For 30 years the 9:30 Club has been DC’s go to spot for alternative music, serving up a mix of nationally recognized bands and local favorites. Opening its doors on May 31st way back in 1980, the first band to ever perform there was Tiny Desk Unit, a local new wave band, followed by jazz-punk band the Lounge Lizards.
Since that first concert, the 9:30 Club has been host to a who’s who of artists just outside the mainstream music scene: Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Citizen Cope, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Placebo, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Broken Bells, and more. The club has grown in stature over the years so much that it had to relocate from it’s original digs at 930 F St. NW in downtown DC to it’s current location at 815 V St. NW, literally a few blocks down the street from Howard University. It’s been named Night Club of the Year four times by Pollstar and there’s always memories to be made on any given night.
The 9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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