Beatles Invade Milwaukee, August 27, Milwaukee Theater, 500 W Kilbourn Ave (mptv.org)
As you’re probably aware, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles taking America by storm, beginning with their debut performance on the Ed Sullivan TV Show on February 9th. All year long, 50th anniversary milestones of one kind or another have come and gone. On September 4, Milwaukee gets to celebrate a Beatles 50th anniversary of its own. That’s when the Fab Four presented their one and only Milwaukee show at the Milwaukee Arena (now the UWM Panther Arena). To mark the occasion, Milwaukee Public Television has produced a documentary called Beatles Invade Milwaukee, which chronicles their visit to our fair city. The film is narrated by legendary WOKY Radio DJ Bob (“Beatle Bob”) Barry, and features interviews with noted pop music historian Joel Whitburn as well as a number of Beatles fans who were at the concert. I reckon we’ll also hear the story of how “Beatle Bob” almost didn’t get to emcee the show, and the producers also promise a selection of previously unseen photos and film footage of the visit.
And as a special treat, MPTV is presenting a pair of free premiere screenings on Wednesday at the Milwaukee Theater, which just happens to be next door to the Arena. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers and some of the individuals featured in the film.
A free premiere of a documentary celebrating the Beatles’ Milwaukee show on the same block where it took place?? Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!