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9:30 Club introduces 'Friends with Benefits'

Friday - 1/11/2013, 7:31am  ET

9:30 Club's new program rewards frequent concert-goers

WTOP's Tim Bracken

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Tim Bracken, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Local music venue the 9:30 Club kicked off the new year by inaugurating a customer loyalty program, "Friends with Benefits."

The free program is geared toward frequent concert goers and music fanatics, but there are perks to be had just for signing up.

The 9:30 Club promises members a free birthday cupcake, free shipping for online orders, entrance to "Friends With Benefits" events, first dibs on select pre-sale tickets and chances to purchase tickets to sold-out concerts.

"So many of the people who come to the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion are regulars," says Audrey Fix Schaefer, the venue's publicist. "We wanted to find a way to give them a little something extra for their loyalty."

Members can accumulate points by purchasing tickets and merchandise from both venues, including food and beverage purchases once they are inside.

Additional points can be accumulated by sharing the promotion via Facebook or Twitter, or by simply attending a concert with a paid ticket.

Points can be redeemed for free concert tickets, 9:30 Club merchandise and 9:30 Club gift cards.

If you're looking to test out the new "Friends with Benefits" program, check out some of the 9:30 Club's upcoming events.

  • Former D.C. resident and indie rock innovator Bob Mould brings his D.J. dance party "Blowoff" to town on Jan. 12.
  • Fans of atmospheric pop will want to check out British singer/songwriter Jessie Ware on Jan. 15.
  • Local legends Thievery Corporation have a three-night run at the club, but tickets are only available for the band's Jan. 19 performance.
  • New York indie pop-rock band Ra Ra Riot performs on Jan. 23.
  • New Orleans-based Cowboy Mouth pairs its southern-tinged rock with Baltimore "Rock and Soul" group All Mighty Senators on Jan. 26.
  • The infectious indie-pop of Walk the Moon comes to the club on Jan. 31.

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