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50th anniversary of the Beatles in D.C.: Where to find a Fab Four tribute

On Feb. 11, 1964, the Fab Four made their U.S. concert debut at the Washington Coliseum. With the 50th anniversary of that concert, and the official beginning of full-fledged American Beatlemania, a spate of tributes are rolling into town.

Read: Beatles tribute bands: Spreading ’60s sounds to new generations of flower children  

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is among the bands bound for Washington in coming weeks. Pictured: Rain's "Paul," Joey Curatolo, who has been part of Rain for 35 years. (Photo provided by Rain)

"Yesterday & Today"

To mark the anniversary on Tuesday, the Uline Arena’s owner, Douglas Development, and the D.C. Preservation League will  celebrate the Beatles with a major reenactment of the legendary 1964 concert for an estimated 2,000-plus fans at the arena. A tribute band, Beatlemania Now, will perform the same set list the Beatles did during that 35-minute concert. They'll even start at 8:31 p.m., just as the Beatles did. (After they've run through the 12-song set list, they'll play a selection of more Beatles favorites.)
Read more: 50th anniversary concert will celebrate the Beatles in D.C.
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at Uline Arena, 1146 Third St. NE, about one block from the NoMa-Gallaudet Station on Metro’s Red Line. Tickets, available at, are $45 for standing room and $100 for seats.

Ladies and Gentlemen … The Beatles

On the anniversary of the famed D.C. concert, Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn are teaming up at the  National Museum of American History for a cool talk about the Beatles in America, and the long road to American Beatlemania, after years of performances abroad.  Afterward, curators will display rare Beatles artifacts from the collection.
February 11 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the National Museum of American History.  Tickets are $25.

The Fab Four

And finally, one more tribute the same night: The Fab Four, one of the better-known tribute acts, marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. show with a night of songs spanning the Beatles' career. So it won’t be quite the same experience as you’ll get over at the Uline Arena, but it will likely be a little more insulated.
Feb. 11. at 8 p.m. $35 in advance, $42.50 day of the show. 202-803-2899.

Love Songs: A Tribute to the Beatles

If you'd prefer your Beatles songs sans Sgt. Pepper jackets, head for the Hamilton, where captivating local actress and R&B singer Julia Nixon, Vandaveer and others pay tribute to the Beatles, and to love, with a night of the Fab Four's most romantic tunes on Valentine's Day.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $30, $90 VIP.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

One of the oldest tributes running -- they claim to be the first -- Rain was founded in 1975 and has since criss-crossed the world, all thanks to their ability to mimic the Beatles. The show, which had a Broadway run a few years ago, is one of the more immersive, employing news reels from the 1960s to put you among the flower children.
March 14-15 at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. $38-$58.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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