The Anthem Is Washington D.C.'s New Monument to Rock
publish date: 2017-10-16
Longtime indy promoter Seth Hurwitz gives a tour of his epic 6,000-cap venue on the city's Southwest Waterfront.
What's the distance between the stage and the highest seating section at the Anthem, Washington D.C.’s newest music venue?
"About 36 years," jokes Seth Hurwitz, the long-time indie promoter who was showing off his new $60 million, 6,000-capacity venue anchoring the recent $2.5 billion Wharf development on the city's Southwest Waterfront.
Hurwitz has been promoting shows in D.C. for decades at his venues that include the 9:30 Club, the Lincoln Theater and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. On Thursday (Oct. 12), he was leading a press tour of his dazzling new rock theater, which includes three floors of tiered viewing space, a massive general admission floor and 450 reserved seats (which Hurwitz describes as "Super Excellent Seats). As visitors walk into the lobby, they're greeted by a collection of cymbals that hang from as high as three stories up. The bottom of a swimming pool can also be seen -- one of the amenities available to renters of the apartments located above the venue -- $3 million to keep the music contained in the venue. For Thursday's opening night, swimmers dressed as mermaids waved from the pool to fans below.