New Music Variety TV Show LIVE AT 9:30 Club Premiering April 2016
This April, a new series unlike any other – Live At 9:30 Hosted by Squarespace, an unpredictable, modern-day music variety show — will launch nationwide on public television. Off the beaten path in Washington, D.C. is the 9:30 Club, one of the world’s greatest music venues. It’s the most-attended music club of its size in the world – a 1,200-person venue where world-famous artists have started their careers, refined their sounds, and played legendary shows. Now it’s home to TV’s most groundbreaking music show.
Each cinematic, one-hour episode of Live At 9:30 will feature a collection of acts from different genres, interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits. In a word: variety; variety that people will be talking about. Filmed unobtrusively with more than a dozen cameras, including hidden GoPros and an airborne cable-cam, Live At 9:30 will be unlike any music show on TV today.
The first three episodes of the 12-episode premiere season will feature performances by Garbage, The Arcs, Tove Lo, Ibeyi, El Vy, MisterWives, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon, and Jess Glynne. Wayne White, of Pee-wee’s Playhouse fame, will be Live At 9:30’s art director and episodes will feature an unexpected mix of contributors and hosts, including Henry Rollins, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, Hannibal Buress, Jill Kargman, Ralphie May, and many more surprise guests.
Squarespace will host the digital destination of the show on www.LiveAt930.com. The first Live At 9:30 teaser reel and show stills can be viewed on the site starting February 9. This spring, fans will have the opportunity to view full episodes and access exclusive content. The social media handles for Live At 9:30 are:
“We’ve been approached countless times to do a TV show here, and we’ve always passed,” says Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club. “But Live At 9:30 is a great opportunity to work with people we trust to bring music variety to life in a way no one has even attempted. When I said we had no interest in just another concert program, they totally got it. They have come up with a truly entertaining bunch of new ideas on how to change the way people watch live concert shows.”
“I’ve been going to the 9:30 Club for 20 years, and my favorite concert memories are from here,” says Michael Holstein, executive producer of Live At 9:30. “This club is pure magic. Seeing how the community has rallied around this show – artists, managers, the D.C. Film Commissioner’s Office and more – really drives home that this is much more than just a music club. For the 9:30 Club to trust us to make a TV show about this amazing institution is an awesome opportunity and responsibility.”
Contributing hosts include
- Henry Rollins: Former frontman for seminal punk band Black Flag, actor, spoken word artist, radio host, columnist, author
- Bob Boilen: Host and creator of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered and creator of Tiny Desk Concert
- Hannibal Buress: Comedian, writer, star of Comedy Central’s Why? With Hannibal Buress and Broad City
- Jill Kargman: Creator and star of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out novelist, writer for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview
- Ralphie May: Stand-up comedian, Last Comic Standing and Unruly
Production & Artistic Team
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Broadway Video Enterprises: Lorne Michael’s industry-lauded firm is handling post-production, offline editing, online finishing and sound design.
Wayne White: Emmy Award-winning set designer, puppet-maker with Pee-wee’s Playhouse, White is a sculptor, painter, Grammy-winning music video creator, and the subject of the lauded documentary Beauty is Embarrassing. Wayne, along with his son, illustrator Woodrow White, is creating the opening, aesthetic design and graphic treatment of Live At 9:30.
BRKLY: L.A.-based TV and motion picture production firm producing the animated open and selected other segments.
Preacher: The Live At 9:30 website and logo identity were designed Preacher, a full-service creative advertising agency based in Austin, Texas that partners with brands across multiple categories and markets them with conviction, craft and plenty of soul.
Squarespace is proud to host Live At 9:30. Headquartered in New York City, Squarespace’s mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing our efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, we strive to create long-lasting products that balance form and function. Squarespace’s team of more than 500 is headquartered in downtown New York City, with additional offices in Dublin and Portland. For more information, visit http://www.squarespace.com/about/.
Shinola Detroit, the American design brand, is a supporting sponsor. Based in Detroit, Shinola is dedicated to creating world-class manufacturing jobs in American to create watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals (and launching audio this fall) of the highest quality that are built to last. Founded in 2011, Shinola was conceived with the belief that products should be well-made and built to last. As makers of modern watches, bicycles, journals and leather goods, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft and the beauty of industry. http://www.shinola.com/
Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 850 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. www.washington.org.
About the 9:30 Club
Named Nightclub of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard and Pollstar, the 9:30 Club is the inimitable place bands aspire to play and music fans love to attend – a destination for locals and people across the country for 35 years. Gracing the stage have been legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Nirvana, Prince and James Brown; recently discovered acts like Adele, Drake, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Twenty One Pilots and Halsey; and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Pink, Prince, the Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters. With its perfect sightlines and incomparable sound system, it’s no wonder fans return for their next dose of rock, hip hop, punk, pop, alternative, country, comedy and indie — making this Washington, D.C. venue the most attended club of its size in the world.