Started by three female students from the Corcoran Gallery of Art as a co-op art commune, Madams Organ became a central location to punk rock shows and activities. In fact, a few members of the Bad Brains even lived there. "It was a place of coexistence without judgement." But with gentrification in D.C. shows were not enough to cover the cost of rent. Thus, in the 1980s, Adam's Morgan had its last shows.
In the 1990s, the name was revived (with an added apostrophe) for a new building on 2400 and 18th which has since been a major hub of music, particularly jazz, in Adams Morgan.
Fun Fact: Adams Morgan is a neighborhood in D.C. named after two schools that were in existence during segregation: the John Quincy Adams School and the Thomas P. Morgan School. One was designated for white kids and the other for black. The neighborhood name signals the bringing together the two races into one area that has since become one of the most vibrant restaurant and music scenes in D.C.
"It was so much fun to be with people who shared the same ideas you did, the same things as you. That's what it's all about." Leo--Madam's Organ
conversation with James Schneider of Punk the Capital http://www.dcpunkrockdoc.info/