- The Black Cat (Washington, D.C. nightclub)
name = The Black Cat nightclub
Washington, D.C., USA
coordinates = coord|38.914563|-77.031597
genre = indie rock / punk / heavy metal / dance
opened = 1993
expanded = 2001
owner = Dante Ferrando
seating_type = standing room / bar seating
seating_capacity = 700
website = http://blackcatdc.com/
The Black Cat is a
nightclubin Washington, D.C., located on 14th Street Northwest in the Shaw/U Street neighborhood, a few blocks from the . It was founded in 1993by a group of investors (mostly musicians, including Dave Grohlof Nirvana and Foo Fightersfame) and quickly established itself as a venue for independent music. While The Black Cat is most known for its support of indie rock, its schedule contains acts as diverse as metal, punk, ska, and DJ/dance nights.
The Black Cat's main stage is on the second floor, and can hold roughly 700 people. Lesser known acts play in the "Backstage", a smaller area on the first floor that holds approximately 300 people. There is also a bar and lounge called "The Red Room" and a cafe that serves primarily
vegetarianfood (some meat and vegandishes are also available) called "Food For Thought", the last remnant of a popular but defunct Dupont Circlevegetarian restaurant of the same name.
2001, the venue moved three doors south on 14th Street to its current location. It is served by the U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo stop on the Washington Metro.
* [http://www.blackcatdc.com/ The Black Cat official site]
* [http://dissonance.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=200040 Dante Ferrando interview on Dissonance Radio, December 2006]
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