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9:30 Club Starts Label, Signs Its Bartender

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The local music venue 9:30 Club is launching a record label. Friday night the club's first signing will take the stage as a headliner for the first time.

When 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz decided to break into the record label business, he didn't look far to sign his first artist.

Justin Jones has been a bartender at the 9:30 Club for over eight years. About four years ago, he started performing, touring small venues and opening for other acts.

Jones, a Virginia native, says Friday night things will be different.

"It's going to mean that I need to play more songs and hope that a lot of people show up. It's definitely cool," he says.

Hurwitz says "it's no secret the music business is in total disarray" and that he "launched the record label to launch Justin Jones."

**Justin Jones performs "Little Fox" for WAMU's "Metro Connection":**

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