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Dawn Richard @ Howard Theatre

Dawn Richard Performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC - May 10th,  2013 -  Former Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money member Dawn Richard performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Richard released her second full length album, Goldenheart, in January. It's the first of a planned three album arc dealing with love, loss, and redemption. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

This show was a classic case of getting an assignment to cover an artist I had never heard of and totally enjoying their show. I knew nothing about Dawn Richard before seeing her last week, and when I read that her claim to fame was that she was part of Diddy’s reality show girl-group Danity Kane, lets just say I wasn’t expecting much.

WASHINGTON, DC - May 10th,  2013 -  Former Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money member Dawn Richard performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Richard released her second full length album, Goldenheart, in January. It's the first of a planned three album arc dealing with love, loss, and redemption. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 10th,  2013 -  Former Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money member Dawn Richard performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Richard released her second full length album, Goldenheart, in January. It's the first of a planned three album arc dealing with love, loss, and redemption. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

But I’m happy to say that Richard is the real deal. She knew how to work the crowd and the stage. She whipped the audience into a frenzy, despite it being a seated show. I typically cover half-full shows at the Howard, but this was one of the most energetic crowds I’ve seen there.

WASHINGTON, DC - May 10th,  2013 -  Former Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money member Dawn Richard performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Richard released her second full length album, Goldenheart, in January. It's the first of a planned three album arc dealing with love, loss, and redemption. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 10th,  2013 -  Former Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money member Dawn Richard performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Richard released her second full length album, Goldenheart, in January. It's the first of a planned three album arc dealing with love, loss, and redemption. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

SHOOTING NOTES: This was a typical show at the Howard, decent front lighting but not much fill light. I usually stay on the edges for seated shows, but when Richard pretty much demanded that the crowd stand up during the first part of the show, I worked my way in and got a spot near the middle before circling back later in the show for some photos from the back bar.

 WASHINGTON, DC - May 10th,  2013 -  Former Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money member Dawn Richard performs at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Richard released her second full length album, Goldenheart, in January. It's the first of a planned three album arc dealing with love, loss, and redemption. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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