U STREET --
December turned out to be the feather in Kip Moore
's proverbial awards cap, with the MCA Nashville singer/songwriter taking home the 'Breakthrough Artist Of The Year' top honor at Monday night's American Country Countdown Awards
Just a few short days prior, however, hundreds of lucky D.C. movers-and-shakers had the opportunity to see the Tifton, Georgia native perform up close when he headlined the annual Musicians On Call
holiday benefit at the historic 9:30 Club
Sponsored by the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) and online streaming pioneer Pandora
, among others, this year's charitable concert saw hundreds of Washingtonians flock to U Street for the occasion.
The CMA and ACM 'New Artist Of The Year' nominee delivered a heartfelt performance that combined some of his studio album favorites ("Beer Money", "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck") with classic covers (Ben E. King's "Stand By Me").
And as a thank you for lending his time and talent, Moore was presented with his official platinum and double platinum certifications on-stage by RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman
at the conclusion of the show.
But the country star wasn't the only draw to last week's benefit. Actor-turned-musician Joe Jonas
, formerly of Jonas Brothers
fame, had been enlisted to open up the event, where he deftly managed to deliver a lively DJ set while simultaneously accommodating dozens of 'selfie' requests from smitten Hill staffers.
The annual Musicians On Call holiday benefit is a much looked forward to celebration among Washingtonians, as it combines three elements that the city holds most dear: politics, philanthropy, and music. No doubt cheered on by Musicians On Call's mission of delivering the healing power of music to patients in healthcare facilities, last week's performance saw many recognizable faces swaying in the crowd, including a member of Congress or two and plenty of their staffers.
They were quite obviously more than happy to be Up All Night