06/07/2012 05:29 pm ET

Howard Theatre To Host WildLife, A Brightest Young Things LGBT Party

WASHINGTON -- The Howard Theatre has been known for helping provide a stage for such legendary performers as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and more. During its initial run from 1910 the early 1980s, the theater catered to a mostly African-American clientele. The venue did not host one LGBT event in its 70-plus year history.

Chapter two for the Howard begin earlier this April when the historic landmark reopened. One of the first performers to grace the stage of the renovated theater was open stand up Wanda Sykes. Not two months later, Capital Pride is bringing the first LGBT event to the theater on Friday, a Brightest Young Things party called WildLife.

Ten LGBT performers (including drag queen Heidi Glüm), DJs (including JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN), bands and cultural figures will turn the Howard into a festive, rambunctious party atmosphere. Held the day before Capital Pride Parade, consider it a kick off for more fun to come.

View our slideshow preview of the performers that will be part of the 2012 WildLife party.

WildLife Preview