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.  Musicians that include  Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt, Al Jarreau, Emmylou Harris,  picker Norman Blake and hundreds of others by inviting you to play here as well.

Located in the basement of Darlington House, DIVE has a dozen guitars that our guests can play on open mic nights, each one hand selected  to produce beautiful music as well as for its craftsmanship.

We celebrate live music

Every Friday is open mic night. Bands and other performers are invited to play in our intimate space throughout each month, check our Events page or our Facebook page for more information.

Join Us.

Open mic nights will be from 7pm-10pm every Friday.  DIVE into our history every evening and make yourself comfortable. Drinks, food, music and most importantly, friendly people are served nightly.

Music Lounge nightly and mood guidance by our Vibe Chairman (DJ) on  Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 9pm. Environmental music Sunday through Thursday from 4pm.  Open 7 nights a week and available for private events.

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 rock icons as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, the Slikee Boys 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 are every Friday with slot sign ups beginning at 6:00 pm. Thursday and Saturday evenings we feature vinyl rock music.

DIVE is available for private parties, events and just a night by yourself at our bar or tables.  Late night lounge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  Dinner is served nightly from 4pm until 10pm. Until 11pm on Friday and Saturdays.

DIVE food menu

DIVE drink menu

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
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
Southside Johnny
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

Wednesday May 22, 2019
6pm-midnight
Washington’s oldest (seemingly) club DJ, George Salazar works his rock and 80’s magic.

Thursday May 23
6pm-11pm
DJ Johnson Lee from Joe’s Record Paradise spins vinyl classics


Friday, May 24, 2019
We celebrate both Bob Dylan’s birthday and Bruce Springsteens three day performance here in 1973 with art and music.  DIVE will host book release parties for Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964, photography by Ted Russell and for Bruce Springsteen: From Asbury Park, to Born To Run, to Born In The USA, celebrating David Gahr’s photographs of Bruce Springsteen.  Both books authored by the photographers and Chris Murray of Govinda Gallery. 

Facebook Event Page

HEADLINER: Pedro Viana 10PM

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Saturday, May 25, 2019
From Brooklyn NY, Baby FuzZ (acoustic set) at DIVE 8PM
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Wednesday May 29, 2019
6pm-midnight
Washington’s oldest (seemingly) club DJ, George Salazar works his rock and 80’s magic.

Thursday May 30, 2019
6pm-11pm
DJ Johnson Lee from Joe’s Record Paradise spins vinyl classics

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Open Mic 7pm – 10pm
Chirality plays live at 10pm
Facebook Event Page

Saturday, June 1st, 2019 8PM
Singer and guitarist, Charles McClanahan from Bedford, Pennsylvania to perform Live at DIVE.
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday, June 1st 10PM
Perry Mansion

Friday, June 7, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm

JUNE 7 HEADLINER
EMMA G 10PM
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Saturday June 8, 2019
PRIDE PARTY
Data Recovery Project (DRP-HNRG) 9pm – Midnight

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 8PM
The Kenny Hill Group
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Friday June 14th, 2019
Open Mic 7PM – 10PM
Periwinkles 10PM
No cover, only great music

Saturday June 15th, 2019
Remedy plays at 8pm
Just Alliance plays at 10pm
No cover, only great music

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Friday, June 21, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm
Dinamite Inc. Plays live at 10pm -11:30pm
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Acoustic Singer Songwriter Tom Waskevich plays at 8pm
Facebook Event Page

Touring acoustic singer-songwriter Barton Hartshorn from Paris 10PM
No cover, only great music

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm
Headliner Sid Silwal  10pm
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Saturday,  June 29, 2019
Keven B Kline performs at DIVE 8pm
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Monday July 1, 2019
Kacie Satterfield
Sarah Jordan

 

July 4th Weekend Music Festival

 

Friday, July 5th, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm
10PM Red Bullet Performs
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Country and Rock Singer Songwriter Cody Bondra performs Live @ DIVE 8PM
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Friday, JULY 12, 2019
Open Mic 7pm-10pm

SEMI HOLLOW 10PM

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Singer and acoustic guitar player Coltt Lepley comes from Pennsylvania to perform Live @ DIVE 8PM

Facebook Events Page
No cover, only great music

Sunday Coltt plays brunch inside at Darlington House, 11am
No cover, only great music


Sunday, July 14, 2019
Heartsick, Lumen and Sideshow Cinema at DIVE
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music


Friday, July 19th 10PM
Singer Alexia Christian Plays DIVE
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Singer and acoustic guitar player Alyssa Hankey from Pittsburgh, PA and in support of her new album American Spirit,  will perform Live @ DIVE 8PM

Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Friday July 26th, 2019
Open mic 7pm-10pm
Perry Mansion 10PM

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Mike Borgia plays DIVE at 8PM
Mike brings his blues rock to DIVE from New York City. 

Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Friday, August 2, 2019
Open Mic 7pm -10pm
Headliner:  Carver Commodore 10pm
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Saturday August 10th
Acoustic Singer Songwriter Johnny Stanec plays Dive 8pm
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Friday August 16, 2019
Open Mic 7pm – 10pm

HEEADLINER 10PM
DARREN DEICIDE
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday August 17, 2019

Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Philadelphia native, Matt Roach performs at DIVE
8pm -10:30
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music 


Friday, August 30th, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm
HEADLINER:  Seth Brand Performs at DIVE 10 PM
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Saturday, September 7th, 2019
US Americans 8pm
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Fanfaire plays Dive 8PM
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

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Saturday October 5, 2019
SIRSY 8pm

 

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 will have lounge atmosphere with vinyl DJ on Thursday and Saturday evenings from 9PM until close open mic on Friday evenings from 7-10pm.  Our menu of hand crafted foods is available nightly until 10PM.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For information about DIVE, opening night or evening table reservations after January 1st, 2019,  please feel free to contact Russell at russell@divedc.com

HAVE YOUR EVENT HERE
To book a private event please call 202-297-1434 or email patricia@divedc.com

OPEN MIC
Open mic is every Friday evening and hosted by Samir Ghali.  Sign up for three song sets begins at 6:00 pm on site each Friday or email us to book ahead. Sets take place from 7pm until 10pm with 3 song maximums. We welcome solo musicians, guitarists, singers, small groups, poets and creative types.  Bring your instruments and cables and plug into our Bose L1 ll 8 channel system. We have 2 mics and stands, a choice of 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

More info: Russell Hirshon

Located in the Darlington House Basement
DIVE
1610 20th St. N.W.
Washington DC 20009