The Anthem, New $60 Million Music Venue, Opens in DC with Foo Fighters Oct. 12

by Frank Hammel
in News
The band is on tour in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which debuted Sept. 15. Photo by Joshua Morris
The band is on tour in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which debuted Sept. 15. Photo by Joshua Morris

WASHINGTON, DC – Independent concert promoter Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of Washington’s 1,200-capacity 9:30 Club, opened a new $60 million concert hall, the 6,000-capacity venue known as The Anthem, with a sold-out Foo Fighters concert Oct. 12.

The waterfront venue, on the Potomac River, is part of Washington’s $2.5 billion development called The Wharf. Hurwitz and I.M.P. also run the Lincoln Theater in Washington and the 19,000+ capacity outdoor Merriweather Post Pavilion in nearby Columbia, MD.

The Foo Fighters’ show at the venue follows the band’s headlining set at Cal Jam 17 in San Bernardino, CA on Oct. 7, which kicked off their fall tour in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, released Sept. 15.

The Anthem’s design takes pains to ensure a positive experience for both bands and concert-goers. Measuring 57,000 square feet in size, with a main open seating floor a bit less than 23,000 square feet, The Anthem is big, but the design team led by architect David Rockwell and acoustic designers WSDG strived to give the venue a small-room, intimate vibe, with a moveable stage and angled balconies that would bring performers and audience in as close a proximity as possible.

The ceiling was kept to 46 feet in height, and WSDG’s acoustic design includes mid-, low- and broadband-Helmholtz frequency absorbers along with a selection of medium density rear wall broadband absorbers suited to a variety of musical performance styles.

Other artists slated to perform at the venue include Kaleo, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, Queens of the Stone Age, Zedd, The War On Drugs, Phil Lesh, The Head and The Heart, Primus, The Shins, Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, Griz, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Grizzly Bear, Lindsey Stirling, Tegan and Sara, Bob Dylan, Erykah Badu, Ozuna and Odesza, among others.