In a Corporate Concert World, an Indie Thrives in Washington The annual lineup at Merriweather, Mr. Hurwitz said, consists mostly of artists not tied to such deals; this summer, for example, OneRepublic, Chris Stapleton, Lauryn Hill and Nas were all on tours produced by Live Nation and booked at Jiffy Lube Live, Merriweather’s rival amphitheater in Bristow, Va. (Still, Merriweather didn’t do too badly, with a lineup that included Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, the XX and the Vans Warped Tour.) “This was designed for people to go and have the best time they can possibly have,” Mr. Hurwitz said, “and for the performers to enjoy playing here more than anywhere else.” For Mr. Hurwitz, long this city’s leading concert promoter, it was a characteristic remark: confident and aggressive, and a defiant survival strategy for one of the last major independent operators in a heavily consolidated business. “One of the things that Seth really drilled down on was creating a sense of intimacy — little communities inside the venue,” said Mr. Rockwell, best known as an architect and theater set designer. “We can play dives and have a great show,” said Britt Daniel of the band Spoon, which passed through Merriweather last month and has had a long history with I. M.P. The goal was to make a 57,000-square-foot room — far bigger than most clubs, but with most fans standing on the floor — still feel small, said David Rockwell, the hall’s design architect. “He is a throwback to the generation before him, the guys who created this business — the Ron Delseners, the Bill Grahams, the Larry Magids,” said Jim Glancy of the Bowery Presents.