Headed to The Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans? Don’t Miss These Panels!

If you’re planning on attending the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans on August 11, 12, and 13, be sure to make note of these panels. REBEAT staffers will either participate on or moderate discussions ranging from what’s going on with today’s Beatles fandom to debating who the “sixth Beatle” might be. See below for full details on each panel! 

Make sure you’re following REBEAT on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — we’ll be streaming live and posting throughout the weekend. Also, if you see REBEAT Founder/Editor Allison Johnelle Boron or Associate Editor Erika White at the Fest, be sure to say hi! We have stickers and pins… just sayin’.

The Sixth Beatle

Saturday, August 12
2:30-3:40 PM
Paperback Writer Room

From Brian Epstein to George Martin, we all have opinions on who the “Fifth Beatle” was. But who were the “Sixth Beatles” — those who impacted the Fab Four’s lives and careers in significant ways?

Moderator: Susan Ryan — Beatles historian and tour guide
Allison Johnelle Boron — Editor-in-Chief, REBEAT
Sara Schmidt — Blogger and author
Kit O’Toole — Music journalist and author
Erika White — Associate Editor, REBEAT

The Beatles in the “Summer of Love”

Saturday, August 12
3:40-4:30 PM
Paperback Writer Room

The summer of 1967 changed everything for the Beatles. We’ll explore the exhilarating highs and tragic lows of the Fab Four in the Summer of Love.

Moderator: Allison Johnelle Boron — Editor-in-Chief, REBEAT
Erika White — Associate Editor, REBEAT
Vivek Tiwary — Author, The Fifth Beatle
Susan Ryan — Beatles historian and tour guide

Modern McCartney: Exploring Paul’s Catalog 1989-Present

Sunday, August 13
1:00-2:00 PM
The FABoratory

Join us in the FABoratory for a listening party and discussion of Paul McCartney’s greatest, weirdest, and more inventive songs of the last 30 years!

Moderator: Allison Johnelle Boron — Editor-in-Chief, REBEAT
Erika White — Associate Editor, REBEAT
…and special guests!

Beatles Fandom: The Next Generation

Sunday, August 13
2:45-3:30PM
Paperback Writer Room

With the internet at their disposal, second- and third-generation Beatles fans are expressing themselves unlike any others in history. Meet fans shaping the future of Beatles fandom, and discuss where the fourth generation might be headed. Get a panel preview here!

Moderator: Allison Johnelle Boron — Editor-in-Chief, REBEAT
Erika White — Associate Editor, REBEAT

Vivek Tiwary — Author, The Fifth Beatle
Sara Schmidt — Blogger and author
Tess Yarbrough — YouTube personality, social media maven

The Beatles’ Activism

Sunday, August 13
3:30-4:40 PM
Paperback Writer Room

Given an international platform, the Beatles had a perfect outlet for their political and social opinions. We’ll discuss how, when, and why they discussed the causes that were important to them both during and after the band broke up.

Moderator: Susan Ryan — Beatles historian and tour guide
Allison Johnelle Boron — Editor-in-Chief, REBEAT
Kathryn Cox — Writer and musicologist
Karen Duchaj — Professor and scholar
Erika White — Associate Editor, REBEAT

If you’re going to the Fest, let us know in the comments!

  • Jer

    Allison and Erika were great on Sunday afternoon for their Paul post 1989 discussion in the “Fabrotorium”. One of the best chats of the weekend. Great fun and it went by too quick. Great job ladies. Keep up the great work and I will keep in touch! Great knowledge and insight into Paul’s more recent solo works!

  • Jer

    Hi Ladies. I posted a comment on here but it disappeared 🙁 . I hope you got it? Would love some pics and review of the Fest. Keep up the great work and it was great meeting you both and the chat on Sunday on solo Paul was one of my fave parts of the weekend!