Mon. April 9, 2012-Howard Theatre Community Day

The Howard Theatre Community Committee announces

“The Howard Theatre Community Day”

WHEN: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

WHERE: The Howard Theatre plaza, 620 T Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The Howard Theatre raises its curtains after a $29 million renovation
and a 30-year hiatus with an opening day to celebrate with the
community who contributed to the historic legacy, rebirth, and future
of the theatre. Schedule (below) includes: a ribbon-cutting ceremony
with Mayor Vincent Gray and the Honorable Eleanor Holmes-Norton;
dedications of statues and live entertainment from local D.C. talent.
Limited tours of the theatre to the public will be given on a
first-come, first-serve basis.

The Howard Theatre Restoration
Steven Bensusan, President of Blue Note Entertainment
Reverend Sandra Butler-Truesdale of The Howard Theatre Community Committee Marcus Samuelsson, world-renowned chef and consulting chef of The Howard Theatre Michael Marshall and Paola Moya, principals, Marshall Moya Architects, interior design of the theatre
Tom Johnson, principal, Martinez+Johnson Architects, exterior
architect of the theatre.

The Community Day celebration will kick off opening week of the Howard Theatre, which includes a ticketed fundraising gala, and the start of the performance roster, beginning 4/13.

Wale will perform the first concert at the newly restored Howard Theatre at 9:00 PM on 04/09/12.

This event is open to the public; cameras will be welcomed at the celebration.

Howard Theatre Community Day Schedule
As of 4/4/12

11:30 am: Saleem Hylton MC: Welcome

11:35 am: Robert Thompson & The James Brown Experience Band

12:00 noon: Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale Introduces Rev. Trent and
clergy for Invocation (Melvin Deal, Libation, Rev. Ivy Hylton will
deliver The Lord’s Prayer in song

12:05 pm: Duke Ellington Statue unveiling/dedication (statue by Zachary Oxman)
Words from DC Commission on the Arts, Recognition of the Ellington
Family, Artist for the statue

12:15 pm: Rev.Sandra Butler-Truesdale: Introduces speakers
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton
Mayor Vincent Gray
Hon. Jim Graham
Chairman Kwame Brown
Hon. Vincent B. Orange, Jr.
Comm. Myla Moss

12:30 pm: Ribbon cutting, unveiling of “Jazz Man” statue atop of the theatre
Words from Howard Theatre Restoration – Chip & Malik Ellis and Brower Hatcher, artist commissioned to create “Jazz Man”

12:35 pm: Saleem Hylton introduces:LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Scheduled performers include: Darlene Dancy, Delonte Copeland, Jimi
Smooth, Matthew White, Wendy Hicks, NuEra, Teri Swenton, Velons,
Orioles, Skip Mahoney, The Jewels and Al Johnson


Check out The Howard Theatre Website

(thank you to Alex Padro, Executive Director of the Shaw Main Streets who compiled the above information!)