DC Music Salon. The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint

DC music lovers,
“When are you gonna do The Bayou, man?!” After each DC Music Salon’s successful program on area venues (the Howard Theater, 9:30 Club, dc space) I’ve been asked this question. Now we can answer… on Wednesday, December 14, from 7-9pm!

If you went to a rock and roll show in DC from 1953 to 1998 in Washington, DC, there’s a good chance you have a story about a great night at The Bayou and know why the place was more than super sound, flawless sight lines and cool staff. For nearly fifteen years, filmmaker David Lilling and company have been making a documentary film called “The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint,” about this iconic venue. It’s nearly completed, and DC Music Salon is lucky enough to get a sneak peek.

When The Bayou closed in 1998, it was the longest continuously running rock club in DC. The old building, now the site of Loews Georgetown movie theater, hosted a staggering list of bands before they were household names (Bruce Springsteen, the Police, KISS, the Ramones, Joan Jett, etc.). U2’s first American club date, Billy Joel’s live album, and Eva Cassidy’s final performance were at The Bayou. Countless great DC bands gigged there often — Chuck Brown, Slickee Boys, Everything, Nighthawks, Tommy Keene, Nils Lofgren, and Dave Matthews Band come to mind.

In the many years when it was a jazz club, Rudy Vallee, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, John and Ted Kennedy, LBJ, and Bob Dole listened to jazz there — from Dixieland to Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins. And we’ve not mentioned the strippers or the fact that Mr. T. was a bouncer! Supposedly Mickey Mantle and Robert Plant were both kicked out (not together)! The list of people and stories goes on and on. In addition to screening live footage and interviews, the filmmakers, owners, managers, patrons, and performers will be there to share stories. We hope you’ll join in the fun.

Watha T. Daniel, Shaw Library

1630 7th Street Northwest 

Wednesday, December 14, from 7-9pm

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 music, featuring discussions with expert guests. We show films and speak with musicians, filmmakers, authors and other fellow music lovers. These aren’t lectures, and all are welcome to attend and 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 our experts.

Upcoming Salons: February 8 – Sonny Stitt, April 11 — bluegrass, June 13 — Phil Ochs, all from 7-9pm at the beautiful Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw, 1630 7th St NW. Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116135141822147, is the best way to learn more about DC Music Salon and upcoming events.

Washington, DC has a musical heritage second to none and our salon celebrates it. Spread the word and see you there!

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