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Posted at 4:48 PM ET, 06/17/2010

9:30 Club sues over Live Nation deal

By Washington Post editors

The owner of the District’s 9:30 club is suing to prevent the state of Maryland from issuing $4 million in bonds to build a Live Nation venue in downtown Silver Spring, saying government officials are hiding the project’s real costs.

Live Nation, a major force in the music business with artists such as U2, Madonna and the Eagles, plans to hold rock-style concerts for about 2,000 standing patrons at the Colesville Road venue. Ground is expected to be broken later this year.

The lawsuit against the state, filed this week in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by IMP Inc., and co-owner Seth Hurwitz challenges the deal, which also includes $4 million in bonds from Montgomery County to help pay for the building. The suit says state officials would be breaking the law if they float the bonds, claiming that Montgomery has provided only “skimpy” information about the project’s true costs.

-- Miranda Spivack

By Washington Post editors  | June 17, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  9:30 club, Silver Spring Maryland, concert, live nation  
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Good for Seth for standing up, even if he's going after a would-be competitor. I just hope he stands down if a competitor ever attempts to develop without government assistance, because most of us can agree we desparately need a competitor or counterpart to the 930 Club, especially one that is larger. Judging by the fact that nearly every good show at the 930 Club tends to sell out within minutes these days, the fact that ticket prices at the 930 Club keep getting higher and the fact that many tours are skipping DC for one of the three large club venues in Baltimore with more frequency, the demand is definitely there. I'm sure Seth enjoys his virtual monopoly in DC since Nation was torn down, but the fans are the ones who are in need.

Posted by: thebossman | June 17, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Go Seth! F a bunch of LiveNation/TicketMaster.

It's not going to bring any money to the area, nobody will be able to afford anything after a $7-$15 "service fee."

Why would MoCo team up with anyone other than a proven commodity to the area? Seth and IMP have been bring great shows to the Washington area for 30 years. All for a reasonable price and, even though I hate the thought of them, reasonable "service fees."

Granted, I'd support pretty much anyone giving LiveNation/TicketMaster a hard time.

Posted by: NotForYou1 | June 17, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

You miss the point completely. The service fees at Seth's venues are already getting that high thanks to his and Ticketfly's virtual monopoly in the area. And Live Nation IS a proven comodity to the area, and would offer competition. However, the point is that the local governments should not be paying to bring competitors here, especially when their earnings dawrf IMP's...they should be paying their own damn money to come here. Seth didn't get government assistance to get where he is as a local small time promoter/owner, so why should his competitors? I welcome any and all competitors to IMP (even Live Nation), but they should come in on their own, especially if they are a multi billion dollar entity like Live Nation.

Posted by: thebossman | June 18, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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