Lennon 77 event in Geneva will pay birthday tribute to musician
GENEVA — A "Lennon 77" event next Saturday at Smith Opera House featuring a number of John Lennon's colleagues and contemporaries will celebrate what would have been the musician's 77th birthday.
Grammy-winning Lennon producer Mark Hudson, Lennon guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Earl Slick, and Lennon friend and tour-mate Hilton Valentine of The Animals will be among those gathered at the Smith to pay tribute to Lennon on Oct. 7. Lennon was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Liverpool, U.K.
A presentation of BeatleCuse Productions, the event, starting at 7:30 p.m., with include performances by several local musicians including The Dean Brothers, who are coming together for a rare reunion to perform various Beatles songs. Magical Mystery Tour, Frenay and Lenin, The Ripcords, Paul Davie, Kevin Dean and Steve Schad will also perform several Lennon classics, including hits from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "The Beatles" (also known as "The White Album") and "Abbey Road."
There will be stories from throughout Lennon's career, from his early hits in 1962 to his last album, "Double Fantasy" with Yoko Ono, released just three weeks before his death in 1980, as he is remembered by those who worked with him, wrote with him and called him friend.
Special VIP tickets are available starting with a pre-show meet-and-greet at the Linden Social Club on Linden Street in Geneva, including food and a signature drink. VIP ticket holders will have access to preferred seating for the event. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 each. Pre-sale general admission tickets for the event are $25; they're $28 at the door.
An After-Party for all attendees at the Linden Social Club will immediately follow the show.
The event is sponsored in part by Bottomless Brewing in Geneva and the House of Guitars in Irondequoit. Tickets are available at TheSmith.org or FingerLakesDailyNews.com (events).