Guests at President Obama’s final concert at the White House had to go through three security checkpoints before placing their cellphones in brown paper bags that would be returned to them at the end of the night.
No one questioned the low-tech security precaution that removed their ability to post on Twitter, Facebook or SnapChat about the concert.
Rather the guests, some dressed in floor-length formal gowns and others in their cocktail best, moved onto green and orange trolleys that headed slowly for the South Lawn.
A white billowing tent, decorated with chandeliers and colorful uplighting, had been constructed for the evening’s concert, which will be broadcast on BET on Nov. 15.
A six-page program for the event, titled “Love and Happiness,” was placed on gold Chiavari chairs for guests to shed light on just who would be gracing the stage: Usher, Jill Scott, Michelle Williams, Yolanda Adams, Janelle Monae and even R&B throwback group, Bel Biv Devoe.
And most interestingly — historically speaking — rap acts were also on the program, including Common, The Roots, and De La Soul.