Legendary D.C. venue The 9:30 Club is getting the Austin City Limits treatment.
Starting next month, the club’s “modern-day music variety show” Live at 9:30 will premiere on public television nationwide. Executive producer Michael Holstein hopes that 80 percent of the country’s 350 public TV stations will end up ordering the show, according to On Tap; so far, five of the top 20 have agreed to carry it.
Holstein and his team filmed 60 performances at The 9:30 Club over the past year and condensed them into 12 episodes, each of which contains an interspersion of music and comedy, with both performance and interview content.
Among the artists featured on the show will be Garbage, MisterWives, Shakey Graves, Lianne La Havas, Pusha T, Youth Lagoon, Of Monsters and Men, Cold War Kids, Ibeyi, Leon Bridges, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, The Arcs, and Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals. It’s a lineup that could fill the second and third tiers of most major festivals. NPR’s Bob Boilen and Black Flag’s Henry Rollins will conduct many of the artist interviews.
Overall, this seems to be a very solid premise—with the live music industry doing so well right now, it seems natural to broadcast that success to the world—and it’s been in the making for a couple of years, so consider us excited.