Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball
As thousands of visitors make their final plans to travel to Washington, DC for the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, new details and events are being released minute-by-minute, and tickets are still available for many celebrations. The Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball, unofficially dubbed "the coolest name for an Inaugural Ball, " is an elegant, exciting option for Sunday evening, January 18. Currently, guests represent more than 37 states across the country.
Tickets, while available, can be purchased until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Washington.org/lincolnball. We've compiled the top 10 reasons you may want to add the Lincoln 2.0 Ball to your inaugural dance card:
Grammy Award-winner Anita Baker - Enjoy the soulful stylings of eight-time Grammy Award-winner Anita Baker. Baker's sophisticated sound is legendary on classics like "Sweet Love, " "Giving You the Best That I Got" and "Just Because, " and she'll be debuting a new album this year.
Keb' Mo' to Debut his New Song Written Especially for the Occasion - Another Grammy-winner, Keb' Mo', will entertain guests with contemporary blues, including his new song "Brand New America." Mo recently contributed to the "Yes We Can" compilation CD that was inspired by the Obama campaign.
Celebrate Good Times with JT Taylor - JT Taylor, former lead singer of the R&B/funk band Kool & the Gang, was just added to the entertainment line-up.
Exclusive After-Hours Art Tours - Take advantage of intimate, exclusive after-hours tours of one of the greatest American art collections in the world. The Smithsonian America Art Museum's collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries including works by Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Christo, Nam June Paik and Robert Rauschenberg.
Check out the Obama "Hope" portrait in person - The red and blue stencilled portrait of President-elect Obama became the central image of the election campaign. Be one of the first to see the newly acquired work by street artist Shepard Fairey.
Honor Lincoln Connections - According to WTOP News, "the man behind the inspiration of President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet assembly will be the inspiration for one of the many Inaugural Balls thrown in Obama's honor." The ball also launches DC's cultural community's four-month Lincoln bicentennial tribute - in the actual location where Abraham Lincoln himself was feted in 1865.
Party with Lincoln - Peruse the invitation, dance card, menu and gowns worn at Lincoln's second Inaugural Ball in the special exhibition, "The Honor of Your Company is Requested." There will also be Lincoln look-alikes on hand for festive photo opps.
All-Inclusive Experience - An elegant evening is wrapped up in one all-inclusive ticket price. While some other balls carry a hefty ticket price, along with a cash bar and few party snacks, the Lincoln 2.0 Ball features ample open bars, food stations and a stunning setting. Tickets are priced at $375 for general admission or $500 for VIP tickets, which include access to a Victorian champagne reception in the museum's Great Hall and other special surprises.
Sample DC's Wine Country - The boutique wineries dotting the countryside of nearby Loudoun County are supplying perfectly balanced varietals and surprisingly good blends for the evening. Spring for a VIP ticket and you can add on a special Victorian Champagne Party in the Museum's Great Hall.
Invest in Arts & Culture - The Obamas have expressed their interest in the arts, and you can help support the impressive cultural community here in the nation's capital by attending this Ball. Proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The American Experience Foundation.
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