Received this last night - please write to my Council member Jim Graham (jim@grahamwone. com) and Mayor Fenty (fill in email form here) even if you don't live in DC or the surrounding areas - this affects more than DC as it may lead to having to close several clubs so visiting bands will have less venues to play here. Thanks to Pete Duvall for the wake-up call...
From: "Pete Duvall"
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:43:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: DC/Baltimore Punk Shows and Events: URGENT MESSAGE - this will affect all ages shows in a BIG way
Emergency email this week. Due to the death of a 17 year old this past weekend in a club in DC, Rep. Jim Graham is proposing emergency legislation to ban minors from clubs that serve
there will be a hearing about the proposed law THIS THURSDAY at 2:00 p.m.
This could affect many readers of this list. Nobody under the age of 21 could go to most of the shows listed. Think no black cat, 9:30 club, Rock & Roll Hotel, Warehouse Nextdoor, etc.
People should contact Jim Graham (jim@grahamwone. com) and Adrian Fenty (you have to use e-mail form at dc.gov) and if it all possible attend the hearing on Thursday.
This would have a terrible impact on our music scene. PLEASE write Jim Graham, and Adrian Fenty. Make it known that while you sympathize with the victim and her family, that banning minors is not the answer. Tell them how important it is for you and your friends to be able to see some of your favorite bands, and how this legislation would have a terrible affect on the local music scene. This could have a real negative impact on the club owners as well, taking away scores of paying attendees, just because they are not 21.
Thanks for listening, and thanks to Katie at Dischord for bringing this to my attention.
write now. write often. don't let this happen to your music scene.
"Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn and John (video) (downloaded from like everybody)