Just when you thought the “Spoon situation” was over, there’s a whole new wrinkle. This time, however, it’s a good one, unless of course you went ahead and bought a ticket to see Yo La Tengo at the Birchmere on 10/23. (Thankfully, I’ve been procrastinating.)
According to a second post by Britt Daniel on this little blog (and elsewhere, I’m sure), Spoon will, in fact, be playing the previously scheduled second show at the 9:30 Club here in DC on Tuesday, October 23rd. Britt’s exact post is reproduced below, but here’s what I think is going on.
(1) If you bought a ticket for either of the original 9:30 Club shows, and if you choose to exchange it (or upgrade) for a Merriweather ticket, then at the time you do so you will be given a voucher. As long as you bring both your used Merriweather ticket stub plus your voucher to the 9:30 Club on 10/23 by 6:45pm, you will be guaranteed entry for the show. That means that anyone choosing to go the Merriweather show will get the bonus of being able to see Spoon two nights in a row for the price of one ticket. Not bad. I still don’t want to see the Shins, though.
(2) If you bought a ticket for either of the original 9:30 Club shows, and if you choose not to exchange it (or upgrade) for a Merriweather ticket, simply bring your unused ticket to the 9:30 Club on 10/23 by 6:45pm and you will be guaranteed entry for the show.
(3) If you show up after 6:45pm with your unused original ticket and/or a voucher, your entry completely depends on whether there is still capacity in the club.
Unresolved questions — What if you already got a refund for your 9:30 Club ticket? (Thankfully, mine just showed up today and I still have it.) If I show up only with my original 9:30 Club ticket, will I get in, or do I need a “voucher” (the first part of the email suggests no, but the last paragraph suggests yes).
Also, I just noticed that Spoon’s set is apparently strictly limited to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Umm, ok. That’s certainly not ideal. Granted, I’m happy at the prospect of seeing Spoon, but I’m still not sure whether this is all kosher or not, or whether I just want a straight-up refund. I’ll have to think on this one.
That said, I do appreciate the effort by Britt and anyone else involved to try to remedy this situation. I still hope we get a full 9:30 Club show from them down the road, but we’ll have to wait and see…
Hi again. We did finally figure out a way to do a smaller show in DC:
Spoon and the Ponys will be playing the 9:30 club on Tuesday Oct 23rd,
the day after the Shins / Merriweather show. For those who bought
tickets to either of the original 9:30 shows, admittance is guaranteed
and is free. After that, admittance is free on a first-come basis to
anyone who has a Merriweather ticket. The details get a bit thick, so
I’ll just fw what I’ve been told. Thanks, Britt
>> Spoon will perform a special show at the 9:30 Club for those
>> who bought tickets to either the original Spoon shows at 9:30
>> or to the Shins/Spoon show at Merriweather.
>> Tuesday, October 23
>> 6:00 doors
>> 7:00-7:30 The Ponys
>> 7:45 – 9:00 Spoon (9:00 Curfew))
>> For those who bought Tickets.com tickets to the original 9:30 show:
>> Bring your ticket to the box office at the 9:30 Club or at
>> Merriweather to exchange/upgrade your ticket, at which time
>> you will receive a voucher. This voucher, when presented
>> with the 10/22 Merriweather ticket stub, will guarantee the
>> ticket holder entry to the special show if presented by 6:45
>> PM on the 23rd. You can still get in after 6:45, space
>> permitting of course. Yes that means you get to go to both
>> the Merriweather & 9:30 shows!
>> Bring your unused ticket to the show on the 23rd – it will
>> guarantee entry if presented before 6:45, and can still be
>> used for entry after that time, space permitting.
>> For those who purchased Ticketmaster tickets to the Merriweather show:
>> Bring your ticket stub to the 9:30 Club for access to the show.
>> Admittance is limited by capacity and not guaranteed.
>> Operational details:
>> There will be two lines for entry – one (left side) for those
>> with the special 9:30 vouchers combined with the Merriweather
>> tickets, and the other (right side) for those with
>> Merriweather tickets only. We will allow entry through both
>> lines from 6:00 – 6:45, maintaining the balance to
>> accommodate the number of vouchers given out.