9:30 Club Gets Its Own TV Show

Hannibal Buress at the 9:30 Club
Hannibal Buress at the 9:30 Club

This April, DC’s renowned intimate music venue is getting its own reality show.  In a new series unlike any other — Live At 9:30 Hosted by Squarespace, the 9:30 Club is taking its talents to public television (and the web!).

It’s set to be an unpredictable, modern-day music variety show that details all of the show — and behind the scenes shenanigans — at the most-attended music club of its size in the world.  The 9:30 Club isn’t just a 1,200-person venue where world-famous artists have started their careers, refined their sounds, and played legendary shows.  It’s local legend.
Each cinematic, one-hour episode of Live At 9:30 will feature a collection of acts from different genres,

Garbage at the 9:30 Club
Garbage at the 9:30 Club

interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits. In a word: variety; variety that people will be talking about. Filmed unobtrusively with more than a dozen cameras, including hidden GoPros and an airborne cable-cam, Live At 9:30 will be unlike any music show on TV today.

The first three episodes of the 12-episode premiere season will feature performances by Garbage, The Arcs, Tove Lo, Ibeyi, El Vy, MisterWives, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon, and Jess GlynneWayne White, of Pee-wee’s Playhouse fame, will be Live At 9:30’s art director and episodes will feature an unexpected mix of contributors and hosts, including Henry Rollins, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, Hannibal Buress, Jill Kargman, Ralphie May, and many more surprise guests.
Squarespace will host the digital destination of the show on www.LiveAt930.com. The first Live At 9:30 teaser reel and show stills can be viewed on the site starting February 9. This spring, fans will have the opportunity to view full episodes and access

9:30 Club draws a crowd
9:30 Club draws a crowd

exclusive content.“We’ve been approached countless times to do a TV show here, and we’ve always passed,” says Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club. “But Live At 9:30 is a great opportunity to work with people we trust to bring music variety to life in a way no one has even attempted. When I said we had no interest in just another concert program, they totally got it. They have come up with a truly entertaining bunch of new ideas on how to change the way people watch live concert shows.”“I’ve been going to the 9:30 Club for 20 years, and my favorite concert memories are from here,” says Michael Holstein, executive producer of Live At 9:30. “This club is pure magic. Seeing how the community has rallied around this show – artists, managers, the D.C. Film Commissioner’s Office and more – really drives home that this is much more than just a music club. For the 9:30 Club to trust us to make a TV show about this amazing institution is an awesome opportunity and responsibility.”

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