DIVE

Rock History Plays Here.

DIVE is the manifestation and celebration of our own rock history through the musicians who played at this location over the past 50 years as well as our future musical guests.  We cordially invite you to become part of our history by dropping in on an open mic or reaching out for a performance on your own.

Located in the basement of Darlington House, DIVE serves as a place for musicians to put forth their artistry throughout the week.  Our equipment is for the use of our guests with acoustic and electric  guitars that our guests can play on open mic nights or with the help of our staff on other evenings.

We celebrate live music

Every Friday is open mic night from 7pm-10pm.. Bands, performers and artists play in our intimate basement space throughout the month, check our Events page or our Facebook page for more information. Special performances also occur in our 1st floor bay window from time to time.
Tuesdays evenings are Acoustic Open Mic from 7pm -9pm and then band open mic from 9pm-10pm.

No cover, only great music.
We do not charge cover at DIVE. Our mission is to reduce the barriers for participation but at the same time, we encourage patrons to support our artists through their available merchandise as well as tips.

Open 7 Nights
Dinner and Drinks are served nightly beginning at 4pm with dinner served until 11pm and drinks until close.  Come in to relax and let us share our history with you.

DIVE food menu

DIVE drink menu

About

DIVE is located within the Darlington House which hosted such amazing music icons as Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, the Slikee Boys, Emmylou Harris and the Ramones when it was the Childe Harold. This was the first place the Ramones played in Washington DC in 1976 and Bruce’s 3 night gig in 1973 for $750 represents just one of the many artists that either began their career or had an early start at this address.  Bruce’s performances are documented in the contracts that are proudly displayed on our wall.

DIVE represents almost 50 years of rock history in our collection of electric guitars and rock photography acquired from The Govinda Gallery. Our aim to be a place for aspiring and established musicians to play in front of appreciative audiences as well as an environment that is as casual as your own home.  Open microphone night is every Friday with slot sign ups beginning at 7pm and currently ending at 10pm. Live music is listed on our event page.

Dinner is served nightly from 4pm until 10pm. Until 11pm on Friday and Saturdays.

DIVE food menu

DIVE drink menu

Born from music, an oasis for musicians and home of great performances.

DIVE
Rock History Plays Here.

Rock History Plays Here

WHFS DJ Cerphe Colwell chronicled his time spent with Bruce Springsteen and Bruce’s performance at our location in his book Cerphe’s Up. His story is our  history and we are thrilled that he celebrated with a book signing event at DIVE on February 21, 2019.

Among the music legends chronicled to have played here are:

Al Jarreau
Al Green
Bad Brains
Billy Price
Billy Hancock
Bob “Catfish” Hodge
Bonnie Raitt
Bruce Springsteen Band (May 24-26, 1973)
David Sanborn
Earl Scruggs
Emmylou Harris
Four out of Five Doctors
George Thorogood
Jr. Cline and the Recliners
Juice Newton
Insect Surfers
Larry Gatlin
Little River Band
John Denver
Pat Metheny
Root Boy Slim
Tex Rubinowitz
The Coasters
The Nighthawks
The Persuasions
The Ramones (10/24/1976)
Slickee Boys
Southside Johnny
Steve Miller
Teresa Gunn Group
Tex Rubinowitz

and hundreds of other talented musicians.

Rock History Plays Here

Events

(Questions about all performances or events: 202-538-0460

Thursday, January 23rd
SIRSY 7PM
No cover, only great music
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Friday, January 24th
Open Mic 7pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Black Sevens at 10pm
No cover, only great music
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Saturday, January 25th
Los Dudes 8PM
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday January 29th, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday January 30th
Don Zientara 8pm
No cover, only great music.
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Friday, January 31 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Singer Songwriter Pentley Holmes at 10pm
No cover, only great music.

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Saturday February 1, 2020
Australian Relief Benefit with….
The Allman Others
No cover, only great music

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM

Wednesday February 5, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Sondai at 8pm
No cover, only great music.
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Friday, February 7, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
The Phoenix Within 10PM

No cover, only great music
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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Janine Goodman 7pm
Ronnie Rolle‘ 8:30 pm
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Jacob Bennett 8pm
No cover, only great music

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Friday February 14, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Baked Shrimp perform at DIVE 10PM
No cover, only great music
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Saturday February 15, 2020
Julian Wild 7pm
The Remedy 9PM
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, February, 18, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday February 19, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Singer songwriter JanaeSound 8pm

No cover, only great music
Event Page


Friday, February 21, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Jackie June at 10pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
The Aftershakes 8:30pm
From Seattle WA. Dead Bars at 10pm
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, February, 25, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.

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Thursday February 27th, 2020
Singer/songwriter Eryc Ryan 7pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page

Friday, February 28th, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-9PM (202-538-0460)
(Folk/Americana) Aaron Mitchell and Lacy Coligan 9PM
Event Page
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Saturday February 29th, 2020
(Folk/Americana) Aaron and Lacy 7pm
Chip and the Sloppy Seconds 9pm
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday,  March 4, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday March 5, 2020
Matchbox 30-ish 9pm
No cover, only great musc
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Friday March 6, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Alt Rock Boston Band Summer Cult 
No cover, only great music

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Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Kevin B. Klein Album release Party 8PM
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.

Little Slugger Band 9pm
Event Page
No cover, only great music
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Thursday March 12, 2020

Gerard West 7pm
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Friday, March 13, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
(Country), Kimberly Atwood 9pm
No cover, only great music.
EVENT PAGE
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Saturday, March 14th
St. Patricks Day (weekend) Celebration
11am-6pm

Rockville Mike 8PM
Alexia Christian 9:30PM
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020 8PM
Melanie Davis and Fate McAfee
No cover, only great music.
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Friday, March 20th
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Gintonics Unplugged 10 PM

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
(Acoustic/Folk) Thomas Waskevich 7pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
Jason Byrd and the Musical Trust 9:00PM
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Sunday, March 22, 2020
Jazz Release Party
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM

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Wednesday March 25th, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday March 26th, 2020
XXXX . JH pending
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Friday, March 27, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
Red Sammy 10pm
No cover, only great music
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Saturday, March 28, 2020
Outer Body Llama 9pm
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday April 1, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
XXXX
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Friday, April 3, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
XXXX
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Saturday, April 4th, 2020
(folk singer)Alyssa Hankey 7pm

Julian Wild 9pm
No cover, only great music.
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Monday, April 6, 2020
Acoustic Set Television Skies
No cover, only great music
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday April 8, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday April 9, 2020
XXXX
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Friday April 10th

Open Mic 6pm-9PM (202-538-0460)
Grayson’s Radio at 9pm
Kevin Daniel and the Bottom Line 11PM
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Saturday April 11, 2020
Juliana Walker MacDowell 8pm
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday April 15, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday April 16th, 2020

XXXX (Acoustic Roundtable Holding JM)
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Friday,  April 17, 2020
Open Mic 7pm-10pm
Singer/Songwriter John McDonald from Austin Texas 10pm
No cover, only great music.
Event Page
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Saturday, April 18th, 2020
Rebecca Zimmerman 7pm
Event Page
Chirality  followed by 
Pocket Vinyl 8pm
Event Page
No cover, only great music.
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Tuesday April 21, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday April 23, 2020

XXXX (Acoustic Roundtable Holding JM)
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Friday, April 24, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
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Saturday, April 25th
Acoustic singer songwriter Sam Robins 7pm
Hoboken’s folk rock band James Calleo 9pm
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7-9pm
Band Open Mic 9-10PM
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Wednesday April 29, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday April 30th, 2020

XXXX
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Friday, May 1, 2020
Open Mic 7pm-10PM
Tom Hyland – One Year Good Left 10PM until close
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Nashville’s Meghan Hayes 8pm
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2020
Acoustic singer/songwriter Brett Stafford Smith 7PM
No cover, only great music.

Event Page
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Friday May 8, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
blindspot at 10pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Saturday May 9th, 2020
Singer Songwriter Matt Roach 8pm
XXXX 10pm
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday May 14th, 2020
King Arthur Junior
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Friday, May 15th, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
(Pending Sundub)
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Saturday, May 16th, 2020
Jay Byrd and The Musical Trust 9:30
No cover, only great music.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Acoustic Open Mic 7pm-9pm
Band Open mic 9pm-10pm

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
XXXX
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Friday, May 22, 2020
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Saturday, May 23, 2020
XXX
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
District Trivia Night 7pm-9pm
No cover, just fun.
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Thursday May 28, 2020
XXXX
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Friday May 29, 2020
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Saturday, May 30th, 2020
Walter Egan and Chris Murray perform
(Yes that Walter Egan

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
The Rightly So 8PM

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Saturday, June 13th

Coltt Lepley
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Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Monallo 7pm . (P)
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Friday, June 19th, 2020
Open Mic 6pm-10PM (202-538-0460)
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Friday, June 26th
Open Mic 7pm-10pm
Tropic Vibez 10PM

 

Contact

DIVE is located in the basement of Darlington House at 1610 20th St. N.W., Washington DC 20009. We are open 7 nights a week and accessible by walking 100 feet north from the METRO red line Dupont Circle North exit and even easier by Uber or Lyft.  We are open from 4pm daily and have DJs Saturday evenings late until close. We have open mic on Friday evenings from 7-10pm.  Performances by musical artists are currently scheduled throughout the week, check our events page for dates and times.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For information about DIVE, Open Mic, booking events or upcoming events please feel free to contact Russell at russell@divedc.com

OPEN MIC
Open mic is every Friday evening.  Sign up begins at 6:00 pm by the basement stage each Friday or email us with questions. Sets take place from 7pm until 10pm with 3 song maximum or 15 minutes. We welcome solo musicians, guitarists, singers, small groups and creative types.  Bring your instruments and cables and plug into our Bose L1 ll, 8 channel mixer. We have 3 mics and stands, choice of a dozen guitars off of our walls, and a drum kit. Feel free to reach out with additional questions.

Open Mic Every Friday
Sign in: 6:00
Play 7pm-10pm
Headline Performances begin at 10PM

Located in the Darlington House Basement
DIVE
1610 20th St. N.W.

Washington DC 20009

(Russell) 301-452-2915