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"Yesterday and Today": the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first U.S concert

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February 11, 1964 was probably a special day for many people around the word for various reasons. But in music history, that will always be the day that the Beatles played their first concert in the United States. And it happened to be in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Coliseum.

Now the ULine Arena, the Washington Coliseum was over-packed with thousands of eardrum busting teenagers. Their screams made the concert nearly inaudible. And from how it has been described, it was actually a bad concert. Not because the Beatles didn't live up to the hype, but because the venue was not prepared for a rock band. The band even had to move their equipment around throughout the show because of the way the stage was set up.

Although, that was not the most ideal way to introduce the Fab Four to American stages, the fans couldn't have cared less. And the concert helped contribute to the building being declared a historic site in 2006.

Now the DC Preservation League wants to celebrate that history making concert with a celebration for the 50th anniversary. Including Beatles tribute band Beatlemania performing the original set-list from that night. The celebration will also include a raffle for the original chairs from the arena, food, a photography exhibit, and more.

Yesterday and Today: The 50th Annual Celebration of the Beatles First US Concert, February 11, 2014 at 6pm. Tickets are $100 for seats, $45 for standing room. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


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