Inauguration Party Planning for Sunday, Jan. 18: Anita Baker, Macy Gray, Humongous HBO Concert

By Sunday, it’ll seem as though every bar and restaurant in town is throwing some sort of Inauguration shindig. Then there’s the huge HBO-sponsored concert at the Lincoln Memorial, with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and, among many others.

Courvoisier & Richmond Group Present 3 Kings

Time: 8 pm to 4 am

Place: Club 1223, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW

What: Courvoisier, Tres Generaciones and Maker’s Mark host a monarchical celebration of American democracy with three kings: Roland Martin of CNN, Judge Mathis, and New York entertainment attorney L. Londell McMillan, who represents Prince, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, and Biggie‘s estate (which just got a lot bigger).

Cost: $40 (with free cocktail samplings throughout the evening)


We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration 

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: Lincoln Memorial
What: The President-elect gets the We Are The World treatment with an ensemble cast of entertainers and performers. It wouldn’t be a political concert without Bono, of course, and noted Obama-supporters, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and John Mellencamp will be there. Mildly surprising among the two-dozen performers: Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi and 89-year old Pete Seeger.  
Cost: The concert airs live on HBO, and the network has offered the program free to all its providers.  If you miss it, there’s an encore on Encore at 7 p.m., or you can catch it on


Mambo for Obama

Time: 10 pm to 4 am

Place: Zanzibar, 700 Water Street SW

What: Ponder a new immigration policy while dancing to live mariachi and salsa bands, and watch mambo, meringue and Latin American dancers. Go VIP and get an early dinner, or come at 10 pm and partake in an open bar until 11.

Cost: $75 – $250


The Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball

Time: 8 pm

Place: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW

What: The only inaugural event that encourages Victorian-era attire! Dust off your whalebone bodice and prettiest pelerine and come listen to Anita Baker, Keb Mo, John Cruz, JT Taylor and Saint Tone. (Black tie also okay.)

Cost: $375, $500 VIP


“Dreams From My Father”: American Scholars Inaugural Ball

Time: 8 pm

Place: Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania NW

What: Hosted by Dave & Ray Entertainment, the National Intellectual Property Law Institute, the Hip Hop Caucus, and Howard University’s School of Law. Expected to attend: hostess Macy Gray, LL Cool J, Alicia Keys, Chrisette Michelle, Shaun Robinson, Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore and The Dream.

Cost: $350-500


The Capitol Riverfront Gala

Time: 8 pm

Place: The Capitol at Jefferson Yards, 70 I Street SE

What: A party that promises as-yet-unnamed celebrities.  Music features DJ TFresh, “one of the most sought-after DJs in the Midwest.”

Cost: $110 (includes an open bar)


The Metropolitan Gala

Time: 8 pm to 1 am

Place: Georgetown Waterfront, 3050 K Street NW

What: Promises special celebrity guests, “heavy hors d’ouevres,” valet parking and music by the singer Mario.

Cost: $300 – $1,000


“The People’s Party” Pre-Inaugural Celebration

Time: 10 pm to 4 am

Place: Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U Street NW

What: Tabaq Bistro’s top floor has glass walls, allowing for a view across the city.

Cost: Advance tickets are $30


People’s Inaugural Jazz Concert

Time: 8pm

Place: Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U street NW

What: The Washington Jazz Orchestra will perform in their first appearance of 2009, conducted by Allyn Johnson with music legend George Duke. Vanessa Rubin will also make an appearance.

Cost: $75


Inauguration Party Planning for Sunday, Jan. 18: Anita Baker, Macy Gray, Humongous HBO Concert