Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club announced its official after party for the Women's March on Washington last weekend (Jan. 21) held in conjunction with Funny or Die and Planned Parenthood, raised $130,000 for the women's organization which received 100% of the night's proceeds.
The sold-out fundraiser coincided with the day's protest march against the new Trump administration perceived by many to have regressive women's policies which prompted a massive turnout both in Washington (estimated by some to be over a million marchers) and in cities both in the U.S. and abroad.
The after party (exclusive photos below) had little trouble attracting talent (unlike the presidential inaugural festivities), including The National, Sleater-Kinney, Ted Leo, The X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris, Ashley Judd, Macklemore, Sara Bareilles and Samantha Ronson.
Sleater-Kinney's set included a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" with cameos by the National's Matt Berninger and Cecile Rchards, CEO of planned parenthood.
The night also featured comedians and/or actors, including Tig Notaro Janeane Garofalo, Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito of “Take My Wife," Eric Andre and Rosario Dawson and Ronna & Beverly.
Also In attendance were U.S. Senators Al Franken and Cory Booker.
“The fact that we [raised] $130,000 for Planned Parenthood is gratifying to say the least," said Donna Westmoreland, ceo of I.M.P. the independent promotion company that runs the 9:30 Club, in a statement. “We quite literally have a stage, and felt compelled after the election, not to protest, but to project and affirm the strength of those who share our convictions."
Westmorland teamed up with music industry veteran Liana Huth of Entercom, who formerly worked for the 9:30 Club and for Madison Square Garden, and the comedy brand and production studio Funny Or Die.
"We believe that the best comedy speaks truth to power. And, we couldn’t have been more excited to partner with the 9:30 Club to celebrate the power of women,” stated Brad Jenkins, executive producer of Funny Or Die DC.
The night ended with Samantha Ronson spinning a banging dance party set, which included a surprise visit from Macklemore who addressed the crowd before heading up to the balcony and dancing the night away with his crew.