Inauguration Party Planning for Friday, Jan. 16: Jay-Z, Caribbean Party, and Harvard/Princeton Celebration


If you’re heading down to Washington, DC for the Inauguration, there’s a rather head-spinning assortment of parties, galas, and celebrations starting tonight. We’ve culled a few of the more interesting sounding ones-including the Jay-Z Inaugural Gala and the Tribute to Obama-Caribbean Style.

Jay-Z Inaugural Gala – 2009: AMERICANHistory

Time: 9 pm to 4 am

Place: Love, 1350 Okie St. NE

What: First night of a weeklong series of inaugural events at Washington nightclub Love hosted by prominent hip-hop artists. Jay-Z kicks it off Friday night, but Diddy, T.I. and others will follow later in the week. The dress code is "black and white semi-formal attire."

Cost: Standard $75, VIP $150.


Welcome to Washington Black Tie Gala "Where Change Meets Hope," hosted by Russ Parr

Time: 9 pm to 3 am

Place: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

What: This black tie event hosted by Radio DJ Russ Parr will have 10 cash bars, two dance floors, a casino, commemorative photos and souvenirs, and will be hosting "a bevy of a-listers and dignitaries," who remain anonymous for now.

Cost: $150 to $250


The People’s Inaugural Premier

Time: 8 pm to 1 am

Place: The Historical Society of Washington, DC at Mount Vermont Square, 801 K Street NW

What: First of series of three events (including a ball on Saturday and a "Gayla" on Sunday) to celebrate "a new generation of grassroots activists." Performers include Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, DJ Harvey Nunez and more, and will be emceed by the Obama Girls of Comedy. Dress code is business, black tie optional.

Cost: $75, but combination tickets are also available for The People’s Inaugural Ball on Saturday for $175, VIP passes are $250.


Dusk ’til Dawn…The Inaugural Reception

Time: 6 pm to 5 am

Place: Tuscana West, 1350 I St. NW

What: A two-part evening consisting of the "Old School" Happy Hour from 6 pm to 10 pm, followed by the "Pop Champagne" After Party from 10 pm to 5 am. Dinner will be served from 6 pm until 11 pm.

Cost: The "most affordable party of the weekend" has tickets available ranging from free to $700.


Tribute to Obama — Caribbean Style

Time: 6 pm to 4 am

Place: Zanzibar on the Waterfront, 700 Water St. NW

What: R&B singer Glenn Jones and dancehall singer Coco Tea will perform. Attendees are encouraged to dress "fly!" for this evening of reggae, soca and calypso music.

Cost: From $40 for advance tickets up to $750 for bottle service.



Harvard/Princeton Gala Inaugural Celebration

Place: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: University Club, 1135 16th St. NW

What: Pasta and turkey dinner for Princeton and Harvard students and alumni. Special guest speaker is Dr. Charles J. Ogletree, former mentor of both Barack and Michelle Obama.

Cost: $75. Alas, the event is completely sold out. For the hopeful and the persistent there is a waiting list.


A Historical Affair Dinner/Just Desserts Gala: NCBW Salutes Black Women for Obama

Time:  6:30 pm to 1 am

Place: United States Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW

What:  Dinner and dancing, but both are optional. The Awards Dinner is from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, which includes, you guessed it, an awards program for advisors and organizers of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women campaign. The "Just Desserts" Gala is from 9 pm to 1 am. If attending both, be sure to bring a change of clothes as it will be "evening attire" for the dinner, but "jackets & dresses" for the gala. Featured performers are Joe Coleman, Daniel Beaty, April Sampé and Jovi Rockwell. "Confirmed dignitaries and celebrities" include model Beverly Bond as well as Senator Dianne Feinstein and a handful of U.S. Representatives. The evening will be hosted by Justine Love, radio host of Washington’s WPGC-FM and Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of NCBW.

Cost: The Awards Dinner, $285; "Just Desserts" Gala $75; "Just Desserts" Gala VIP $135. Inauguration Party Planning for Friday, Jan. 16: Jay-Z, Caribbean Party, and Harvard/Princeton Celebration