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D.C. Scene Fixture Josh Burdette Dies


This is a major fucking bummer, especially since I remember this dude from the two times I went to the 9:30 Club.

Josh Burdette, the club’s manager and a man called “the most recognizable presence in all of Washington nightlife” by the Washington Post, has died.

He was only 36.


Josh was a presence, to be sure. Not the kind of guy you forget.

“With is large ear gauges, facial piercings, tattooed forearms and imposing physique, Burdette was not someone a fake ID-holder ever wanted to encounter,” says the Post. “A fixture at the club since 1997, the man known as ‘Big Josh’ or ‘That Guy at the 9:30 Club’ resisted being called a bouncer.”

“A bouncer is looking to bounce people. It’s a reactive way of doing things,” Burdette told The Post’s Chris Richards in 2006. “We’re the face of the club, and we have to do our best to be as friendly, polite and accessible as we can. Some of us look big and scary, but we’re just people, too. We’re just working our jobs.”

Rest in peace, Josh.

The cause and timing of Burdette’s death have not been announced.

9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz issued a statement, saying, in part, “When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of [his] wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-centered folks you could hope to have in your life.”

He apparently also had a wicked sense of humor.