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People really geek out over the old 9:30 Club. Tonight, the D.C. Music Salon is screening a 2004 documentary about the venue—-it’s called 930 F Street, after the space’s original street address before it moved to V Street—-and everyone says you should go. A few weeks before the film by Tarik Dahir and Jeff Gaul showed at Silverdocs in 2005, The Washington Post gave it the feature treatment:
Dahir concedes that “the story we’re going to be telling isn’t necessarily the one everybody remembers.” The film focuses on Washington’s punk and new wave scenes, the emergence and impact of the Dischord label and such topics as all-ages shows and the straight-edge scene. The wider range of music presented at the 9:30 is mostly noticeable in the camera’s frequent pans across the club’s fabled calendar fliers and ads. “930 F Street” honors their creator, graphic designer Mark Holmes, who died in 1990. Holmes’s work is widely recognized as helping establish the club’s identity, something particularly important to Gaul, who does graphic design for an advertising firm.
Among the doc’s interviewees is local punk icon Ian MacKaye, who, as we’ve noted before, is beginning to build an impressive filmography as a talking head in documentaries. Like Barbershop Punk in 2010. And Edge in 2009. And I Need That Record! in 2008. And in the Positive Force doc that’s coming out later this year.
Tonight’s event promises that “Filmmakers Tarik Dahir and Jeff Gaul will be on hand as well as Chad Houseknecht (former 9:30 Club Stage Manager) and other key 9:30 staff, musicians, club attendees of yesterday and today and you!” The salon takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 7th St. NW. Free.
The salon’s next event is April 6 at the same location, and will focus on Duke Ellington.
UPDATE! Totally forgot that there’s another documentary (although apparently that might not be the right word) featuring MacKaye that’s showing soon. The 1998 Fugazi film Instrument is screening at the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 27. MacKaye speaks to Express about it.