Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Let the Good Times Roll
Georgetown has been a performance hub for musicians in a wide range of popular genres — jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass, country, and rock.
During the 1960s and 1970s the Cellar Door, at the corner of 34th and M Streets, featured artists such as Miles Davis, Linda Ronstadt, B.B. King, Sonny and Cher, John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and Bonnie Raitt, as well as comedians Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and Steve Martin. Just across the street at Desperado's one could see the likes of Bo Diddley. According to music lore, in February 1979, George Thorogood with the Delaware Destroyers and the Washington-based Nighthawks were performing on opposite corners. At midnight, by prior arrangement, both bands began to play the Elmore James hit Madison Blues. Thorogood and Hawks guitarist, Jimmy Thackery, exited the clubs and stopped nighttime traffic with an extended guitar jam.
Blues Alley, one of the oldest jazz supper clubs in America, is located just off Wisconsin Avenue below M Street. Blues Alley showcased internationally renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, and continues to host sensations like Wynton Marsalis and Ahmad Jamal. Many artists have recorded live albums in the club. The Emergency Club, in the 2800 block of M Street was an alternative to Blues Alley. It was a non-alcoholic
Near the river at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street was the Bayou, the first local venue to host U2, Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band. It was Georgetown's oldest performing venue, having opened in 1939 as a Dixieland jazz club. The club was closed in 1998 and razed in 2000.
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Location. 38° 54.361′ N, 77° 3.958′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Prospect Street Northwest and 33rd Street NW, on the right when traveling west on Prospect Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President John F. Kennedy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Last Home of Stephen Bloomer Balch, D.D. (about 300 feet away); Forrest Marbury House (about 600 feet away); Colonel Ninian Beall (about 600 feet away); St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish (about 700 feet away); St. John's: 200 Years of History (about 700 feet away); Francis Scott Key Park (about 700 feet away); The Star-Spangled Banner (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.