The energy was high at the Convention Center last night as the city feted President Obama’s second inauguration. At least a thousand guests gathered in their black-tie finest to hear great musical acts and to welcome the President and Vice President to another four years in Washington.
The focal point of the warehouse-like space was the stage in the middle, decked in patriotic flags and the presidential seal, which throughout the evening hosted legendary musicians such as Stevie Wonder singing classics including “Very Superstitious” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Alicia Keys belted a goosebump-inspiring rendition of “Girl on Fire,” changing the words to “Obama’s on Fire.”
Partygoers revved up when band du jour Fun played their hits “Some Nights” and “We are Young.” They served as a perfect opener for the President and First Lady to take the stage, dancing to Jennifer Hudson’s version of the Al Green classic “Let’s Stay Together.” Later in the evening Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, danced to Jamie Foxx singing “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles.
The evening felt less like a ball and more like a music festival, as most partygoers refrained from dancing in favor of eagerly waiting for the next famous act to take the stage. Maybe it was the general youth of the crowd—but we suspect it was reverence for the once-in-a-lifetime evening.