The Rouse Co., which owns Merriweather, says it has decided not to renew its contract with Clear Channel Entertainment, the giant San Antonio-based radio broadcaster that owns Nissan Pavilion in Bristow and scores of other concert venues across the country.
Instead, the concert-promotion firm IMP will book and promote shows at Merriweather. IMP's owners, Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke, have been promoting concerts at their own 9:30 club and other Washington area locations for more than two decades.
"I think there had been a lot of criticism of the previous operator, Clear Channel, that it was purposely running Merriweather into the ground," said [Ken Ulman], who helped orchestrate the deal between IMP and Rouse Co. "I think this lifts that cloud of criticism."
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