LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Music lovers in the D.C. area know they have a fantastic live venue in the 9:30 Club, and a popular music magazine agrees.
Rolling Stone magazine recently polled 26 insiders and musicians to rank “The Best Big Rooms in America,” a list of the nation’s coolest large clubs and theaters. The 9:30 Club, the District’s famous live-music club, tops the list.
The 1,200-seat venue, which opened in 1980 and became a staple for up-and-coming bands, beat out other famous venues such as The Fillmore in San Francisco and New York City’s Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. The club moved to V Street NW in 1996 and is a favorite of Foo Fighters lead man Dave Grohl, who grew up in Springfield, Va.
Patrick Stump, of Fall Out Boy, told Rolling Stone, “It’s got so much character, you wonder if the locals know how lucky they are.” Britt Daniel, of Spoon and Divine Fits, added, “I can’t think of any other club that gives its bands bunk beds, laundry, and a private balcony.”
The list is the second in the magazine’s “Venues That Rock” series:
20) Surf Ballroom — Clear Lake, Iowa
19) Trocadero Theatre — Philadelphia
18) House of Blues — Chicago
17) El Rey Theatre — Los Angeles
16) Norva — Norfolk, Va.
15) Radio City Music Hall — New York
14) Toad’s Place — New Haven, Conn.
13) The Tabernacle — Atlanta
12) Showbox — Seattle
11) Fox Theatre — Atlanta
10) The Wiltern — Los Angeles
9) Webster Hall — New York
8) Beacon Theatre — New York
7) Tipitina’s — New Orleans
6) Ryman Auditorium — Nashville
5) Stubb’s — Austin, Texas
4) Metro — Chicago
3) First Avenue — Minneapolis
2) The Fillmore — San Francisco
1) 9:30 Club — Washington, D.C.
Click here for an interactive look at the list and to see who voted in the poll.
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