815 V Street NW
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As one of DC’s most well-known venues, the 9:30 Club has been establishing a name for itself since its opening in 1980. During its younger years, the club hosted mainly alternative and local bands and artists, and eventually became the home for DC’s punk scene. As the years progressed, the 9:30 club became a hot spot for all types of artists, booking bigger shows for The Ramones, Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the like.
With such a rich history in its back pocket, the 9:30 club radiates a classic ambiance. On the outside, it looks like just another brick warehouse with a couple of blue accents around the door. And if you’re visiting for the first time in the daylight, you might not actually be sure you’re in the right place. But as soon as you walk in it hits you. You’ve just stepped inside the epitome of a great venue. With standing room only, you can either stay on the main floor or go upstairs to the balcony, which borders the walls around the stage. I prefer the main floor because nothing can replace the feeling of being just a couple feet away from your favorite band. However, you can get a great view and perfect sound wherever you choose to stand.
Although the 9:30 club started out as a punk/alternative/rock hub, the venue has blossomed to envelop many more types of music. Allowing all ages to attend every show encourages both young and old alike to come and appreciate incredible bands and artists in the comfort of one of DC’s supreme venues. No other location has such musical history and character. If you haven’t been yet, go buy tickets for a show right now. Everyone who lives in the district needs to attend a performance at the 9:30 club at least once to fully experience the magic.
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10/24: The Jayhawks. Trapper Schoepp. Doors at 5:30. ($35)
10/28: Temples. Spires. Doors at 7. ($22)
10/31: Smallpools. Magic Man. Waters. Doors at 5. ($18)
11/1: Run The Jewels. Ratking. Despot. Doors at 10. ($25)
11/7: The Budos Band. Electric Citizen. Doors at 8. ($20)
– Shannon Turner