The Black Cat, self-identified as an alternative/independent music venue, was opened in the early 1990s by a group musician-investors in the historic U St Corridor. The modern Black Cat is a slightly larger venue just three doors down from the original location.
U Street, the heart of the D.C. Jazz Age in the 1930s-60s, has undergone a tumultuous transformation. This area was hit hard in the Riots of 1968 leaving the neighborhood dangerous and neglected until the 1990s when places like the Black Cat began to pop up and revitalize the area. Now U Street has been restored to its former nightlife, it is a must-see in D.C. complete with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
The Black Cat can now be found at 1811 14th St NW, Washington DC