Wednesday, February 9th, 7-9pm is the next meeting of the DC Music Salon at the Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw.
We’re going to investigate the history and importance of DC’s 9:30 Club. We’ll be screening the critically-acclaimed (but impossible-to-find!) 2004 documentary “930 F Street“. Except for those of us who saw it at the 9:30 Club the night of the 25th Anniversary, or caught it at a big film festival, few have seen this funny and informative independent documentary. The film features tons of great live footage; interviews with musicians (Ian MacKaye, Peter Buck, Chuck Brown), all the owners, and staff; talk of rats, and a once-and-for-all analysis of that awful stink! Filmmakers Tarik Dahir and Jeff Gaul will be on hand as well as Chad Houseknecht (former 9:30 Club Stage Manager) and other key 9:30 staff, musicians, club attendees of yesterday and today and you! We’ll discuss not only how and why the award-winning club is considered the best in the country, but also examine how it has shrewdly remained independent these 30 years.
DC Music Salon? Salon, noun, “a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation.”
DC Music Salon, is a free film & book series about different topics related to music, featuring discussions with expert guests. We show films and have discussions with musicians, filmmakers, authors and other fellow music lovers. These aren’t lectures, and all are welcome to join the conversation. Most meetings start with a quick introduction of a guest or topic, then show appropriate footage; we may discuss a relevant book and likely ask questions of the expert guests. Washington, DC, especially the Shaw neighborhood, has a musical heritage second to none and our salon celebrates it. All are encouraged to attend.
We usually meet the second Tuesday of even months, 7-9pm, at the beautiful, new Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw, 1630 7th St NW. The first program we did was on Go Go, the next was on the Howard Theatre. Both had record breaking attendance for the library and were well received by the press. Next up is, April 20, “Duke Ellington, Our Neighbor” The DC Music Salon is low-key and attended by a fun bunch of music lovers and Shaw neighborhood locals. More info on Facebook.
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