If you ever went down to the old 9:30 club for happy hour in the 1980s, you more than likely got a drink from Mark Hall. Mark first got into the bar biz at Columbia Station in the mid 1970s, but he also worked at Desperados and dc space. He was a manager, bartender and deejay at 9:30 for many years, and played everything from punk to Bob Dylan; go-go to Bach. At happy hour, he both bar tended and deejayed. I still remember some of those videos he played - Run DMC's "Walk This Way," ( which was a sort of battle of the bands with Aerosmith.) INXS' "Need You Tonight" with that hot guy in the leather jacket. Robert Palmer and his girls. The Cure.
It's been over 20 years since Mark Hall's last happy hour at the old 9:30 Club, and about time we got together with old friends and new. Please come out and raise a glass, but also help raise funds for "Hallmark" so Mark can stay in his apartment until he figures out what's next.
The Big Hunt is throwing a rent party from 4-7 pm on March 16. Expect live music from Roaddog and The Yachtsmen. ( which include members of former bands you might recall like The Razz , Slickee Boys, Jr Cline, Nightman and Southern Wind to name a few)
If you can't join the party, donations can be sent to:
Mark Hall Fund
3311 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20010