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April 20, 2010

If you like the 9:30 Club, you'll love this

seth hurwitz, co-owner of the 9:30 ClubAs someone who has seen hundreds of live shows, I can tell you that the 9:30 Club is one of my all-time favorite places to see live music.

Most bands who've played the Washington club will say the same thing. It has an outstanding sound system, great sight lines and one of the widest-ranging concert lineups of any club you'll find.

Check it out here.

This year, the 9:30 Club turned 30, and to commemorate the occasion, Washington Post writer (and former music critic) J. Freedom du Lac put together a fascinating multimedia package chronicling the club's 30-year history, from its inception to the move to its current digs ...

They spoke with club founder Dody DiSanto, current co-owner Seth Hurwitz (pictured), as well as a ton of local and national bands, from Fugazi front man Ian MacKaye to Dave Grohl.

Du Lac has all the dirty little details, including the rat infestation and general stank of the early club to the hot tub parlor around the corner where concertgoers would make waves with their hook ups. Instead of a traditional story, it's a collection of quotes and video clips, and is definitely worth a look.

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:08 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Local music


Loved this when I saw it. Josh has great screen presence.

He had I were once groomsmen together. Brother rocked a tux and a kilt in the same outfit.

I just wrote last week about my favorite trivia game, named "Is there a band alive that could entice me into the 9:30 club?"

I could think of one.

Let us all bow to the awesomeness of "The Chop"

Give me a break! Like Sam said, they have one of the widest-ranging line-ups around. If you look at their schedule and can't find one band in a given year that you like then you must not like music.

Immediately read the dead tree article on Sunday. Got all misty-eyed since I remember dodging the legendary, massive rats, while avoiding the begging winos / drug addicts near the original building. I would literally run, in high-heeled boots, to best avoid the rats. The smell WAS brutal, esp in August.

Through all of it, I knew I was hearing bands that would soon become bigger, much bigger. It was this region's CBGBs, and I am so glad to have fond memories from the original 930 F St. club.

Busted. I hate music.

Smashing Pumpkins were the "official" first gig for the new 9:30 Club. But they had a limited engagement night for the media a few days earlier that Too Much Joy played. I had the pleasure of going to that one. At the start of that show they had a giant cardboard pillar in the crowd to simulate the one in the old club, then removed it partway through the show. Love that place.

@Rich B: Too Much Joy/Smashing Pumpkins would have been 160-y.o.-Patchen's dream concert.

i saw smashing pumpkins there when it was WUST music hall ('93?). dang i feel old.

@CHOP - That was just my way of saying you're so hip that all of your favorite bands are apparently too cool to play the 9:30 Club.

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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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