“Here comes the sun, little darling,” sang a band called the LSB Experience, somewhat optimistically, but the audience sang right along.
“We’ve been here since Wednesday,” said Patti Seckers of Cleveland, who wore a Beatles shirt. She and her husband, Dave, have been attending the event since it started in Cleveland. “They had such an impact on music, on politics, on the whole world.”
Mike Boszor of Brandenburg, Ky., has attended the Louisville event for the past six years. “Why do I keep coming back? The music, the talent, the atmosphere, the crowd,” he said. “Love it. Look forward to it every year.”
The day’s performers for the event, which continues through Monday, included a slate of Beatles tribute bands like the Rigbys, Threepeatles and Beatolution, as well as headliners like Peter Asher and Leon Russell.
Mary Mattingly, dressed as Janis Joplin, carried a sign that read: “I (heart) Paul McCartney.” Mattingly had brought her friend Aaron Chadwell, dressed as McCartney from the Sgt. Pepper’s era. The pair were in great demand for photos with audience members. “I’ve taken a lot of pictures,” Chadwell said.
Last year, Mattingly said, she wore the McCartney costume herself. “But it was really hot,” she said. “I was miserable in it.” With Chadwell, she said, “I found the perfect mannequin for my suit.”
Mattingly has attended Abbey Road on the River for three years. “I love that people can come from all across the world just to gather in one place — and everybody’s friends.”
As for her interest in McCartney, Mattingly said, it came from watching “Yellow Submarine” at a young age. “I just sat in front of it giggling and saying ‘I like Paul.”