Seth Hurwitz’s latest creation, The Anthem, is a stunning concert hall. Dave Grohl personally thanked him for building it.
Wednesday, the Foo Fighters, fronted by Springfield, Virginia native Dave Grohl, played the third of three “soft opens” at the newest and most impressive concert venue in Washington DC. The very next night, the 10-time Grammy winners officially opened the venue in support of their newest album Concrete & Gold. The show sold out in minutes over the summer.
The Anthem, managed and operated by IMP, is run by one of the last remaining independent concert promotion companies in the nation. IMP survives and does well in a business that is being dominated by big conglomerates like Live Nation and AEG.
Seth Hurwitz, the chairman of IMP and co-owner of the 9:30 Club, was the major force behind the $60 million concert hall located in the District Wharf – a built up neighborhood in the Southwest Waterfront area.
“This was designed for people to go and have the best time they can possibly have and for the performers to enjoy playing here more than anywhere else,” Hurwitz said to the New York Times in August.
During Wednesday’s show, Grohl, one of the most famous rock stars in the world, thanked Hurwitz during their two-hour, by-invite-only gig (which was only supposed to last one hour). I was lucky enough to be there and record the moment.