the beginning of Beatlemania by hosting February ‘64 – a 3-day concert event held February 7-9, 2014 at the Muhammad Ali Center and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The weekend-long festival will showcase the early music (pre-1966) of The Beatles performed by twelve favorite bands from the annual festival, Abbey Road on the River. The line-up includes co-headliners Britbeat from Chicago and The Jukebox from Puerto Rico, as well as the Steve Sizemore Group, Mario DaSilva, The Cryers, Blue Jay Way, the Traveling Beatleburys, and Louisville’s own Johnny Doughnut Experience, Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes, The Rigbys, Whiplash, and Nick Peay. For specific performance times, visit

The highlight of the weekend will be a reinterpretation of The Beatles’ historic Ed Sullivan Show debut on Sunday, February 9th at 8:00pm, exactly 50 years to the minute when Americans began their never ending love affair with John, Paul, George and Ringo. The hour long variety show will be recreated in the Kentucky Center for the Arts’ Bomhard Theatre and star the renowned Beatle look alike band from Chicago, BritBeat. At the event, fans can relive the night they first saw the Fab Four on television, right down to the commercials that aired during the 1960’s era. Additional acts will include jugglers, comics, and other variety acts, and of course, Ed Sullivan will host the show. Immediately following the Ed Sullivan Show reenactment, BritBeat will treat fans to a two-hour concert, performing hits that will get the audience up out of their seats to dance.

Single day tickets to February ‘64 are now on sale for $19.64 at A full weekend ticket package is available for $79.64, which includes all shows held at the Muhammad Ali Center on Friday, February 7th from 7:00pm-11:30pm, Saturday, February 8th from noon-midnight, and Sunday, February 9th from 1:00pm-6:00pm and also guarantees priority seating in the Bomhard Theatre for the Ed Sullivan Anniversary Concert at 8:00pm. Tickets to the Ed Sullivan Anniversary Concert can be purchased separately for $40 in person or online at the Kentucky Center for the Arts box office.

The February ‘64 event is presented by Louisville’s original oldies station WAKY 103.5.

Abbey Road on the River, the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival, is presenting February ‘64 as a lead-in to the 2014 festival, which will feature a star-studded line-up of musical acts honoring 50 years of Beatlemania. Dozens of bands from around the world and all across the United States will “come together” to perform for thousands of fans over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-26, 2014, marking the 10th Anniversary of the festival’s arrival in Louisville. Abbey Road on the River is a four-time winner of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Top 10 Spring Festivals. Visit to purchase festival tickets, make a reservation at the Galt House Hotel, and get more information about Abbey Road on the River.


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