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Clubs and DJ Events in the Washington, D.C. Area and Beyond

Washington Post Going Out Guide (entertainment guide, formerly named "City Guide")
      - Going Out Guide - Music
      - Going Out Guide - Bars and Clubs

9:30 Club - D.C.'s preeminent club (see schedule). With a capacity of 1,200, the venue has hosted downtempo artists like Massive Attack, Zero 7, and Thievery Corporation, as well as numerous artists from other genres.

Black Cat - This site for the club on 14th Street NW in D.C. includes a schedule of shows.

Eighteenth Street Lounge - Official website of D.C.'s best-known lounge. Includes a helpful schedule.
       Co-owned by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, this Dupont/Midtown-area club features DJs spinning future soul, jazz, Brazilian, and more. Past guest DJs have included Brendan Lynch, Boozoo Bajou, the Amalgamation of Soundz, Kraak & Smaak, Nickodemus and Mariano (of Turntables on the Hudson), Nicola Conte, Osiris, Trüby Trio, Organic Grooves, Gilles Peterson, and the Troublemakers.
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Eighteenth Street Lounge
      - History of Eighteenth Street Lounge (from archive.org)

U Street Music Hall - Website of the venue that hosts a range of DJ nights and occasional live bands (see schedule).

Tropicalia - Venue oriented toward Brazilian-influenced music, from the Eighteenth Street Lounge family.

Rock and Roll Hotel - Part of D.C.'s H Street NE scene, this venue (see schedule) has hosted artists such as Vashti Bunyan, Asobi Seksu, Thunderball, and Fort Knox Five, as well as a number of local DJs.

DC9 - U Street-area club. Hosts band performances and DJ nights (see the schedule)..
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of DC9

Howard Theatre - Newly restored legendary theater, primarily oriented toward R&B and Latin music (see the schedule).

Fillmore Silver Spring - Suburban venue, capacity 2,000. (See the schedule.)

Liv / Bohemian Caverns - Technically, Bohemian Caverns is the jazz-oriented basement, Hominy (once called Mahogany) is the restaurant at street level, and Liv is the upstairs soul/R&B-oriented club. The website includes a schedule.
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Bohemian Caverns and Liv

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - Downtown space that has hosted such artists as Imogen Heap.

Birchmere - Seated venue (see schedule) in Alexandria, Virginia. Caters to an older, nostalgia-oriented crowd.

State Theater - Seated venue (see schedule) in Falls Church, Virginia. Caters to an older, nostalgia-oriented crowd.

Looking Glass Lounge - Neighborhood bar/lounge (see schedule) in Park View, just south of Petworth.
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Looking Glass Lounge

Saint-Ex (Gate 54) - Located in the basement of Cafe Saint-Ex on 14th Street, Gate 54 (see calendar) hosts an assortment of local DJs and occasional touring DJs.
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Cafe Saint-Ex

Wonderland - Website of the Columbia Heights club whose upstairs is home to several DJ nights (see the calendar of events).
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Wonderland

Science Club - Website of the Dupont/Midtown-area lounge. See the calendar.
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Science Club

Iota - Venue in Arlington, Virginia near the Clarendon Metro station. Oriented toward acoustic shows and smaller rock/pop shows.

Jammin' Java - Venue in Vienna, Virginia.

Marx Cafe - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Mount Pleasant bar/cafe that hosts the monthly "Taking the Piss" Britpop event and occasional "Soundclash" events, in which DJs of Jamaican music face off against one another.

Gazuza - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Dupont Circle lounge.

Bossa - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Adams Morgan bar.

Local 16 - Official website of the U Street restaurant/club that is part of the Eighteenth Street Lounge family.
      - Washingtonpost.com profile of Local 16

Gua-Rapo - Washingtonpost.com profile of the club located in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Virginia.

Red Maple - Baltimore lounge with some downtempo nights (see the listing of weekly parties).

Modern - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Georgetown bar.

Pharmacy Bar - Washingtonpost.com profile. This low-key Adams Morgan bar has a pharmacy theme, paying homage to the pharmacist grandfather of its Latvian owner. Though the DJ events here are relatively few and far between, the bar boasts a jukebox of cutting-edge music.

Velvet Lounge - Washingtonpost.com profile of the U Street bar/lounge.

Pollstar - Not a club, but a (relatively) comprehensive national listing of who's performing where and when.
      - Pollstar listings for the 9:30 Club



Selected London Clubs and Bars

Cargo - Hosts numerous DJs and live bands. Past performers have included Quantic and Mint Royale.

Jazz Cafe - Venue run by the Mean Fiddler group. Has hosted Alice Russell, the Nicola Conte Septet, Candi Staton, and more.

Big Chill Bar - A spinoff of the annual Big Chill festival, located in the Brick Lane area (Liverpool Street tube). See the listings.

Big Chill House - The newest Big Chill spinoff, located in Kings Cross. See the listings.

333 - Overly conceptual website for the Old Street-area venue.

Koko - Formerly Camden Palace.

Brixton Academy - Storied venue.


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