9:30 Club

9:30 Club during US air guitar championship (@travlr on Flickr)

Who knew, apparently references in Jonathan Franzen novels pay off.

The 9:30 Club has been named one of America's most influential clubs by Billboard magazine.

In an item published last week, the club was included alongside New York City's Bowery Room and West Hollywood's The Troubadour in a list of the ten most influential clubs in the country.

The 9:30 Club, heavily name-checked in Franzen's "Freedom," is the "best-designed working club in the country," says one of the music vets quoted in the magazine. Another said it has "a general vibe or aura that is intangible - but you know it when you are within it."

The ten clubs on the list were chosen by the magazine and five influential booking agents.