This is my list of upcoming shows that interest me, with the caveat that my taste in music is, well, eclectic. In addition, while some of this music interests me because I have seen it before and know that I want to see it again, other things may have been recommended by friends or simply caught my fancy given my mood at the time. I try to update this frequently enough that it is actually useful and I try to include whatever info I have. I also try to get it from reliable sources, but no source is perfect. And, I myself am capable of mistakes. Therefore, it may be worth a check with the venue before planning your life around what you see here. Also check back here closer to the show, as I do go back and correct entries if I learn that they are wrong. Got comments or reactions? Shows I should add? Write to karokaro AT verizon DOT net.

Want to know what I actually see?

September 20 Thursday: Birds of Chicago play The Soundry with Maya de Vitry. Birds of Chicago play Americana and folk. Maya de Vitry is a singer best known for her work with The Stray Birds. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated. This is an all ages show. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

September 20-23 Thursday through Sunday: Guitarist Mike Stern and drummer Dennis Chambers with Tom Kennedy on bass & Bob Fransceshini on sax play fusion at Blues Alley. Shows are at 8 and 10 each day. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 day of show.

September 21 Friday: Jonathan Goldberger/JP Schlegelmilch/Jeff Davis play Rhizome with Janel Leppin and Myelin Nation. JP Schlegelmilch on organ and keyboards, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar and Jeff Davis on drums are a 21st-century take on the organ trio. Janel Leppin plays cello. Myelin Nation is a newly formed ensemble featuring notable improvisers Sarah Hughes, Corey Thuro, Maria Shesiuk, Aaron Mertes & Daniel Ostrow. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.

September 21 Friday: Bumper Jacksons play The Soundry with The Fly Birds. Bumper Jacksons play Americana. The Fly Birds are a folk trio. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

September 21 Friday: Donna the Buffalo plays a benefit for the Windward Foundation at Hamilton Live with Lucy Scholl and Leigh Nash. Donna the Buffalo plays roots rock with a touch of zydeco. Lucy Scholl plays pop country. Leigh Nash plays pop country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. $35 for standing, $100 for seated. The "pit" will be available for dancing.

September 21 Friday: This show has been cancelled.Mastodon plays Fillmore with Dinosaur, Jr. and Netherlands. Mastodon plays metal. Dinosaur Jr plays rock. Netherlands plays rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.

September 21 Friday: Dinosaur, Jr. plays the Black Cat. Dinosaur. Jr. plays rock. Doors open at 10. Admission is $30.

September 21 Friday: Joel Harrison and Free Country plays An Die Musik. Joel Harrison plays guitar. Free Country is an album he release in 2003 which introduces country songs to free jazz. Shows are is at 8 and 9:30. Admission is $10 to $20.

September 22 Saturday: Hard Swimmin' Fish play the New Deal Cafe. Hard Swimmin' Fish play roots music including blues, jazz, funk and swing. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.

September 22 Saturday: Joel Harrison and Free Country plays Rhizome. Joel Harrison plays guitar. Free Country is an album he release in 2003 which introduces country songs to free jazz. Show is at 8. Admission is $20, $10 for students.

September 22 Saturday: Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children plays The Pie Shop (Dangerously Delicious Pies) with Dominy. Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children play garage blues. Dominy plays Americana. Show is at 8:30. The Pie Shop is located at 1339 H Street in Northeast DC.

September 22 Saturday: Shadow Woods Post Fest at Windup Space with Uada, Panzerfaust, Imperial Triumphant, Dark Water Transit and Night Raids. Uada plays metal. Panzerfaust plays black metal. Imperial Triumphant plays black metal. Dark Water Transit plays instrumental rock. Night Raids play blackened crust. Show is at 8. Discount admission with Shadow Woods ticket.

September 23 Sunday: Karuna plays Rhizome. Karuna is Hamid Drake, Ralph M. Jones and Adam Rudolph. The last time I saw them, they blew me away. Show is at 8, tickets are $20 and are available in advance.

September 23 Sunday: Davina and the Vagabonds play Hamilton Live. Davina and the Vagabond play jazz and blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated.

September 24 Monday: Time is Fire plays the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Time is Fire plays psychedelic world rock.

September 24 Monday: Reignwolf plays U Street Music Hall. Reignwolf plays blues rock. Show is at 7. Tickets are $25.

September 24 Monday: Supersuckers play Pearl Street Warehouse with The Glenmont Popes. Supersuckers play rock. They also play country. They will play both at this show, including Smoke of Hell and LaMano Cornuda in their entirety. Glenmont Popes play rockabilly. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:15. Tickets are $20. This is a 21+ show.

September 24 Monday: Buddy Guy plays the Birchmere with Tom Hambridge. Buddy Guy plays blues. Tom Hambridge plays rock, country and blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $115.

September 26 Wednesday: George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners play Rams Head On Stage. George Porter, Jr. & the Runnin' Pardnrs combine rock, funk and R&B. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $24.50.

September 27 Thursday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays The Soundry. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays country blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $18. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

September 27 Thursday: Dream Wife plays DC 9. Dream Wife play energetic pop punk. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $12.

September 28 Friday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Hamilton Live. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays country blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated. This is an 18+ show.

September 28 Friday: Sonic Circuits at Rhizome with Ogni Suono, Hatchers, Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci and Sunwatchers. Show is at 7:30. Admission is $15.

September 28 Friday: Bonehart Flannigan plays Electric Maid. Bonehart Flannigan plays folk. Electric Maid is located at 268 Carroll Street in Takoma Park in Northwest DC.

September 28 Friday: Lunch with Bob plays the New Deal Cafe. Lunch With Bob is a celebration of American music, from bluegrass to rockabilly, country to the blues. Show is from 8:30 to 11:30.

September 28 Friday: Leftover Salmon plays the State Theatre with Two Ton Twig. Leftover Salmon is a bluegrass based jam band. Two Ton Twig plays American roots music. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $29 in advance, $35 day of show.

September 28-29 Friday and Saturday: High Zero Fesstival at Theatre Project. This year High Zero is traveling to other cities to play with others there and the shows in Baltimore will be all Baltimore musicians. The schedule is here. The Theatre Project is located at 45 West Preston Street in Baltimore.

September 29 Saturday: Sonic Circuits plays Rhizome with Coven Tree, M+V, Miolina with guest artist Akio Mokuno, David Grollman/Valerie Kuehne, Ariadne, Verklärter Rohr, Heidi Hörsturz and Free Soil. Show is at 5:30. Admission is $20.

September 29 Saturday: The Smokin’ Polecats play Old Bowie Town Grill with Marianna Previti on vocals. Marianna Previti sings the blues.

September 29 Saturday: Bumper Jacksons 5th Anniversary Throwdown Dance Party at Hill Country Barbecue. Bumper Jacksons play roots jazz, country swing and street blues. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

September 29 Saturday: Jonny Grave plays The Pie Shop (Dangerously Delicious Pies) Jonny Grave plays folk and blues. Show is at 8:30. The Pie Ship is located at 1339 H Street in Northeast DC.

September 30 Sunday: Sonic Circuits play Rhizome. The wind and string ensemble Exfoliage plays their realization of December 1952 and The Sloth Ensemble plays a work inspired by Venusian text acquired in 1952. Show is at 5:30. Admission is $20.

September 30 Sunday: St. Paul and the Broken Bones plays Anthem with Mattiel. St. Paul and the Broken Bones play soul-based rock. Mattiel Brown plays Americana. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $41 for general admission, $61 for a seat with your name on it.

September 30 Sunday: This show is sold out. The Devon Allman Project plays Rams Head On Stage with special guest Duane Betts. Devon Allman plays blues rock. Duane Betts plays guitar. They will play together on the encore. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35.

October 1 Monday: Bruce Lamont plays Ottobar with Kevin Hufnagel, The Wayward and Musket Hawk. Bruce Lamont plays horns in a variety of projects including Brain Tentacles. Kevin Hufnagel plays guitar in a variety of projects including Dysrhythmia and Gorguts. The Wayward plays punk and rock. Musket Hawk plays grindcore and sludge metal. Doors open at 7, show is at 7:30. This is an all ages show.

October 1 Monday: Marcia Ball plays City Winery. Marcia Ball plays boogie woogie piano. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $30 for standing, $45 for seated. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.

October 1 Monday: Chick Corea Trio: Vigilette plays the Birchmere. Vigilette is Chick Corea on keys with Carlos Del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $79.50.

October 3 Wednesday: Double Sharp plays the Newd Deal Cafe. Double Sharp is an acoustic duo with roots in Classical, Americana and Irish traditional music. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.

October 4 Thursday: Shane Parish plays Rhizome with Anthony Pirog/Jarrett Gilgore and Ambience for the Eye. Shane Parish is a guitar player who plays folk music, jazz, and other repertoire from across the globe and throughout history. Anthony Pirog and Garrett Gilgore play experimental guitar. Ambience for the Eye is a presentation of visual improvisations by Monica Stroik accompanied by Doug Kallmeyer on tenor bass. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.

October 4 Thursday: Hayley Jane and the Primates play Gypsy Sally's with Pleasure Train. Hayley Jane & The Primates combine Americana, soul and rock & roll. Pleasure Train plays music with retro funk-disco rhythms. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.

October 4 Thursday: Wolgemut plays New Deal Cafe. Wolgemut performs historical music on original instruments such as the medieval bagpipes, shawms and bombastic drums as well as quiet instruments like the flute, medieval fiddle and harp. Show is from 7:30 to 9:30.

October 4 Thursday: Fruition plays 8X10 with Daniel Rodiguez of Elephant Revival. Fruition plays folk with elements of psychedelia and soul. Daniel Rodriguez plays guitar. Doors open at 7 (or so).

October 5 Friday: Hubby Jenkins plays Hill Country Barbecue. Hubby Jenkins plays old time banjo, guitar and bones. Show is at 7. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

October 5 Friday: Blitzen Trapper Furr Anniversary Tour at Rock and Roll Hotel. Blitzen Trapper plays experimental folk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is an all ages show.

October 5 Friday: Shemekia Copeland plays Hamilton Live. Shemekia Copeland sings the blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15.75 for standing, $25.75 for seated and $35.75 for better seats.

October 6 Saturday: Black Masala plays Pearl Street Warehouse with My Son the Hurricane. Black Masala is an eclectic high energy brass band. My Son the Hurricane mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hip hop. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:15. Tickets are $15. This show is 21+. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

October 6 Saturday: An evening with Pat Metheny at The Music Center at Strathmore with Antonio Sanchez on drums, Linda May Han Oh on bass and Gwilym Simcock on piano. Show is at 8. Tickets are $50 to $85.

October 7 Sunday: Bill Cole/Joseph Daley Duo plays Rhizome. Cole specializes in non-Western wind instruments, including the Ghanaian atenteben, Chinese suona, Korean hojok and piri, South Indian nagaswaram, North Indian shehnai, Tibetan trumpet, and Australian didjeridu. Joseph Daley plays euphonium, tuba and trombone. Together they play jazz. Show is at 4. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

October 7 Sunday: Frank Hurricane plays Rhizome with Model Home and Pallette. Frank Hurricane plays "Spiritual Mountain Psychedelic Shrymp Folk." Model Home plays experimental rap. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.

October 7 Sunday: Anders Osborne plays at matinee at Ramshead On Stage. Anders Osborne is a singer songwriter. Doors open at noon, show starts at 1. Tickets are $35.

October 8 Monday: Charalambides plays Rhizome with Weed Tree and Zyzia. Charalambides founders Tom and Christina Carter play music that touches on the outer limits of acid folk, psych rock, and improvisation. Weed Tree plays experimental improvisational music. Zyzia is Amber Wolfe and Jarrod Fowler. Show is at 8.

October 9 Tuesday: Bonnie Prince Billy plays the Birchmere with The Other Years. Bonnie Prince Billie plays folk. The Other Years is a folk duo. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $29.50.

October 9 and 10 Tuesday and Wednesday: Nine Inch Nails plays the Anthem with The Jesus and Mary Chain. Nine Inch Nails plays industrial rock. Jesus and Mary Chain play alt rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $95 and $175 but there are no $175 tickets left. Tickets are now available through the normal channels.

October 10 Wednesday: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya plays Songbyrd with Options. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya performs free jazz and rap. Options plays indie rock. Show is at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. This is an all ages.

October 10 Wednesday: AKKU Quintet plays Rhizome with Accordo di Contrari. AKKU Quintet play a minimalistic jazz groove. Accordo di Contrari plays jazz rock. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.

October 10 Wednesday: California Honeydrops play Baltimore Soundstage. California Honeydrops play R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

October 10 Wednesday: Leo Kottke plays the Birchmere. Leo Kottke plays American primitive guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.

October 10 Wednesday: Lydia Lunch plays Metro Gallery with her new project RetroVirus. RetroVirus is Lydia Lunch, Weasel Walter, Bob Bert and Tim Dahl. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show.

October 11 Thursday: Detroit Cobras play Hill Country Barbecue with Fiona Silver and Jumpin' Jupiter. Detroit Cobras play garage rock. Fiona Silver is a singer songwriter. Jumpin' Jupiter plays rockabilly. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

October 11 Thursday: The Lil Smokies play Union Stage with Fruition. The Lil Smokies play progressive bluegrass. Fruition plays folk with elements of psychedelia and soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $22 general admission, $30 premier. Union Stage is located at 740 Water Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

October 11 Thursday: Vinicius Cantuaria plays the Mansion at Strathmore. Vinicius Cantuaria plays bossa nova Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30.

October 11 Thursday: Eilen Jewell plays Hamilton Live. Eilen Jewell sings blues with a bit of country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing in the bar, $25 for seated, $40 for the seats that stop people from dancing in front of you.

October 12 Friday: Town Mountain plays Pearl Street Warehouse. Town Mountain plays bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. Pearl Street Warehouse is located on the Wharf at 33 Pearl Street in Southwest DC.

October 12 Friday: The Lil Smokies plays the 8X10. The Lil Smokies play progressive bluegrass. Doors open at 8.

October 12 Friday: Viva Puerto Rico! with Orquesta el Macabeo at The Patterson. Orquestra el Macabeo are punk rockers who play salsa. Show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 day of show. The Patterson is located at 3134 Patterson Avenue in Baltimore.

October 12 Friday: This show is sold out. An evening with Public Image LTD at the Black Cat. Public Image, Ltd. fuses rock, dance, folk, pop and dub. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $35.

October 12 Friday: Magpie plays Carroll Cafe. Magpie is a folk duo. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Takoma Park, Northwest DC.

October 12 Friday: The Saturday show that was originally scheduled has been cancelled. You can use your ticket for the Friday show or get a refund at the place of purchase. Antibalas plays Hamilton Live. Antibalas plays Afrobeat. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.

October 13 Saturday: Umphreys McGee plays MECU Pavilion with Southern Avenue. Umphreys McGee is a proggy jam band. Southern Avenue plays blues and soul. Doors open at 5:30, show is at 6:30. Tickets are $15 for the lawn, $35 for seats.

October 13 Saturday: Jason Charney plays The Red Room with Leo Suarez/Nathan Corder and Tom Weeks. Jason Charney composes music for instruments and electronics. Leo Suarez plays drums. Nathan Corder composes works for electronics, objects, and arrays of people. Tom Weeks is a composer, improviser, and saxophonist from the San Francisco Bay Area, Show is at 8:30. Admission is $5 to $10. The Red Room is located at 425 East 31st Street in Baltimore.

October 13 Saturday: Heavy Breathing plays Rhizome with Quattracenta and Kamyar. Heavy Breathing plays art punk. Quattracenta plays dark, atmospheric music. Kamyar world folk. Show is at 8, there is a suggested donation of $10.

October 13 Saturday: Trouble Funk plays Gypsy Sally's with Nappy Riddem. Trouble Funk play funk and go-go. Nappy Riddem plays reggae. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $23.

October 14 Sunday: Michael Franti brings the Stay Human Tour to the Fillmore with Dustin Thomas and Victoria Canal. Michael Franti combines hip hop, funk, rock and reggae. Dustin Thomas is a singer songwriter. Victoria Canal is a singer songwriter. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.

October 16 Tuesday: This show was moved from the 18th and has sold out.JJ Grey plays solo at Rams Head On Stage. JJ Grey plays Southern soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.

October 17 Wednesday: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears play the Black Cat with Vug Arakas. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears play blues, funk and soul. Vug Arakas is a singer songwriter. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25.

October 17 Wednesday: JJ Grey plays a solo show at Hamilton Live with TBA. JJ Grey plays Southern soul. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $28 for standing, $35 for seated and $48 for premium seating.

October 17 Wednesday: Jonny Lang plays Maryland Hall for the creative arts. Jonny Lang plays blues guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $65 and $75. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street in Annapolis.

October 18 Thursday: Teething Veils play Rhizome with Brooks Strause, Extravision. Teething Veils is a violin and guitar duo. Brooks Strause is a singer/songwriter. Extravision plays folk rock. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.

October 19 Friday: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play The Soundry. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play instrumental bluegrass. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing and $25 for seated. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

October 19 Friday: Naughty Professor plays a late show at Songbyrd. Naughty Professor plays jazz funk. Show is at 11. Admission is $12.

October 19 Friday: Jerry Douglas Band plays Hamilton Live. Jerry Douglas plays dobro, he and the band play blue grass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $24.75 for standing, $44.75 for seated, $64.75 for better seats.

October 20 Saturday: People's Blues of Richmond play the 8X10 with Haint Blue. People's Blues of Richmond plays psychedelic blues rock. Haint Blue plays Americana.

October 20 Saturday: Wild Anacostias play the New Deal Cafe. Wild Anacostias play New Orleans party music.

October 20 Saturday: Southern Culture on the Skids plays Gypsy Sally with The Woolly Bushmen. Southern Culture on the Skids plays roots rock. The Woolly Bushmen play rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.

October 20 Saturday: Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays the Anthem. Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays the music of the Grateful Dead. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 and $65.

October 20 Saturday: Chopteeth plays The Soundry. Chopteeth plays Afrofunk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

October 21 Sunday: Johnny A. brings his tour "Just Me... And My Guitars: A Celebration of the British Song Book of the 60's" to Jammin' Java for a matinee. Doors 12:30 pm, show is at 2 pm. Tickets are $25.

October 22 Monday: Samantha Fish plays the Birchmere. Samantha Fish plays and sings the blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25.

October 23 Tuesday: Scrapomatic plays in the Wine Garden at City Winery. Scrapomatic plays blues, roots, Americana and country. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. TIckets are $20. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast, DC.

October 23 Tuesday: Pokey LaFarge plays a solo show at City Winery with The Watson Twins. Pokey LaFarge plays blues, folk, country and swing. The Watson Twins play alt country and folk. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are from $20 to $30. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.

October 24 Wednesday: Pokey LaFarge plays a solo show at Rams Head On Stage with The Watson Twins. Pokey LaFarge plays blues, folk, country and swing. The Watson Twins play alt country and folk. Show is at 8. Tickets are $23.50.

October 24 Wednesday: Take Me To The River at Hamilton Live with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and more. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $40 for standing, $65 for seated.

October 25 Thursday: Moon Hooch plays Baltimore Soundstage. Moon Hooch plays dance-oriented percussion- and saxophone-based music. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $16.50 in advance, $19.70 day of show.

October 25 Thursday: Bob Log III plays Hill Country Barbecue. Bob Log III is a slide guitar one man band. Show is at 9. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of show.

October 25 Thursday: Bass Drum of Death play Songbyrd. Bass Drum of Death plays garage punk band. This is a late show. Doors open and the show starts at 11:30. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

October 25 Thursday: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds play the Anthem with Cigarettes After Sex. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds play rock. Cigarettes after sex play ambient pop. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $60 to $100.

October 26 Friday: Chris Jacobs Band plays The Soundry. Cris Jacobs combines rock, country and folk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

October 26 Friday: Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles plays Pearl Street Warehouse. Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles play funk jazz. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $79 for meet and greet. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

October 26 Friday: Mountain Ride plays Old Bowie Town Grill. Mountain Ride plays bluegrass. Admission is $5.

October 26 Friday: Lee "Scratch" Perry and Subatomic Sound System plays Rock and Roll Hotel. Lee "Scratch" Perry is a dub innovator. Subatomic Sound System plays bass music, dub and dancehall. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $25. This is an all ages show.

October 26 and 27 Friday and Saturday: Twiddle plays the 9:30 Club. Friday show starts at 8. Saturday show starts at 10:30. Tickets for either show are $20.

October 27 Saturday: Mwenso and the Shakes play the Crossroads Club in the Atrium at the Kennedy Center. Mwenso and the Shakes play energetic music with a strong blues essence through African and Afro-American music and the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown, and many other legends. Show is at 9. Tickets are $29.

October 27 Saturday: Rumput plays Rhizome with Falsa and Kamyar Arsani. Rumput plays kroncong - traditional string music from Indonesia. Falsa is a 14th century Sufi chamber fusion ensemble. Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Show is at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $10.

October 27-28 Saturday and Sunday: Moon Taxi plays the 9:30 Club with Moon Hooch. Moon Taxi plays alt rock. Moon Hooch plays dance-oriented percussion- and saxophone-based music. To tell the truth, I think these bands are in the wrong order. On Saturday doors open at 6, Sunday doors open at 7. Tickets both nights are $28.

October 28 Sunday: Fred Eaglesmith plays Jammin' Java. Fred Eaglesmith plays alt country. Doors open at 5:30, show is at 7. Tickets are $20.

October 31 Wednesday: Rasputina plays City Winery. Rasputina plays cello rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 to $30. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.

November 2 Friday: Cris Jacobs Band plays Pearl Street Warehouse with Jonathan Sloane Trio. Cris Jacobs combines rock, country and folk. Jonathan Sloane Trio plays blues, R&B, funk and soul Doors open at 7, show is at 8:15. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

November 2 Friday: I Draw Slow plays https://www.thesoundry.com/The Soundry. I Draw Slow is an Irish band that plays American folk music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $14.75 for standing, $19.75 for standing. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

November 2 Friday: Kaia Kater plays The Patterson. Kaia Kater plays traditional banjo. Show is at 8. Ticket are $18 in advance, $21 day of show. The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.

November 2 Friday: Behemoth plays the Fillmore with At the Gates and Wolves In the Throne Room. Behemoth plays extreme metal. At the Gates plays death metal. Wolves in the Throne Room play black metal. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $29.50.

November 2 Friday: Aqueous play Union Stage with Mungion. Doors are at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $20 for premium. Union Stage is located at 740 Water Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

November 2-3 Friday and Saturday: Rebirth Brass Band plays Hamilton Live. Rebirth Brass Band is a funky brass band. Doors for the Friday show open at 6:30, show is at 8. Doors for the early show on Saturday open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Doors for the late show on Saturday open at 9:30, show is at 10:30. Tickets are $35 for standing, $45 for seated.

November 3 Saturday: Davy Knowles plays Pearl Street Warehouse. Davy Knowles plays blues, rock and folk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is a 21+ show.

November 3 Saturday: Portland Cello Project performs Radiohead’s OK Computer at Weinberg Center. Show is at 8, tickets are $25 to $35.

November 3 Saturday: Lettuce plays Anthem with special guests Waka Flocka Flame and Marcus King. Turkuaz opens. Lettuce is a funk based jam band. Turkuaz plays funk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $41 for general admission, $61 for nontransferrable reserved seats. The Anthem is located at 901 Wharf Street in Southwest DC/

November 4 Sunday: I Draw Slow plays Hamilton Live. I Draw Slow is an Irish band that plays American folk music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for standing, $17 for seated, $29.75 to block off the dance floor.

November 6 Tuesday: Haken and Leprous play Baltimore Soundstage with Bent Knee. Haken plays progressive metal. As does Leprous. Bent Knee plays art rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show.

November 6 Tuesday: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore play AMP by Strathmore. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore play Western swing, blues and early rock and roll together. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $37 for VIP.

November 6 Tuesday: Ghostland Observatory plays 6th & I with Gibbz. Ghostland Observatory combines electronic dance music, rock and funk. Gibbz plays pop. Show is at 8. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show.

November 6 Tuesday: Tom Morello brings the Atlas Underground Experience to The Miracle Theatre. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $49.50. The Miracle Theatre is located at 535 8th Street in Southeast DC.

November 6-7 Tuesday and Wednesday: Lone Bellow plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Lone Bellow is an Americana trio. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 and $35.

November 7 Wednesday: Oxymorrons play upstairs at the Songbyrd with Bonelang. Oxymorrons combine hard rock and rap. Bonelang is a hip hop band. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Show is free but you might want to use that RSVP button on the Songbyrd website. This is an all ages show.

November 9 Friday: Jess Sah Bi and Peter One play Rhizome with Greg Jamie. Jess Sah Bi and Peter 1 play a fusion of traditional Ivorian village songs and American and English country and folk-rock music. Greg Jamie is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Show is at 8. There is a $15 suggested donation.

November 9 Friday: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play Hamilton Live. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play instrumental bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $17.25 to stand in the bar, $25.50 to sit, and $39.75 to sit and block off the dance floor.

November 9 Friday: Papa John Gros plays Gypsy Sally's with Roosevelt Collier Band. Papa John Gros plays New Orleans funk. Roosevelt Collier is a pedal steel guitar player from the sacred steel tradition. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

November 9 Friday: The Main Squeeze plays Pearl Street Warehouse. The Main Squeeze blends soul, hip hop and funk with rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:15. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

November 9 Friday: Lake Street Dive plays the Anthem. Lake Street Dive combine Southern rock, soul and folk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 and $75.

November 10 Saturday: Black Masala plays the New Deal Cafe. Black Masala is an eclectic high energy brass band. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.

November 10 Saturday: Aztec Sun plays Pearl Street Warehouse with Reed Appleseed. Aztec Sun plays funk with soul. Reed Appleseed plays "alternative-nightmare country." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is a 21+ show.

November 10 Saturday: Kamasi Washington plays Lincoln Theatre. Kamasi Washington is a sax player who plays progressive, improvisational music. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50.

November 10 Saturday: Orgone plays Gypsy Sally's. Orgone plays funk and soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

November 10 Saturday: Papadosio plays 9:30 Club with Litz. Papadosio combines rock, jazz and electronic mayhem. Litz plays funk and rock. Doors open at 10:30. Tickets are $20.

November 11 Sunday: Naked Jungle plays New Deal Cafe. Naked Jungle is an instrumental percussion-based world fusion band. Show is 7 to 9.

November 12 Monday: QuaQuaQua plays the Red Room with The Third Guy. QuaQuaQua is a flexible mostly percussion-based group which will present composed pieces somewhere between performance art, contemporary music, and absurdist theater. The Third Guy is Slovenian guitarist Primož Sukic and Spanish percussionist Ruben Orio. Show is at 8:30. Admission is $5 to $10. The Red Room is located at 425 East 31st Street in Baltimore.

November 13 Tuesday: Amigo the Devil plays Metro Gallery with Harley Poe. Amigo the Devil plays murderfolk. Harley Poe play folk punk about monsters. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.

November 14 Wednesday: Yonder Mountain String Band plays Rams Head On Stage. Yonder Mountain String Band plays energetic bluegrass. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $46.50.

November 15 Thursday: Yonder Mountain String Band plays Union Stage with Brad Parsons. Yonder Mountain String Band plays energetic bluegrass. Brad Parsons plays folk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30 and $50. Union Stage is located at 740 Union Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

November 16 Friday: WUME has a CD release show at the Ottobar with Matmos and Amanda Schmidt. WUME is a drum and synth duo. Matmos is an experimental electronic music duo. Amanda Schmidt is an atmospheric sound artist. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $12.

November 16 Friday: Moonshine Society plays Old Bowie Town Grill. Moonshine Society is a blues band. Show is at 8:30.

November 17 Saturday: John Medeski's Mad Skillet plays Hamilton Live. John Medeski's Mad Skillet is a jazz jam quartet with John Medeski on keys, Will Bernard on guitar, Kirk Joseph on sousaphone and Terence Higgins on drums. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, for seated, $25 and $40 for better seats.

November 17 Saturday: Big Sandy and the Fly Right Boys play Pearl Street Warehouse. Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys play " undiluted joyful music pulled from rockabilly, rock & roll, honky-tonk, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop." Doors open at 7, show is at 8:15. Tickets are $15. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.

November 18 Sunday: The Body plays Metro Gallery with Author & Punisher and Muscle & Marrow. The Body is an experimental duo. Author & Punisher is a one man industrial doom and drone metal band. Muscle & Marrow play dark electronic music. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $12 to $15.

November 18 Sunday: Tea Leaf Green plays Gypsy Sally's. Tea Leaf Green is a four piece jam band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

November 19 Monday: Leo Kottke plays Rams Head On Stage. Leo Kottke combines folk, jazz and blues influences into a signature finger-picked style of syncopated, polyphonic music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.

November 20 Tuesday: The Dead South plays the 9:30 Club with The Hooten Hallers and Del Suelo. The Dead South blends bluegrass and classic folk. The Hooten Hallers play blues and rock. Del Suelo plays alt pop. Doors open at 7, tickets are $20.

November 21 Wednesday: Rare Essence plays Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Rare Essence plays go go. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $30 plus $7.45 in fees.

November 23-24 Friday and Saturday: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong plays Rams Head Live. Opening act on Friday is lespecial Opening act on Saturday is Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a funk jam band. lespecial is a heavy future groove trio. Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers play folk, Americana and funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for general admission. You can apparently also pay $35 but it isn't clear what you get for that. Fees are steep.

November 24 Saturday: The Thrillbillys play Old Bowie Town Grill. The Thrillbillies play Americana, country and rockabilly. Admission is $10.

November 27 Tuesday: Acoustic Hot Tuna plays City Winery. Hot Tuna plays Piedmont and other forms of blues. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $70 for a bar stool, $75 for premium, $80 for front premium and $85 for VIP. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.

November 29 Thursday: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play the 9:30 Club. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play soul and rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $20.

November 29 Thursday: Acoustic Hot Tuna plays Gordon Center. Hot Tuna plays Piedmont and other forms of blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45 to $75. Gordon Center is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue in Owings Mills, Maryland.

December 1 Saturday: Red Baraat plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Red Baraat combines fusion of bhangra, go-go, hip-hop and jazz. Show is at 8. Ticket are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

December 1 Saturday: Brandon "Taz" Niederauer plays a matinee show at Rams Head On Stage. Brandon "Taz" Niederauer plays guitar. Doors open at noon, show is at 1. Tickets are $25.

December 1 Saturday: Scythian plays Rams Head On Stage. Scythian plays Americana, bluegrass, country, folk and world music. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $24.50.

December 1 Saturday: Linwood Taylor Band plays New Deal Cafe. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.

December 5 Wednesday: Ministry plays Fillmore with Carpenter Brut and Igorrr. Ministry plays industrial metal. Franck Hueso, better known by his stage name Carpenter Brut, is a French electronic music artist. Igorrr is a fusion of breakcore, death metal and Baroque-inspired classical music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:15. Tickets are $35.

December 5 Wednesday: J Mascis plays City Winery with Luluc. J. Mascis plays rock guitar. Luluc is a folk music duo. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $32 to $45. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.

December 5 Wednesday: Steven Wilson plays Rams Head Live. Steven Wilson is a prog rock guitarist. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $32.50 day of show.

December 6 Thursday: Marcus King Band plays the 9:30 Club with Ida Mae. Marcus King Band plays soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock. Ida Mae is a blues rock band. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $20.

December 6 Thursday: Ballroom Thieves play Rock and Roll Hotel. Ballroom Thieves play folk with vintage elements. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show.

December 6-7 Thursday and Friday: An evening with Patterson Hood at Pearl Street Warehouse. Patterson Hood is an American singer-songwriter and co-founder of the band Drive-By Truckers. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $30. This is a 21+ show.

December 7 Friday: Khruangbin plays the 9:30 Club. Khruangbin plays music influenced by Thai funk. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $20.

December 7 Friday: New Potato Caboose reunion show at Baltimore Soundstage. New Potato Caboose is a jam band that plays everything from CSNY, to the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and a host of originals. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27.50 day of shows.

December 8 Saturday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Ottobar with Haint Blue and TBA. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays country blues. Haint Blue plays Americana. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. This is an all ages show.

December 8 Saturday: ilyAIMY plays New Deal Cafe. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.

December 8 Saturday: New Potato Caboose reunion show at Gypsy Sally's. New Potato Caboose is a jam band that plays everything from CSNY, to the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and a host of originals. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

December 13 Thursday: Thievery Corporation plays 9:30 Club with The Suffers. Thievery Corporation is an electronic duo though they tend to bring a lot of company when they play live. Their music incorporates elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop, electronica, and Brazilian, including bossa nova. The Suffers play gulf coast soul. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $45.

December 14 Friday: Phil Wiggins plays Carroll Cafe. Phil Wiggins plays blues harmonica. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Takoma Park, Northwest DC.

December 15 Saturday: Reverend Horton Heat plays the Black Cat. Reverend Horton Heat plays psychobilly. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of show.

December 15 Saturday: The Blasters play the Black Cat with Rev Horton Heat. The Blasters play rock and roll. Reverend Horton Heat plays psychobilly.

December 20 Thursday: Hiss Golden Messenger plays the 9:30 Club. Hiss Golden Messenger plays country rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $20.

December 21-22 Friday and Saturday: Evening with Los Lobos at City Winery. Los Lobos combine rock, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B and blues. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $55 to $70. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.

December 28 Friday: Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play New Deal Cafe. Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play blues, soul and rock & roll. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.

January 5 Saturday: Scythian plays the Hamilton Live. Scythian plays high energy Celtic and folk music and Americana. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show.

January 11-12 Friday and Saturday: Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder play the Birchmere. Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder play bluegrass and country. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.

January 18 Friday: Lez Zeppelin plays Rams Head On Stage. Lez Zeppelin is an all woman Led Zeppelin tribute band. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $39.50.

January 18 Friday: Richie and Rosie play Carroll Cafe. Richie and Rosie are an Americana duo. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Takoma Park, Northwest DC.

January 19 Saturday: Lez Zeppelin plays the State Theatre. Lez Zeppelin is an all woman Led Zeppelin tribute band. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show, $50 VIP.

January 19 Saturday: Town Mountain plays The Soundry. Town Mountain plays bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock & roll and boogie-woogie. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $12 for standing, $17 for seated. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

January 20 Sunday: Lez Zeppelin plays The Mansion on O Street. Lez Zeppelin is an all woman Led Zeppelin tribute band. Doors open at 3, show is at 4. The Mansion on O Street is located at 2020 O Street in Northwest DC.

January 24 Thursday: Dustbowl Revival plays Gordon Center. Dustbowl Revival plays American roots music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 to $35. Gordon Center is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue in Owings Mills, Maryland.

January 26 Saturday: Bumper Jacksons play the Barns at Wolf Trap. Bumper Jacksons play roots jazz, country swing and street blues. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show. For some reason, this is a seated show.

February 2 Saturday: Dustbowl Revival plays two shows at the Barns at Wolf Trap with Hot Club of Cowtown. Dustbowl Revival plays American roots music. Hot Club of Cowtown plays hot jazz and Western swing. Shows are at 3 and 8. Tickets are $32 in advanece, $37 day of show. For some reason this is a seated show.

March 9 Saturday: Only Lonesome plays Lucketts Bluegrass with Big Howdy. Both play bluegrass. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $17 (kids 3 to 17 are $5). Lucketts Bluegrass is located in the Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road in Leesburg, Virginia.

March 12 Tuesday: We Banjo 3 play Rams Head On Stage. We Banjo 3 combine Celtic and bluegrass music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $24.50.

March 24 Sunday: Ranky Tanky plays an afternoon show at Weinberg Center. Ranky Tanky plays jazz-influenced arrangements of traditional Gullah music. Show is at 3. Tickets are $30.

March 28 Thursday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the Birchmere. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a swing revival band. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $49.50.

March 29 Friday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the Rams Head On Stage. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a swing revival band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $57.50.

March 30 Saturday: Dry Branch Fire Squad plays Lucketts Bluegrass. Dry Branch Fire Squad plays bluegrass. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $17 (kids 3 to 17 are $5). Lucketts Bluegrass is located in the Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road in Leesburg, Virginia.

April 2 Tuesday: Robin Trower plays the Birchmere. Robin Trower plays rock guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.

April 5 Friday: Carl Grubbs plays Montpelier Arts Center. Carl Grubbs plays jazz saxophone. Show is at 8.

April 9-10 Tuesday and Wednesday: Black Violin plays Music Center at Strathmore. Black Violin is a multi-genre violin duo. Show is at 8. Tickets are $26 to $72.

April 13 Friday: Trio Sefardi plays Carroll Cafe. Trio Sefardi plays Sephardic music. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Northwest DC.

May 10 Friday: Jennifer Cutting/Ocean Celtic Quartet plays Carroll Cafe. Jennifer Cutting/Ocean Celtic Quartet play Celtic folk rock. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Northwest DC.

May 10 Friday: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck play the Music Center at Strathmore. Bela Fleck and Chick Corea will play jazz and whatever else they want to on banjo and piano. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 to $75. This show was moved from May 17, 2018.

May 16 Thursday: BSO Pulse with Rhiannon Giddens at the Meyerhoff. BSO is a symphony orchestra. Rhiannon Giddens is a folk singer and multi-instrumentalists. BSO and Rhiannon Giddens will play separately and together. Each BSO Pulso starts with a pre-concert party with live music, happy hour drink specials and food. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are $55 to $85. The Meyerhoff is located at 1212 Cathedral Street in Baltimore.

AMP by Strathmore (pronounced "amp") is a new venue in North Bethesda (pronounced "Rockville"). Seating depends on the show, and it can seat up to 240 guests seated at tables, or up to 350 standing. There is also an attached lounge area with bar. It has a fair sized stage. The ticket office opens 120 minutes before a concert for in person purchases, and remains open until 30 minutes after the start of the show. Food a bit on the fancy end and not cheap. Amp is located at 11810 Grand Park Avenue, Suite 400, North Bethesda, MD 20852. (On the 4th floor, above iPic). Parking is available, but the immediately available parking is tight. It is also close to Metro?s red line at the White Flint stop. And there is valet service at the Pike & Rose.

An Die Musik is a classical, jazz and world music venue. Located on the second floor of a classical music record store, it seats 100 or so in comfy chairs that would appear to have been obtained from the remodeling of a nice, but rather stodgy hotel. A small bar serves beer, wine, juice and water at reasonable prices. An Die Musikis located at 409 North Charles Street, Second Floor, in Baltimore, Maryland 410-385-2638.

The Anthem is a gigantic new venue on the Wharf in Southwest DC. It is a short persons dream as there are tons of places where you can see everything on stage. Plenty of bars. And water is available at the bars or from water fountains/refill stations around the venue. They also have a Vigilante coffee stand on the second floor. Food, on the other hand, was more trouble than it was worth, at least when I tried it. The process of getting people into the venue also needs to be ironed out, but they are new. The Anthem is a cash free venue - you need some form of plastic for everything but merch. Finally, parking is there, but most of it is rather expensive.

Atlas Performing Arts Center is an arts center located in the Atlas District in Northeast DC. It has multiple theaters - The Lang Theater, which holds 262 people, the Sprenger Theater, which holds between 100 and 280 people, depending on how it is set up, Lab Theater I which holds 40 to 80 people, and Lab Theater II, which holds 60 to 90 people. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H Street in Northeast DC.

The Baltimore Soundstage is a fair size venue near Power Plant Live. Actual amount of the space used varies per show, but it can apparently hold up to 1,000 for an all standing show. Seating also varies, with most shows having some seating available on a first come, first service basis. Other shows are seated only, limiting capacity to 500. Some are standing only. They have a decent beer selection, and food in baskets. The box office is open 1 hour before doors for any show and has normal box office hours. Sunday and Monday closed unless there is a show or event Wednesdays 9am to 5 pm Thursday-Saturday noon-5pm Phone Orders 410-244-0057 same as box office hours. Garage over top of the venue (get ticket validated for rebate). Can also use Pier V, which is usually cheaper. (Need validation for that one also). Baltimore Sound Stage is located at 124 Market Place in Baltimore.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club used to be Bethesda Cinema and Drafthouse. There is seating for 300 in the two level dining area and for 200 more in the theatre seats in back. There is a also a bar in lobby but it has no view of the stage. For dance shows they take out the lower half the dining space and make it a dance floor. Sometimes tickets are for reserved seats and sometimes not. The theater seats are always preassigned. There is a $10 minimum in the dining area. They "suggest business casual." There is a 340-car public parking garage right around the corner on Cheltenham Drive. Parking is $0.80/hr. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. 240-330-4500.

The Birchmere is the latest and largest incarnation of the same club that has been with us for years. Most shows are in the concert hall, but some are in the bandstand, which has a dance floor, but less seating. Most recently, they have started using the "Flex Stage" in the bandstand. It is at the far end of the hall and there is no seating at all. Food is served in the Music Hall, or was the night I was there. The Club has strict rules about being seated and quiet during concert hall shows and enforces them. The rules are slacker in the bandstand, which is also available if you need to talk or smoke during a show in the concert hall. If you arrive before the concert hall doors open they hand out numbers for a place in line if they like you or ignore you if they don't, but I assume they'll give you one if you demand it. It is adviseable to get there before the concert hall doors open in order to get the best seats, especially if you have a group that wants to sit together. The Birchmere opens at 5, the doors to the concert hall open at 6 and most shows start at 7:30. Food is passable bar food, but steep, and the beer selection is good. Tickets are available through Ticket Master, or with a $3 service charge from the box office, which is open from 5 to 9 on show nights. The Birchmere is located at 3701 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. 703-549-7500.

The Black Cat gets rated the place in DC that the bands most like to play and the good vibes hang over for the audience. A very easy venue to get along with. Historically shows have started late, but they have recently announced that they will be scheduling shows earlier during the week, so people can make it to the subway before it closes. On Fridays and Saturdays, however, they do not close until 3. The new location has a concert hall upstairs, and a smaller performance space and a cafe with decent food downstairs. The smaller performance space, the Backstage, has woefully inadequate air conditioning. The Black Cat is located at 1811 14th Street NW. 202-667-7960. Tickets available from Ticket Alternative through the Black Cat web site, or without service charge from the box office, which is open from 8 to midnight. The Black Cat says that it is an all ages venue, but it actually requires parental permission for anyone under 18.

Black Rock Center for the Arts is an arts center with a nice little theatre in which they have music and other performances. I would say it holds about 220 people. They sell beer and wine. Black Rock Arts Center is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, Maryland. 301-528-2260.

Blues Alley is a small jazz club in Georgetown. Capacity is about 125. Georgetown rent is covered with two to three shows a night (8 and 10, or 8, 10 and 12), a random $2.50 per person surcharge, and a requirement that each person spend at least $10 on their overpriced food and drinks. On the other hand, the view of the stage is great. Hours are daily, 6 to 12:30. Full dinner menu available at the 8 pm show, light fare for the later shows. Buying a ticket for the early show sometimes gets you the late show as well. Food really has not impressed me. Blues Alley is located behind 1073 Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest DC. 202-337-4141.

Bossa Brazilian Bistro a small restaurant and bar in Adams Morgan that bills itself as a Caipirinha and mojito bar and art gallery. They have live music in the front window most days and salsa on Friday and Saturday. They open at 5:30 every day but Monday and are open to 2 during the week and to 3 on Fridays and Saturdays. They are located at 2463 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-667-0088.

Carter Barron Amphitheater is a U.S. Park Service facility in Rock Creek Park. It is an outdoor facility that has seating for about 4,200 and some picnic areas inside. Despite the picnic areas they do not allow cans, bottles, hard coolers or picnic baskets. They also do not allow photography, recording devices or pets. The box office is open from noon to 9pm on event days only. The address is 4850 Colorado Avenue (near 16th). The concert line is 202-426-0486. For park information call 202-895-6000.

Club 603 is a private home that hosts house shows. It is very nice, holds up to about 50, and many shows sell out. Many people bring beer, wine and food to share. Information about the location will be provided to you if and when you buy a ticket.

Comet Ping Pong is a pizza and ping pong place run by the same folks who run Buck's Fishing and Camping two doors down. For shows they clear the ping pong tables out of the back room, which is about the right size for three ping pong tables (i.e., not very large) and rather spare. The stage, which otherwise holds the third ping pong table, is about 6 inches high. Kitchen is open until 9 Sunday through Wednesday, 9:30 on Thursday, and until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday. Shows start late, usually around 10. They have a great beer selection and pretty good pizza. Comet Ping Pong is located at 5037 Connecticut Avenue in Northwest DC. 202-364-0404.

DAR Constitution Hall is a concert hall owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is a rather large hall and the sound quality at some of the seats up on the sides is really bad. There are usually bars in the lobby, but you cannot take a drink to your seat, with the result that the lobby is incredibly crowded before the show and during intermission. The web site claims that light fare is served at all events, but they must have hidden it well. Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster unless the promoter has made other arrangements. There is no box office. Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D Street in Northwest DC.

DC Nine is where Asylum used to be. Music is upstairs, which has been rearranged to fit it better than it used to although the stage is still tiny, and about six inches high. There is a bar, with a passable beer selection and a few places to sit. DC Nine opens at 7 Thursday though Saturday and at 8 the rest of the week. They post times for venue doors and shows. The doors simply do not open at that time. Show times are generally within 30 minutes of what is posted. Tickets are available through their web site or Ticket Alternative at 1-877-725-8849. Some shows are 18+, the rest 21+. DC Nine is located at 1940 9th Street in Northwest DC. 202.483.5000.

Echostage is enormous. (30,000 square feet. I have seen capacity numbers from 2000 to 6000). It is a huge room with a floor leading up to the stage and balconies across the back and partly up both sides. The back balcony is really too far from the stage to be useful, though I suppose it is better than being on the floor that far back. The crowd dynamics are about what you would expect for a space that large full of people who are all trying to see the same stage, and the fact that the stage is too low for a room that size does not help. At least parts of the balcony are blocked off for VIP. The beer selection is terrible (and apparently expensive). There is no food at least not down with the hoi polloi. Located at 2135 Queens Chapel Road in Northeast DC. There is pay parking nearby of varying prices, but nonpay parking is sketchy.

The 8X10 has resumed its former name and apparently has new ownership and booking staff. The renovation from the original Eight by Ten eliminated the middle wall, moved the stage to the middle and made it larger, added a balcony that goes down both sides and across the back and added new, vastly better, bathrooms. They have a good beer selection, but no food on site. The dance floor is spring-loaded: serious structral paranoids will stand directly in the center. All shows are 18+. Those under 21 pay $3 extra at the door. Tickets available from the box office for very reasonable fees from 11 am to 11 pm, and for unreasonable fees from Ticketmaster. The address is 8 and 10 East Cross Street in Federal Hill across from the Cross Street Market. 410-625-2000.

Fillmore Silver Spring is one of a chain of Live Nation Fillmore's across the country. You would think a chain would have some institutional knowledge about how to run a venue, but I am afraid you would be wrong. It is generally an all standing venue and theoretically holds 2000 people on the floor and in a balcony with multiple risers. But while they claim standing only, they have installed two rows of seats in the side balcony, reducing their capacity and overcrowding the floor for sold out shows. I have seen them charge extra on the spot for those seats, but the other night any that they weren't using for promotions were available on a first come first serve basis. Risers above the first provide no view at all for many people. Also they tend to keep the lights low before the show and during breaks - so low that it is difficult to see to meet up with your friends. For reasons that aren't clear announced times are often wrong. In fact, they have to be wrong, as they often do not match between their web site, facebook, and their recorded phone message. Box office hours are Monday through Friday noon to 6, Saturday 11 to 4. Box office tickets carry a $1 service charge. Tickets also available through live nation. The Fillmore is located at 8656 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. 301-960-9999.

Fort Reno Park is, for all intents and purposes, a big field on Chesapeake Street between Nebraska and Wisconsin Avenues near the Tenleytown Metro. Shows are from 7 to 9:30 and are free though donations are always welcome. No glass, alcohol, or drugs are allowed.

49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery is a restaurant located at 49 West Street in Annapolis. They have music in their back room and also serve food and beverages back there. The food is good, and not unreasonably priced for Annapolis. An extremely civilized place to see a show. 410-626-9796.

Galaxy Hut is an incredibly tiny place (the capacity sign says 48) located at 2711 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro. They generally have shows only on Sunday and Monday. They have a good beer selection. Most shows are $5. They also serve food, mostly off the grill and all of it available in vegan form. 202-333-3114.

Golden West is a restaurant on The Avenue is Hampden. Being a restaurant is an advantage in that one can show up early and get real food, and a disadvantage in that moving out the tables and setting up the bands after the kitchen closes means that they will not often make their announced starting time of 10 pm. The night I was there it was almost 11, and ended at 1:30 am, making a bit tough for those of us with day jobs. Stage is low and in front in the dining room, while there is a bar, from which one can hear, but probably not see, in back. Sound is not bad. Golden West Cafe is located at 1105 West 36th Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gypsy Sally's is an upstairs bar with a standing area before the stage and seating in a raised area behind that. There are two bars in the venue, though only one was working when I was there. There is also a lounge area outside the music area. Menu is somewhat limited but changes regularly. Gypsy Sally's is located at 3401 K Street in Northwest DC. It is far enough down K that parking was plentiful, at least on the night I was there. Pretty much all shows are 21+. 202-333-7700.

Half Street Fairgrounds is a paved city block at 1299 Half Street in Southeast DC. The block is set off from the rest of the world by stacks of shipping containers, fences, and stalls for the sale of food and drink. It mostly serves as a bull pen for people on their way to Nationals' games to drink on the way to the game, but it is rented for other events. Sanitary facilities are mostly (if not totally) in the form of sani johns. In general, food, furniture and other amenities depend on the person putting on the event. If you are left to rely on the Fairgrounds for nourishment, you are pretty much left with tubular food. Drinks are always Fairgrounds and selection is broad, but not exciting.

Hamilton Live is a venue in the basement of the Hamilton located at 600 14th Street in Northwest DC. It has a seating capacity of 300 and room for another 150 to stand. Some shows are sold by the seat while others are open seating. The stage is roomy, and the sound is good. Food and alcohol are downtown prices, but not outrageously so. The menu is somewhat limited - with lots of pizza and appetizers, and some sliders and sushi. On the other hand, the restaurant upstairs has a full menu and is open late. Hamilton Live favors credit cards, and is frightened and confused by the use of cash. Shows during the week usually start at 7:30, on the weekend at 8:30. Tickets are available online, from the ticket counter, or from waitstaff in the venue. Parking is available for $10 at 1325 G Street if you get the ticket validated. 202-787-1000.

Hill Country Barbecue is a large barbecue place. Shows are either in the downstairs "Boot Bar," which has a long bar across the back, a roomful of long tables and a small low stage opposite the bar, or outside, which I have not yet seen. No dance floor downstairs but there is some space. Lots of the shows are free, including some you would not expect. They appear to have the full menu downstairs, Shiner on tap, and some decent beers in bottles. They are going cashless, if they are not already. Parking not too bad when there is nothing at Verizon, but prepare to pay, or subway, when there is. When I was there the show started two minutes early and there were two long sets. Located at 410 7th Street in Northwest DC. 202-556-2050.

The Howard Theatre is a recently renovated historic theater. It holds 600 people for seated shows, 1,000 for standing shows. Whatever it says on the ticket, there is always some seating, and sometimes significantly more than "standing room only" would indicate. They have a full menu for some shows, snacks for others, and a full bar. Seats come with a $10 minimum, which can be covered by ordering a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the box office (noon to 5 or later Tuesday to Sunday) or through TicketMaster. The Howard Theatre is located at 620 T. Street in Northwest DC. Parking is available on the street, in a lot on the corner of 7th and T, and there is valet parking as well. Some or all of the parking can be purchased in advance. And parking on the street is possible. Box office is 202-803-2899.

Jammin' Java is a coffeehouse and bar located in Vienna, Virginia. It seats maybe 100 for seated shows, and holds up to 200 for shows with less seating. You can now pick some seating in advance when purchasing tickets. But if you buy general admission for a show with less seating, you might want to arrive early. They have a fair and reasonably priced selection of beer, and serve food in baskets. They are all ages all the time. Jammin' Java closes at midnight during the week, and at 2 am on Friday and Saturday. The address is 227 Maple Ave East, in Vienna, Virginia. 703-255-1566.

The Lincoln Theatre is a remodeled old theater with seating left in place. Mostly floor, slanted as it should be, but also side boxes and a shallow balcony. The venue is generally all ages. Pretty Limited beer and wine selection in the lobby, don't know about the upstairs bar. It is located at 1215 U Street in Northwest DC. 202-888-0500. Tickets available through TicketFly, the box office (open noon to start of headliner on show days), and the 9:30 and Merriweather Post box offices.

Lisner Auditorium is a concert hall on the campus of George Washington University. It is theater seating, and it is small enough that none of the seats are really bad. There is usually a small bar, and they sell very limited snacks, candy bars mostly. Tickets are available from the box office and from Ticketmaster. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday 11 through 5. It does not accept credit cards. It is also open starting approximately 60 to 90 minutes before each performance. There is a $1 per ticket service charge at the box office. Lisner Auditorium is located at 730 21st Street in Northwest DC. 202-994-6800.

Madam's Organ is a small venue located at 2461 18th Street NW, in Adam's Morgan. Had always thought of it as kind of cozy, but went recently and I had to stand in line for about 20 minutes to get in, and there was a DJ upstairs and the foot traffic for that made the experience like trying to dance in a crowded hall way. Go see the mural that has the neighborhood up in arms. She doesn't look topless to me, but what do I know? 202-667-5370.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a classic pavilion-- 5,200 reserved seats in front, lawn for 10,000 in back, that is definitely showing its age. The lawn is so steep that at times it is dangerous, and yet so badly designed that when everyone on the lawn stands up none of the short people can see. They sell lousy beer and worse wine inside, but occasionally have one stand with Starr Hill. No outside food or drink other than sealed bottles of water is allowed. After years of being run by Clear Channel, the Pavilion is now run by IMP, which appears to be an improvement. Doors open 1 and 1/2 hours before show time. In Columbia, just drive up 95 or over on 175 and get in the traffic jam. The parking lots open at 5 for most shows. The price of parking is included in the ticket. However, it is now necessary to reserve your parking when you buy your ticket. (Not sure what you do if you don't buy a ticket in advance. Parking is by zones, and available parking varies by show. I predict a mess. Tickets are available through Ticket Master and from the box office on show days. 410-715-5550.

Metro Gallery is a classic Baltimore venue that used to be two places and has the support posts down the middle to prove it. Stage is in the front to the left, and bar is in the back on the left, with the right devoted to art and plumbing. Bar has an excellent selection of beer and wine and is open from 6 pm to 2 am. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. Tickets available online, or at Metro Gallery on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm every week with no serrvice charges.

Metro Gallery is located at 1700 North Charles Street in Baltimore.

Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge has a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, a venue with bar on the second floor, and a lounge and dining area on the roof. The venue itself is on the small side, and about a third of it is a slightly raised stage. Other than a bench or so there is no seating/ The bar is outside the venue proper. Metropolitan is located at 169 West Street in Annapolis. 410-280-5160.

Millenium Stage is the venue for the daily free show at the Kennedy center. The shows are held at one of two stages at either end of the Grand Foyer every single day of the year at 6 pm and are free. There is a happy hour from 5 to 6 at the Grand Foyer bars near the performance, and, unlike anywhere else in the Kennedy Center, you can take your drink and food (such as it is) to your seat. It is worth showing up a bit early if you would like an actual seat. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street in Northwest DC.

Montpelier Arts Center has numerous music series each year, including jazz and classical. The shows are held in the main gallery, which holds a few hundred people. No alcohol is served, but they have punch and cookies at intermission. Tickets are sold by season or by ticket. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Road off Route 197 in Laurel, Maryland. Their phone number is 301-377-7800.

New Deal Cafe is a cafe located in Old Greenbelt at 113 Centerway. It has a comfortable coffee room in front, and a larger, but still relatively small, concert space in back. Food is Lebanese, the beer and wine selection is good. The Atmosphere is excellent. There is almost never a charge to get in, but bring some $$ for the band. 301-474-5642.

The 9:30 used to be a too cool for its own good club over on F Street with the singular claim to having a stage located in a place where almost no-one in the club could see it. The move to the old WUST hall at 815 V Street NW is an improvement both in livability and in attitude, but don't expect down home friendliness. All shows are all ages. An IMP venue. Doors open at 7:30 during the week, 9 on Fridays and 7 on Saturdays. Show times vary depending on the number of bands and can be found on their web site. The food is actually quite edible. Capacity is about 1,200. Tickets are available from Ticketfly.com, or from the box office, which is open from noon to 7 on week nights, but until 11 if there is a show, and 6-11 on saturday and sunday. The 9:30 number is 202-393-0930

Jiffy Lube Pavilion is a large outdoor pavilion out near Manassas run by Live Nation. Pavilion seating is plentiful and the lawn seating is pleasant and actually allows you to see and hear the show. They serve outrageously expensive beer and equally expensive food, and limit carry ins to one sealed water bottle. Remember to bring that bottle, because their water is literally not potable. They allow you to bring in a blanket, and will rent you an "appropriate" chair. Shows start at 8 unless otherwise specified. The box office is open from noon to intermission on show days. Tickets are also available from Live Nation. Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and there are not really any other options. Traffic and parking management are so bad that there have been shows where some people never made it in. They don't particularly seem to care, and they certainly don't refund your money if it happens to you. Be warned that it can also sometimes take hours to get out of the lot. Take I-66 to exit 43B or 44 and follow the signs from there. 703-754-6400.

Old Bowie Town Grille is a full service restaurant that has shows in its upstairs seating area. There is seating at tables and the bar, some dance room in front of the stage and some standing room in back. Many shows are free (though you should tip the band) and none are expensive. Reservations are necessary for some shows. Parking is available in lots and on the street. Old Bowie Town Grille is located at 8604 Chestnut Avenue in Bowie, Maryland. 301-464-8800.

Oregon Ridge is a State Park located north of Baltimore off of I-83 at 13401 Beaver Dam Road. Is basically a stage at the bottom of a long hill with woods on each side of the slope. Food and beer depend on who is producing. The park does not allow you to bring in either bottles or cans, but does allow coolers. The box office is open only on the day of events. To get there take I-695 to I-83 North and take exit 20B to the Park, or take exit 20A to free parking and a shuttle at Hunt Valley Mall. Their web site says that you need to pay for parking in advance in order to park at the Park but this depends on the promoter, as does the availability of the shuttle. For information call 410-539-5474.

Orion Sound Studios are located at 2903 Whittington Avenue in Baltimore. The sound is excellent, but the venue is small and lacks some of the amenities that one ordinarily finds - like chairs. They also do not sell food or drink, but apparently do not mind if you bring your own. (Or your own chair, for that matter, if the show is not crowded). All shows are all ages.

Ottobar is now in the old Club Midnite at 2549 North Howard Street in Baltimore. It is much roomier than the old one, has a real stage, and it is easy to get to the bathrooms. Other than that, the same spirit is in effect, and there is still no food. Most shows are 18 and over. The doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10 unless other times apply. There are also shows upstairs on occasion, but it is a much smaller, much lower stage. Tickets are often available through Mission Tix and also from the upstairs bar. 410-662-0069.

MECU Pavilion is a small concert pavilion located on the Inner Harbor off of President Street, which is on the right after you pass Harborplace and the National Aquarium. While pavilion is relatively small, the lawn is even smaller. (If you think of your own lawn you may not be far off). They really don't seem to fuss much about the difference between the pavilion and the lawn - or at least they did not the night that I was there. They do not allow glass containers or alcohol. Gates open one hour before the shows. Tickets are available from the box office, which is open from noon until 9 on concert nights and from ticketmaster. Having gotten myself into their parking once, my advice is don't. It is outrageously expensive, and despite the fact that the lots are tiny, it takes forever to get out. 410-659-7100.

The Ramshead On Stage is a small concert hall. All seating is at tables, and there is no standing (or dancing) for most shows. Tickets are sold by seat, so have your group organized when you go to buy the tickets. Also, a lot of Ramshead shows sell out, so it is worth buying early. Food in the concert hall is bar food and the prices are not low but not outrageous. A more varied menu is available in the restaurant, but they do a heavy business, so there is no guarantee that you can get seated and eat before the show. The most annoying thing about the Ram's Head is that they only serve their own beer in the concert hall, and they won't let you go out and buy real beer in the bar. (Well, okay, they said I could buy one. Thanks a lot!) Most shows are 21+, the exception being occasional weekend matinees. Tickets are available from the Ramshead, in person, by phone, or from their website. They are also available from Ticket Fly. You should be aware that the Ramshead's posted prices do not include an additional 10% tax that they say is imposed by the State and the City of Annapolis. Have never run into that elsewhere. The box office number is 410-268-5111. The Ramshead is located at 33 West Street in Annapolis. 301-261-1118/410-268-4545

The Ramshead Live was an offshoot of Rams Head Tavern, but has recently changed management. It holds about 1500 people in three levels and has screens thoughout the venue for areas without a full view of the stage. There is some seating. Since the restaurant closed, food is of the stadium variety. Rams Head Live is the world of hidden costs - Tickets listed as $18 at the door cost me $21.40, the coat check was $3, and beer, while not outrageous, was a bit high for Baltimore. Also, the new management charges for water. Rams Head Live is located at 20 Market Place in Baltimore. 410-244-1131.

Rhizome DC is a nonprofit community arts space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. Among the arts, of course, is music. Shows are usually held on the main floor of the house, and there is usually seating. There is generally a $10 suggested donation. Parking is available on site and nearby.

Rock and Roll Hotel is a new venue in the Atlas district with a capacity of about 400 downstairs with the music and a bar upstairs. They now serve food. Apparently it used to be a funeral home, which may explain all the black paint. Rock and Roll Hotel is located at 1353 H Street NE, between 12th and 13th streets. Union Station is the closest Metro and about 15 blocks from the venue. They suggest that you do not walk that, but take a cab. In general, walking around the area is best done with friends. 202-388-7625.

The Sidebar is a tiny little bar with a capacity of maybe 110 right near the old Ottobar at the corner of Lexington and Guilford. The Sidebar is all ages all the time. If there are three or four bands, doors will generally open at 9, and the show will start at 9:30, except when they don't. Drink prices are extremely reasonable but the beer selection is not great. I wouldn't expect to find any food there. 410-659-4130.

6th & I is an historic synagogue at the intersection of 6th and I streets in Northwest. It is fairly large and has pew seating on the main floor and the balconies. There are concessions at some shows, but no food is allowed in the area where the shows are. Gallery Place Metro is nearby. Availability and cost of parking varies depending on what is happening at Verizon Center.

Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe has a cafe and bistro upstairs and a music hall downstairs. Most of the music is in the basement, which is a fair size room (standing room capacity 200) with a somewhat raised stage and its own bar. It might have chairs and tables depending on the event and expected attendance. The record store cafe and the bistro are upstairs and have permanent seating. Food is available upstairs and if you order it upstairs they will bring it downstairs for you, at least at shows that have tables. Advance tickets are available though their website and ticketfly.com. There is also a ticket booth where tickets are available 30 minutes before the show. The ticket booth takes only cash. Songbyrd is located at 2475 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-450-2917.

The Spanish Ballroom is architecturally not unlike a high school cafeteria, but with more interesting trim and a much better floor. It is all about dance floor and music there is virtually always for a dance. It is alcohol and smoke free, and any food and drink that are available are not permitted on the dance floor - which is most of the venue (7,500 square feet). For information on what is happening at the ballroom, see Dancing in the Park. The Spanish Ballroom is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. 301-492-6282.

The State Theatre is a venue in an old movie theater in Falls Church. The downstairs goes up in four levels with seating on the back three (though that may vary) and the balcony retains the theater seating in back, and wings have been added on the side. Total capacity is 800 for shows with some seating, 900 when all standing, but that may not include the added balcony space. The stage is actually visible from almost anywhere, even if you are as short as I am. And the sound is excellent. They have a somewhat limited menu, but serve real food, not just snacks. Most, if not all shows are 18+ and there is a $3 tax if you are under 21. Tickets are available from the box office and online from the State Theatre's web site. Box office hours are 12 to 5 Monday through Friday and 6:30 to 11:30 on show nights. The State Theatre is located at 220 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. 703-237-0300.

Strathmore is an historic mansion on an 11 acre lot belonging to Montgomery County. Music and arts presentations take place in the mansion, on the grounds, and in the 1976 seat Music Center at Strathmore, a state of the are concert hall. The Mansion is about you would expect a mansion to be, and has a bar across the hall from the the music area. They might sell some chips, but that is about it. It seats up to 110 people for concerts. The Music Center has actual food prior to the show, and beer and wine before the show and during intermission, but it is obscenely expensive. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage off of Tuckerman Lane, and is free for ticketed events. The Mansion is located at 10701 Rockville Pike in Rockville, and has its own parking. Not sure how the lawn works. 301-581-5200.

U Street Music Hall is a basic basement venue, in fact it is pretty much a cave. There are things to like about it - it is simple, the sound is good, in fact, it has been ranked one of the best sound systems in the country, the dance floor is cork cushioned, and the atmosphere is fairly mellow. It has classic black walls, two bars, and is fairly deep and wide enough. The beer selection is passable, and they have a large selection of liquor. Wine is limited to champagne in a can and there is no food. My major complaint is that the stage is less than three feet off the ground, so if you are very far back at all (and as short as I am), you are not going to see much. Others might complain about the lack of chairs. There are stools at the bar in the stage area, and a couple of booths in the entryway with no view of the band, but that is it. U Street Music Hall is located at 1115 U Street in Northwest DC. The entrance is the only thing at street level, so it is easy to miss. Also, I have only been there for live music, so have no idea what it is like at other times.

The Velvet Lounge is a tiny club one block from the 9:30 Club at 915 U Street. Music is upstairs, and the cover is not usually more than $10. The lounge opens at 8pm or so and closes at 2am during the week, 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Music starts when it starts, which will probably not be before 9, but is usually by 10, at least during the week. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. 202-462-3213.

The Warner Theatre is a grand old theatre located at 513 13th Street in Northwest DC. It seats 1847, slightly over half on the floor, the rest in balconies and boxes. Lately they are apparently starting to look for renovation money, as they are having a lot of comedy and music. They serve alcohol, and let you bring it to your seat, but the prices are steep and the lines are long. Don't show up hungry. Tickets are available at the box office or through TicketMaster. The Warner is now a Live Nation venue. The phone number is 202-783-4000.

Weinberg Center for the Arts is a converted theater in downtown Frederick that has movies, speakers and live shows. It has a total capacity of 1,147 - 739 in the orchestra, 116 in the mezzanine, 292 in the balcony. They serve beer and probably wine in the lobby. Weinberg Center is located at 20 West Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland. 301-600-2828.

The Windup Space is a fair sized space with tables and the stage on the left and a bar down the right with plenty of space left for standing. Stage is done up like the Red Room in the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, right down to the floor tile. The listing of the bands is not always related to the order in which they will play. (To put it gently). Full bar and looks like a fair variety. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 1 am. It is located at 12 West North Avenue in Baltimore. 410-244-8855.

Wolf Trap is the ultimate outdoor venue in this area, but don't expect to see anything rowdy there. Acoustics in the pavilion are great, sound and view from the lawn are good if you show up early to get a good spot. Wolf Trap allows food on the lawn in any kind of container, and beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, in glass, aluminum, or plastic. So relax and drink champagne in glasses while you watch the show, it doesn't bother them. There are rules though: this is a federal facility and they still follow the rule of zero tolerance for drugs. Oh yeah, and you can't get married on the grounds. There are no age limits, but you need a ticket for every human being, no matter how young. During colder parts of the year Wolf Trap shows are at the Barns, which are nearby. You can't bring your own there, but they do have a fair selection, and the surroundings are pleasant. Tickets are available from Tickets.com, on-line, or without charge from the box office which is open from 10 to 6 during the week, from noon to 5 on the weekend, and until 9 on show nights. Wolf trap is located in Virginia right off of the Dulles toll road. 703-938-2404

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