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John Lennon Tribute Tickets

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The John Lennon Tribute – The 2014 Event

The most heartfelt and historical music happening of the year will take place in the great American city of New York, New York, home to the annual John Lennon Tribute and the amazing performance venue Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. Gather your friends, family, and other loved ones together and prepare yourself for a night of amazing music, industry luminaries, and deeply felt memories in one of the most important cultural capitals in the world. During your John Lennon Tribute outing, why not take advantage of the amazing panoply of nightlife, music, entertainment, and arts that only the greatest North American city can offer. Before you and your concert companions head on over to the hallowed 34th John Lennon Tribute concert experience, be sure to experience the historic and vibrant Upper West Side to get a better understanding of what it means to live and breathe the New York atmosphere. Within this large and beautiful upper Manhattan neighborhood, you will find many historic and contemporary luxury buildings, such as the Apthorp apartments on Broadway, the beautiful high end shopping center in the Time Warner Center, and of course the Dakota Building that is a must-see for anyone on a John Lennon pilgrimage.

If a quiet stroll isn't your thing, why not sample the plethora of delicious food from budget-friendly classics like Big Nick's, fresh and satisfying street food like Halal Cart, or go all out with a gourmet meal at Per Se or Sapphire Indian. To complement your New York feast, treat yourself to a fancy aperitif on Columbus Avenue or a casual, well-crafted pint at the Amsterdam Ale House. Whether you are enjoying one of the countless gustatory delights or wide array of markets, museums, and cultural landmarks, the city of New York and the Upper West Side will always provide an unforgettable experience that can only be matched by the musical talent and heartfelt remembrance of the 34th annual John Lennon Tribute.

About the John Lennon Tribute

The history of the annual John Lennon Tribute is soaked in artistic culture. The very first Tribute would take place in 1981 in a studio then occupied by the experimental drama workshop group known as Theatre Within. Joe Raiola, a co-creator of the Tribute, recalls that this inaugural event was sad, emotional, but also deeply appropriate. Together with Alec Rubin, the founder of Theatre Within, the Tribute would continue to gain traction in New York City. For over three decades, the near-sacred tradition has drawn together groups of highly talented artists to celebrate the life, message, and music of the peaceful and loving celebrity.

For twenty years, the John Lennon Tribute would thrive under the direction of Rubin as an event filled with song, dance, and experimental theatre dedicated to the memory of Lennon. Raiola would become an established comedian as well as Mad magazine's senior editor. His unique contribution to the Lennon Tribute would take the form of a comedy routine about the icon, which would perhaps be unexpected but nonetheless would be a powerful element that dovetailed perfectly with Rubin's artistic vision of the event.

In 2001, after two decades of spearheading the John Lennon Tribute, Rubin would decide to retire. He would pass the reigns to his co-founder Raiola. Raiola had enjoyed the role he had played in the Tribute for all those years, but he would also be ready to take the John Lennon Tribute in a new and exciting direction. That year, Raiola would re-shape the annual event, departing from its classic format and transforming it into a concert that raises funds for homeless children.

In 2004, Yoko Ono would discover the John Lennon Tribute and would ask for Raiola's help in putting together a book that she was working on – Memories of John Lennon. The year after, the John Lennon Tribute would celebrate its silver anniversary in the renowned performing arts venue at the Lincoln Center. For another five years, the John Lennon Tribute would continue to expand in reputation and scope. Ever more distinguished musical artists would grace the billing, from Bettye LaVette to David Bromberg to Joan Osborne, all the while raising funds for the construction of music schools and the feeding of the hungry in disadvantaged areas.

In 2010, the thirtieth anniversary of the John Lennon Tribute would take place in the Beacon Theatre. It would be the biggest Tribute event to date, garnering media attention from around the world and securing a lineup of some of the biggest names in the music business. This landmark Tribute event would raise funds for Playing For Change, a music school-building charity, and an album with Tribute highlights would be released the next year. The John Lennon Tribute has continued to raise money for important non-profits such as Spirit Foundations and Hurricane Sandy relief.

Previous Hits

Over the decades, the John Lennon Tribute has drawn together acclaimed performers and artists that would honor the man with their talents. Past luminaries at the John Lennon Tribute include Cliff Eberhardt, Ben Taylor, Alexandra Beller Dance, The Kennedys, Rosanne Cash, Bettye LaVette, Patti Smith, Taj Mahal, Cyndi Lauper, Keb' Mo, Aztec Two-Step, Judy Collins, and Steve Earle, just to name a few.


The very first John Lennon Tribute is steeped in the world of ground-breaking music history. This inaugural tribute with Theatre Within would take place in a studio just down the street from the Dakota Building – a studio that was once occupied by the legendary Billie Holiday herself.

The John Lennon Tribute Concert Experience

Prepare yourself for an evening of brushing shoulders with musical icons and celebrities and soaking in the finest offerings from the friends and fans of the one and only John Lennon. The 34th annual John Lennon Tribute is a very special night that will celebrate the musician, activist, and wonderful human being who would take music far out of the commercial mainstream in service of the greater good. Our hearts and imaginations will be forever indebted to the visionary John Lennon. Don't miss this truly historic event that is a must-see for any lover of John Lennon, the Beatles, and the revolutionary spirit.

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