New York and Los Angeles
may be the most renowned hubs for music in the United States, but the District has a rocking scene and rich history as well. At its epicenter is the 9:30 Club. In the '80s, punk, hardcore, and the “straight edge” movement flourished, with iconic bands and artists like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, and Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame) getting their start in its original basement location at 930 F Street. In 1996, the venue upgraded to its current location at the end of the U Street Corridor, and while larger in size, the space retains its intimacy, character, and superb taste in booking the best developing acts of the time, both local and touring.