As The Beatles once sang in one of those frivolous musical snippets they were fond of reeling off, “It’s Johnny’ Birthday.” Decades after John Lennon’s death, it’s telling that he’s loved and remembered almost as much for his unique personality as for the world-changing music he created with Paul, George, and Ringo. He’ll be honored today in Liverpool; at the Strawberry Fields memorial in New York’s Central Park; at the Hollywood Star Walk, and other locations across the universe. So let’s take some time to consider what John Lennon stood for, and now more than ever, Give Peace A Chance. Here are a few things going on in the Chicago area today.
As reported by Mary Schmich in the Chicago Tribune, Lennon’s 1962 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, which was once part of the Peace Museum in Chicago, has been rescued from storage and is now on permanent display at The Old Town School Of Folk Music.
There will be a John Lennon Birthday Tribute/Rock For Kids Benefit featuring several music acts today at Uncommon Ground on Clark Street in Chicago starting at 8:00 PM. The performers are Jennifer Hall; Belleisle; Lying Delilah; Todd Kessler; Brice Woodall; Rory Sullivan; The New Switcheroo; Jess Godwin; Steve Sebby; Drew Wittler, Stephen Francis; Phil Angotti (who can be seen holding the above-mentioned John Lennon Martin D-28 acoustic guitar on his Facebook page); Honey And The 45’s and Rich Cole. Each will perform two songs written by Lennon. Admission is $10, and there will also be a raffle for a 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E Gibson Acoustic Guitar.