- DC9, which closed in October following the death of a man outside the club, recently reopened. (Photo: Sam Corum/TBD)
The biggest story involving a D.C. area music venue this year was, of course, the October death of 27-year-old Ali Ahmed Mohammed after an altercation with five DC9 employees outside of the Northwest nightclub. The club's liquor license was suspended for 60 days following the incident.
More venue news from 2010:
Despite some issues with the transfer of the club's liquor license, Okie Street, NE mega-club Love changed hands. The club that Marc Barnes opened as Dream back in November of 2001 is now in the hands of Dean Smothers, who owns another Northeast, D.C. club, the Scene. The transfer seemed to be a go in October, and then it wasn't a go, and then it was on again and Chris Brown was booked to perform, which means it's for real this time.
Bohemian Caverns closed temporarily in September, due to health code violations, which forced several shows to be canceled, rescheduled, and moved to new locations. But even though the situation stunk, the venue itself most certainly did not.
Grey Goose Mansion became one of the hottest nightclubs in the city, even though it's not really a nightclub.
Area clubs continued their ban on plain white tees (Not to be confused with a ban on Plain White T's, which would actually be preferable).
Red Palace , the new club which combined H Street NE music venue the Red and the Black with burlesque hall Palace of Wonders, was scheduled to open Oct. 15, but the opening was delayed, due to permitting issues. The place finally opened in early November.
Bethesda's Strathmore Music Center promised it wouldn't host louder acts if Montgomery County noise limits are relaxed.
Ryan Kearney was all over the Fillmore music hall saga.
The Washington Post reported that Clyde's Restaurant Group is planning on transforming a 14th Street, NW space that once held a Border's bookstore into a music venue.