Black Cat

★★★★☆

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I went to the Black Cat this past weekend expecting to enjoy the Little Dragon concert. My friend and I drove all the way from Baltimore to DC. I purchased my tickets at ticketalternative.com two days prior to the concert. I printed out one ticket which I brought with me the night of the concert. I presented my printed ticket and ID to enter. The young man scanned my ticket twice and asked me to wait. When he returned he informed me that someone else had already used my ticket. I showed him the ticket confirmation that was sent to my email. He then accused me of being a scam artist. He was loud and EXTREMELY RUDE. As I tried to figure out the situation, he got louder and louder. Calling me a liar, a scam artist that just got caught. His behavior was completely inappropriate. What is even worst HE was the MANAGEMENT!

It was a huge inconvenience. My friend and I had to return to Baltimore because she is not going to leave me in a car while she attends a concert for 3hrs. We were both out $18.00 a ticket and EXTREMELY disappointed that we missed Little Dragon. If I showed him verification that the ticket was purchased by me, isn't it obvious that the scam artist would be in the concert. How effective is a policy to show ID with the ticket when someone got in with a ticket that had my name on it? I was HIGHLY offended and embarrassed to be called a scam artist when I had ALL proof including receipt that I purchased the ticket. Not to mention I missed one of my favorite bands because of your staff's inability to check IDs when scanning tickets. Even after calling ticketalternative.com, they sided with the venue because "they are their clients". So, it doesn't matter if you purchase your tickets honestly, it doesn't matter if you have your ID AND receipt of purchase, any ole person can intercept your ticket and simply arrive before you and you're labeled a scam artist... Meanwhile some hacker is gonna get in on YOUR MONEY.

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I went to the Black Cat this past weekend expecting to enjoy the Little Dragon concert. My friend and I drove all the way from Baltimore to DC. I purchased my tickets at ticketalternative.com two days prior to the concert. I printed out one ticket which I brought with me the night of the concert. I presented my printed ticket and ID to enter. The young man scanned my ticket twice and asked me to wait. When he returned he informed me that someone else had already used my ticket. I showed him the ticket confirmation that was sent to my email. He then accused me of being a scam artist. He was loud and EXTREMELY RUDE. As I tried to figure out the situation, he got louder and louder. Calling me a liar, a scam artist that just got caught. His behavior was completely inappropriate. What is even worst HE was the MANAGEMENT!

It was a huge inconvenience. My friend and I had to return to Baltimore because she is not going to leave me in a car while she attends a concert for 3hrs. We were both out $18.00 a ticket and EXTREMELY disappointed that we missed Little Dragon. If I showed him verification that the ticket was purchased by me, isn't it obvious that the scam artist would be in the concert. How effective is a policy to show ID with the ticket when someone got in with a ticket that had my name on it? I was HIGHLY offended and embarrassed to be called a scam artist when I had ALL proof including receipt that I purchased the ticket. Not to mention I missed one of my favorite bands because of your staff's inability to check IDs when scanning tickets. Even after calling ticketalternative.com, they sided with the venue because "they are their clients". So, it doesn't matter if you purchase your tickets honestly, it doesn't matter if you have your ID AND receipt of purchase, any ole person can intercept your ticket and simply arrive before you and you're labeled a scam artist... Meanwhile some hacker is gonna get in on YOUR MONEY.

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If you want to see music, go to the Black Cat.

If you want to be seen in the latest American Apparel or Urban Outfitters must-haves for hipsterwear while you attend a concert you are less interested in actually watching than in telling your friends the next morning that you went to it, go to the 930 Club.

Real people who don't give a **** about that **** go to the Black Cat to see music happen.

The Black Cat was like my second home back when I lived near U Street and it's the thing I miss most about moving away. Somehow don't miss the 930 Club as much.

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If you want to see music, go to the Black Cat.

If you want to be seen in the latest American Apparel or Urban Outfitters must-haves for hipsterwear while you attend a concert you are less interested in actually watching than in telling your friends the next morning that you went to it, go to the 930 Club.

Real people who don't give a **** about that **** go to the Black Cat to see music happen.

The Black Cat was like my second home back when I lived near U Street and it's the thing I miss most about moving away. Somehow don't miss the 930 Club as much.

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It's not as big as the 930 Club, but the Black Cat has the edge because of the hip, of the moment acts it books. The stage is small and allows for good views. Added bonuses: the Red Room bar downstairs is worth a visit even if you're not seeing a show(note: doesn't take credit cards), and the Food for Thought cafe serves up vegan delights (not an oxymoron). This is the place to catch the up and coming bands before they get so huge they only play the 930 Club.

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★★★★★

It's not as big as the 930 Club, but the Black Cat has the edge because of the hip, of the moment acts it books. The stage is small and allows for good views. Added bonuses: the Red Room bar downstairs is worth a visit even if you're not seeing a show(note: doesn't take credit cards), and the Food for Thought cafe serves up vegan delights (not an oxymoron). This is the place to catch the up and coming bands before they get so huge they only play the 930 Club.

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Usually decent-priced tickets and a beautiful venue too. It's a good size and can hold a large crowd. The stage isn't gigantic nor is it far away. I've gone back numerous times to see the same bands over and over. The bathrooms could use a little restocking on occasion and the shows could start earlier sometimes, but otherwise the place is cool.

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★★★★☆

Usually decent-priced tickets and a beautiful venue too. It's a good size and can hold a large crowd. The stage isn't gigantic nor is it far away. I've gone back numerous times to see the same bands over and over. The bathrooms could use a little restocking on occasion and the shows could start earlier sometimes, but otherwise the place is cool.

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9:30 club tends to book the more popular bands that make their way through the city, but if you are looking to experience some fresh new Indie rock Black Cat is the place to go. I literally ran into Sam Endicott of The Bravery a few weeks ago here, before they had gotten huge.

PROS: Variety of new music
CONS: 18+

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★★★★☆

9:30 club tends to book the more popular bands that make their way through the city, but if you are looking to experience some fresh new Indie rock Black Cat is the place to go. I literally ran into Sam Endicott of The Bravery a few weeks ago here, before they had gotten huge.

PROS: Variety of new music
CONS: 18+

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Black Cat is a place where you can to hear some really good upcoming bands that are not that popular yet. They have two floors - one is called the red room which has a bar with barstools on one side and comfy chairs and sofas on the other side. The other room is upstairs and that is usually where the bands perform;. The most unusual thing about Black Cat is that they have a big selection of vegetarian food - burgers, hot dogs, tofu-meat with rice etc. The only drawback is that this is not a place where a girl on her own should walk to late at night - the surrounding area does not feel too safe. Other than that it is a great place to go to get some good music, beers and so-so food.

PROS: bands, veggie food
CONS: location, stale hot dogs

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★★★★☆

Black Cat is a place where you can to hear some really good upcoming bands that are not that popular yet. They have two floors - one is called the red room which has a bar with barstools on one side and comfy chairs and sofas on the other side. The other room is upstairs and that is usually where the bands perform;. The most unusual thing about Black Cat is that they have a big selection of vegetarian food - burgers, hot dogs, tofu-meat with rice etc. The only drawback is that this is not a place where a girl on her own should walk to late at night - the surrounding area does not feel too safe. Other than that it is a great place to go to get some good music, beers and so-so food.

PROS: bands, veggie food
CONS: location, stale hot dogs

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The Black Cat is a great place to see independent and alternative musicians for inexpensive prices. There are performances almost every night and ticket prices are never more than $15, with most being in the $8-$10 range. Many great bands pass through Black Cat on their way to making it big, such as The Hives, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips and Death Cab for Cutie. It's also metro accessible, one block from the U Street stop. The only real complaint I have about Black Cat is that the shows are often pretty late, which isn't a big deal on the weekends, but I've been to shows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays in which the main act doesn't come on until midnight or so.

PROS: Inexpensive ticket prices for quality shows!
CONS: Shows start late

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★★★★☆

The Black Cat is a great place to see independent and alternative musicians for inexpensive prices. There are performances almost every night and ticket prices are never more than $15, with most being in the $8-$10 range. Many great bands pass through Black Cat on their way to making it big, such as The Hives, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips and Death Cab for Cutie. It's also metro accessible, one block from the U Street stop. The only real complaint I have about Black Cat is that the shows are often pretty late, which isn't a big deal on the weekends, but I've been to shows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays in which the main act doesn't come on until midnight or so.

PROS: Inexpensive ticket prices for quality shows!
CONS: Shows start late

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