As famous for having Foo Fighter Dave Grohl as a backer as it is for the bands it books, the Black Cat has picked up where the old 9:30 left off when it comes to hosting less mainstream acts. Opened in 1993, the Black Cat began with the Fall, Stereolab and Slant 6 and has been continuing pretty much along those lines ever since. The vibe is dark and homey. A downstairs area—Back Stage—hosts greener local and out-of-town bands, as well as DJ nights that range from ’80s retro to bhangra. Past acts have included Gold Panda, the Thermals and Wire.
|Venue name:||Black Cat||Contact:|
1811 14th Street, NW
U Street Corridor
|Cross street:||S & T Streets|
|Opening hours:||8pm–2am Mon–Thur, Sun; 7pm–3am Fri, Sat. Red Room Bar 8pm–2am Mon–Thur, Sun; 7pm–3am Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro|
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Bold claim coming, but here it goes: I am the adult I am today because I grew up at the Black Cat. That is how central this perfect, scruffy, gorgeous rock club felt to my teen and young adult years. I've moved away from D.C. now, but any time I have travel home scheduled, the first thing I do is check what will be playing at the Black Cat. It feels like a spiritual home of sorts and I try to make the pilgrimage as often as possible.