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Last night was the grand re-opening of the historic Howard Theatre, which marked the theatre's 101st birthday. The venue has hosted legendary black musicians like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes throughout its history.
The theatre, which had been closed since 1980, underwent a $29 million restoration, led by Ellis Development Group [Read more about the design]. Last night's party kicked off with an open bar reception, which paved the way for a concert featuring Trombone Shorty and George Clinton.
Spotted in the dinner theater-style balcony and ground level dance floor: Redskin Darrell Green, Mark Ein, RHODC's Lynda Erkiletian, Garrett Graff, Sally Stiebel, Chip Ellis, Malik Ellis, Ben Olsen, Alison Seymour, Pamela Brown, Kate Bennett, Bob Madigan, Katherine Kennedy, Grant Allen, Andrew Noyes, Seth Hurvitz, Bo Blair, Amanda McClements, Kristen Guiter, Rachel Cothran, Ernie Jarvis, Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis, Holidae Hayes, Kate Michael, Eric Hilton, Samy K from 99.5, Eric Moses, Jim Shelton, Yebbie, Andre Wells, Natasha Barrett, Lee Brenner, Ray Regan, Nick Massella, Sondra Ortagus, Tyler Boyd, Carolyn Palowich, Heather Darazs, Lauren Turner and Trevor Santos.