Josh Burdette, the manager of Washington, D.C.'s famed 9:30 Club, has died at 35. A cause of death had not been announced at press time.
Considered by some the face of the 9:30 Club, Burdette was 16-year employee of the nightclub, a D.C. fixture in the music community that boasts an array of nationally touring acts. He was known for his imposing features, such as his tattooed forearms, ear gauges and piercings. 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz remembers him fondly.
"Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet," Hurwitz, who is also chairman of I.M.P. Productions, said in a statement. "When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-cetntered folks you could hope to have in your life."
"And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn't know him fell for every time," Hurwitz adds. "Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that. We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets. I'm pretty good at moving on but this one's gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry."
Numerous artists -- including Chuck D, Godsmack and the Afghan Whigs -- are sharing their thoughts about Burdette on Twitter. See below.
— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) September 3, 2013
Rest In Beats Josh Burdette 930 Club King a good dude & supporter of PE Rap & musicians http://t.co/JhXBpXRa65
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) September 2, 2013
A truly kind and gallant soul. Thanks for being there, Josh Burdette. You will be missed by all of us. http://t.co/ZElKOlaDj4
— The Afghan Whigs (@theafghanwhigs) September 3, 2013