DC is a great place for music, but sometimes it seems like some clubs and dance venues are more interested in packing in people and selling lots of drinks than in the music. That’s not the case with the U Street Music Hall, a live music and dance club owned and operated by two popular local DJs, Tittsworth and Will Eastman.
The DJs designed the sound system to be amazing (it was named 2nd best in the country), and they draw a diverse group of artists to the club: European, American and Australian electronic groups, big-name DJs, underground rappers and old school hip-hop legends. Often names that could play bigger venues opt for the intimate (500 person capacity) club, and I’ve never been disappointed by a show there. They’ve also recently started hosting shows organized by the nearby 9:30 Club, which is too big for some smaller but still popular acts.
I’ve also had a blast at the dance parties they frequently host, sometimes with themes (say 90s alt rock) or sometimes the latest electronic club jams. They also host a monthly Moombahton Massive, named for a genre of electronica created by local DJ Dave Nada, who also plays a lot at the club.
On the more practical side, there’s a bar on either end of the club, making it easy to get drinks, and prices are generally reasonable for drinks and for shows – no food except chips, however.
I wish every music club were like the U-Hall.