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
2:45 pm: GRAND FINALE
Check out The Howard Theatre Website
(thank you to Alex Padro, Executive Director of the Shaw Main Streets who compiled the above information!)