Night Life: Public Bar Rocks

by Editorial

Sports and live music unite in Public Bar Dupont with monthly Public Rocks series– which kicked off recently with White for Bronco.

White Ford Bronco surround Public Bar co-owner Edwin Villegas. (Photo by Dave Phillipich)

Recently, local 90’s cover band White Ford Bronco took the stage at Public Bar Dupont (1214 18th St., NW) to kick off the venue’s new Public Rocks series– an initiative that will bring in a rotation of live local bands one Thursday every month.

“I always envisioned Public as not only a sports lounge, but a go-to spot for live music in DC. I wanted the venue to also serve as a central location for DC bands to bounce around creative energy, drink, socialize and even catch a sports game. With the new Public Rocks series, our regulars can count on one live show a month on a select Thursday,” says Public Bar co-owner Edwin Villegas.

The ghosts of Public’s past are no strangers to stage life. The venue shares the same walls as former legendary reggae hotspot The Roxy and alternative rock nightclub The Garage. Rock icons Lenny Kravitz and Blues Traveler’s John Popper both graced the stages of The Garage, historically laying down the pavement for the Public Rocks series.

Public co-owners Edwin Villegas and Paul DeFilippes hosted a VIP Friends & Family launch party during the performance and local VIPs such as ABC 7’s Steve Chenevey, 94.7 FRESH FM’s Tommy McFly, Washington Examiner’s Nikki Schwab and KStreetKate’s Kate Michael made a toast to the sports bar’s newest venture. Upcoming Public Rocks acts include February 9th with White Ford Bronco and the 3AM Band is set to wow partygoers on March 8th.

Public Bar Dupont, 1214 B 18th St Washington, DC 20036, 202.223.2200.

Edwin Villegas, Todd Cummings, Tiffany Keaton, K. Nathan, Dannia Hakki, Paul DeFilippes, John Issa and John Gliatis. (Photo by Dave Phillipich)

Michael Woestehoff and Brad Harris surround's Kate Michael. (Photo by Dave Phillipich)

FOX 5's Paul Raphel and ABC 7's Steve Chenevey are surrounded by Izzy Shotwell (left) and Kerry Duffy (right). (Photo by Dave Phillipich)

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