The Rock and Roll Hotel celebrates their 7th anniversary next week with shows from Ceremony, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Miyazaki and Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds. While the H Street venue plans for their next 7-years, we’re looking back at all of the excellent shows we’ve attended and photographed. We asked our contributors for some of their favorite shows they’ve covered. Based on the results, it’s more than fair to say BYT <3’s the Rock and Roll Hotel.
Rock and Roll Hotel is probably the most confusing venue I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. The first show I attended, Cold Cave and Austra in summer 2011, was quite literally a hot mess; everything about the night was sloppy, and not in an endearing way. But it’s become my most frequented venue for many reasons: a fantastic bar staff (with a fantastic drink list to match), a devoted expert sound engineer, amazing booking, and above all, an amorphous room that has never felt the same way twice. It’s a space that can quickly become an endless sea of sweaty, dancing bodies to the most intimate, personal concert space you’ll ever know, and both feel right. Here’s to seven more years of crushing it, Red Rum optional.
A few of Farrah’s favorite Rock and Roll Hotel shows
A few of Katherine’s favorite Rock and Roll Hotel shows
There’s only one word to describe the air you breath upon walking into the Rock and Roll hotel…”PARTY.” Covering the 2013 Red Bull DC DJ Battle there was reminiscent of original hip-hop battles in legendary NYC spots that offered intimacy and ass shaking room at the same damn time! At it’s origin hip-hop has always been a huddle of art, listening, and dancing. The stage is the perfect height and length for the DJ to rock and the crowd to feel huddled around the action. I also covered the Red Bull NYC battle and the Philly battle, yet the Rock and Roll Hotel DC was one of the most enjoyable experiences of them all.
The Air Sex Championships at Rock and Roll Hotel was my first company outing with BYT’s Jenn Tisdale. Fortunately, her boyfriend didn’t mind all too much as I got an intimate look at Scatman and Throbbin’.
One of Joshua’s favorite Rock and Roll Hotel shows