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9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz makes his acting debut in HBO's "Treme"


Seth Hurwitz, owner 9:30 Club, 2009. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Running one of the nation's top music venues and serving as the region's kingpin concert promoter is not enough for Seth Hurwitz. So on Sunday, the 9:30 Club owner will make his acting debut opposite John Goodman on HBO's "Treme."

It's a two-line part -- but hey, it's a start. And while Hurwitz made his career in nightlife, he is not playing himself as he steps into the role of a New Orleans bartender. He is acting.

"I just want people to know that's not my shirt," he says. "I didn't choose that; don't blame me."


Anwan Glover, Melissa Leo in HBO's "Treme." (Paul Shiraldi /HBO)

For all its bayou flavor, "Treme" feels familiar to viewers here, with a creative team bred in the area (David Simon, George Pelecanos, the late David Mills) who brought along a couple of stars from its their Baltimore drama "The Wire" (Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters). Other D.C. denizens: Westend Bistro's Eric Ripert playing himself, and go-go star/actor Anwan "Big G" Glover in a chilling role as a prison inmate with a secret.

And now Hurwitz, 51, who says he just wanted to give acting a try. After working as an extra on "The Wire" and "The Sopranos," he started pestering his pal Pelecanos for a speaking part. "It's exciting. They say, 'Action,' and you have to perform. It's like when I get up on stage with a band and play drums. All the maneuvering you did to get there doesn't matter -- you have to perform."

And now? "I have to start thinking who to start hounding" for the next role. "It's better to hook me up than to put me off. That's how I get things done."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 10, 2010; 11:34 PM ET
 
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