Thursday, April 26, 2018
Fab 4 Music Festival Adds Special Guest 60s Band for June 9, 2018 (Wallingford, CT)
The Fab 4 Music Festival will "come together" at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT on Saturday, June 9 from 1 pm-10pm.
Liverpool Productions has announced that Sixties band THE FIFTH ESTATE will be joining the line-up as Special Guest performers. Their 1967 national/international hit "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead" reached #11 on the charts. The band began in 1963, and they made a number of TV appearances including several historic NYC Clay Cole appearances, the first of which was on the same taping session as The Rolling Stones when The Stones made their very first U.S. East Coast TV appearance. They also appeared on the hit show "Hullabaloo." The program was co-hosted by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who expressed an interest in signing them. They later won a Murray The K contest for best new release over The Dave Clark Five and The Animals in 1965. In 1966 they changed their name to "The Fifth Estate."
In 1968, The Monkees covered The Fifth Estate's version of "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" on the last of their 58 TV show episodes "The Frodis Caper."
The Fifth Estate toured with acts such as The Byrds, Count Five, The Electric Prunes, Velvet Underground, The Buckinghams, The Music Explosion The Ronettes, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Turtles, The Easybeats, and Connecticut's Gene Pitney.
They will be performing on the "Dome" stage along with The Hofners, Penny Lane, Number Nine, The Taxmen, Rotary, Take Two & Call Me In The Morning, Double The Dial, Corporation TeaShirt, Beatlehead and Pat Horgan's Thunder Road.
Outside patio artists include Dramatic Turn's Brideau & Miller, Fools On The Hill Sal & Allen, Dizzyfish Acoustic with Eric Herbst, The Navels, Scott Ringle, David Tessier's Pre-Fab Monkees All-Star Show and Suns of Walrus.
Along with the great entertainment of 20 bands, there will be Beatles and music memorabilia dealers & vendors, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, along with food trucks and other attractions. There is ample free parking.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of these historic releases and the year 1968, advance "Ticket to Ride" general admissions are only $19.68. There are also V.I.P. tickets available. Note that admission will be higher at the door. Advance tickets available at Ticketmaster.
With a full day of fab 4 fun, 20 bands and non-stop music for all ages, as The Beatles sang, "It's Guaranteed to Raise a Smile."