While we wait for The Atlantis to open, let’s take the opportunity to revisit our favorite shows from the 9:30 Club? My favorite remains Sturgill Simpson (though my first Thievery experience was pretty magnificent too) and I’m super excited to be going to Drive-By-Truckers next month – it’ll be my first show there since the pandemic. Can’t wait. You guys? Favorite all time? Most recent show you saw there? Do you find you’re going to as many shows as you used to, or much less frequently?


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Today’s excellent FQotD comes from my sister in law: What was your favorite 9:30 Club concert?

Super tough one. I’ve narrowed mine down to Wilco in 2006, MIA in 2007, Drive by Truckers in 2009, Amadou & Mariam in 2012, Sturgill Simpson in 2015 and Thievery Corporation a million years ago, that first Thievery one was so so good.

My deepest regret was not being able to get tickets for the Beastie Boys Rock The Vote concert in 2009. It’s the only time I’ve stood outside trying to get an extra ticket and failed. Still haunts me.

What was your favorite(s)?


From an email:

“You may have heard about our recent policy requiring all patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. We are expanding on that policy and wanted to make you aware.

Please note that all I.M.P. venues – 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion, The Anthem, and Lincoln Theatre – will soon require full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry at all events. Beginning October 17, 2021 and until further notice, only patrons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to attend events at I.M.P. venues. Exceptions will only be made for children under 12 and those with qualifying medical conditions preventing them from becoming vaccinated. For those patrons, a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within 48 hours of the show date will be accepted. Read More


Check out this awesomeness available from the 9:30 Club Merch Shop:

“We’re proud as hell to be Washingtonians, and we think it’s well past time for D.C. to be a state. That’s why we’ve launched a limited edition shirt to raise money and awareness for the cause along with Bailiwick Clothing Company and 51 for 51. All proceeds will go to 51 for 51 and their fight for full representation for all D.C. residents, so it’s as good a time as ever to rep the 202!


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