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All photos by David Claypool / Kalorama Photography

After five successful year, no one much questions the popularity of the monthly Mixtape party. Well, pretty much no one except the 9:30 Club.

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“We got a call from the club noting that we had only sold about a 150 advance tickets,” said Shea Van Horn who throws the party with fellow DJ Matt Bailer. “I think they were nervous, and I get that since we’ve never thrown the party there.” Mixtape switches venues from month-to-month, but most often finds a home at the Black Cat. “I told them that our audience always buys night-of, and that when we do it at the Black Cat we only sell about 50 advance tickets.”

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As a result, the club pushed up the stage (a trick they use for under-selling acts) to make the dance floor smaller. They also understaffed the coat-check, not even opening its secondary coat-check when doors opened at 11:00pm. Yet, when we arrived at midnight, there was a line stretching down the block. Actually, there were two lines stretching nearly a block-long in opposite directions.

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What started as a nervous feeling by the 9:30 Club turned into a packed crowd that danced to mixes by Van Horn and Bailer. What started as a small party in the dining room of an Eritrean restaurant five years ago had grown into a 1,000-plus event at the 9:30 Club on Saturday night. It was enough to tamp out any doubts by the host venue, which will certainly be trying to book Mixtape again.

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The next Mixtape party in on Saturday, February 8 at the Black Cat. See MORE photos at Mixtape’s Facebook page.

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