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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Why DC Rocks

Childe Harold's window/Mark Noone played here
photo courtesy of DC ROCKS

Seeing a famous band early on in their career might be good for bragging rights, but even better, a concert like that can turn into a magical experience that becomes a great memory. (Maybe the acoustics weren't perfect, but at least you didn't have to watch a screen overhead just to get a glimpse of the band.) DC used to be full of small venues that saw a lot of talent come through their doors. The now gone Childe Harold near Dupont Circle once had sandwiches named after musicians that played there. I think the "Springsteen" was a crab cake and the "Emmy Lou" might have been a BLT with avocado. The Ramones and The Slickee Boys never got a sandwich named after them, but they sure made their share of memories for a lot of fans in DC playing the Childe.

On the other hand, Washington has had its share of local talent that went onto bigger things. The Thievery Corporation was born at the 18th Street Lounge. As of today they've sold out their upcoming dates at the 9:30 Club, but here's your chance to win tickets to the third show on Saturday January 19th. Just write a short anecdote about a favorite DC band that made it big, or write about a little place in DC where you saw a band that went onto larger fame.
Send your entry to: Please put TC CONTEST in the subject header.
The winner's story will be published in DC ROCKS and get a pair of tickets to the show.
Contest ends at midnight on January 10.


  1. I ushered in the end of the 70s with "The Original Fetish" on New Years Eve at the Childe Harold. With their monthly Root Boy Slim shows it became my first local haunt. I used to be the youngest person in the room and didn't know anybody, but had a memorable time there.

  2. hey there- thanks for the comment- you might want to expand on that a little and enter the contest!

  3. So did the King Soul gig move to Hill Country tonight? What happened with Bayou?

  4. No- King Soul and Hill Country have parted ways.
    Band members are sick so the gig has been postponed at
    the Bayou until Jan 25