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RAIN in Concert: A Tribute to the Beatles

June 16, 2010

Ever wish you had been born back in the ’60s so you could have had the opportunity to attend an infamous Beatles concert?  Well, guess what?  You no longer have to dream about it!  Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is coming to a concert hall near you this summer.  The Broadway band, famous and critically acclaimed for its uncanny Beatles impersonation performances, started in the 1970s and was originally called “Reign.”  After performing mainly in the Los Angeles area, the group slowly gained popularity and eventually changed their name to Rain–after the 1966 Beatle’s single.

Since then, Rain has been performing all over the country!  They are recognized as one of the first tribute bands to exist in the United States.  While Rain does perform popular Beatles hits, which can still be heard on the radio to this day, they’re most famous for their performance of record songs, which were never performed in concert by The Beatles themselves. According to Rain’s website:

For more than two decades, the RAIN Beatles band has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance.  All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences. They approach The Beatles music with the same respect a classical musician treats classical music. RAIN band members worked hard for many years, studying each song, each note, movement and nuance…both vocally and musically. Today, they have a repertoire of over 200 Beatle songs. (Source)

Rain’s concerts are not only pleasing on the ears (click here for a complete song performance list), but also visually creative!  During the two-hour performances, the group makes several impressive costume and set shifts, coupled with video backgrounds showing historical footage and television commercials from the Beatles 1960s era.

I am lucky to have tickets to their upcoming concert next weekend in the DC area (keep reading below for more information) and will be sure to let you all know my thoughts!  Look out for a review post following the concert date…

Where and When?

Local Residents:

Rain: A Tribute is coming Saturday, June 25th & Sunday, June 26th at 8:00 pm to the Filene Theater at the Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts (more details on this great theater in a future post!).

Located in Vienna, Va–a mere 20-30 minute drive outside the DC city limits, Wolftrap is an all-outdoor theater, which offers both lawn and in-house seats.  Ticket holders are allowed to bring picnics (including alcoholic beverages) into the theater, which makes for a perfect summer evening!  If you don’t feel like bringing your own food but get hungry, Wolftrap has a beverage, snack, and refreshment stand in the grounds or you can make a reservation at the on-site restaurant, Ovations, which offers a pre-event buffet or a la’ carte menu.

Non-Local Residents:

If you’re a fellow Beatles fan, but don’t live in the DC area, don’t fret!  Rain will be continuing their nationwide tour through February 2011.  Yeah, that’s right, you still have a lot of time to get in on the action.  Here is just a short and sweet list of some the cities/areas they will be hitting up between now and then:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Akron, OH
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA

For a complete list of the tour cities and dates, click here.

Additional Ticket Information

While prices to Rain concerts may vary based on tour date and location, tickets to the upcoming Wolftrap performance cost anywhere between $75 and $25/ticket. The cheapest options are the lawn (be sure to arrive early so you can snag a good spot, since it’s first come, first serve!) and, of course, most expensive options being the orchestra pit area.  Otherwise, all in-house seats are $40/ticket. Click here to buy tickets.  The theater lawn opens 90 minutes prior to performances.  In-house opens 30 minutes prior.

While those lucky few sitting in the orchestra area will probably thoroughly enjoy themselves, you won’t miss out on the experience if you sit out on the lawn!  In fact, you may have even more fun.

How to Get There

Take the Metro:

The Wolf Trap Shuttle Bus Express provides round trip service from the West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail station to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center for most performances.


Address: 1551 Trap Road | Vienna, Virginia 22182

And last, but not least, have any readers out there gone a Rain concert before?  I’ve heard great things about it, but would love to hear what you thought of the performance.  Leave a comment below or email us at youngDCliving AT gmail DOT com. Looking forward to sharing what I think of it after next weekend!

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