Local venue news: Some thriving, others closing, others still making great seitan sandwiches


Washington-area fans — including the ones pictured here getting down to Trouble Funk — helped make the 9:30 Club one of the world’s most successful venues of 2011. ( Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Washington’s 9:30 Club came in second place behind New York’s Terminal 5, having sold 256,881 tickets. A representative at the 9:30 tells Click Track that the club sold-out 131 shows in 2011, and also pointed out that Terminal 5 has over twice the 9:30’s capacity.

Baltimore’s Rams Head Live! came in at no. 11, the Birchmere came in at no. 20, Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis came in at no. 26 and Jammin’ Java came in at no. 59.

The Fillmore Silver Spring, the area’s biggest new venue, had no hope of making this year’s list. It opened in October. But one of the venue’s sister clubs, the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, ranked at no. 16. It’ll be interesting to see where The Fillmore Silver Spring lands on 2012’s list.

- But not all is rosy in the world of Washington venues. The D.C. Jazz Loft at Red Door has announced its final gig for Jan. 21. Gold Leaf Studios, the building that hosts the concerts, is being demolished. (Via Washington City Paper.)

- So drown those sorrows in seitan. TBD has assembled a nice slideshow-story about the Black Cat’s trusty Food for Thought cafe.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.

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