VINTAGE: Howard Theatre’s Musical Homecoming

Glance across the early catalogues of record labels such as, Verve, Columbia, Motown, Chess, Philadelphia International and Stax, and you’re bound to see the names of artists who made The Howard Theatre their DC mainstay between 1910 and 1980.  While several of these veteran acts have either passed on from this world, or, from performing, a few of these vintage Howard Theatre artists still hit the road and are on their way back to our newly restored venue and stage.

Two upcoming Vintage shows at The Howard Theatre will feature Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, performing on December 29th, and Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes on January 5th. In the 1960s, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas toured as the headlining female act of the Motown label’s Motortown Revue, burning down the Howard’s stage with their hits “Heatwave,” “Jimmy Mack,” and “Dancing in the Streets.” A decade later, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes came down from Philly to play DC’s renowned Howard Theater, performing their top-ranking R&B singles: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost”:

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