The legendary 9:30 Club celebrates 35 years as one of the most iconic music venues in the world this year. The Club has received the highest accolades from some of the most notable names in music—Rolling Stone, Billboard and Pollstar have all named 9:30 Nightclub of the Year.
Beginning January 5 and running through January 7, the 9:30 Club will host a free World’s Fair exhibition celebrating the double anniversary. The event will be an all-encompassing experience highlighting the historic past and present of the 9:30 Club and chronicling 35 years of memories and memorabilia from musicians, staff and fans. Attendees will be immersed in interactive visuals and jaw-dropping historical imagery. A limited number of free tickets, each with specific hourly admittance times, will be available through ticketfly.com beginning Monday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.
In addition, a limited, first-edition, 264-page hardcover book will be issued to commemorate 35 years of the Club. The book will feature never-before seen photos, stories and firsthand accounts of experiences during the 9:30 Club’s tenure from legends including D.C. icon Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord Records), Chuck D of Public Enemy and Sarah McLachlan, the Club’s current co-owners Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke and scores more. Fans can pre-order the book on ticketfly.com beginning Monday, December 7 and 10:00 a.m. Eastern. The book will first be available at the Club’s World’s Fair, with pre-orders shipping in January. The 9:30 Club is famous for its email list of more than 600,000 loyal followers, so the book is likely to sell out quickly. See a preview of the book at www.930book.com.
Founded by Dody DiSanto and Jon Bowers, the 9:30 Club originally opened in 1980 in downtown Washington, D.C. The Club’s name was derived from its street address, 930 F St NW. In 1996, co-owners Rich Heinecke and Seth Hurwitz moved the Club to its current location at the eastern end of the U Street Corridor. Gracing its stage have been legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Nirvana, and James Brown; recently-discovered acts like Hozier, Drake, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Twenty One Pilots, and Halsey; and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Pink, the Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters. It is the most attended club of its size in the world.
“We turned afflictions into affections.”—Seth Hurwitz, Co-Owner, 9:30 Club
“…I would stand in that hallway and watch my heroes
walk by.”—Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Nirvana
“There are no bad sight lines. No matter where you’re sitting or standing, it sounds good. The staff are just amazing people. Thus making this iconic music venue
a landmark destination.”—Henry Rollins, Black Flag
“It’s got so much character, you wonder if the locals know
how lucky they are.”—Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy