Two New Performances, Richard Thompson and the ‘British Invasion – Live on Stage,’ Coming to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce two brand new performances. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix,” Richard Thompson will perform live on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. The “British Invasion – Live On Stage” will perform Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 9. Pre-Sale for Friends of the Washington Center begins Tuesday, December 7 at 12 p.m.

Richard Thompson’s influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music. Thompson picks up his guitar for this solo performance and emotions echo through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, and impassioned picking. Powered by evocative song craft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

The “British Invasion – Live on Stage” is an immersive multi-media show that will place you at the front and center of pop culture history. Huge projection period photos and original film footage recreate the era’s excitement, fashion, and headlines; all the while a full live band performs all of the hits of the Swingin’ 60s; the iconic British pop sound that swept across America and the world. The Beatles marked the beginning of a cultural phenomenon in the 60s known as the British Invasion. Hear the music and see how it impacted art, fashion, literature, changing the very essence of pop culture and redirecting history. Featuring an all-live band with huge projection period photos along with original film footage, the show will focus on British music that dominated the charts and the airwaves with bands such as Manfred Mann, The Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Zombies, Freddie & The Dreamers, and Herman’s Hermits along with dozens more.

Tickets for Richard Thompson start at $34. For tickets go to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.

Tickets to The British Invasion – Live On Stage start at $25. For tickets go to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website. 

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performance venue with a mission to inspire audiences and artists of all ages through live performances, enriching the vibrancy of our community.

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