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2017 New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party

2017 New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party

Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:00 PM


Bid farewell to 2016 in style with a night of music, dancing, and celebration, leading up to a midnight countdown and big balloon drop!

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2017 New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party
with Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes and Queen Esther and the Hot Five
Welcome 2017 with music and dancing at the Grand Foyer Party! Admission to this event is FREE with your ticket to a December 31 evening paid Kennedy Center event (yasiin bey with Special Guests, Wicked, Into The Woods, or The Second City's Twist Your Dickens) or with your receipt from a December 31 dinner at the Roof Terrace Restaurant.

From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., fantastic bands Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes and Queen Esther and the Hot Five will get you moving.
Steeped in the tradition of the masters yet forging ahead with a style all its own, Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes is the premiere all-women jazz orchestra based out of the D.C. area. Laid back but hard swinging, the Bullettes bring all generations together to enjoy a dynamite performance.
Join Queen Esther and The Hot Five as they celebrate one of the most exciting periods in Billie Holiday's career--her influential small band recordings from John Hammond's "sing-swing" sessions of the 1930s. From 1935 to 1939, as the rest of the world waltzed their way through the Great Depression or lindy hopped to big bands, Miss Holiday recorded more than 120 sides with some of the best soloists of the decade, including Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Cozy Cole, Jo Jones, Artie Shaw, Benny Morton, and many, many more. Let the timeless sounds of Lady Day's earliest sessions keep you dancing cheek to cheek all night long and swing you into the new year!
There will be free social photo booths to commemorate the night and a big balloon countdown to midnight. Of course, plenty of champagne and other festive party drinks are available for purchase at the Grand Foyer bars. Kick off 2017 right with this classy and memorable event.