The Beatles' Feb. 11, 1964 concert in Washington, D.C. will be remembered with a special tribute concert on the same date 50 years later, it was announced Oct. 21.
“The Beatles Yesterday & Today,” sponsored by the Douglas Development Corp., EHT Traceries and Miller & Long D.C., Inc., will memorialize the concert at the original location, then called the Washington Coliseum but now known as Uline Arena. A tribute concert by Beatles tribute band Beatlemania Now will be the main event.
The event will also feature an exhibit of photographs of the original event taken by photographer Mike Mitchell (see our interview with him here), who photographed the group before and during the show. Other events will include a raffle to give away one of the arena's original seats.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. The tribute concert will begin at 8:31 p.m., the same time the original concert began. Proceeds from the event benefit the advocacy and education programs of the D.C. Preservation League.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET Oct. 30 for D.C.P.L. members and 10 a.m. Nov. 1 for the general public. General admission is $45; concert seating is $100.
A previous effort to memorialize the concert with a documentary is currently the subject of a lawsuit by Ace Arts against Sony/ATV, which licenses the Beatles music. A story by Courthouse News Service last Friday reiterated claims made last June by filmmaker Ace Arts that Sony/ATV blocked the documentary by claiming ownership of the concert footage “at the 11th hour.”
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