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Union Stage rendering ( Union Stage/ District Wharf)

The Wharf could be the new hot spot for live music in the District

If you haven't heard about the construction of the Wharf in Southwest, D.C., you may be living under a rock. The Wharf is a $2 billion, mile-long waterfront neighborhood along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River, that will bring new entertainment, food, and fun to the nation's capital this October.

The Wharf will have plenty for District residents to be excited about, but one thing in particular is the amount of live music shows we will soon have at our fingertips. With the opening of the Wharf in October also comes the opening of Pearl Street Warehouse, Union Stage, and The Anthem -- all live music venues.

We caught up with Bruce Gates, one of the founders of Pearl Street Warehouse, and Daniel Brindley, one of the three Brindley brothers who own Union Stage to chat about their venues and the excitement around the opening of the Wharf.

"If they are going to do half of what they say they are going to with the Wharf, it's going to be amazing. We are going to have great neighbors, great restaurants, and cool stuff will be happening. We are super pumped about the location," added Brindley. "We are excited to be able to use our 16-years of experience in this industry to bring D.C. a live music and concert experience for all ages." The Brindley brothers also own Northern Virginia's Jammin Java, which was named one of the top 40 music venues in the country by Paste Magazine.

"Union Stage will be twice the size of Jammin Java, so we will have access to bigger names and obviously the location is wildly different," said Brindley. Union Stage spans 7,500 square feet and will present everything from rock concerts to seated acoustic shows, to large-scale private events to kids concerts and local community activities.

And just a stone's throw away from Union Stage will be Pearl Street Warehouse, the newest venture from the founders of Cantina Marina. "This is 15-years in the making as far as we are concerned. We have been waiting for the waterfront to catch up to the rest of D.C. and we are so very excited to welcome all of our new neighbors into the neighborhood," said Gates.

The state-of-art Pearl Street Warehouse will showcase local and regional acts in addition to well-known touring bands and rising artists. “We’re building the venue that D.C. needs, and a place where we want to go every night: an authentic experience where the music is the focus and the atmosphere is one that is genuine and comfortable,” added Gates. The venue will accommodate 150-person seated performances to 300-person concerts.

The venue will also include a full bar and diner offering comfort staples and classic cocktails. The 40 seat diner will be open from first call for breakfast through post-performance eats and drinks. "This is going to be a premium diner and bar with food better than bar food," said Gates.

Phase one of The Wharf is scheduled to launch in October 2017, with grand opening celebrations and activities planned until April 2018.