Washington (CNN)It's where Radiohead once played a secret show and former President Bill Clinton hosted his staff when he was once in the White House. The historic 9:30 Club venue in Washington, D.C., turns 35 this month.
D.C.'s home of secret shows, 9:30 Club, turns 35
9:30 Club created a pop-up museum to commemorate its 35 years of existence, with videos, photos and music on display from the various famous artists who have performed at the venue since it's inception, including Fugazi, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now it is where top acts like the Foo Fighters go to play smaller shows.
"It's really become part of the cultural fabric of D.C. and helped to define us as something other than a government town," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told CNN after attending the event. "The 9:30 Club has meant so much to the cultural fabric of this city."
One of the owners of the 9:30 Club, Seth Hurwitz, said he hopes the spot will continue to mean something important to residents in the nation's capital.
Hurwitz said he watched the venue grow from its small origins in downtown Washington, to what it is now -- one of the most popular venues in D.C.'s well-known U Street corridor.
In that time, Hurwitz said Washington has gone from being city on the decline, still recovering from riots and social unrest in the late '60s, to a thriving hotspot ful of millennials.
"It took decades to come back from those riots," Hurwitz said about the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, real estate prices along U Street are through the roof. "You can't buy anything here now, but 20 years ago, that's how people got in. They bought when they could and people open restaurants and bought boarded up places. That's how it works. When one restaurant starts to do well, another one opens."
"(I've watched) Washington, D.C. become this really cool city, the city it always should have been," he said.
Bowser told CNN she looks forward to what the venue will continue to contribute to the city.
"Washingtonians and people from around the region and across the globe recognize this historic establishment," Bowser said. "I'm excited about what the next 35 years holds in store."