Leigh Smith turned 50 last spring but it wasn't until this month that her husband, Reggie Smith, crossed that milestone. Obviously, it's been hell the last few months living down the age difference. But all came to a happy conclusion Saturday night when the duo celebrated their mutual birthdays with a rockin' party at the House of Blues.
More than 200 Smith family members and friends took over the third level party room/performance space for a happy schmoozefest complete with bountiful food stations (loved the fried chicken tenders in cones) and open bars and then the performance by the Psychedelic Furs.
The band and the Smiths have become close friends over the years through their mutual interest in art. Richard Butler is as interested in painting as the Smiths are in serious modern art collecting. It was that common ground that brought them together in New York several years ago.
The band performed publicly at House of Blues Friday night but spent Saturday during the day at brunch at the River Oaks home of the Smiths, who entertained not only the band but also out-of-town guests (many from their native Georgia) with a lively midday fete.
Saturday night's bash was orchestrated for the Smiths by close friend Elizabeth Copeland, aka Elizabeth Swift of the catering and events company of that name.
In the mix grooving to the '80s punk sound were Heidi Gerger, Jo and Jim Furr, Bob McClain, Rebekah Johnson, Susie and Sanford Criner, Michael Zilkha, Marita Fairbanks, Farley Erikson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Shannon Hall, Marcus Sloan, Lisa Holthouse and so many more.