DC Showgoing 101
First, we have a FB page where we talk about what we might go to or post:
For some of you, going to shows in DC might be a new thing. To prevent surprises, here are a few pointers:
At least 50% of DC shows at the major venues (9:30 Club, Black Cat, RNR Hotel) sell out. If you sign up for a show, you should immediately buy a ticket. Hosts are not responsible for informing members that a show is sold out (that would require constant checking on the host's part).
You can buy advance tickets on line, with links from the venue website for most shows (The Iota is an exception.) There is a convenience charge for this service. Most major venues have box offices and you can buy the tickets there during show hours without getting the extra charges.
For those of you coming in from the suburbs, remember that DC has FOUR QUADRANTS. 9:30 and The Black Cat are in the NW quadrant, but the H Street venues are in the NE quadrant. If you are unsure, look at a map before driving into town.
Before a show, the host will usually give you a way to find the group. Often this will be a cellphone number, but sometimes someone in the group organizes dinner or drinks beforehand. Or, sometimes, the host just tells you where they will be at what time. (Give them a bit of leeway for parking delays!)
Finally, it is a courtesy to the Meetup host to let them know if you have arrived at a show. Even better, send your cellphone number to the host so they can text you to ascertain whether you have arrived.
(Here's a very general description of the three major music meetups in DC: The Indie group tends to attract younger people listening to younger bands. The Live Music group attracts an older crowd who are often interested in older performers. Aging Hipsters is between the two: we tend to be older but like to hear newer music of all kinds: indie, alternative Americana, post-rock, noise, jazz, and world music. The three groups do often cross-post and go to stuff together. Many of us belong to all three.)
If you are interested in hosting a show, here's what you need to know: