DC’s Legendary 9:30 Club Turns 30

by Yvette Travillian

For those of us who have lived in DC, recalling our first monumental show at the 9:30 Club is a memory that we hold tight to our hearts. Mine was in 1999 and the artist was Esther0 (need I say more?)

Since then I have gone on to see many artists of different genre’s totally destroy the stage: Nas, Justin Timberlake (who was surprisingly unbelievable), Lupe Fiasco, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Nelly Furtado, UB40, Niki Costa and countless others. There is something about that place that makes people love it: The backdrop is gritty,  the drinks are inexpensive, the vibe is chill and the sound-system is banana’s. A lot of the shows permit all ages and that doesn’t even bother the old heads because everyone is there strictly for the music. 

Now the influential venue turns 30 and the Washington Post has put together an amazing multi-media documentary called, A History of DC’s 9:30 Club  and it features commentary from past owners, managers, fans and artists like Dave Grohl who first played the club when he was 15 which landed him a record deal that same night. Awe-some.

If  you’ve been lucky enough to see a show (or 20) at this historic venue, hit me up here or on twitter with some of your dopest memories. And to the 9:30 Club: Thanks for the amazing experiences and I look forward to many many more!

  • KaiserSosseh

    815 V is the jaunt…y’all gotta show more love for the OG 930 F St. spot!!!

    ‘You don’t truly know your history, until you know where you came from’…

  • stanquim

    Hmmm.. first show I saw @ the 930 was Antibalas and they always put on a legendary performance… another memorable performance would have to be Saul Williams, that brotha’ is a champ at what he does.

  • bernard longvie

    love that spot

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