The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) and ULM will be a vital part of GRAMMY history as the two will represent in the first symposium of the brand new Grammy Museum of Mississippi which opens in Cleveland, Ms. on March 5, 2016. The symposium, entitled “Beatles 2016: From Cavern to Candlestick,” will take place April 1-2 at the new museum located on the Delta State University campus.
The LSBDC State Director Rande Kessler and ULM’s Printmaking Instructor and Artist in Residence, Enoch Doyle Jeter, have both been invited to exhibit their works as two of only three distinguished artists invited to participate.
Kessler, who has had a one-man show at Shreveport’s Norton Art Gallery as Louisiana’s Caroline Dorman Artist of the Year, has created four multi-media sculptures of each of The Beatles depicting various phases of their lives from the earliest days in Hamburg, Germany to their final 1966 concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Ca.
Jeter will exhibit 14 original lithographs symbolically telling the story of every song on The Beatles’ second album, With the Beatles. Furthermore, Jeter’s artwork for the cover of Dr. Kit O’Toole’s 2015 book Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through The Beatles Lesser Known Songs has been selected as the symposium’s official poster art. Kessler and Jeter served as cover artist and illustrator, respectively, for Jude Southerland Kessler’s third volume in The John Lennon Series, She Loves You.
The Grammy Museum of Mississippi symposium will also feature presentations by Louisiana Beatles experts and authors Jude Southerland Kessler of Monroe and Bruce Spizer of New Orleans. A Beatles tribute band from Monroe, “The Lonely Peppers” will perform in concert on the night of Saturday, April 2. Six distinguished Beatles experts will lead educational programs and presentations throughout the two-day symposium, and the award winning film, “Good Ol’ Freda” about the legendary Beatles Fan Club secretary, Freda Kelly, will be shown.
Jeter, also a small business owner, and Southerland Kessler host the longest running John Lennon Birthday Party in America (twice recognized by Yoko Ono) at Enoch’s Irish Pub in Monroe each 9 October. Southerland Kessler is the author of a nine-volume series, The John Lennon Series, which documents Lennon’s life in historical narrative form.
For more information about the symposium go to The Grammy Museum of Mississippi’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/grammymuseummississippi or visit their website http://www.grammymuseumms.org/events/detail/beatles-symposium-2016-from-the-cavern-to-candlestick . Tickets for the symposium are $30 for both days or $35 including the live band performance.