Tag: I.M.P.

The Other Washington Monument: The 9:30 Club Turns 40

ICONIC: Alabama Shakes performs at the 9:30 Club, which this year is celebrating its 40th year and in 2019 was crowned No. 1 on VenuesNow’s Top Stops chart in the 2,000 or Less Capacity category. (John Shore/Courtesy I.M.P.) The 9:30 Club’s 40-year run at best is highly unlikely. Really, what are the chances of what started out as a magnificent hovel surviving unprofitability, cutthroat competition, constantly shifting taste, corporate consolidation and rampant gentrification to become one of the most iconic venues on the planet? One that would somehow come to have more than 10,000 shows including performances by a pantheon of music deities, including James Brown, Prince, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Loretta Lynn, Public Enemy, Nirvana, Adele, Radiohead and legions more? “The fact that the 9:30 Club may do more shows on an annual basis than any other club in the world says it all,” says Kirk Sommer, […]

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Mid-Atlantic: ‘We’ve Kind of Stopped Projecting’

SAAAA-LUTE: The Black Keys play The Anthem, one of several Washington, D.C.-area venues that I.M.P. operates. (John Shore) When the time is right, D.C.’s I.M.P. will aim to return The Anthem to its newfound glory The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on hundreds of venues across the country over the past month, leading to thousands of layoffs and show cancellations as promoters and building owners wait for their governors to announce when their states will be open for business again. In the D.C. area, independent promoter I.M.P. was looking forward to a robust year at its venues, which include the legendary 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion amphitheater and 3-year-old The Anthem, just blocks from the National Mall. After a busy 2019 that saw The Anthem welcome artists from Robyn and Kenny Chesney to Lizzo, Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons and primate researcher Dr. Jane Goodall, while the 9:30 Club hosted […]

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