9:30 Club Marks 30th Anniversary | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

9:30 Club Marks 30th Anniversary

Play associated audio
The 9:30 Club, a cultural landmark for the D.C. community, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
http://www.flickr.com/aon
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.

NPR

'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.