Bohemian Caverns Celebrates 85 Years of Historic Jazz
Brown's commitment to this vision extends beyond the day-to-day operations of the Caverns, informing his ultimate goal for the future of converting the Caverns to a non- profit structure. "The idea is to put a non-profit function...around the Caverns in a way that will allow it to be here indefinitely, with other arms additionally, more educational outreach, fundraising, 'cause its not going to make anyone a ton of money. But it has intrinsic value. Hopefully this place will stay here forever-keep its history."
While accomplishing this final transformation may be a ways off, the vision informs the daily operations and tone of the Caverns even as it celebrates its 85th anniversary. A sense of continuity, high aspirations, and artistic dedication breathes through, making a night at the Caverns a unique experience-one that audiences return for time and again.
To paraphrase another local musician, what makes Bohemian Caverns special is the sense of family and belonging that Brown cultivates. This rare sense of community in a cut-throat industry provides a welcome backdrop for the club's rich and diverse musical offerings. It also contributes to reviving a facet of DC that, though never entirely lost, was elusive during the economic and artistic doldrums of recent decades.