Congratulations to our hometown's iconic 9:30 Club, which won the Top Club honor at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards. The award is attendance-based, so clearly it's a favored destination in our city. Full details follow:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 11 -- The 2011 Billboard Touring Awards have just been handed out in New York, and the coveted Top Club prize went to the legendary D.C. favorite, the 9:30 Club, beating all other clubs in the world to secure the honor.
The award is based on attendance. For more than a dozen years, the 9:30 Club has been the top attended club not just in the nation, but the world.
"There is nothing like the magic of seeing a band at the club. The audience knows it, the bands know it, and they feed off each other. I just love seeing everybody having those moments," said I.M.P. Chairman and owner of the 9:30 Club Seth Hurwitz. "I’ve said it many times before, and I'll say it again. It's all about our staff. If they're reading this…THANK YOU!!!"
The Billboard Touring awards honor the industry’s top artists, venues and professionals for the year, based on the Billboard Boxscore chart and on actual box office performance from January 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011. For more information about the annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards visit www.billboardevents.com.
Located at 9th and V Streets NW in Washington, D.C., the 9:30 Club is the inimitable place bands aspire to play and music fans love to attend – a destination for locals and people across the country. Gracing the stage have been legends Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, and James Brown; recently discovered acts like Adele, Foster the People, Trombone Shorty and Lupe Fiasco, and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, the Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters.
An aside to the uninitiated (and the initiated): The 9:30 Club is a regular participant in the popular Metro Weekly Contest. You can win tickets to a number of its upcoming shows here.