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W Hotel Steals An Evening With Thievery Corporation & Brightest Young Things!

By Daniel Swartz on June 24, 2011
Be sure to check out all 67 of our photographs from this event HERE!
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NORTHWEST -- After serving as the opening act for rock legend Paul McCartney at FedEx Field during his last sold-out tour, it’s safe to say that the DJ duo known as Thievery Corporation has cemented its place as one of the District’s most successful recording artists.

Thievery Corporation founders Rob Garza and Eric Hilton.

And Thursday evening, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, the music group’s founders, decided to say thank you to their Washington fans, with a free late night concert held inside the Great Room Ballroom at the W Washington, D.C..

Aforementioned fans.

The latest and largest event in the ongoing series of complimentary cultural events (think music, fashion, and books) hosted by the hotel, last night’s ‘W Happenings’ concert saw hundreds of hipsters, business executives, college students, and even the occasional government official join together for a three hour-long sold out musical journey.

Co-hosted by the W Hotel, ESL Music (Thievery Corporation’s record label), and the slightly overexposed (and recently uncapped) Brightest Young Things, the program kicked-off at 9:00p.m. with an opening acoustic performance by fellow Thievery members Lou Lou (vocals) and Rob Myers (guitar/sitar).

Lou Lou croons for the audience…

Since it was first founded more than 16 years ago, Thievery has grown exponentially and Garza and Hilton aren’t shy about sometimes bringing out a 15-member live band with them at some performances.

Between songs, guests were invited to sample some of the hotel’s premium cocktails, beer, and glasses of wine from a series of backlit bars that he been setup around the room.

The founding “Thieves” then proceeded to take the stage just before 10:00p.m., encouraged by a barrage of applause. In a nod to their professionalism as artists, the duo spent a solid 10-minutes repositioning speakers and testing acoustics in order to ensure that concertgoers experienced the best possible sound during the show.

To catch a thief, apparently all you need is a room at the W Washington, D.C.!

Be sure to check out all 67 of our photographs from this event HERE!
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