The 9:30 Club just announced that the official 9:30 Hall Of Records, originally created for the 9:30 World’s Fair Double Anniversary Celebration, will be turned into a permanent installation in the Club. The Hall Of Records is a massive library collection containing a vinyl or CD of every single act that ever headlined the club from May 31, 1980—in chronological order and as many times the act performed. Each record is the one the act toured on for each performance. The majority of the albums in the Hall of Records are real, though there are some that the Club is still looking to acquire. If fans have the actual album that the library is missing, the 9:30 Club will trade them for free tickets. Each night, the library will grow with the albums of that night’s headliner.
Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club says, “Creating the Hall of Records was just one of my ideas that nobody could talk me out of. I thought it would be cool for people to see the shows they went to, and the ones they didn’t. And it’s a symbol for the bands to see that when they play Washington, D.C. at the 9:30, it’s bona fide.”
The 9:30 World’s Fair exhibition was sold-out all five nights and was attended by nearly than 10,000 people, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured above with Seth Hurwitz). The World’s Fair was an all-encompassing funhouse including a re-creation of the old 9:30 Club, a tour of the backstage area, a mosh pit re-enactment, rare archival photos and videos and a multimedia cube that simulated a live concert experience. In addition, a tattoo artist was on-site to provide free 9:30 logo tattoos—and more than 100 attendees left the building with fresh ink. The Club is arranging for the 100 others who waited in line to receive them, as well.
Also available for the first time at the 9:30 World’s Fair was the 9:30 Club’s oral and pictorial history book—celebrating the Club’s 35th anniversary. The book features never-before-seen photos, stories and firsthand accounts of experiences during the Club’s tenure from legends including Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo, HR of Bad Brains, Chuck D of Public Enemy, the Club’s current co-owners Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke and scores more. Fans can buy the limited first edition with 3D hardcover 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, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Twenty One Pilots, and Halsey; and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Pink, Prince, the Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters. It is the most attended club of its size in the world. 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.