Wale at Howard Theatre

DC's own Wale took the stage on Howard Theatre's first night back on the scene. Several times throughout his two-plus hour set, Wale paid homage to tremendous musical history and acts that have performed at concert venue over its century of existence.

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Who better than one of D.C.’s hometown music heroes to headline the grand reopening of the beloved Howard Theatre? Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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Wale proved why he continues to draw big crowds to his native Washington by going through his stirring hits like “Pretty Girls,” complete with go-go percussion from the DC go-go masters UCB band, and “Chillin,” backed by his trusted sidekick and singing mate Tabi Bonney. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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Several times throughout his two-plus hour set, Wale paid homage to tremendous musical history and acts that have performed at concert venue over its century of existence. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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Wale told the crowd he was humbled at the opportunity to make history, several times pointing to the illuminated Howard Theatre sign that towers over the stage. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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Wale's name is now in the history books -- or at least on the history wall. He signed the famed wall that countless other musicians have after performing at the Howard Theatre. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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The theater at 620 T St. NW reopened Monday, April 9, with a community event mid-day before Wale took the stage that night. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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Mos Def, Chuck Brown, The Roots and comedian Wanda Sykes are also scheduled to perform in the coming days. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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The 12,000-square-foot venue has seating for 650, or standing room for 1,100. Intimate tables dot the balconies and along the edge of the upstairs bar. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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The theater had faced tough times in its past. During the Great Depression, Howard temporarily became a church. It shut down again after the 1968 riots and struggled throughout the 1970s and '80s before closing its doors again. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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Most ticket prices for shows fall at $35 or under, although certain events will be more -- for instance, Chaka Khan ($75), the Roots ($55) and Wanda Sykes ($95). Tickets are available online here. Images by Alfredo Flores Photography
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