Come Together for Abbey Road on the River This Weekend

Beatles Cover Band

With a little help from my friends: Hey! Those guys look just like The Bea – Well, almost like The Beatles. I mean, if you squint a bit. OK, they sound like The Beatles. That’s what’s important. (schipulites via Flickr)

Not everyone is a fan of The Beatles, but nearly every person in the English-speaking world over the age of 10 has heard of them. And while there are four ’60s groups I like better, I certainly appreciate the Beatles’ genius, as much (or more) for their influence than the band’s actual canon.

But who am I kidding? It doesn’t get much better than “Hey Jude.”

“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Don’t Pass Me By” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko” are nothing to sneeze at, either. “Helter Skelter,” “Get Back,” the B-side version of “Revolution.”

OK, I’ll stop.

That short list is why the good folks at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center have made it their duty to let us never forget the Fab Four. (OK, that’s silly. No one’s going to forget about the Beatles no matter what National Harbor, me, or any of you ever do concerning these erstwhile mop-tops.)

[ Related: National Harbor: Top-Notch Amenities on the Shores of the Potomac ]

Abbey Road on the River is billed as the “largest Beatles-inspired music festival” in the world. How lucky can the Washington, D.C., metro area renter get? You get the Capitol, the National Gallery of Art, La Lomita Dos and now this.

The festival has been going on since 2002, and it’s bifurcated (at least now) in both time and venue, with the first portion already having taken place in Louisville, Ky., on Memorial Day weekend.

The current leg of the tour runs through September 5. You can still get there tonight and stay till 2:00 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, they’ll welcome you from noon until 2 a.m., and on Labor Day itself, the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival’s mission statement:

“Because John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr made the world a happier place, we promise to extend their vision by creating a welcoming and carefree environment for their fans to come together with friends and family to experience their gift of music, written and performed with peace, love, and non-violence at its heart.”

There are a bevy of acts appearing at Abbey Road on the River, including Beatles cover bands and Beatles inspired-groups that will surely put you in a Liverpudlian state of mind.

Tickets for the event vary wildly in price, but if you only want to spend a few hours, they appear to be reasonable.

So, come out for the 10th annual Abbey Road on the River festival. And feel free to visit Apartment Showcase for a list of available apartment rentals in the area.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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