WASHINGTON — The Foo Fighters headlined the hottest ticket in town Tuesday night. At 7:30 p.m., doors to the Atlantis in D.C. opened for the first time.
Built as a replica of the original 9:30 Club, the new music venue sits right behind the current 9:30 Club on V Street, Northwest.
WUSA9's Matt Gregory attended the grand opening on Tuesday along with the current owners of the 9:30 Club, the past owners and Mayor Muriel Bowser.
They joined rock 'n' roll legend and DMV native Dave Grohl in introducing the new music venue to the public.
"I'm a very proud musician who grew up just over the bridge over in Springfield, Virginia," Grohl said. "By the age of maybe 13 or 14 years old, I discovered the underground music scene and started coming here to the 9:30 Club."
Grohl pointed out that the Atlantis is a smaller club, meant to foster smaller acts in the D.C. music scene. Just like the old 9:30 Club did for him.
"Hopefully, that tradition will continue where you'll have kids from all over the D.C. metropolitan area come in and see bands that will inspire them to be musicians as well,” Grohl said.
Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, officials cut a guitar string and unveiled a life-sized sculpture of Grohl in celebration of the grand opening.
After all that, there was still a show for the Foo Fighters to play. I.M.P., the company that owns 9:30 Club and The Atlantis, raffled off the 450 tickets available, but thousands of people put their names in to win.
“I think we were running the numbers earlier and there was a .000083% chance we were gonna get tickets," Nick Jascewsky said.
But he got them.
Nick spent the day out side the ticket box for the 9:30 Club, waiting hours to be among the first to walk into The Atlantis.
"We’re here to celebrate and we brought a cake for Dave and the Foo Fighters and everyone else who wants some," he smiled.
A new era for music in D.C.
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