INAUGURAL MILLENNIAL BALL TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY ODDISEE, THE FUNK ARK, AND BRASS CONNECTION; DJ SET BY MAYER HAWTHORNE

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Millennial Trains Project announced that the Inaugural Millennial Ball, which will take place Saturday, January 19th at M CENTRAL (www.mcentral.co), a special pop-up venue at 700 H St. NE, will feature performances by Oddiseethe Funk Ark, andBrass Connection, as well as a special DJ set by Mayer Hawthorne.

“We’ve got soul, we’ve got funk, we’ve got brass, and we’ve got Mayer Hawthorne on the wheels of steel,” said Millennial Trains Project founder Patrick Dowd, “This is going to be one of the most accessible and creative events of the weekend, especially for young people coming from out of town who want to discover the best of what the District has to offer without breaking the bank.”

The Ball will take place from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at M CENTRAL, a special pop-up venue featuring original, civically-inspired art installations curated by No Kings Collective. Dress is “creative black tie.” Tickets are $75 and include an open bar.

“This weekend’s a big deal for DC and for the country,” said Oddisee, whose debut album was named UK iTunes HipHop/Rap Album of 2012, “I’m really excited to be back home and performing at the Millennial Ball.”

“We’re going to show up with bells and whistles,” said Bill Biggs, the front-man for Brass Connection’s 8-person band, “We play for big crowds during the summertime months outside the DuPont Circle and Gallery Place metro stations, so we love M CENTRAL’s train theme and we’re looking forward to being part of such a creative event.”

Modern soul sensation Mayer Hawthorne, who will DJ the Ball, said he’s not interested in taking it back to the “good old days” as much as he is in providing a soundtrack for the “new good days.”

Many of the Ball’s guests are also planning to attend the Millennial Ideas Forum, which the Millennial Trains Project and the New America Foundation are hosting from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. the same day as the Ball, Saturday, January 19th. Confirmed speakers include the White House Liaison for Young Americas, the State Department’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Affairs, USAID’s director of policy planning, multiple Forbes 30 under 30 inductees and more than a dozen other impressive young entrepreneurs and innovators.

For more information on the Inaugural Millennial Ball, the Millennial Ideas Forum, and other M CENTRAL events, visit www.mcentral.co

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