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Tribute to James Brown Attracts Large Crowd

Edneka Haynes | , Special to Informer | 5/7/2012, 5:54 p.m.

The spirit of James Brown was alive and well at the Howard Theatre on April 29. The combination of screening of the acclaimed film, James Brown: The Man, The Music & The Message and a sensational live performance from Mousey Thompson and the James Brown Experience band created an unforgettable event.

The film, which had guests re-living the presence of James Brown, took them down memory lane as they reminisced about their experiences at the Howard Theatre watching "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" perform many years ago.

While they watched the documentary, filled with classic interviews by Dick Clark and exclusive clips from concerts, clapping and laughter filled the theatre. Copies of the film were sold on site and guests rushed to make purchases for their personal collections.

As guests marveled at the newly constructed Howard Theatre, many were truly impressed with its fresh look that stayed true to its historical legacy.

"The show and the venue were awesome! They attracted people from ages 9-90," said Mike Jackson, a Brown fan who attended the event. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the live performance and partied on "the good foot" to hits such as, "Super Bad," "Get Up Offa That Thing," and "I Feel Good." Many of the attendees wanted copies of the performance so they could continue to "make it funky." Mike Banner, a lifelong resident of DC said,

"It was a great show that brought all parts of DC together," said lifelong D.C. resident Mike Banner.

On the Potomac Productions produced a very successful event that was well received by the audience. The large and diverse crowd experienced an inspiring and enjoyable trip down memory lane, which proved to be a fitting tribute to the "Godfather of Soul" as his was replayed at one of his favorite venues in the country.

On the Potomac Productions has even been encouraged to take the show on the road.

"It was a pleasure to host such an event with the overwhelming turnout, level of support, and excitement that was generated," said the show's executive producer, Thomas Hart Jr.

Written by Edneka Haynes on behalf of Thomas Hart, Jr. of On the Potomac Productions