"It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, They've been going in and out of style, But they're guaranteed to raise a smile, So may I introduce to you, The act you've known for all these years, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
An invasion on U.S. soil began 50 years ago when four mop-topped young lads from Liverpool landed at JFK International Airport in New York. It was spreading overseas and now America was ready for . . . the Beatles. First stop was “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast live from New York on Sunday night. The audience went wild in those black and white TV days. But their first North American concert was on Feb. 11, 1964, in the nation’s capital at The Washington Coliseum where over 8,000 fans were waiting. The historic night was recreated here in Washington by “Beatlemania Now,” a tribute band that plays, acts and looks like the Beatles.
A movie or a music event? AARP DC has a number of fun and thought-provoking offerings during February that you will want to explore. Will it be a "Fab Four" tribute concert, a jazzy Valentine's Day evening for you and your sweetie, a 2014 Academy Award- nominated movie, or a documentary about marriage equality on an election ballot. Check out the details for each event. AARP DC looks forward to seeing you!
There's still time to get your tickets for the 50 th Anniversary celebration of the first-ever Beatles concert in North America. On February 11, 2014, AARP will sponsor The Beatles Yesterday & Today event where a tribute concert with Beatles impersonators will take place in the same venue as the original event, the Uline Arena, which is located in Northeast Washington D.C. Singer Tommy Roe will be the opening act just as he was 50 years ago for the Beates. There will also be an exhibition of images from the original concert, shot by photographer Mike Mitchell, who was an 18-year old freelancer at the time.
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