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August 31, 2009

Seth Hurwitz and the wasp

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Yesterday, I grabbed Virgin Mobile FreeFest producer Seth Hurwitz for a quick interview.

I asked him about the difference between Pimlico Race Course and Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Merriweather might have a less storied history than Pimlico, but its sprawling grounds suited this year’s scaled-back festival, Hurwitz said.

"[Merriweather] is not an exotic site, but it has its own ambiance," he said.

Just then, a yellow jacket wasp flew onto Hurwitz’s face and stung him on the forehead ...

"Get it off! Get it off!" he howled. I flicked the wasp from his face.

"Is the stinger out?," he asked. I couldn't see a stinger, I told him.

"Make sure it's gone," I said. We looked for it, and realized it was crawling on Hurwitz's leg near his crotch. Hurwitz shooed the bee away.

"We had the Police one year," he quipped. "I thought we were done with sting."

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:25 PM | | Comments (16)
Categories: Local music, Random stuff


The word "hero" gets thrown around a lot these days...

Sam Sessa--journalist, blogger, lifesaver.

Be honest, how much did you pay the wasp to have it do that?

It's too bad that wasp didn't have better aim. To be rid of a terrible promoter like him, would be a blessing. Look at the 9:30 as an example, who goes there anymore? I can't think of a more poorly run establishment in the DC area, than that.

Did you mean "bee honest", Evan?

JC, apparently quite a few people still go to the 9:30 club as it's ticket sales rank #1 in the nation year after year

That aside, look at the trash that frequents the establishment. The only way you'd get me there, was if I were in a coma.


I admire your ability to discount and/or ignore any and all factual data when forming your position(s).

Truly noteworthy.

AAAANNNND, Comment of the Week goes to Mark Twain.

If your mommy catches you playing with the computer again, you're going to get grounded.

Maybe the 930 club was one of the few venues that JC didn't get paid a sickeningly large amount of money to turn around?

Actually, Evan, a few years ago, they had approached me to consult on a possible revamping of the interior, but I turned them down. The amount of money they were offering, was a pittance compared to what I usually demand for my services.

And Mark Twain, I admire that you use an alias of one of this country's most prolific and intelligent writers, yet you still manage to end up sounding like Helen Keller discovering a keyboard.

Apu just called! This week JC and Mark Twain's team with be in direct competition! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

johnnycat, I wouldn't be talking about anyone else's screen name. You share yours with a popular kitty litter.

Ah the prince of positivity, JohnnyCat, strikes again. Is your sole purpose in life to insult other people and to tell us how much money you make or the fine shoes you wear. Let's recap:
-You hate people in Baltimore but you live here
-You hate fip flops
-Your idea of a club is Illusions
-Your shoes are worth more than my entire wardrobe
-Your screen name is better than anyone elses
-You hate the 9:30 club and its patrons and your time is worth way more than they are willing to pay

Feel free to add to this list.

Johnnycakes wrote, "… Look at the 9:30 as an example, who goes there anymore? I can't think of a more poorly run establishment in the DC area, than that. "

Here’s a fewfacts you may want to take note of…

1) The 9:30 Club has been awarded “Nightclub of the Year” by Pollstar 4 Times: 2005, 2005, 2006, 2008
2) The 9:30 Club was ranked #1 in ticket sales by Pollstar 5 Times: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
3) In 2008, the 9:30 Club hit the trifecta, winning the THREE top industry awards from Pollstar.
4) In 2008, the 9:30 Club was named “Top Club in the World” by Billboard Magazine due to its ticket sales, management, marketing and operation.
5) in 2008, Pollstar name9:30 Club “The Most Attended Club in the Nation”

And, that’s just a few.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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