Last night, I went to the 9:30 Club for the first time. Since moving to the DC area, I have been hearing about how great of a venue it is, what amazing artists they bring to the city, etc. So I figured I needed to check it out.
First of all, it's very easy to get to. Since it's not off the Red line on the Metro (my main track), I was a little wary at first, and wasn't sure how long it would take me to get there. But I easily switched trains, and the walk from either the Shaw-Howard University or U-Street Metro stops is very short. I quickly picked up my ticket from will-call, then stood by the tour bus hoping to catch a glimpse of the band like a silly groupie. The line waiting to get in wasn't too long, and the venue never got packed. So I definitely recommend going on a Monday night if you want to avoid crowds! Plus, you'll have an awesome view of the stage no matter where you are (granted, we were practically at the stage, just a couple of feet from the singers).
The Wind + The Wave. But I was immediately impressed. The main vocalist, Patricia Lynn, sounds like an indie Miranda Lambert and looks like a petite Lea Michele. Her duo partner, Dwight Baker, looks like a strong, steady wave (and sounds like one, too), though he claims to be the "wind" in the group. The two generously offered free, signed copies of their CD to the audience, and I couldn't wait to listen to it in my car. A little bit of country, a little bit of Regina Spektor or Florence Welch, a great combo.
Plain White T's. I mainly bought these tickets to see the band because one of their lead singers, Tim Lopez, was on the ridiculous reality TV show Ready for Love, which I stupidly watched. He's super-hot, so I wanted to see him in person. And Tim did not disappoint. His guns (i.e. biceps) were out in all their glory, and every time he stepped up to the mic, the girls went wild. I knew about half of the songs they played, but I enjoyed all of them, even the over-played "Hey There Delilah." Definitely a great show, and I'm thinking about going onto itunes and buying some of their songs.
So all in all an amazing night! I recommend the venue and its wonderful lineup of bands and artists!