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 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.

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

Friday December 13
Private Holiday party 3pm-5pm

Stella Open Mic 7-10pm 
Jason Byrd and The Musical Trust 10PM
Event Page

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Saturday December 14th

CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT until 11PM

Lobo spins House and chill 11PM until 2am
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Sunday December 15th
Someday Soon 7pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Friday December 20, 2019
Open Mic 7pm-10PM

10PM
Matchbox 30-ish
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Tonia and Lobo house and chill DJ 10PM until 2am

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Friday, December 27th, 2019
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
Ava Camille 7PM
Event Page

Friday, December 27th, 2019
Nashville Artist, Rosemary Joaquin 8pm
Event Page

OPEN MIC 9:30- Midnight
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Saturday, December 28th, 2019
Just fun all night

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Tuesday December 31, 2019
NEW YEARS EVE AT DIVE
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Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Rory D’Lasnow 8PM

No cover, only great music.
Event Page
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Saturday, January 11th, 2020
(Folk /Americana) Dan Lipton at 8pm 
Event Page

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Wednesday January 8, 2020
TRIVIA NIGHT 7pm – 9pm
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Friday, January 10, 2020
(Acoustic) Dave Sharp and the Gintonix
Event Page
No cover, only great music

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Saturday, January 11th
Dave Massey & Jay Byrd 10PM
No cover, only great music.
Event Page

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Wednesday, January 15th
DISTRICT TRIVIA 7PM

From Vermont, Blues guitarist IVAMAE 9pm
Event Page

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Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Hannah Jaye and The Hideaways 8pm
Event Page

No cover, only great music.

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Friday, January 17th
The Mercy Alliance
10PM
EVENT PAGE
No cover, only great music

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Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Grayson’s Radio 8pm
Event Page

Living with Monsters  9:30pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Thursday, January 23rd
(Indie) SIRSY 7PM
Event Page
No cover, only great music
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Friday, January 24th
Open Mic 7pm-10PM
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Saturday, January 25th
Los Dudes 8PM
Event Page
No cover, only great music
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Friday, February 7, 2020
Open Mic 7pm-10PM
The Phoenix Within 10PM
EVENT PAGE

No cover, only great music
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Saturday, February 8, 2020
open
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Friday February 14, 2020
Open Mic 7pm-10PM

Friday February 14, 2020
Baked Shrimp perform at DIVE 10PM
EVENT PAGE
No cover, only great music
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Friday, February 21, 2020
Jackie June at 10pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
From Seattle WA. Dead Bars at 8pm
No cover, only great music
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Friday, February 28th, 2020
(Folk/Americana) Aaron Mitchell 10PM

Lacy Coligan 10PM
Event Page

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Saturday February 29th, 2020
(Folk/Americana)Aaron and Lacy 8pm
Chip 10pm
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Friday March 6, 2020
Open Mic 7pm-10pm

Alt Rock Boston Band Summer Cult . 10PM
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Kevin B. Klein Album release Party 8PM
No cover, only great music

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Friday, March 13, 2020
(Country), Kimberly Atwood 9pm
No cover, only great music.
EVENT PAGE
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Thursday, March 19, 2020 8PM
Melanie Davis and Fate McAfee

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
(Acoustic/Folk) Thomas Waskevich 8pm
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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Friday,  April 17, 2020
10PM
Singer/Songwriter John McDonald from Austin Texas
No cover, only great music
Event Page
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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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Thursday, May 7th, 2020
Acoustic singer/songwriter Brett Stafford Smith 7PM
No cover, only great music.
Event Page

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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

 

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 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings from 6PM until close. We have open mic on Friday evenings from 7-10pm.  Performances by musical artists are currently scheduled at 10pm Friday evenings and Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For information about DIVE 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.  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 miixer. We have 2 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

Booking info: Russell Hirshon

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

202-332-3722