Mayor Vincent C. Gray, along with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, announced just last week that Washington, D.C. has selected I.M.P., owners of the 9:30 Club, to become the new operator for the Historic Lincoln Theatre to revitalize one of the District of Columbia’s most important and historic cultural landmark, and today, Mayor Gray is announcing the first slate of I.M.P. shows coming to The Lincoln Theatre.
- Laura Marling, Wednesday, Sept. 4
- Travis, Friday, Sept. 20
- KT Tunstall, Tuesday, Sept. 29
- Matt Nathanson, Tuesday, Oct. 29
- Neko Case, Wednesday, Oct. 30
“Coming out of the gate with five-‐sought after artists demonstrates that I.M.P. is indeed beginning the revitalization of this important cultural asset.” said Mayor Gray.
“The DCCAH is very excited about the Lincoln Theatre moving forward with I.M.P.,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This list of shows is just the start of our new vision for the theatre.”
Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P., co-‐owner of the 9:30 Club and newly appointed operator of The Lincoln Theatre, elaborates on initial booking philosophies for the Lincoln:
“Well, obviously, this will fill a need for sit-‐down shows. We do those at the 9:30, and they are okay, but this will be better.
“There a lot of acts who want to work with us, love the 9:30, want to play downtown, but would understandably like to try something different. And I think our audience will appreciate the variety as well.
“There are some genres that simply don't fit in a nightclub setting...we will be experimenting with those. Obviously, comedy will work well here.
“And we hope to make an easy turnkey solution for all kinds of promoters, fledgling and veterans, to come and put on a show here. Installing our family of crew and staff from around the corner will provide a friendly and affordable way to run this place. As I told the selection committee, we don't need to put a proposal together for staffing...you can come down and meet them now.
“My thing is to fit the right venue with the right show, and this gives us one more tool in our box to do that...a tool we didn't have. I like to push boundaries...we will do that here, to everyone's delight I hope.
“Anyone who has been downtown lately has had their jaw drop at the sight of what's going on. The city has gone crazy with a vibrancy and culture that one used to only witness with frustrated envy when traveling elsewhere...it's a crazy dream come true...Washington DC has become an amazing city to work, live, and play in. It is a fabulously exciting time to witness, and even more thrilling to actually be a part of.
“An evening out in downtown DC is a wonderful thing. A lot of people have worked hard and taken chances to make it that way. It happened.”
Sarah Massey (DCCAH), (202) 445.1169; [email protected]
Audrey Fix Schaefer (I.M.P.) (301) 947-1133; [email protected]