The concert trade publication Pollstar has released its list of the Top 100 Club Venues in the world, as rated by ticket sales. The Post’s Chris Richards obtained the list and noted that the 9:30 Club came in second, behind only Terminal 5 in New York.
But after some dumps in Boston and Brussels and Montreal and L.A., here comes Alexandria’s own Birchmere at No. 20 with 104,078 tickets sold in 2011. And then, at No. 59 in the world is the pride of Vienna, Jammin’ Java, which sold 50,667 tickets last year. The combination coffee house/music school/concert venue on Maple Avenue beat out such supposedly great spots at L.A.’s Roxy Theater, Austin’s La Zona Rosa, and New York’s Roseland Ballroom. And you thought the Great Zucchini and Rocknoceros weren’t pulling their weight at the box office for those 10:30 a.m. shows. (Jammin’ Java has kid-friendly live shows every weekday morning and some evenings.)
Though the Birchmere actually dropped a spot from 2010, it sold 12,000 more seats in 2011. Jammin’ Java climbed 11 spots, from No. 70 last year, selling about 1,400 more tickets. The Vienna hotspot has two and sometimes three shows a day, supporting many local music acts and hosting local battles of the bands. Its big-name acts aren’t usually as big as the Birchmere’s, so its cover charges are reasonable, the food is tasty and the beer selection is generous. So go, and support live NoVa music at either place.
The 2011 list is not online yet, but I’ll post it when it is. Here is the 2010 list.