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The rock band, known for its chart-topping hit “Iris,” headlined the Creative Coalition inaugural ball Monday at the Harman Center for the Arts in D.C.’s Chinatown.


Although a question about a career in a politics elicited a resounding “hell, no” from the band, they were looking forward to meeting lawmakers attending the event.

Lead singer of the band Johnny Rzeznik was hoping to bump shoulders with Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio), and drummer Mike Malinin wanted to meet Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBarbara Boxer recounts harassment on Capitol Hill: ‘The entire audience started laughing’ 100 years of the Blue Slip courtesy Four more lawmakers say they’ve been sexually harassed by colleagues in Congress MORE (D-Calif.). Bass guitarist Robby Takac lit up when he spotted Rev. Jesse Jackson walking the red carpet behind him.

The Creative Coalition is the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy arm of the art and entertainment communities, and holds a benefit gala every four years to raise money for arts awareness.

The event featured a star-studded guest list, with celebrities and leaders from the entertainment industry and members of Congress.

“This is a truly momentous day in history, and everyone deserves to be out here celebrating tonight,” said District of Columbia shadow senator Paul Strauss.

Strauss jokingly said that his pre-gala fashion ritual includes crossing his fingers and hoping his tuxedo still fits.

Actor Evan Handler, best known for his role playing Charlotte’s husband on “Sex and the City,” said he’s not a “lawmaker groupie” but when it comes to 2016, he is really hoping Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE will be on the ticket.