Many homecoming parties can be nickel-and-dime affairs. Cover charge to get in, extra cover charge if you want to get into the VIP rooms, overpriced drinks, big-ticket bottle service. So it's refreshing that Masquerade: A Blue Carpet Affair, hosted by Howard alum and soul sensation Eric Roberson, is boldly proclaiming that "once inside this event, there are no additional costs!" Indeed, the tickets -- $45 to start, rising to $80 depending on when you buy -- include a "premium brand open bar all night," hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Music comes from a live band led by HU alum Gorden Campbell, who's played behind Beyonce, Earth Wind and Fire, Mary J. Blige and Eric Benet. Even stronger is the DJ lineup: Kid Capri, the legendary hip-hop DJ and producer who just performed with Rakim, and Young Guru, the former Howard party DJ (circa 1992-95) who went on to become Jay-Z's recording engineer after rocking numerous venues around D.C.
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