On August 21, 1965, the Beatles visited Minnesota for the first and last time. During their stay they held a press conference and performed for around 25,000 screaming fans (local promoters were concerned about unmanageable crowds and did not advertise the event—oh, how times change). This Minnesotan moment, early in the band's rise to rock icons, was captured in photographs 45 years ago by Bill Carlson. Thirty-six images, some never seen before, will be on display at the Minnesota History Center. Images include shots from the conference, the concert, and the teen mob that followed the band in hopes of catching a glimpse of their celebrity crushes. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 17, but this Tuesday night's 9 Nights of Music will be extra-special, and Beatles-themed. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. local cover band RetroFit will play enduring classic rock tunes from past eras. The evening also features a book signing with Bill Carlson, an opportunity to pose within a large Sgt. Pepper album cover, people getting fab to the Beatles: Rock Band video game, and a screening of A Hard Day's Night. Beatles-themed costumes are encouraged, and the best threads will have a chance to win prizes.
July 17-Sept. 12, 2010