Donnie Simpson's 40th Anniversary celebration recap
When I think of the DMV I think of the Mecca, Ben's Chilli Bowl, and The Green-Eyed Bandit Donnie Simpson. When I landed at National Airport in DC with my stiff Howard University t-shirt I was anxious. I glanced at my uncle to tell him not to take me to freshman orientation and then I heard the melody of the Commodores' Jesus is Love playing on the radio followed by Donnie Simpson's velvet smooth voice.
From BET's Video Soul to WPGC 95.5 to Majic 102.3 for the last 40 years, the soul of DC has been Donnie Simpson. In many ways, Simpson is as ingrained into the fabric of Washington as the old velvet paintings of Dr. King and the Last Supper's our grandmothers had hanging in the living room. For a few hours last Sunday Simpson's fan, friends, and family came together to celebrate one of Washington D.C.'s icons.
Donnie Simpson speaking to a packed house at the Warner Theater during his 40th Anniversary celebration. Photo Credit Majic 102.3
On October 22, 2017, iconic acts from the last 40 years converged on the Warner Theater to celebrate Donnie Simpson's career. Soulful artists like Eddie LeVert, Chante Moore, Bell Biv DeVoe along with Hip-Hop greats like Big Daddy Kane and Dougie Fresh took to the stage to honor "The Green-Eyed Bandit".
Fans of all ages lined the and around the block outside the Warner Theater Sunday evening. The fans were excited about sharing this milestone with the radio icon, and he was just excited to connect with fans, and colleagues. WUSA 9 reporter Stephanie Ramirez give fans a glimpse into the Simpson's mood during the star-studded affair.
Sunday night was the perfect opportunity to laugh, dance and look back. For just a little while it's was all about Donnie, the music, and the joy he has brought into our lives.
Anyone following the event on Twitter via @DonnieSimpson saw everyone in attendance was having the time of their life. Fans and celebrities alike were laughing, and dancing in the aisles with their favorites all night long.
Check out Majic 102.3's full gallery of pictures and performances from the celebration here.