The 9:30 Club’s parent company I.M.P. Productions, has just announced the opening of a new Washington D.C. venue, the Anthem, a $60 million concert venue with a flexible capacity ranging from 6,000 to 2,500 featuring a moveable stage and backdrop. The club is part of The Wharf, a $2 billion development located on the city’s Southwest waterfront.
Dori Armor was named The Anthem’s general manager and will run day-to-day operations for the venue slated to open on Oct. 12, 2017. Armor spent 30 years in the music business working for The Touring Artists Group, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway Across America, and most recently as V.P. of Artists and Touring at IMG Artists.
Melanie Cantwell, a veteran talent buyer for the 9:30 Club and IMP’s Lincoln Theatre, has been named new club’s booker.
The Wharf is located on the Potomac River and adjacent to the National Mall with a development area that stretches nearly one mile, across 24 acres of land and 50 acres of water that runs from the Municipal Fish Market (with the best crabs in the city) to Fort McNair. The mixed use area will feature more than three million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, marina, and public use spaces including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.
I.M.P. was founded by Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke as a Bethesda, Md.-based concert promotions and event production company whose events included the Virgin Festival in the U.S., Preakness InField Fest and the Sweetlife Festival. The company also owns Washington D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club and programs and operates Merriweather Post Pavilion and the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The 9:30 last year celebrated its 35th anniversary, with the release of a 264-page coffee table book, 9:30: A Time and A Place, The First 35 Years