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Posted at 2:48 AM ET, 01/20/2009

Where Art and Music Meet

By Stephanie Merry

3333 M St. NW -- Moby managed to fly under the radar somewhat during the early hours of the Manifest Hope: DC Inauguration Party. He wandered around, taking a look at the political (and mostly Obama-centric) art on display in this makeshift Georgetown gallery, and no one seemed to really notice the unassuming bald guy in the glasses. Yet a couple hours later when he was on stage doing his DJing thing, every cell phone in the house seemed to be at attention hoping to capture the action.

Rosario Dawson, on the other hand, was hard to miss. She, along with Shepard Fairey, Michael Stipe and the impossibly bubbly Heather Graham, hosted the party where Moby closed out an evening of performances by Santogold and De La Soul.


Moby was the center of attention. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)


Santogold put on quite a show, what with her gold-jacketed sidekicks and the fantastic, aggressive dance moves, but the crowd seemed a little tame. Maybe it had something to do with the bright lighting in the gallery; it is, after all, easier to groove when no one can really see you. Things heated up with De La Soul though, especially after the group heckled people who weren't putting their hands up, and the whole crowd joined in for the chorus of "Me, Myself and I."

Oddly enough, things calmed down again somewhat once Moby took the stage. Luckily Heather Graham came out to show off her free-spirited dance moves and invited some people up on stage to join her, including a member of the security staff who had some serious moves of her own and then split her time between really getting down and reprimanding people trying to get on the stage.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | January 20, 2009; 2:48 AM ET
 
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