The Black Cat reports:
“The Black Cat will start off the new year by making some upgrades to our Mainstage concert room over the first few weeks of January. We’ll be enhancing the Mainstage, making a repair or two, and preparing for some long-term renovations that will continue over the course of 2018. The club will be open again in time for some great shows in late January. With our 25th anniversary around the corner, we’re using this time as a chance to build upon our legacy as a place of independent community and music — while also looking toward the future.”
1811 14th Street, NW
2007 14th Street, NW just north of U Street
Back in September we noted that the first floor of MARVIN Temporarily Closed for “10 year anniversary prep.” Update from MARVIN:
“At our 10 year mark, we decided in August to renovate bistro at Marvin. With a couple months to reflect on it, we all realized that the true importance of Marvin is in the cultural and entertainment realm. After considering all of the ways we wanted to add to the neighborhood, we decided to re-open the first floor as Marvin Social- a small live music venue, offering good food and inventive cocktails serving the vibrant and diverse community of our neighborhood. The current schedule is here under “Marvin Social Performance Line Up”. In keeping with supporting our community, we’ve partnered with Joe Herrera to book local talent and Dwayne Morton, our beverage director, has been working hard on curating our cocktail menu to feature local distilleries.”
You can see the menu for Marvin Social + Roof Deck here.
Thanks to Melissa for passing on:
“SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24
Go-Go Returns to U Street featuring Rare Essence (with opener Jahsonic)
$15 / 7pm doors / 18+
More information here.
Go-go is the unmistakable sound of Washington, D.C. The locally bred genre, known for its relentless rhythm, used to be a mainstay in the city, particularly throughout the bustling U Street corridor. While go-go’s presence in the nation’s capital has waned in recent years, it will make a triumphant return to U Street this month when U Street Music Hall welcomes legendary go-go band Rare Essence to its stage. This will be the first time in over 10 years that the group has performed on U Street. Opening for the evening will be Washington native DJ Jahsonic. Get ready for an evening of homegrown sounds when go-go returns to U Street!”
From Rock and Roll Hotel:
“It’s back! The annual, epic return of Brodown Throwdown 6! Brodown Throwdown is Rock & Roll Hotel’s all day party during H Street Festival, which is this Saturday September 16th! Every H Street Festival, thousands of people make Rock & Roll Hotel their destination spot because we’ve been hosting the party to be at for six years in a row. Our concert hall has live bands performing throughout the entire day and night, and DJs on the second floor dance hall and rooftop bar as well. We’ve got a ton of drink specials on all three floors and best of all, admittance is free.
RSVP to the Facebook event here.
1353 H Street, NE
“Last year’s four-year anniversary party at Echostage attracted more than 4,000 Washingtonians. (Photo credit: Danilo Lewis)”
From a press release:
“D.C.’s famed concert and nightlife venue Echostage will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a free show on Friday, September 22 featuring internationally-acclaimed DJ duo Cosmic Gate alongside Jason Ross.
Partygoers will enjoy a complimentary open bar Friday night from 9pm to 10:30pm.
Echostage’s jam-packed celebration weekend at a glance: (more…)
2832 Wilson Blvd via IOTA Club & Cafe
ARLnow with the sad news:
“The owners of IOTA Club and Cafe in Clarendon announced this morning they have decided to close after 23.5 years in business. Currently, the last item on IOTA’s performance calendar is an open mic night on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The venue’s lease expires on Sept. 30, which will be the IOTA’s day in business.”
From an email:
“What: Petworth Jazz Project: Soul Fusion x Baroque
Contemporary meets traditional in this unique musical pairing of the Art Munks from The Sanctuaries and The Washington Bach Consort. Enjoy an evening of incredible local music under the stars — for free!
The Art Munks are a multidisciplinary team of artists that fuse spoken word poetry and the visual arts with music that draws from hip hop, soul, folks, and classical Indian carnatic influences. The Washington Bach Consort, celebrating their 40th anniversary, is one of the nation’s premiere baroque orchestras. Be there when they team up together for the first time in partnership with Petworth Jazz Project for this unique and unforgettable night where sounds and souls collide.
Where: 8th & Taylor Street, NW
When: Sat, Aug. 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tickets: None needed, free, open to the public
From a press release:
“As of this week, the vinyl version of ALB’s Rock the Stacks, a compilation album is for sale at several record stores across the city. The album, whose proceeds benefit the DC Public Library Foundation, includes songs by artists including Thievery Corporation, Furniteur, Warm Sun, Fort Knox Five, Benjy Ferree and many more. Several tracks on the album were recorded in the DC Public Library’s state-of-the-art recording studio, formerly located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, which is currently closed for modernization. The vinyl version was produced by local vinyl pressing company, Furnace, located in Fairfax, Virginia, and each vinyl copy also includes a digital download code. Stores that are currently selling the record include, Red Onion Records, Songbyrd, Smash Records, Som Records and Proper Topper. The vinyl and digital download can also be purchased online at dcplf.org/rockthestacks. ALB’s Rock the Stacks came together in memory of Annie Lou Berman (ALB), an essential member of the D.C. creative community and board member of the D.C. Public Library Foundation, who succumbed to cancer last year. (more…)
2519 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW before
Well this is awkward I had no idea Bayou closed!?!?!! I mean I knew Bayou on the Hill had closed but holy smokes was I asleep at the wheel. Well, better late than never and here’s the deal on their replacement:
2519 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW today courtesy Alfred House
From an email:
“As you may know, we closed Bayou back in May. However, we still have the space and we’ve renovated it into a gorgeous private event space we now call Alfred House. We are using it as a private event venue that people can rent out for private parties. We named Alfred House after Alfred Mullett, an American architect who designed the Old Executive Office Building, among other federal buildings in DC. He actually lived in the rowhouse where the venue is, so that’s how we came up with the name. A fully restored 1889 rowhouse, Alfred House offers a full kitchen, two bars, and a customizable space for any kind of event. With our preferred caterers and in-house party planners, the Alfred House is the perfect spot for social events, corporate gatherings, and wedding parties.
On the weekends, we’re also using the space as a live music venue, much like Bayou. (more…)