Whoa “Live At 9:30” – “will be unlike any music show on TV today” – launching April

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From a press release:

“Launching nationwide on public television this April is a new series unlike any other: “Live At 9:30 Hosted by Squarespace” – an unpredictable, modern-day music variety show.

Off the beaten path in Washington, D.C. is one of the world’s greatest music venues — the 9:30 Club. It’s the most-attended music club of its size in the world – a 1200-person venue where world-famous artists have started their careers, refined their sounds, and played legendary shows. Now it’s home to TV’s most groundbreaking music show.

Each cinematic, one-hour episode of “Live At 9:30” will feature a collection of acts from different genres, interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits. In a word: variety; variety that people will be talking about. Filmed unobtrusively with more than a dozen cameras, including hidden GoPros and an airborne cable-cam, “Live At 9:30” will be unlike any music show on TV today.

The first three episodes of the 12-episode premiere season will feature performances by Garbage, The Arcs, Tove Lo, Ibeyi, El Vy, MisterWives, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon, and Jess Glynne. Wayne White, of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” fame, will be “Live At 9:30’s” art director. Episodes will feature an unexpected mix of contributors and hosts, including Henry Rollins, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, Hannibal Buress, Jill Kargman, Ralphie May, and many more surprise guests.

Squarespace will host the digital destination of the show on www.LiveAt930.com. The first “Live At 9:30” teaser reel and show stills can be viewed on the site starting February 9. This spring, fans will have the opportunity to view full episodes and access exclusive content. The social media handles for “Live At 9:30” are: Twitter – @Liveat930, Instagram – @Liveat930, and Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Liveat930/.

“We’ve been approached countless times to do a TV show here, and we’ve always passed,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club. “But ‘Live At 9:30’ is a great opportunity to work with people we trust to bring music variety to life in a way no one has even attempted. When I said we had no interest in just another concert program, they totally got it. They have come up with a truly entertaining bunch of new ideas on how to change the way people watch live concert shows.”

“I’ve been going to the 9:30 Club for 20 years, and my favorite concert memories are from here,” said Michael Holstein, executive producer of ‘Live At 9:30’. “This club is pure magic. Seeing how the community has rallied around this show – artists, managers, the D.C. Film Commissioner’s Office and more – that really drives home that this is much more than just a music club. For the 9:30 Club to trust us to make a TV show about this amazing institution is an awesome opportunity and responsibility.”

Contributing hosts include:

Henry Rollins – former frontman for seminal punk band Black Flag, actor, spoken word artist, radio host, columnist, author

Bob Boilen – host and creator of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” and creator of Tiny Desk Concert

Hannibal Buress – comedian, writer, star of Comedy Central’s “Why? With Hannibal Buress” and “Broad City”

Jill Kargman – creator, star of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out,” novelist, writer for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview

Ralphie May – stand up comedian, “Last Comic Standing” and “Unruly”

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  • Now this is a excessively-long press release I can get behind!

  • Off the beaten path? Maybe once upon a time…not anymore!

    • Yea I lol’ed at this

    • Honestly, I’d never heard of 930 Club before I moved to DC. It’s not well known outside the DMV.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        It wins best large music club in the U.S. by Rolling Stone pretty much every year, so yeah, its pretty well known in the industry. That and artists know about it and want to play there. How many venues can you name that were not in or near a place you lived? My guess is not many other than maybe Red Rocks, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other famous venues out there.

      • You don’t travel very much. I hear about it all the time when I travel. People wearing hoodies in different states. Band with stickers on their gear, talking about the club. It’s very well known outside the DMV, especially in the music world. Probably why it’s been rated the #1 Club in the Nation for music by Pollstar. So, obviously, it’s pretty well known outside this area.

      • I grew up in North Carolina and had heard of the 9:30 Club loooong before I came to the D.C. area. (I think I first heard of it in conjunction with the D.C. hardcore scene.)

    • Once upon a time, aka 5 years ago

      • Uh no….the 930 Club hasn’t been off the beaten path for a lot longer than that. It’s been voted the best club of its size in the country numerous times. I believe it also holds several records for ticket sales.

      • U Street has been on the local nightlife beaten path a lot longer than 5 years ago.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Not the OP, but there was not much going on at that end of U 5 years ago.

          • It took a while for the wave of new establishments to reach the eastern end of the U Street “strip,” but it’s not accurate to say there was “not much going on” there five years ago.
            .
            The Velvet Lounge has been there a LONG time. I think Nellie’s was established longer ago than five years, and perhaps even the Dickson Wine Bar too.

          • If by “not much going on” you mean “not filled with MD and VA bros”, then maybe?
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            Velvet Lounge, DC9, Duffy’s, Solly’s, and others have all been at that end of U Street well over 5 years. Maybe 20 years ago when 9:30 first opened at that address.

          • Ha. U Street has been a major nightlife destination for at least 20 years. It was rougher, and full of great jazz clubs, but it was far from not much going on.

    • I think they were looking at it from the national perspective of tourists who see DC as museums and monuments and never go in the neighborhoods. We’re all off the beaten path from that perspective.

    • I wonder if by “off the beaten path” they meant “not in New York or Los Angeles.”
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      Whatever they meant by it, it seems like the press release would have been better off without those four words.

      • I think it meant off the beaten path as not in a city normally associated with a thriving music scene.

        • That perception seems faulty too… although maybe D.C.’s scene isn’t as thriving now as it was when I first came to the area.

          • It still seems thriving to me, but you’re sure not gonna see it at the 9:30 Club anymore. Heck, just in the past week I’ve been to four really good shows that were mostly local bands… the Two-Inch Astronaut/Laughing Man/Hemlines show at the Black Cat on Sunday was just jaw-dropping. But yeah, it’s not happening at the 9:30 anymore.

          • The current 9:30 Club is a 1200-person venue. It’s not really suited to local bands unless they have a really, really large following.

  • maxwell smart

    Maybe someone can help me out here. I’ve been to the 9:30 club a number of times and I don’t think it’s that great. The acoustics are terrible – everything mushes together into noise, which is fine for some genre’s of music, but most of the shows I have seen there could have benefited from being able to hear the vocals distinct from the bass.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      That is on the bands not the venue. Some smaller bands have terrible sound guys, so they don’t sound good live.

    • I’ve seen legendary artists in awe of playing there. It’s more than structural; it’s more the history, its visionary role in launching careers, its intimacy… (I sound like the press release)

    • Definitely on the band on that one. The 930 Club’s acoustics are great, and the FOH sound guy is top notch and knows that room inside and out. Sorry, the band you saw brought a sucky sound guy and ruined your show.

      • maxwell smart

        It’s literally been EVERY show I have seen there. It sounds like a warehouse. I guess I am biased – I am used to going to shows in LA where all of the venues are beautiful old theaters (and therefore were acoustically designed) or NYC where every venue has an incredible sense of history.

        • The 9:30 Club also has an incredible sense of history.

          • maxwell smart

            I guess? I didn’t grow up here, or on the East Coast in general, so I had never heard of 9:30 club until I moved to DC 4 years ago and it never struck me as being that “historic” of a venue, so I will have to take everyone’s word for it.

        • I genuinely don’t understand how you can say that. I’m a huge audio snob, and scoff at many venues but 9:30 is always pristine. Each voice/instrument is distinct and clear and I never hear any echo thats not on purpose.

          What bands did you see? Where did you stand? How is this possible?

  • so it’s 9:30 Club’s version of Boiler Room (www.boilerroom.tv) granted the club gets decent acts so could be good

  • Awesome for those of us who don’t get down to the 9:30 club much anymore (with 2 kids under 5 I can’t get out much). I think it’s off the beaten path in terms of the TV music landscape…the 9:30 Club is arguably the best-known music venue around DC, and one of the best known of its kind in the country. But I’ve never heard of any 9:30 Club shows being on TV before, and very cool that it will be on public television.

  • The sound in the 930 has been and continues to be some of the best in the industry. Bands love playing this room for that reason. Look it up.

  • Too bad this isn’t being picked up by one of the local public TV stations.

  • A couple of decades ago (you know, when people used to browse your CD collection when you had folks over for a party!) we tried to name as many liner notes or album covers that had a 9:30 Club sticker visible somewhere on them. The count got surprisingly high (well over a dozen). It’s been a household name in the music industry for a loooonnnnggg time now.

  • I wonder if they’ll include footage from the shows at the old club. They used to record all of them and show them on TVs in the club. I assume copyright issues keep them locked up, but someone must have an amazing collection.

  • Wow. Just wow. That promo reel has me really beaming with pride as to what’s in our backyard. The 9:30 is a treasure that I know I take for granted. I could see that show getting to the level of Austin City Limits, Later… with Jools Holland, Live from Daryll’s House… and other amazing live music programs of the past. Tremendous. And congrats to Hurwitz and all involved.

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