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D.C. Rock Club Mobilizes Its Patrons Against Corporate Merger

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By David Schultz

Over the years, the 9:30 Club has hosted dozens of politically active rock bands. Now, the club wants the rock fans who frequent it to get politically active themselves.

It sent an email to its patrons last week railing against the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and LiveNation, the two titans of the concert business.

The email directed the 9:30 Club's patrons to contact the Justice Department's Anti-Trust Division and file a letter of protest.

Audrey Schaefer, the club's spokesperson, says it has never used its email list for anything other than promoting shows.

"[But]we thought, 'You know what? This is going to affect our customers very directly,'" says Schaefer. "Let's at least give them the information."

Schaefer says more independent venues across the country are sending similar emails before shareholders of the two companies vote on the merger early next month.

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