Iconic Beatles show to be reenacted this weekend

Photo: Mike Mitchell

(WJLA) - The region is gearing up to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of music history which happened right here in D.C.

A celebration will be held next week at the Washington Coliseum, the place where the Beatles performed their first concert in America.

“The sound was louder than anything you’d ever heard and everybody that was more than ten rows back only heard the screaming,” says Mike Mitchell.

It was 1964 and the Beatles had begun their invasion, beginning in Northeast Washington.

Fifty years later, the now decrepit Uline Arena will rock one last time.

Mike Mitchell was an 18-year-old photographer just feet away from the Beatles on that iconic night.

“It was tremendously exciting. The Beatles plucked heart strings for everybody, not just girls. Their music went deeper than what your gender was. It was big stuff.”

Mitchell’s rarely seen images will be on display this weekend leading up to an anniversary benefit at Uline.

The show, scheduled for Feb. 11, will feature a cover band, Beatlemania Now, performing the same set list the Beatles did. They will even start at 8:31 p.m., just as the Beatles did.{ }