“It’s important that, along with clubs, there is a parallel underground stage for ideas that are not profitable,” says D.C. punk godfather Ian MacKaye. Referring to the Wilson Center, he means that literally: More D.C. punk history was made in the basement of what is now the Capital City Public Charter School than any other District venue (except maybe the old 9:30 Club). The DIY space is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a benefit show organized by non-profit group Positive Force on behalf of local charities We Are Family and Hermano Pedro. MacKaye will speak on “The Importance of Community Hall Spaces,” followed by performances by the Max Levine Ensemble, Birds & Wires, War on Women, and Regents. In the early afternoon, the venue will open for a photo and video exhibition of the Wilson Center’s salad days when Bad Brains, G.I., Minor Threat, Void, and Fugazi were regulars.
The exhibition is on view beginning at 1 p.m.; Ian Mackaye speaks at 5 p.m. at the Capital City Public Charter School, 3047 15th St. NW. Concert admission $5-10, food and clothing donations accepted. More performers to be announced.