The Howard Theatre (address and info)
Opened in 1910, the Howard Theatre offered a home to some of the greatest black musicians of the 20th century, with historic acts like James Brown and Marvin Gaye (and of course, Duke Ellington) all having graced it’s stage. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, but despite its history, it closed down in 1980, making it the oldest theater in the country at the time.
Now, following a 2012 reopening, The Howard Theatre is back, attracting some of the nation’s premier acts while displaying its original Italian Renaissance façade. In recent years, everyone from Kendrick Lamar to The Roots have stopped by, so make sure you pay attention to its event schedule, because it can sell out its 1,242-person capacity quickly.