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This 50th birthday bash at House of Blues rocked with the Psychedelic Furs and 200 friends

This 50th birthday bash at House of Blues rocked with the Psychedelic Furs and 200 friends

Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Leigh Smith, Reggie Smith
Leigh Smith , Reggie Smith Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Psychedelic Furs on stage at House of Blues
The Psychedelic Furs take over the party room at House of Blues for Leigh and Reggie Smith's 50th birthday bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Morgan Copeland, Elizabeth Copeland
Morgan Copeland , Elizabeth Copeland Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Xavier Magri, Carol Magri
Xavier Magri , Carol Magri Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Ken Moffet, Sandra Moffet
Ken Moffet , Sandra Moffet Photo by © Jenny Antill
 Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Andrew McFarland, Gretchen McFarland
Andrew McFarland , Gretchen McFarland Photo by © Jenny Antill
1651, Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Michael Landrum, Heidi Gerger
Michael Landrum , Heidi Gerger Photo by © Jenny Antill
1494, Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Karen Susman, Harry Susman
Karen Susman , Harry Susman Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Susie Criner, Sanford Criner
Sanford Criner , Susie Criner Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Rainey Knudson, Marita Fairbanks, Lisa Holthouse
Rainey Knudson , Marita Fairbanks , Lisa Holthouse Photo by © Jenny Antill
1244, Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Jennifer Ducote and Paula Paine
Jennifer Ducote , Paula Paine Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Leigh Smith, Tim Butler, Reggie Smith, Richard Butler
Leigh Smith , Tim Butler , Reggie Smith , Richard Butler Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Leigh Smith, Reggie Smith
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Psychedelic Furs on stage at House of Blues
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Morgan Copeland, Elizabeth Copeland
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Xavier Magri, Carol Magri
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Ken Moffet, Sandra Moffet
 Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Andrew McFarland, Gretchen McFarland
1651, Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Michael Landrum, Heidi Gerger
1494, Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Karen Susman, Harry Susman
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Susie Criner, Sanford Criner
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Rainey Knudson, Marita Fairbanks, Lisa Holthouse
1244, Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Jennifer Ducote and Paula Paine
Leigh & Reggie Smith, 50th Birthday, September 2012, Leigh Smith, Tim Butler, Reggie Smith, Richard Butler

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.