On Saturday, May 31, 1980, the 9:30 Club opened for the first time at 930 F Street NW in Washington, DC.
Marking the 30th anniversary of Sonic Youth’s landmark album Daydream Nation, drummer Steve Shelley appeared in a panel discussion with the band’s archivist, Aaron Mullan, and Fugazi percussionist Brendan Canty at 9:30 Club recently.
“If it weren’t for the Black Cat, I wouldn’t be a working musician,” said singer-songwriter Ted Leo at the indie rock club’s 25th anniversary celebrations over the weekend.
Ted’s statement reflected the sentiment of musicians and attendees alike over the two-day 25th anniversary party, which hosted 15 bands and several DJs over Friday and Saturday: Thank you, Black Cat, for being awesome. The mood among concert-goers was particularly festive in recognition that Black Cat likely will be around for a long time still despite its plans to shrink in coming months.
Classic Album Sundays celebrates the 40th anniversary of Parallel Lines by Blondie with an immersive listening party and a discussion with Songbyrd Music House owner Joe Lapan and Parklife DC Editor Mickey McCarter.
Join Joe and Mickey for this unique experience at Songbyrd Music House on Sunday, Sept. 16.
In September 1993, a magical thing happened! Seminal indie rock club Black Cat first opened its doors. The Black Cat will celebrate 25 years of hosting many of the best concerts in DC with two evenings packed full of performances by the likes of Ted Leo, Algiers, Ex Hex, and of course Gray Matter on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15.
Baroness hit 9:30 Club last week to help DC Brau celebrate its sixth anniversary during the Craft Brewer’s Conference.
Punk exploded in the United Kingdom in 1976, and nowhere was that more true than specifically on June 4, 1976, when the Sex Pistols played at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto — the two men who would form the Buzzcocks, Manchester’s most enduring punk band — organized that gig for the Sex Pistols.
In the film 24 Hour Party People, Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson, portrayed by the actor Steve Coogan, estimates that are 42 people in the room during a recreation of the show, and many of them went on to form monumental bands like Joy Division, The Fall, and even The Smiths.
To observe its 35th anniversary, and the 20th anniversary of its location on V Street NW, the 9:30 Club has turned itself into an exhibition hall where you can explore the club’s history as you walk through from the downstairs Back Bar to the main stage.
I checked out the proclaimed 9:30 World’s Fair, a Double Anniversary Exhibition Celebration, on Tuesday evening, and I rather enjoyed the opportunity to look around the entire club and reflect upon the totality of modern musical acts that have passed through its doors at 930 F Street NW and 930 V Street NW since 1980 and 1995, respectively.
For days, the 9:30 Club posted cryptic notice of a big event, scheduled to happen during the first full week of January, a traditionally dead time for nightclubs.
Well, yesterday on Facebook, the 9:30 Club revealed its plan to liven up that week with a three-day observance of its 35th anniversary called 9:30 World’s Fair.
Congrats to Hellbender Brewing Company on a great first year!
They are celebrating one year in DC this Saturday, November 14th. Come out to the party!
Admission price gets you unlimited pours of 23 beers (12 Hellbender brews and 11 other local brews) and a souvenir glass.
There will also be music, DJs, games and a BBQ truck.
Hellbender’s One Year Anniversary Party
Hellbender Brewing Company
Saturday, November 14
2:00-6:00pm (VIP 1:00-6:00pm)
$45 (VIP $60)