First New Concerts Under IMP for Lincoln Theatre Announced!

1215 U Street, NW

Last week we learned that U Street’s Historic Lincoln Theatre would be run by I.M.P., owners of the 9:30 Club. DC Commission on the Arts and Mayor Gray have released the first concerts:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, along with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, announced just last week that Washington, D.C. has selected I.M.P., owners of the 9:30 Club, to become the new operator for the Historic Lincoln Theatre to revitalize one of the District of Columbia’s most important and historic cultural landmark, and today, Mayor Gray is announcing the first slate of I.M.P. shows coming to The Lincoln Theatre.

Laura Marling, Wednesday, Sept. 4
Travis, Friday, Sept. 20
KT Tunstall, Tuesday, Sept. 29
Matt Nathanson, Tuesday, Oct. 29
Neko Case, Wednesday, Oct. 30

These shows will go on sale 10am Friday, July 12 on For more information visit

Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P., co-­‐owner of the 9:30 Club and newly appointed operator of The Lincoln Theatre, elaborates on initial booking philosophies for the Lincoln:

“Well, obviously, this will fill a need for sit-­‐down shows. We do those at the 9:30, and they are okay, but this will be better.

“There a lot of acts who want to work with us, love the 9:30, want to play downtown, but would understandably like to try something different. And I think our audience will appreciate the variety as well.

“There are some genres that simply don’t fit in a nightclub setting…we will be experimenting with those. Obviously, comedy will work well here.

“And we hope to make an easy turnkey solution for all kinds of promoters, fledgling and veterans, to come and put on a show here. Installing our family of crew and staff from around the corner will provide a friendly and affordable way to run this place. As I told the selection committee, we don’t need to put a proposal together for staffing…you can come down and meet them now.

“My thing is to fit the right venue with the right show, and this gives us one more tool in our box to do that…a tool we didn’t have. I like to push boundaries…we will do that here, to everyone’s delight I hope.

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