Growing up in a family that runs Beatles conventions for a living is exactly as trippy as it sounds. Ever since 1974 when my daddy got John Lennon’s personal blessing to throw Beatlefest (now we just call it FEST), it’s been a joyous Beatles celebration for thousands of fans around the world—and my favorite weekends of the year. I am The Blonde Lapidos Daughter In The Catalogue You’ve Known Since I’m “This Big!” and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lapidos Family Beatlefest 1993

However, it wasn’t until recent years that I truly learned what loving The Beatles meant. Or do I even know yet The deeper I dive into my spiritual journey, the more I connect to their message of peace, love, oneness and silliness. I practice Transcendental Meditation with my sister in their footsteps, I listen to Beatles music pretty much daily, and as FEST social media director, I learn something new every time I post. Also, Beatles songs are some of my favorite to sing and dance to.

Michelle Joni and The Beatles

Here is where I will share my thoughts on all things Beatles—from their songs to their story to their dashing good looks. In addition, I’ll bring you behind the scenes of FEST as we gear up for 2014, the big Beatles 50th anniversary year kicking off in NYC at the Grand Hyatt on 42nd Street Feb 7, 8, 9. FABMANIA (Beatlemania for the next generation, invented by me) will ensue… just you wait. Come together, right now, over me!

Fest 50 Cover Design squar copy

And yes, of course I was named after the song.

Beatles blog

  • HELP!

    HELP!

    ::::This is my FABoratory Experiment:::: FIFTY years ago The Beatles said HELP! They put it on their album cover. They made a movie about it. They made it sexy to cry out in humble desperation! It’s not always easy to ask for HELP! but thank to John Lennon’s suave and guttural confidence, there is HOPE in HELP! But, I ask you: what is even more effective, long term and suave than straight up asking for HELP? MANIFESTING IT. With a song. The Joni-Combustion Engine that was needed to catalyze this video into existence caused a multi-layered cake of ::magic:: HELP! …

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  • MICHELLE MY PELLE :: AND SO THIS IS CHANUKAH

    MICHELLE MY PELLE :: AND SO THIS IS CHANUKAH

    go to michellemypelle.com for more info and bookings on our Beatles Cabaret Duet… if you want it    

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  • Modern Drummer Symposium

    Modern Drummer Symposium

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  • IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEATLES!!!

    IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEATLES!!!

    WOWOWOWOW. In two days the BIGGEST BEATLES EVENT OF YOUR LIIIIFE is going down at the Grand Hyatt 42nd Street, and I’m throwing it! (I wrote this when it was 23 days away… and I forgot about it till now.) When I stopped doing weekly Skipping Club back in August, there were reasons, but none so important as this: #ITSALLABOUTTHEBEATLES.  I knew that I had to shift my Skipping Club energy into 100% full fledged Beatles festival planning mode. It’s like planning five thousand Skipping Clubs at once, only wilder! It’s the EFFING BEATLES! In two days, my family puts …

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  • Let’s Be Bad Dancers

    Let’s Be Bad Dancers

    In more #YOKOYOLO news, this video happened. Yoko, darling, welcome to true Internet Sensation status, and welcome to a whole new warm fuzzy place in my heart. People sometimes tell me I look like I’m having a seizure when dancing, but in Yoko’s world, YAY!, that’s just how it should be. When your heart is dancing, your mind is bouncing. BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE! Are you into the bad?  Contact me for details to be part of something awesome I’m working on, especially if you make videos/films.

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  • Good Ol’ Freda

    Good Ol’ Freda

    This brilliant documentary about Freda Kelly, the ever-loyal Beatles Fan Club Secretary of 11 years, will make your heart go Yeah, Yeah, YEAHHH. Because She Loves You. And you know, she would go to the moon and back to fulfill on your Beatles request. Maybe not the moon, but definitely to Ringo’s house. This was Freda’s first time telling her story in 50 years; The Beatles couldn’t pick a humbler lady. Or a sassier one. They loved their Freda. I loved her too before I saw the movie, but even moreso after seeing it. Her ability to serve is absolutely …

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  • Oh, Darling

    Oh, Darling

    I first sang this a cappella at Deco and Wally’s poetry jam, Chicago Fest 2013. Tuesday, October 22nd I make my cabaret debut in NYC with a piano duet: Kitty and the Milkman. Oh, darling – it’s gonna be an amazing show, please believe me.

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  • #YOKOYOLO

    #YOKOYOLO

    Yoko Ono performed on Letterman a few weeks ago, and she did one of her infamous screeching/yodeling/WHYAREYOUYELLINGATME songs… some of the most controversial music ever written, especially if you ask a whole bunch of Beatles fans. Me, I dig it. For me, Yoko Ono is a tremendous inspiration, especially in her singing. How amazing for a human being to be so freely self-expressed! She lets her inner fire out, quirks and all, regardless of what anybody, ANYBODY says… something that would serve us all well to learn from. Who are we if not our deep, unusual selves? What kind of wild, liberating …

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  • AG // I Wanna Be Your Man

    AG // I Wanna Be Your Man

    One of my favorite Beatles covers of all time. I like a girl who knows what she wants. :: watch ::

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  • #THEBEATLESARECOMING

    #THEBEATLESARECOMING

    make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif My gosh, the faces on these fans are just priceless. The Beatles brought so much joy and excitement into people’s lives before gifs were even invented yet to do just that. Fifty years later, we’re still screaming. See you in NYC Feb 7, 8, 9 for the 50th Anniversary, sure to be the biggest Beatles scream-fest ever! Hashtag: #THEBEATLESARECOMING

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  • Born a model

    Born a model

    I’ve been a model since birth. A Beatles model that is, the rarest of all! The Beatles sisters, Michelle and Jessica. Feel like you’re missing so many years? You are. Watch my catalogue evolution in full here.  

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