Why the Foo Fighters Had To Christen Washington D.C.'s Big New Concert Venue
publish date: 2017-10-09
After nearly 40 years in music, Seth Hurwitz, chairman of independent promoter I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., had seen and done it all -- almost. Come Oct. 12, he’ll experience something new: opening The Anthem, the first venue he has built from the ground up.
“We thought, ‘What if we could build the best venue not just in D.C., but in the world?’ ” he says. The Anthem, a triple-decker, $60 million, 24-acre waterfront property in The Wharf district (a mile south of the White House) marks Hurwitz’s fifth indie venue, and it’s starting strong. Dave Grohl, a Virginia native and longtime friend of Hurwitz who frequented D.C. venues as a teen, will lead Foo Fighters on opening night. With a 6,000-person capacity (the next-largest option in the District is Constitution Hall, which holds up to 3,700), The Anthem has “the illusion of a stadium, but the intimacy of a club,” Grohl told in June. “[It] doesn’t matter where you are -- you’ll feel close to the band. [It’s] the No. 1 venue in America. I shit you not.”