It’s the Friday before a long, well deserved holiday weekend; everyone is looking forward to the start of summer. For those who work downtown, a lunch break is in order. For guests of Louisville, 4th Street Live! is a short walk from the Galt House. This annual concert treat took place on Thursday last year, but a Friday lunch concert is just the ticket to relax before the weekend.
Hal Bruce, a man who gallantly sang a medley of 214 songs, in order of production, will kick off the mid-day show. Hal has been involved with Abbey Road on the River, in every capacity, since the onset. Many of the bigger shows at Abbey Road involved Hal’s organization and development. To put it plainly, and in the words of Abbey Road on the River producer, Gary Jacob, “if you have seen him perform, you know what we mean-if you haven't, it's time you do”.
Following Hal’s concert at 11:45 am, Meet the Beatles UK will take over the singing duties at, “half past twelve”, in the words of lead singer, Lee Hambridge, who plays the role of John Lennon. Natives of London, Meet the Beatles UK look, talk, and sing true to the early Beatles era. Stephen Hemming, who plays Paul, is a natural righty, yet took great strides to learn the Hofner Bass left handed-just like Paul. Period instruments and clothing, along with an authentic English accent give the feeling of seeing The Beatles in concert.
The Brothel Creepers round out the line-up for the concert, traveling from Bologna, Italy to appear at Abbey Road on the River. The name says it all, paying homage to the crepe soled shoes made famous by Teddy Boys in the late fifties, the shoes Lennon and the gang wore. These entertaining Italians play fifties and sixties rock hits in their home town and across Europe, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course, The Beatles. The Brothel Creepers play at 1:30pm , in time for the late lunch goers to get to 4th Street Live!.
The bands are set, and the great many eateries on 4th Street are awaiting your arrival, including the Hard Rock Café, The Pub, Ri Ra, and the newest addition, Gordon Biersch Brewery. All the eateries have outdoor seating available.
Photo: Courtesy of Abbey Road on the River