Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars Coming to 9:30 Club

Looking beyond the holiday season and New Year's celebrations there is a rather unique performance taking place at the 9:30 Club on January 7th, "BOAT BURNING: Music for 100 Guitars."

The event bills itself as "a unique and truly massive event featuring a once-in-a-lifetime array of musicians from all across the District's vibrant music scene." This year's edition will be the most ambitious yet, with 100 guitarists placed throughout the venue. Guitarists will not be on stage, but rather will be placed throughout the venue. Accompanying these guitarists will be three separate drummers and several orchestral instruments on stage. All musicians will be led by a conductor in the middle of the performance hall.

Opening the evenings festivities will be no other than Trinary System, featuring Mission of Burma's guitarist Roger Miller. To add to this unique experience DC multimedia artist and guerrilla projectionist Robin Bell of Bell Visuals will create a light show.

All net proceeds from the concert will benefit Bread for the City

See what others have said about past performances:

“Immersive... Guitarists station themselves around the perimeter of the room and let it rip, producing harmonic overtones similar to those heard in Gregorian chant... Immense sound...”

--Washington Post

“Boat Burning's Andras Fekete is a mad man... Case in point: the band’s annual mass guitar orchestra, with nearly 70 guitarists... 

--Washington City Paper "The Year In Review" 

“...the bleeding edge of DC music... Boat Burning: Music For Massed Guitars combines multiple groups of electric guitars with cellos, percussion and voices... bring earplugs for your earplugs...”

--The Pink Line Project

Boat Burning Music For 100 Guitars Full Lineup

Please click on the concert poster for the full size image.

If you have not witnessed a past performance, here is a small taste of what a 55 guitar performance looks and feels like. This year, the 9:30 Club event will host almost twice as many guitars and will take place in a two-level venue.


To purchase tickets, please see 9:30 Club's website or use the following link.

To learn more about Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars, please use the following link.

For more about Bread in the City, please use the following link.

About the author

Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.