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Welcome to the 2011 Roots & Rhythms Festival

Presented by

September 9 & 10, 2011

Academy Square, Lebanon, Oregon


Wine Tasting


Fine Art


Live Entertainment,

including 3 time winner of Chicago and New York Beatlemania Competitions

British Export

Roots and Rhythms is an attempt to present entertainers/music that has had significant impact on our American culture.  Often the presentations are once in a lifetime opportunities for the public to see such people.

Past presentations have included such greats as John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger, Laura Love, David & Linda Laflamme, Jefferson Starship, and Johnny Dyer.

In 2011 the Series begins a new emphasis, presenting music and performers that made significant contributions to American Music in the 1960s.  We begin this new emphasis by presenting the works of former Beatle, John Lennon.

                         John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. In the mid-1950s he formed his first band, The Quarrymen who, with the addition of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, later became The Beatles. After some years of performing in Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany, "Beatlemania" erupted in  1963 after the release of their singles "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me". The next year the Beatles flew to America to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show"  and Beatlemania spread worldwide.  John and the Beatles continued to tour and perform live until 1966, when protests over his calling the Beatles phenomenon "more popular than Jesus" and the frustrations of touring made the band decide to quit the road. They devoted themselves to studio work, releasing albums such as "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour" and the "White Album".  In the late 1960s John began performing and making albums with his second wife Yoko Ono, as the Beatles began to break up.  After the release of John's biggest hit, "Imagine", they moved to the US, where John was nearly deported because of his political views.   Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman, a onetime Beatles fan angry and jealous over John's ongoing career.

 Follow the links at the left to find out about upcoming presentations. 





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