It's no secret to D.C. that the 9:30 Club rules. For more than 30 years, it has been the local music scene's most consistent provider of top-flight talent in a venue that manages to make a crowd of 1,200 feel intimate. It throws a mean birthday bash, serves a delicious panini and has legions of loyal fans. But it's not enough to say that the 9:30 Club is one of the country's top music venues anymore, as Billboard has been saying for years.
That's because Rolling Stone magazine has just realized what we all know: The 9:30 Club is the country's top large music club, according to a poll of industry folks and musicians, beating out the likes of San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, First Avenue in Minneapolis and Chicago's Metro. Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin rounds out the top five.
It's serious praise. Among the club's most appealing features, according to the magazine: "I can't think of any other club that gives its bands bunk beds, laundry, and a private balcony," Spoon's Britt Daniel said. Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump said: "It's got so much character, you wonder if the locals know how lucky they are."
We do, Patrick. We do.