The 9:30 Club Is Making A TV Show

By Ally Schweitzer

D.C.'s 9:30 Club will debut a new series on public television this spring.
D.C.'s 9:30 Club will debut a new series on public television this spring. Courtesy 9:30 Club

This story has been updated.

After recently hosting an exhibit and publishing a book, D.C.’s 9:30 Club is trying on another form of media: television.

This spring, the venue will debut a 12-episode series called Live At 9:30. The program, described as a variety show, premieres in April on public television networks.

The show’s first episodes will include recent performances at the club, including shows by Ibeyi, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Garbage, Tove Lo and The Arcs. D.C. native Henry Rollins, comic Hannibal Buress and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered are among the program’s hosts.

“Each cinematic, one-hour episode of Live At 9:30 will feature a collection of acts from different genres, interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits,” says a press release. Released monthly, the shows will be structured like “an inverted Saturday Night Live, with 80 percent music and 20 percent everything else,” the Washington Post reports.

Live at 9:30 is underwritten by website builder Squarespace, high-end manufacturer Shinola and Destination D.C., the District marketing firm whose “D.C. Cool” campaign brands the nation’s capital as a magnet for stylish young people with disposable income.

Full episodes of Live at 9:30 will also be viewable on the show’s official website. Watch a teaser for the show on Vimeo.