The Anthem (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
On Oct. 12, 2017, the Foo Fighters headlined the first night at The Anthem at the shiny new Wharf development, and nothing in DC concert was ever the same again.
Promotions company IMP, the owners of 9:30 Club, had an ambitious goal. The principals would build a tremendous theatre to hold 6,000 seats in the newly recapitalized southwest neighborhood, providing ample space for bands that appreciate a general admission experience but might be too big for one night at 9:30 Club.
It was a smashing success.
Music gear on DC9’s stage (Photo by Jon)
Prior the declaration of a national emergency on March 13, DC’s IMP concert venues, including 9:30 Club and The Anthem, declared they would voluntarily close down through March 31 as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
But a clarified order issued by DC’s mayor on Sunday shut both venues indefinitely all the same.
The Revivalists perform at The Anthem on Feb. 29, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)
The Revivalists, an eight-piece outfit from New Orleans, recently sold out The Anthem in as part of the band’s ambitious Into the Stars Tour, and Parklife was there to take it in.
Sturgill Simpson (Photo courtesy Elektra Records)
Sturgill Simpson released Sound & Fury, his fourth studio album, through Elektra Records in 2019. The album was accompanied by an original Netflix anime film that he wrote and produced with Japanese director Junpei Mizusaki.
Now, Sturgill is on his Good Look’n Tour with Tyler Childers, and the show stops at The Anthem for two nights on Sunday, March 15, and Monday, March 16. The first night is sold out but limited tickets remain for the second show!
Tank and the Bangas performs at The Anthem on Feb. 29, 2020. (Photos by Casey Vock.)
There’s something invincible and miraculous about a musical act that never really fit into a specific genre and probably never will.
But it’s tough to understand where a record store clerk might slot albums from the Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangas, an inexplicably fascinated posse of musicians who about eight years ago in the birthplace of jazz — the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans — and have become one of the hottest acts on tour today.
Tank and the Bangas (Photo by Gus Bennett Jr.)
Last year, Tank and the Bangas made their major label studio debut with Green Balloon. The band quickly blew up, scoring a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The R&B group is now on tour opening for The Revivalists, and you should arrive early to see them when they perform at The Anthem on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Fitz and The Tantrums perform at The Anthem on Feb. 14, 2020. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/ Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)
Fitz and The Tantrums performed at The Anthem recently in support of All the Feels, the band’s fourth studio album, and our friend Ben Eisendrath was there to shoot the show!
Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) at The Anthem, Feb. 7, 2020. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Some nights are better than other nights.
Fitz and The Tantrums (Photo courtesy Donovan Public Relations)
Neo-soul band Fitz and The Tantrums released All the Feels, the band’s fourth studio album, last year via Elektra Records. The six-member group performs their biggest show in DC to date with a concert at The Anthem on Friday, Feb. 14.
Progressive bluegrass jam band Greensky Bluegrass performs at The Anthem, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Greensky Bluegrass brought its winter tour to DC on a recent weekend for two back-to-back nights of shows at The Anthem.