The elusive Washington hipster is a mysterious creature. Prone to wearing skinny ties and vintage dresses, he/she seldom ventures outside his/her natural habitat: the hopelessly cool U Street corridor.
However, as with any rule, there are exceptions and Thursday evening proved to be one of them, as hundreds of the city’s trendiest braved a torrential downpour to attend an exclusive South by Southwest
preview concert featuring ESL Music
artists Frank Mitchell, Jr.
and Ancient Astronauts
Co-hosted by the “slightly overexposed” team at Brightest Young Things
, last night’s concert was the latest event to emerge from the W Washington, D.C.
hotel’s “W Happenings” series – a recurring program that provides Washingtonians with the opportunity to experience something special while enjoying the venue’s much-lauded facilities and hospitality.
Much like the weather outside, guests poured into the W’s blue-tinged lobby area starting a 9:00 p.m., with Frank Mitchell, Jr.
and his full band taking the stage just before the turn of the hour inside P.O.V
’s larger-than-life rooftop lounge area.
Frank Mitchell, Jr. and his stage band.
Mixologist Joe Ambrose
and his team ensured that everyone quickly had a drink in-hand and the dancing began almost in concert with the live music.
Signature BYT dance moves...
Headlining DJs Kabanjak
, the production duo that makes-up Ancient Astronauts
, then took the musical reigns to the party and kept the crowd energized well into the morning.
Ancient Astronauts served as the night’s headlining act.
With the Tuesday launch of its second studio album on the ESL Music imprint and a national tour, including a stop at the famed SXSW Festival in Austin, planned for the next few weeks, last night’s concert served as the perfect send-off party for Ancient Astronauts.
A “W Happening” night to be sure.