Anthem strikes a cord

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Queens of the Stone Age, Photo: Reginald Johnson

While the city has high hopes for the $2.3 billion Wharf development, locals in the music scene have high hopes for Anthem; the city’s newest music venue which anchors one part of the the new and improved area. The Anthem provides seating for up to 6,000 music lovers in the DC metro area. And to commemorate the new spot, Foo Fighters were the first band to do a full concert. The group has local connections with frontman Dave Grohl, who is originally from Northern Virginia.

The Foo Fighters have a massive catalog to choose from, but chose to focus on new songs from the recently released Concrete & Gold. Don’t worry, because they also gave the listeners some of their biggest hits. Seth Hurwitz, founder of The Anthem, was also on hand at the drums during Foo Fighters cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Bitch”.

Hurwitz told WTOP after the Foo Fighters were confirmed, other artists lined up waiting for a chance to play. “Everyone started lining up. It was crazy. Dave [Grohl] actually said, ‘You know, everyone is going to want to play here.’ I was like, ‘Well, it usually takes time; the word has to get out.’ He was like, ‘No, you don’t understand. It’s going to be instant, it’s going to be crazy, you’re not even going to have enough dates. … Everyone is gonna wanna play this place!”

Sofar, Kaleo, LCD Soundsystem, Queens of the Stone Age, The War on Drugs, The Head and the Heart have all played since its opening; with The Shins, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Bob Dylan, Erykah Badu on deck next month. Acts like The National, O.A.R., Pentatonix, Thievery Corporation, and The Killers in coming months.

Hurwitz, who has helped put together everything from the 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre [in DC], and Merriweather Post Pavilion [in Maryland], says regardless of where you sit, you’ll have a great view.

“Every seat is a great view. There’s 500 seats in the first rows of the balconies. These are reserved, first-class seats. We’ve given the opportunity for people if they want to spend a little more, $20-$25 more, for the best seats,” he said. Ticketfly was selected as the exclusive ticketing provider for Anthem. It seemed like a natural fit to those familiar with both companies; I.M.P. was one of Ticketfly’s early customers back in 2008 for the 9:30 Club. 
“From general admission clubs to reserved amphitheaters, we’ve grown together, and it’s fantastic to see that growth continue with The Anthem,” said Andrew Dreskin, Ticketfly co-founder and CEO. 

Dori Armor
serves as The Anthem’s general manager and run the day-to-day operations for the venue, oversee the staff, work with promoters and rentals, and represent the venue with local arts organizations. Melanie Cantwell is the venue’s booker.

In addition to Anthem are high-dollars invested in condos, apartments, restaurants, piers, boardwalk in the Southwest Waterfront. Anthem makes up $60 million of that investment. It sits in Southwest Washington D.C. is a quick walk to the Jefferson Memorial.

I.M.P. was founded by Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke as a Bethesda, Md.-based independent concert promotions and event production company. 

Below are a few pictures of some of the shows in the month of October.

Photo: Reginald Johnson
Photo: Reginald Johnson
Photo: Reginald Johnson
Photo: Reginald Johnson
Photo: Reginald Johnson
Photo: Reginald Johnson
Photo: Reginald Johnson

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