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
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.
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.
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
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.