WASHINGTON - The D.C. area offers a plethora of venues to catch live music, but one local institution has a better main room than any other in the country.
Bob Waugh, program director at WRNR and former DJ at WHFS, is not surprised by the music magazine's selection.
"It is really something we've known about for a long time," he says. "The thing that makes the new 9:30 Club so great, quite simply, is the sound. For a room that holds 1,200 people, it's the best-sounding nightclub I've ever been in."
The club opened in 1980 at 930 F Street and moved to its current location in 1996.
The 9:30 Club was originally known for attracting punk, alt-rock and hardcore bands, but has since expanded to include more mainstream acts, according to Rolling Stone.
The club is also known for the perks it offers visiting artists.
"The dressing rooms are coveted by the artists, because they have bunk beds and a private balcony to watch the performers on stage," Waugh says.
Here's the full list of the best big-room music venues, as profiled in Rolling Stone.
- 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
- The Fillmore, San Francisco
- First Avenue, Minneapolis
- Metro, Chicago
- Stubbs, Austin, Texas
- Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
- Tipitina's, New Orleans
- Beacon Theatre, New York
- Webster Hall, New York
- The Wiltern, Los Angeles
- Fox Theatre, Atlanta
- Showbox, Seattle
- The Tabernacle, Atlanta
- Toad's Place, New Haven, Conn.
- Radio City Music Hall, New York
- Norva, Norfolk, Va.
- El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
- House of Blues, Chicago
- Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia
- Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa
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