The music and spirit of John Lennon will be celebrated at a festival in suburban Lake Worth on Friday, the 37th anniversary of the musician’s death.
It will feature singalongs of classic Lennon and Beatles songs performed by more than 20 bands and prizes for a costume contest of outfits capturing the 1960s, ’70s and Beatles lookalikes.
“It’s a wonderful chance to get people together to pay tribute to John Lennon and The Beatles on the anniversary of his passing,” Hartwell said.
“John Lennon has that connection to every generation out there and I think what connects him to all of us is that he really focused on love and peace.”
Hartwell will be selling signed copies of his book ($20), a fictional account of Lennon — a part-time Palm Beach resident — coming back to life in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City on the 40th anniversary of his death. (He was 40 when he was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980.)
“It’s a what-if story of time travel. It’s about how the world reacts to such a peace-monger as John returning and being back,” said Hartwell, who wrote the book with Roseanne Bottone.
“He gets into a driverless car. He sees drones. He goes into space with Richard Branson. He has another bed-in. He meets with Donald Trump.”
Last month, Hartwell attended a Ringo Starr concert in Fort Lauderdale and gave a copy of the book to the former Beatles drummer. “Ringo loved the concept. He told me he was looking forward to reading it,” he said.
Hartwell said he’s expecting at least 300 people to attend Imaginefest, which goes from 5 to 11 p.m. The winery is located at 5926 Fearnley Road, which is off Lantana Road just east of Florida’s Turnpike.