VIP Grand Opening Concert at Howard Theatre

A night after its official grand opening, Howard Theatre hosted an invite-only concert featuring Trombone Shorty and George Clinton for a very happy crowd.

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A night after its official grand opening, Howard Theatre hosted an invite-only concert featuring Trombone Shorty and George Clinton for a very happy crowd.
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The New Orleans-born Trombone Shorty, 26, brought down the house with a single note that seemed to go on for (perfect) infinity.
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The historic theater -- lobby pictured here -- underwent a $29 million renovation by developer Chip Ellis after standing empty since the 1980s.
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FW's Jennifer Barger with Project Beltway's Rachel Cothran were on board for the evening.
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"Boy, do I have memories of this joint," George Clinton told the crowd.
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Howard's most notable performers have cameos throughout the venue. James Brown stands guard over the top-floor bar.
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Trombone Shorty played a set that included classics from wildly varying eras, including "St. James Infirmary," "Shake Your Moneymaker" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
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By the time George Clinton joined Shorty, there were 15 people making music on stage.
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These folks had perhaps the best seat in the house -- a table dead-center along the top balcony. Great view of the stage, and close to the bar.
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Isn't it past their bedtime? Fresh FM's morning DJs Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis popped in.
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Katea Stitt -- pictured here with Luke Stewart, both of WPFW -- has quite a link to the Howard. Her parents met at the venue when they were set to perform there on the same night. Katea's father was the late jazz musician Sonny Stitt.
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Mary Kong of Girl Meets Food with fiance Michael DeVito.
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NBC Washington's Arlene Borenstein with strategist/publicist Brendan Kownacki.
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