Posts Tagged ‘Howard Theater’

Photos: Big Freedia at the Howard Theatre

The queen of booty bounce led a cadre of audience twerkers onstage.

De La Soul Heckled Me From the Stage for Taking Photos

De La Soul has always been on my top 10 favorite groups, ever since my freshman year of college, when my friend Gloria from the South Bronx played 3 Feet High and Rising for me. I was instantly won over by the group's wit, intensity, clever wordplay, and creativity. Chuck D and Public Enemy taught me about life, Grandmaster Flash taught me [...]

Photos: Peaches @ Howard Theatre

Electronica artist and DJ Peaches brought her "DJ Extravaganza" to the Howard Theatre last night, but, true to form, it was so much more. Think: Gold thongs, bare breasts, and gilded water guns filled with condensed milk.
While she did man the turntable, that was just to provide backing music to her performance artistry, her half-naked [...]

Photos: Little Richard @ Howard Theatre

Looking at the family tree of rock and roll, Little Richard is at the root. He was one of the first to merge the sounds of boogie woogie, R&B, gospel, and jump blues all together, and songs like "Tutti Frutti," "Good Golly Miss Molly," and "Long Tall Sally" helped kick-start the careers of Elvis Presley, The [...]

Chuck Brown’s Public Viewing Refuses to Be Rained Out

Chuck Brown’s all-day wake/public viewing at the Howard Theater was rained on yesterday evening, but refused to be rained out.
Around 8 p.m., police began asking the large crowd gathered outside of the venue to disperse because of an impending storm. Vendors packed up their bootleg Chuck Brown t-shirts and fled, as did [...]

Photos: Bad Brains, GZA @ Howard Theatre

Hometown punk legends Bad Brains played Friday and Saturday at the newly opened Howard Theatre. If the pairing felt out of place—hardcore legends don't usually play in venues with polished mahogany walls, sparkling clean bathrooms, and ads for upcoming Michael Bolton shows—well,  Bad Brains have never been typical. Frontman H.R.'s voice hypnotized during reggae-flavored songs like [...]

Jeff Krulik’s “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in 1950-60’s DC” Panel Friday

When people discuss D.C.'s nightlife back in the day, they usually only think as far back as the original 930 Club on F Street.  D.C. filmmaker Jeff Krulik is digging deeper.  Inspired by the late Emil Press' photos of Washington streetscapes, and by stories collected from area residents, Krulik has organized a panel discussion and [...]

Howard Theater May Finally Get Renovated

D.C. Historic Review officials have approved Ellis Development's plans to rehab the historic Howard Theater in Shaw. This is good news of course since the 98-year-old building served as the hub for black entertainers in the '50s and '60s and became a model for other theaters across the country. It was right up there with [...]