Press Releases


August 12, 2014

Fifty years ago, on September 4, Milwaukee hosted its first and last Beatles concert in Wisconsin. Milwaukee was only one of 25 cities on The Beatles first American tour. Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) and the Wisconsin Center District celebrate the anniversary with THE BEATLES INVADE MILWAUKEE, a look at the historic concert through the eyes of those who were there.

This 30-minute documentary features Bob Barry "the 5th Beatle." Barry was a DJ at WOKY Radio and introduced the show at the sold-out Milwaukee Arena. The documentary also features famed musicologist Joel Whitburn; Alexandra and Adele Topping, daughters of Nick Topping, who promoted the show in Milwaukee; historian Diana Belscamper; and individuals who attended the concert. The documentary includes rare footage of the Beatles arriving at the airport, their press conference and the concert itself.

A special screening of THE BEATLES INVADE MILWAUKEE will be held on August 27 at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Milwaukee Theatre located at 490 W. Kilbourn Avenue. The event will feature a preview of the documentary in its entirety, followed by a talk back session with Bob Barry; Writer, Director, Producer Raul Galvan; and guests featured in the program. Attendees will also have a chance to visit the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, formerly the Milwaukee Arena, the site of the concert. The screening is free and open to the public, but space is limited and seating is first-come, first-served.

The Beatles Invade Milwaukee premieres on September 1 at 9:00 pm on Channel 10. It re-airs again on the anniversary of the concert, September 4 at 7:30 pm on Channel 10. It also airs on Channel 36 at 10 pm on September 6.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 644,300 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. For more information, visit

About Wisconsin Center District
The Wisconsin Center District (WCD) is a government body created under Wisconsin State Statute in 1994 to fund, build and operate the Midwest Express Center (now Wisconsin Center) in downtown Milwaukee, and continue operating the existing venues now called the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and Milwaukee Theatre. Not a unit of state, county or city government, WCD is instead a semi-autonomous municipality called a "district," meaning its leaders are appointed and it can issue bonds and collect taxes within strict limits. Learn more at


Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229

David A. Snyder, Communications Assistant, Wisconsin Center District
P: (414) 908-6083