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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 01/19/2009

Moby Too Powerful for the 9:30 Club

By Fritz Hahn

815 V. St. NW -- Sunday's late-night Moby show was shaping up to be one of the shows of the year. The 9:30 Club was packed. DJ Will Eastman had everyone dancing to an electro-heavy warmup set. The sound, as always, was fantastic. Moby came on around 1 a.m. to cheers from the crowd.

Then, around 1:30, everything came to a screeching halt when the power went out.

No music. No draft beer. No paying for drinks with a credit card.

There was an announcement that the club was working on trying to get the power back up and running, which was met with chants of "Yes we can!" Some people at the bar joked that the power outage was a Republican conspiracy.

The two DJs then began improvising on stage, banging on a trash can, kegs, buckets, even what looked like a large oil drum while people gamely kept dancing.

About a half-hour into the blackout, lines were getting long at the bar (bottled beer, cash only) and the coat check, so my friends and I went outside, where were noticed that the power was out up and down the block. This did not bode well. We hung around for a bit, then decided to call it a night.

Around 2:45, the power came back on and the party resumed.

Here's Moby's take on events, from his blog on

"thanks for coming to 9:30 club last night. at around 1:30 a.m the power on the whole block shut down. so we waited for an hour and then announced that we were going to reschedule, as the power hadn't come back on. then just as we were leaving (p.s-the 'we' here is my friends and i, not a royal 'we') the power came back on and i played until 4:15 or so. i hope everyone was able to get back in and stay up late."

If you were one of the stubborn/diehard/lucky ones, you apparently saw quite a show. I spoke to Will Eastman this morning, and he said he went back on after Moby and DJed until after 4:30.

So, what about refunds and/or rescheduling for those who left during the hour-plus blackout?

"The official word is that because Moby performed before the power went out, and then came back on later, there was a show," and refunds won't be given, said Tom, the club's box office manager. The blackout, he joked, "was an extended set break."

He acknowledged that "after an hour, they did make an announcement about refunds and try to schedule a rain date, but less than a minute after that, the power came back on."

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | January 19, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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Of course the box manager can joke about it- I paid close to $90 to see a half hour set before giving up at 2:30. It would be wise for 9:30 to extend some sort of apology/olive branch to those of us left in the dark.

Posted by: cisa | January 19, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Definitely sorry you missed the rest of the show cisa.

That said if you gave up before they announced the power was not coming back on and the show was to be rescheduled, it's not their fault- you didn't wait long enough. If you left right after they announced it and somehow missed the show restarting 90 seconds later, that's just crappy luck!

We were ready to stay until we were kicked out.

Posted by: grahamagp | January 26, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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