D.C. sounds of the ’80s return with Funk-Punk Throwback at 9:30 Club

January 24, 2013

In the early '80s, the D.C. underground harbored both hardcore and bold, new go-go music, local outgrowths of punk and funk, respectively. The two genres tended to occupy opposite sides of town, but the rare moments that they joined forces -- like when Trouble Funk performed at Minor Threat’s final show in 1983 -- became the stuff of legend.


Trouble Funk performs at the 9:30 Club in May 2010. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

In celebration of the music captured by the Corcoran’s "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture in the 1980s" exhibition, Henry Rollins will host the D.C. Funk-Punk Throwback at 9:30 Club on Feb. 24. (He's also DJing the exhibition's opening party.) In punk matinee tradition, the all-day showcase starts at 3 p.m. and features Trouble Funk on a bill with classic go-go acts like Junkyard and old-school hardcore bands like Black Market Baby and Scream (which once featured Dave Grohl).

Will the show brim with the same unbridled, youthful energy that the bands were known for in their heyday, 30 years ago? To be determined. But will it bring to life one of D.C.’s finest periods in musical history and make for a really great day of music? Definitely. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketfly.

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