D.C.’s 9:30 Club opened over 30 years ago, in a neighborhood known for peep shows and drug deals. At the time, the 200 capacity club was often grimy and rat infested, but flocks of people frequented the venue due to its ability to bring the best of the best in music to the nation’s capital. Since moving to its current 1,200 person capacity unmarked building in the U Street Corridor, the 9:30 Club has become the most attended club of its size in the world.
Now the 9:30 Club is showing off its charm to the world, along with bringing back the era of variety shows on television, with Live @ 9:30, a music variety show filmed at the club.
Each one-hour episode of Live @ 9:30 features five artists, each from a unique genre, as well as interviews, short films, and comedic segments. The show plans to showcase legendary rock groups alongside unknown artists who do not have as big of a following. This is done to attract views to the show, while maintaining the 9:30 Club’s street cred. The most important goal of the show, however, is to introduce viewers to new artists and give them a look behind the scenes of DC’s most popular music venue.
Episode Four, the latest to be released online, featured performances by the X Ambassadors and English Beat, and commentary by both Jill Kargman of “Odd Mom Out” and Adam Ferrera of “Top Gear.”
Live @ 9:30 is currently airing on PBS nationwide. To be able to watch, you can find your local PBS station here – but if you don’t have a TV, don’t worry! The episodes are also being released monthly on the show’s website along with web-exclusive content.
Click on any of the episodes below to start watching:
Yonder Mountain String Band
w/ Hannibal Buress and Lavell Crawford
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Mariachi Flor de Toloache
w/ Bob Boilen, Tony Rock, and Hannibal Buress
Cold War Kids
w/ Ralphie May, Bob Boilen, and Henry Rollins
w/ Jill Kargman “Odd Mom Out”, and Adam Ferrera “Top Gear”)