In the summer of 2013, four friends (Nathan Thost, Matthew Classens, Chad Spangler & Blaise Railey) set out on a journey into sound, bringing together the best aspects of their respective professions and talents to organize underground house parties; a cross-pollination between music and bar culture. The idea was to provide a platform for up-and-coming DMV talents across mediums while also bringing together diverse & local artists.
July 12th, 2013 saw the very first Closed Sessions event held at Nathan Thost and Matthew Classens’ row house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of NW DC. Local producer/DJs Alex Young and Chooky set an upbeat, funky atmosphere while cofounder Chad Spangler wowed the crowd with his craft cocktail open bar. The crowd was one that would come to define Closed Sessions events in the future, drawing from a diverse set of backgrounds, professions and preferences with regards to bar and music culture.
As the weeks passed, Closed Sessions continued to grow and would eventually be forced to confront the fact that the events had outgrown their original house party setting. From this point Closed Sessions made the jump into a more traditional venue space, setting up show at the newly opened Flash nightclub on Florida Ave. in NW DC. At this stage Closed Sessions was able to bring rising talent from across the world through Washington, DC for the first time, including Kaytranada, STWO, Waveracer and more.
As time progressed Closed Sessions finally accomplished the longtime dream of booking events at U Street Music Hall, packing out shows with artist like Snakehips and Sweater Beats, and collectives like Soulection and Moving Castle.
Along the way Closed Sessions stayed true to its founder’s roots and began throwing monthly service industry nights at DMV restaurants, venues and bars. From Chaplin’s to Jack Rose, Donovan House to Provision No. 14, Closed Sessions industry night has become known as the place to be on the first monday of every month for anyone trying to celebrate great drinks with great music in as friendly and casual an environment as possible. Half of all proceeds generated at the door from entry are donated to a charity.
Inevitably Closed Sessions set its sights on expansion past the DMV area & established a relationship with the iconic Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. On a beautiful night in November Closed Sessions evolved into a regional player with a packed show headlined by the talented SteLouse, Lindsay Lowend, Geotheory, Diversa, JR Nelson & AIRWAV. With more events planned Closed Sessions hopes to continue expansion in NYC, & reach markets in LA, Chicago, Baltimore & other cities.
The journey has just begun, there’s so much still left to do...