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According to a 9:30 Club spokesperson, club manager and crew chief Josh Burdette has died.
Casual club patrons may not have known Burdette’s name, but it would have been hard not to know his stretched earlobes, surly tattoos, and friendly smile. Burdette began working at the V Street NW venue in 1997, and for about as long, he was known as the face of 9:30 Club.
“Especially in my little part of the city, I see all types of people from all walks of life, from all around the world,” Burdette told Washington City Paper in 2008. “Fortunately, I get to see them when they’re having a good time.”
His death leaves a gaping hole in the heart of D.C.’s music scene.
A club spokesperson could not confirm when or how Burdette died. This post will be updated as we learn more.
Update, 3:17 p.m. In a statement, 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz says:
Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-centered folks you could hope to have in your life.
And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn’t know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that. We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets.
I’m pretty good at moving on but this one’s gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry.
Update, 5:45 p.m. According to an article posted by ABC7 News earlier today:
Police say they responded to Burdette’s Kensington home in Montgomery County on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m.
Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.
Washington City Paper file photo