The 9:30 Club of Washington DC is one of America’s great concert halls, a place that not only featured almost every major rock band of the past 41 years at the start of their careers, it also hosted shows from Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Nirvana, Billie Eilish, Adele, Justin Timberlake, REM, Green Day and countless others. After being closed for 18 months due to the pandemic, it reopened in style Thursday night with a rare club date by DC-area Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters – who took the opportunity to say to the crowd that a new, even more intimate venue will be opening right behind the 9:30 Club.
The new venue, owned by Maryland concert promoter IMP, will be an exact replica of the original 9:30 Club (which opened in 1980 at a different location, 930 F Street, NW). His name has not yet been announced.
“Who remembers the old 9:30 am Club? Grohl asked the crowd during the group’s two-and-a-half-hour set. “It was our church. This is where we got to see every fucking band… This is where we all played first. This is where REM played first. This is where the Chili Peppers played first. This is where Nirvana first played… The magic happened in this room. But guess what?… They’re going to open up a place that’s an exact replica of the old 9:30 am club next door. Nobody knows because I am the first to tell you right now! So, for anyone who has never seen the old 9:30 Club, let me tell you if it’s the same vibe as the old 9:30 Club, you will see some real magic.
The band played a set similar to those they played earlier this year, including a brief transition to their disco alter-ego, the “Dee Gees” (see set list below).
According to the official announcement, the new location will be in the space formerly occupied by the satellite room. “While the new club promises to look like the original,” the ad promises, “it won’t have the notorious stench or the huge, profuse rats that old-school patrons so fondly remember.”
The name of the new venue, the capacity and the opening schedule of the new club will be announced in the coming months.
Maryland-based IMP also owns the 9:30 Club, as well as the DC area venues, Anthem, Lincoln Theater, and the long-running Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.