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The Wharf Gets Another Music Venue

Union Stage, a 450-person music venue, will open at The Wharf this fall. Renderings courtesy of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront.

The Brindley Brothers, owners of Jammin Java in Vienna, will open their first DC club at The Wharf come fall. Called Union Stage, it joins a number of other music venues already slated for the mile-long development along the District’s Southwest waterfront. Among them: Anthem, a 6,000-person concert hall from the owners of the 9:30 Club; Pearl Street Warehouse, a 300-person rock venue; and Kirwan’s Irish Pub, which will feature live Irish music.

Union Stage will have three bars, a full kitchen, and room for 450 concert-goers, says co-owner Daniel Brindley, making it twice the size of his Virginia club. He says patrons can expect the same types of acoustic and family-friendly shows they find at Jammin Java, but that the DC venue will also have the capacity for bigger rock shows: “It will be everything Jammin Java is on steroids.”

The Brindley Brothers have run their Vienna club for 16 years. Daniel says they’ve had overtures from other developers to open in the city, but none of those opportunities were the right fit. “We’re right on the water. It’s incredible to be a part of this new neighborhood,” he says. “As opposed to just finding an empty space somewhere, we’re a part of a bigger thing.”

Daniel Brindley says Union Stage will have the capacity for bigger—and more—rock shows than his other club in Vienna.

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