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The 9:30 Club, a cultural landmark for the D.C. community, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
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The 9:30 Club, a cultural landmark for the D.C. community, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

By Patrick Madden

A D.C. music institution is celebrating a milestone.
The 9:30 Club is marking its 30th anniversary.

Marcus Noland says he can still remember what those first shows were like at the original 9:30 Club on F Street.

"It was a hot sweaty club." says Noland. "It was a place where you could see magic happen at times."

Last night, many of the acts behind that magic came back for a special show, including the first band ever to play at the 9:30 Club, Tiny Desk Unit.

The 9:30 club eventually moved a few blocks away, it started drawing bigger acts, and is now considered one of the top venues in the U.S. to see a live show.

It’s the kind of place that would make 25-year-old Emily Beals drive all the way from Baltimore,“Because 9:30 club is awesome.”

And then there’s Melissa and Michael Gildea.

“Best bands anybody around, it’s a music institution,” says the Gildea's.

Melissa first went to the 9:30 club in college. She now brings her own children to shows, leading to one very awkward moment.

“We found our 16-year-old kissing some girl when the crowd cleared," they laugh.

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