Today marks a somber day for the D.C. music community. Josh Burdette, 9:30 Club’s manager, has died at the age of 36. The news has been confirmed by multiple sources including Washington City Paper and radio station HFS in Baltimore. Currently, the time and cause of his death remains unknown.
Burdette served as 9:30 Club’s manager since 1997, and was known for the being the figurehead of the venue during his time there. A flood of musicians and key players in the music community have expressed their condolences via Twitter. Here are some of the comments made this morning:
He was the warm face of 9:30 Club. His uniqueness and strength were a true vision. “That One Guy”, Big Josh never will be forgotten.
— Rock & Roll Hotel (@rocknrollhotel) September 2, 2013
RIP Josh Burdette. My heart is with the @930Club family. Music in DC has lost a great friend.
— Will Eastman (@willeastman) September 2, 2013
Our hearts go out to the 9:30 Club, IMP, Merriweather Post Pavilion and the DC music community for the loss of Josh Burdette.
— Outerloop Management (@outerloopmgmt) September 2, 2013
You’ll be truly missed Josh. RIP @930club
— paperhausmusic (@paperhausmusic) September 2, 2013
RIP to Big Josh of @930Club – a teddy bear of a man. Local institution and a lovely man. Always a gentleman. You’ll be missed, bruv
— Ra Ra Rasputin (@RaRa_DC) September 2, 2013
— O.A.R. (@ofarevolution) September 2, 2013
D.C. Music Download will share the latest updates on this story as they become available.
UPDATE [2:06 PM]: An official spokesperson for the 9:30 Club tells D.C. radio station WTOP:
“It’s too soon to know much…we are all crushed. There is really nothing for us to say other than our hearts are broken.”
UPDATE [4:30 PM]: 9:30 Club’s co-owner, Seth Hurwitz, issues an official statement:
“Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-centered folks you could hope to have in your life.
And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn’t know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that.
I’m pretty good at moving on but this one’s gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry.”
UPDATE [2:30 AM]: WJLA reports that police are looking into Burdette’s death as a possible suicide:
“Police say they responded to Burdette’s Kensington home in Montgomery County on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m.
Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.”