As the Richard Brown Orchestra packed up its instruments and Jackson and Co. began clearing the tables at the Houston Symphony Centennial Ball, another even livelier party was taking shape across the lobbies of Jones Hall — the After Party.
New York's DJ Kalkutta of Saturday Night Live fame revved up the musical energy while a 50-foot high light show played out across the travertine walls of Jones Hall. The 600 guests who had attended the white-tie gala earlier in the evening were invited to party with the younger set that poured in for the late-night bash. Spirits ran high as word spread that the gala had raised $2.6 million.
Kudos to After Party chairs Divya and Chris Brown for leading the merry throng of 130 additional guests into the wee morning hours. While ball guests were still licking their lips over the yummy Jackson Hicks dinner, the late-night crowd feasted on breakfast tacos, honey butter biscuits and beef sliders.
Among those partying long and hard, some staying as late as 2 a.m., were Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Carrie Colbert and Bob Hogan, Viviana and David Denechaud, Cheryl Blount and Mead Turner, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, Nikki Lumpkin and Jeff Allen along with Centennial Ball chairs Joella and Steve Mach and symphony CEO and executive director Mark Hanson and wife Christina.