Arts Desk

Arts Desk: Fillmore or Less Edition

Knocking the Suburbs: The Fillmore—the new Live Nation-owned venue in Downtown Silver Spring that has inspired scene-searching think pieces from this paper and the Postofficially opened last night with a concert by Mary J. Blige. The venue was christened with the smashing of guitarsChris Richards give big ups to the venue's bass. Michael Wilbon did not appreciate the line. Washingtonian's Kyle Gustafson, shooting last night for The Washington Postdid not have a very satisfying photography experience. (Live Nation reps led photographers to a back alley when they were done shooting, and then shut the door, Gustafson tweeted.)

Poll Position: On the occasion of the Fillmore's opening, WaPo's David Malitz runs through the area's nightclub landscape for some quick comparisons. And he includes this nugget about DC9:

What we don’t [love]: Door polling. When walking into a show at DC9 you’re usually asked which band out of two or three that you’re seeing. The ticket taker then marks a line next to that band’s name, and at the end of the night, the band’s payment may depend on the number of notches. The system helps the club gauge each act’s popularity, but it’s a little tacky.


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  • Musician

    "Door polling...The system helps the club gauge each act’s popularity, but it’s a little tacky."

    Oh boo hoo David Malitz. Never mind the bands that should be accurately paid based on their draw. Nearly every chop shop rock club in NYC does this and plenty of the time it's the only way for working musicians to get paid. Sorry if the needs of folks actually making the music need to infringe on your enjoyment of said music. Go see a ticketed $30 show.