DC’s Smallest Concert Venue


You know you’re somewhere between performing on the street with an open guitar case and signing a Quincy Jones recording deal when you’re playing at the miniature stage at the Potbelly Sandwich Works on Connecticut Avenue in Dupont Circle. Blink and you’ll miss it, the stage is so small, and if you’re over six feet tall you’ll have to crouch up there like an elderly woman with osteoporosis. Your music will be piped all throughout the restaurant, and if you’re lucky someone might actually look up towards the rafters and realize where the music is coming from. I have to say, it sure was nice listening to some acoustic Sade today while I ate my Italian on wheat.

5 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Definitely the strangest placement of a musician at a Potbelly that I’ve seen so far.

    Aside from that, I’m not sure how I feel about the practice of using a live musician doing covers as a substitute for some other sort of recorded music. I suppose it’s better than “The soft hits of the 70s and 80s”, but not much. I always feel bad for the performers at the local Potbelly. It might be worse than playing on the street with an open guitar case.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    They’re not always cover artists, Tim, the one over on 11th Street frequently had acoustic guitarists doing original material.

  3. dann (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    They have a similar setup at the Potbelly’s in Fairfax (at Fairfax Corner)

  4. Don (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Ditto the one out in Reston, Dann. I just assumed it was a standard layout.

  5. Jeffrey (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    “Someday, I’m going to be a star!”
    “That’s great. Here’s your free half sandwich.”

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