At 9:30 Club “Common, The National and more set to perform on January 19 at an event supporting reproductive health, freedom, and justice”

by Prince Of Petworth January 10, 2017 at 11:43 am 26 Comments


Thanks to those who’ve emailed from Pitchfork:

“Common and the National have been announced for Show Up!, a free concert hosted by Planned Parenthood and All Access that will serve as a “call to action for supporters of reproductive freedom to take action wherever they are.” The event will take place at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on January 19, the night before Inauguration Day, and promises “more special guests” to be announced in the upcoming days. While the event is free, tickets are required for entry; they can be acquired “through partnering organizations.”

Full release from Planned Parenthood:

“On January 19, 2017, a coalition of the nation’s leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations will come together for a historic event with leading activists, elected leaders, celebrity supporters and advocates from across the nation to elevate the strong support for access to reproductive health care and abortion rights.

Show Up! Is more than a concert — it’s a call to action for supporters of reproductive freedom to take action wherever they are. All Access began as a series of high-energy concerts during the summer of 2016 bringing together top musical and comedic talent to Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia to galvanize supporters. Show Up! will continue the momentum and inspire action throughout the country.

Quote from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, we plan to send a clear message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care and abortion services. Many of the activists within the All Access coalition have been leading this fight for decades, and together, we plan to energize more supporters to show up and take action, not just on January 19, but every day and everywhere they can. We’re standing together to create the world we want to see. We know our movement is stronger when we partner together and we will make our message clear: We will not back down, we will not be silenced, and we will not let attacks on reproductive freedom stand.”

Hosted by Monica Simpson, SisterSong Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the event will feature performances by Academy Award- and Grammy-winning artist Common and Grammy-nominated band The National. More special guests will be announced in the coming days.

“Women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and health. This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights” said Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National. “A concert in DC, inspiring people to take action, seems like a pretty good way to kick it off.”

Attacks on access to reproductive health care continue to place barriers on people who need services the most. While hostile politicians have passed more than 300 restrictions on access to reproductive health care and abortion services in recent years, majority of people overwhelmingly support abortion rights.

Limited tickets to Show Up are free of charge and available through partnering organizations.”

  • uppermostnorthwest

    Any idea on which partnering organizations tickets can be obtained through? I’ve been researching but it’s left quite vague on all public announcements.

    • Anonymous

      My guess is Planned Parenthood, SisterSong Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and maybe 9:30 Club. Since we’re a week and a half away they probably won’t provide another update until later this week.

      I imagine this being like the secret shows in which the ticket is linked to an ID, which should keep the scalpers at bay.

  • mg

    hmm link to ticketfly at the pitchfork article, but tickets are not free…

    • cc

      that’s for a different show at Black Cat

    • Kingman Park It

      Unless I missed the a different link, the Ticketfly link is to the Black Cat show on the 20th..

      $20, but that show also looks really good: Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, and Others.

    • cachito

      I think you clicked the link for the show at Black Cat on the 20th, which is a separate event from the one on the 19th at 9:30 Club. Still should be a good show, though!

  • Khris

    The 9:30 Club could sure use a good pressure washing or a coat of paint. These days, it sticks out like a sore thumb in that neighborhood.

    • timmyp

      Sort of ironic isn’t it?

    • skj84

      Isn’t the building’s grunginess part of its charm? Why does it have be polished and new looking?

      • Khris

        I don’t want it to be polished and new looking. Just a bit more tidy, I suppose. It’s certainly not a dump inside; not sure why it has to look like one on the outside.

        • skj84

          I mean, I’m not even getting dumpy look off it to begin with. Old? Sure. But dump? Not at all.

      • timmyp

        I agree. I think it’s kept like that purposefully. I’m glad too.

        • maxwell smart

          It’s one of the reasons the Fillmore in Silver Spring seemed really odd to me – it’s way too clean and polished for a concert venue (that isn’t classical).

    • RD

      I wish I could ban you from shows there based on that comment alone.

      • RD

        But love and music for everyone!

      • Rabiznaz


    • Anonymous

      Huh? Not everything needs to look like West Elm.

      • Anon


    • lauren

      LOL man i hope it stays this way for eternity. i love that it hasn’t changed.

    • Anon

      Go home Khris, you’re drunk.

      • Former staff

        + 1000

    • Anonymous

      LOL, your Basic is showing.

  • Anonymous

    Objectively, looking at that picture, it looks like boarded up warehouse. I, like others find it charming because I like the venue. Other buildings that look better from the outside have been crushed on this site.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I was thinking the same thing. People complain about every new building and every blighted building, but leave 930 alone! I love 930 and go to probably 10-15 shows a year, but it is ugly during the day. If nothing else, 930 could get rid of the bright blue and fix up the windows a bit.

    • lizcolleena

      It’d be cool to see some murals painted on those boarded up windows or something. It doesn’t need a major overhaul, but a little sprucing up, in a DC flavor, would be nice.

  • uppermostnorthwest

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