Come play a Library Basement show!
Joy Buttons perform at the Library Basement (10/2/2014). Photo by Michael Andrade
October marks three years since the launch of the DC Punk Archive project in 2014. We're planning our fourth series of programs to celebrate - find out more at

BASEMENT SHOWS WILL CONTINUE while the MLK Library is undergoing renovation! See for information on the project.

We are once again calling on local bands to fill out this Google Form and let us know why you want to play loud music in a public library - sssshhhh!
Bands are provided a stipend and free dinner.

Through this series we hope to continue to:
- Provide free exposure to great local bands and musicians
- Facilitate public discovery of and engagement with DC music
- Use a historic public space in an innovative way
- Support and generate interest in local music preservation projects

Continued support for the Library Basement Shows is provided by the DC Public Library Foundation, Friends of MLK Library and Smash Records.

Tell us about your band
If your band is interested in playing a show in the Library Basement, please fill out the the form below and let us know! If you’d rather send us an email, please contact

Don’t consider your band to be punk? No problem! We are accepting any and all genres of music. We just ask that your band be based out of DC.

Name *
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Email address *
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Telephone *
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Band name *
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Link to website *
Give us something to watch or listen to
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Why play a show at DC Public Library? *
Please let us know what it is about playing at the DC Public Library that excites you. Let us know in a message below or feel free to submit a link to a video message. Note that we may share your response with the public!
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