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.
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I am starting to list livestreams done by local venues. Only some. As for live, I am listing new shows only if they are outside, or far in the future, or already on here when things went bad. Otherwise, I am just trying to keep up with postponements and cancellations of shows I already have.
In the meantime see JamBase, United We Stream, Parlor Room Home Sessions, ESS Quarantine Concerts, Loud Wire, Noon Chorus and StageIt. Lots of venues are livestreaming as well, including Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, An Die Musik,
October 23-24 Friday and Saturday:This show is postponed Robin Trower plays the Birchmere. Robin Trower plays electric guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.
October 24 Saturday: This show is postponed Cris Jacobs Band plays Hamilton Live. Cris Jacobs Band plays rock with a touch of Americana. Doors open at 6:30. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated. This is an all ages show.
October 24 Saturday: This show is postponed Monophonics play the Black Cat with Ghost Funk Orchestra. Monophonics play psychedelic soul. Ghost Funk Orchestra plays heavy psychedelic soul with funk elements. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
October 24 Saturday: This show is cancelled Miss Tess and the Talk Backs play Soundry with The Bumper Jacksons (duo). Miss Tess and the Talkbacks play jazz, country, blues and old school rock and roll. The Bumper Jacksons (duo) play Roots jazz and country swing. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated.
October 28 Wednesday: Sol Roots plays outside at State Theatre. The Sol Roots band performs a mix of raw funk, deep blues, energetic rock, greasy soul and hypnotic grooves. Doors open at 4, show is at 7. Limited space is available. Show is free.
October 30 Friday: Jenny Moon Tucker plays outside at Rhizome with Cisneros/Francis/Stewart. Jenny Moon Tucker plays experimental music. Mark Cisneros will play sax and guitar with Nik Francis on drums and Luke Stewart on bass. Show is at 7. Advance ticket required to attend in person. The show will also stream on Twitch.
October 30 Friday: Jeff Antoniuk & Helluvaband STREAMING SHOW from An Die Musik. Jeff Antoniuk and Helluvaband play jazz. Show is at 7. Tickets are $7.
October 30 Friday: This show is postponed to May 21, 2021 Dana Fuchs plays Rams Head On Stage. Dana Fuchs is a singer/songwriter who combines Southern rock, soul, roots and blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.
November 1 Sunday: High & Wides play a day of sidewalk serenades for the Creative Alliance. High & Wides play bluegrass. Show is on the sidewalk in front of your house for you and a small group of your friends for $150. Obviously, the geographic range on this is pretty small.
November 5 Thursday: This show is postponed Orquestra Akokan plays Hamilton Live. Orquestra Akokan is a Cuban band that plays mambo. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for standing, $35 for seated.
November 6-7 Friday and Saturday: This show is no longer on the Keystone web site. Ranky Tanky plays Keystone Korner. Ranky Tanky performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands.. Shows are at 7:30 and 10. Tickets are $25 and $35. Keystone Korner is located at 1350 Lancaster Street in Baltimore.
November 8 Sunday: All Old Bowie Town Grill shows are cancelled until further notice. Dave Chappell Band plays outside at Old Bowie Town Grill. Dave Chappell on guitar, Tommy Lepson on keys and vocals, and more. Show from 4 to 7.
November 13 Friday: This show is cancelled Harley Poe plays Metro Gallery with The Homeless Gospel Choir. Harley Poe is an acoustic horror folk rock band with punk influences. The Homeless Gospel Choir, also known as Derek Zanetti, is a folk-punk musician. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15.
November 13 Friday: This show is postponed to November 13, 2021 Pat Metheny plays the Music Center at Strathmore. Pat Metheny is a jazz guitarist. He will perform with James Francies on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Show is at 8. Tickets are $49 to $89.
November 19 Thursday: This show is postponed to October 3, 2021 Bikini Kill plays Fillmore with Alice Bag. Bikini Kill plays punk. Alice Bag also plays punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50.
November 19 Thursday: This show is postponed to April 24, 2021 Bill Frisell Trio plays the State Theatre. The trio is Bill Frisell on guitar, Thomas_Morgan_(bassist)">Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums playing jazz. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $35 in advance, $38 day of show and $45 for "Gold Circle." This show was postponed from April 3.
November 19 Thursday: This show is postponed until at least July 8, but it is not clear it is then either Stanley Jordan plays Jimi at AMP by Strathmore. "Stanley Plays Jimi" is Stanley Jordan's " fantasy Jimi Hendrix concert if [Jimi Hendrix] were still alive and playing today." The band is a trio format with guitar, drums and bass. This show was postponed from March 25. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $34 for general admission, $48 for reserved.
November 20 and 21 Friday and Saturday: This show appears to be cancelled Papadosio plays Union Stage. Combine rock, jazz and electronica. These shows were postponed from April. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for reserved.
December 2 Wednesday: This show has apparently been cancelled Donna the Buffalo plays Rams Head On Stage. Donna the Buffalo plays roots music with a fair amount of zydeco Doors open at 7, show is at 8. This show was rescheduled from April 2. Those tickets should work, or if you don't have those, they are $22.50.
January 16 2021 Tuesday: This show is cancelled Shovels and Rope play Rams Head Live with Indianola. Shovels and Rope are a folk duo. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. This is an all ages show.
January 31, 2021 Wednesday: Steep Canyon Rangers play Birchmere. Steep Canyon Rangers play bluegrass. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
February 19 2021 Friday: This show is cancelled Monster Magnet plays Baltimore Soundstage with Nebula and Silvertomb. Monster Magnet plays stoner rock. As does Nebual. Silvertomb plays doo, Doors open at 7, show is at 7:15. Tickets are $25.50.
March 5 and 6 Friday and Saturday: The High Kings play Birchmere. The High Kings are an Irish folk group. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.
March 7, 2021 Sunday: This show has been rerescheduled to two shows on September 26, 2021. The High Kings play Rams Head On Stage. The High Kings are an Irish folk group.Tickets for both shows are $45 but evening is sold out unless the new dates shake loose some tickets. Day time show doors at 2, show at 3. Evening show doors at 7, show is at 8.
March 9 2021 Tuesday: Acid Mothers Temple plays Comet Ping Pong with ST 37. Acid Mothers Temple plays psychedelic rock. As do ST 37. Show is at 9. Tickets are $15.
March 15 Monday 2021: Rhiannon Giddens plays the Music Center at Strathmore with Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah. All four are African American folk artists. Show is at 8. Tickets are $48 to $98.
March 19, 2021 Friday: Murder by Death plays the Black Cat with Amigo the Devil. Amigo the Devill plays murderfolk. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. All tickets for the original date were refunded. You need a new ticket for this show.
March 27, 2021 Saturday: Ray Wylie Hubbard plays City Winery. Ray Wiley Hubbard is a country singer songwriter. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $32 to $42.
March 28 and 29 of 2021 Sunday and Monday: Tab Benoit plays Rams Head On Stage. Tab Benoit plays the blues, especially delta blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50.
April 15, 2021 Thursday: Tab Benoit plays the Birchmere. Tab Benoit plays the blues, especially delta blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
April 18 2021 Sunday: Damo Suzuki's Network plays Ottobar with Microkingdom and DJ Brandon Carlo. Damo Suzuki's Network is an assembly of musicians who improvise together in concert. Microkingdom plays avant garde jazz Doors open at 7, show is at 8. This is an all ages show.
April 18, 2021 Sunday: Ministry plays Baltimore Sound Stage with KMFDM and Front Line Assembly. Ministry plays industrial metal. KMFDM is an industrial band. Frontline Assembly is an electro-industrial band. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. This show was scheduled for this year and was sold out. It is now scheduled for 2021 and tickets are $41.80.
April 22, 2021 Thursday: Slim Cessnas Auto Club plays City Winery with The BellRays. Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays dark and weird country punk. The BellRays play punk, rock and soul. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. TIckets are $18.
April 23 2021 Friday: Slim Cessnas Auto Club plays Metro Gallery with The BellRays. Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays dark and weird country punk. The BellRays play punk, rock and soul.
April 24, 2021 Saturday: Dead Can Dance plays Anthem with Agnes Obel. Dead Can Dance plays art rock. Agnes Obel plays folk and soul. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $55 to $125. This is an all seated show.
April 24, 2021 Saturday: Bill Frisell Trio plays the State Theatre. The trio is Bill Frisell on guitar, Thomas_Morgan_(bassist)">Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums playing jazz. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $35 in advance, $38 day of show and $45 for "Gold Circle." This show was postponed from April 3.
May 8, 2021 Saturday: Circle Jerks play the Black Cat. Circle Jerks play hardcore punk Doors open at 8. Tickets are $35. TIckets are being refunded. You need a new one for the show.
May 15, 2021 Saturday: The Residents play the Ottobar. The Residents are an American art collective best known for their avant-garde music and multimedia works. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35. This is an all ages show.
May 21, 2021 Friday: Dana Fuchs plays Rams Head On Stage. Dana Fuchs is a singer/songwriter who combines Southern rock, soul, roots and blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.
May 22, 2021 Saturday: Meatloaf Presents BAT at Rams Head On Stage. The show will feature The Neverland Express with Caleb Johnson on vocals. How much Meatloaf is involved is not clear. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are $55.
June 5, 2021 Saturday: Black Violin plays Wolf Trap. Black Violin is a hip hop duo who accompany themselves on violin and viola. Gates open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets start at $32.
June 6, 2021 Sunday: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play Wolf Trap with "very special guest" David Crosby and Friends. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play alt country. David Crosby and Friends play folk rock. Gates open at 5:30, show is at 7.
June 10, 2021 Thursday: Andrew Bird plays Wolf Trap with Iron and Wine. Andrew Bird is an American indie rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Iron and Wine is singer songwriter Sam Beam. Gates open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets start at $37 for the lawn.
June 25 2021 Friday: Umphrey's McGee plays MECU Pavilion with TBA. Umphrey's McGee is a jam band with strong prog influences. As usual Ticketmaster is not giving advance notice of the price but presale through the band are about $40.
June 26, 2021 Saturday: Primus plays A Tribute to Kings at MECU Pavilion with Wolfmother, The Sword and Battles. Primus will be playing the music of the Rush album a Tribute to Kings and perhaps some of their own tunes. Wolfmother plays hard rock. The Sword plays heavy metal. Battles plays experimental rock. Show is at 7. The original tickets are still good. New ones are $25 to $95.
July 8 2021Thursday: Asleep at the Wheel plays the Birchmere. Asleep at the Wheel play American roots music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $35.
July 9 2021 Friday: Dustbowl Revival play Rams Head On Stage. Dustbowl Revival plays American roots music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $24.50.
July 17, 2021 Saturday David Bromberg Quintet plays AMP by Strathmore. Dave Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who plays a variety of genres, including bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western and rock and roll. Doors are at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are from $36 to $66.
July 20, 2021 Tuesday: Ramblin' Jack Elliott plays City Winery. Ramblin' Jack Elliott is a folk singer.Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30.
July 20-21 Tuesday and Wednesday: Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Wolf Trap with St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Gabe Dixon. Tedeschi Trucks Band plays blues rock. St. Paul and the Broken Bones are an 8 piece soul band. Gates open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets start at $38 for the lawn.
August 14 and 15, 2021 Saturday and Sunday Rage Against the Machine Public Service Announcement Tour comes to Capital One Arena with Run the Jewels. Rage Against the Machine mixes rock with rap and radical politics. Run the Jewels is an "incendiary rap duo" with Killer Mike & El-P. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets go on sale February 13, and of course TicketMaster won't tell you the prices one minute before that (or even while you are in the waiting room). Please note also that parts of Cap One have really bad acoustics and the upper tiers (known as the cheap seats) are so steep as to be dangerous.
August 18 2021 Wednesday: Greg Howe featuring Stu Hamm on bass and Joel Taylor plays Jammin' Java. Greg Howe plays instrumental rock, jazz fusion and hard rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 and $25. This is an all ages show.
August 25, 2021 Wednesday Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band with special guest Ruben Blades plays Wolf Trap. Chick Corea is a jazz piano player. Spanish Heart is a flamenco-charged eight-man band of Latin rhythm masters. Ruben Blades is a singer/songwriter. Gates open at 6:30, show is at 8.
September 8, 2021 Wednesday: Skerryvore play Rams Head On Stage. Skerryvore is a Scottish Celtic rock band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $27.50.
September 15 2021 Wednesday: Frank Marino plays Rams Head On Stage. Frank Marino plays guitar very well. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50, and it was sold out before it was postponed from April.
September 21, 2021 Thursday: Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart plays The Music Center at Strathmore. Bela Fleck will play bluegrass with Billy Strings on guitar, Sierra Hull on mandolin, Michael Cleveland on fiddle and Mark Schatz on bass. Show is at 8. Tickets are $28 to $78.
September 21, 2021 Thursday Skerryvore; plays AMP by Strathmore. Skerryvore is a Scottish Celtic rock band. Doors open at 6:30, doors are at 8. Tickets are $27 for general admission, $38 for reserved.
September 24, 2021 Friday Wardruna plays Warner Theatre. Warruna is a Norwegian music group dedicated to create musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. On sale February 13. No ticket prices yet.
September 26, 2021 Sunday: The High Kings play Rams Head On Stage. The High Kings are an Irish folk group.Tickets for both shows are $45 but evening is sold out unless the new dates shake loose some tickets. Day time show doors at 2, show at 3. Evening show doors at 7, show is at 8.
October 3, 2021 Sunday: Bikini Kill plays Fillmore with Alice Bag. Bikini Kill plays punk. Alice Bag also plays punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50. There is also a Monday show, which was sold out two postponements ago, but might not be now.
October 24, 2021 Sunday: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard play The Anthem with Leah Senior. King Gizzard and Wizard Lizard play in a number of genres, including psych, garage, progressive and experimental rock. Leah Senior plays folk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35 to $55.
November 13, 2021 Saturday: Pat Metheny plays the Music Center at Strathmore. Pat Metheny is a jazz guitarist. He will perform with James Francies on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Show is at 8. Tickets are $49 to $89.
Allyworld is located in Tonal Park. It is a small seated venue with a relatively low stage. Sound was good (as one would hope considering the location). When I was there the band had brought beer and wine. So you may be able to bring your own. Tonal Park is located at 7014C Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. It is not well signed.
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 Brewing is a brewery. As such it is a big cavernous building with a bar some tables, some more tables outside, and a brewing area. The beer is great. As for food, sometimes there are tacos, and you can bring your own or order food delivered. Shows are in the brewing area, which means even less temperature control than in the rest of the building. Atlas Brewing is located at 2052 West Virginia Avenue in Northeast DC.
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 closed for the predictable future but will doing some live streams. In better times it 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.
Carroll Cafe is a venue in Seekers Church just into the District outside Takoma Park. They have a beautiful room and the sound is incredible. Music is the second Friday of most months and tends to be folk or roots. Vegetarian food is available as are beverages (though probably not alcohol). Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street Northwest. They can be reached at email@example.com
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.
Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar is the bar portion of a Mexican restaurant in Burtonsville. While you can get there through the restaurant, I recommend entering through the bar entrance, which is on the west side. Shows are in a fair-sized room off the bar that has some tables (with table service). The stage is pretty much the floor in the corner, though there is a low riser for drums. My experience is that they may start right on time or very late, and bands may not appear in the order you would expect. That said, set changes were accomplished quickly and I am told they treat the bands well. Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar is located at 15530 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, Maryland.
City Winery is exactly what it sounds like. City WInery Is currently (as of July 21, 2020) closed. Not sure what this means for shows that they pushed off to next year, but you certainly shouldn't count on anything scheduled for 2020. There is a restaurant and tasting area on the first floor, a large venue on the second floor, and a less formal smaller venue on the third floor. The food and alcohol menu is the same on all three floors. Obviously they have a lot of wine, but they also have a few well-chosen beers. Neither food nor wine and beer are inexpensive. The second floor has a stage midway down the side, tables the length of the room and stools at the bar along the other side. All seats are reserved. The upstairs bar is very long and has a low stage at one end. There are high tables at the bar area on one side and long tables going the length of the room with a dance area between them and the stage. There is valet parking at the venue, $8 parking in a garage a block or so away and street parking. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC. (202) 250-2531.
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.
Dew Drop Inn is a classic dive, at least downstairs. I haven't been upstairs, but it apparently has food. Downstairs stage is on the floor opposite the bar. It doesn't have a wide beer selection, but there is good beer to be had. The building looks like a closed up warehouse and it is right next to a busy railroad track (which you cannot hear while the music is playing). There is tons of street parking. Dewdrop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street in Northeast DC. 202-791-0909
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.
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.
Hell's Bottom is a VFW Post, with a bar, cheap beer (with some for the beer snobs), and a stage area that is only slightly higher than the rest of the room. It is fairly laid back. Hell's Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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. Balcony seating is now all tables. 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.
Maryland Meadworkd is exactly what it sounds like. It is a bit small and pretty much serves mead and nothing else. But the mead is good and outside food is welcome. Stage is pretty much the back corner. It is open Thursday and Friday 4 to 10, Saturday noon to 10, Sunday noon to 7. Maryland Meadworks is located at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland. 301-955-9644.
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. The stage is about 2 and a half feet high, 15 feet long and about 12 feet deep. 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.
MilkBoy ArtHouse abruptly closed near the end of 2019. Despite that, scheduled shows sponsored by The Clarice will still take place. Shows sponsored by MilkBoy are apparently looking for other venues. No word on whether anyone will step up to take the place of MilkBoy. The former MilkBoy ArtHouse is located at 7416 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland. There is plenty of cheap parking in the area.
Millennium 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 has a small studio where they host music occasionally. As you would imagine, the sound is excellent. Lately they have been supplying chairs, and sometimes people bring food. It is pretty much BYOB. 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.
The Patterson is a venue operated by the Creative Alliance. It has all sorts of exhibits and activities in addition to shows. The performance space is set up according to the needs of each performance and may have more or less seating, standing or dancing space. Capacity for performances ranges from 210 to 250. Beverages are available. Tickets can be bought at the box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 7 or online. The galleries are free so take a look while you are there. The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore. Street parking is relatively easy to find.
Pearl Street Warehouse is located on the Wharf at 33 Pearl Street in Southwest DC. It has a capacity of between 150 and 300 people depending on whether it is seated, standing, or some combination of the two. They serve food and alcohol. Shows are 21+ unless otherwise specified. Tickets are available online through TicketFly, by phone at 1877.4fly.tix, and at the box office. The box office has a flat $1 service charge. Unlike other Wharf venues, it accepts cash. Parking is generally available, but often expensive. It offers classic diner food, opening for breakfast at 8:30 am and staying open until close. It is closed on Monday.
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 do not allow you to bring in glass containers or alcohol and their own beer and food selection is pretty slim. Once when I was there they ran out of their only decent beer by the set break. Venue maintenance is not their thing, especially when it comes to the bathrooms. 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..
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. 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 has changed ownership and 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.
Rituals is in the old Windup Space. It is a fair sized space with some tables and the stage in back on the left and a bar down the right with plenty of space left for standing. The palette is now more black and white with chandeliers over the bar. And the red curtains that made the stage look like the black lodge are gone. They have a good enough selection of beer and a list of classic cocktails. The bathrooms are now all gender, but nothing has changed but the sign on the doors, so if you are hoping for a urinal go left, and if you want a better chance at a stall go right. Apparently the band room is much improvef. There is still no food. Hours are 6 pm to 2am every night. Rituals is located at 12 West North Avenue in Baltimore. 410-244-8855.
Rock and Roll Hotel is closed.
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.
Slash Run is classic burger joint with vegan options and a good beer selection. It has booths in front and a raised area with a bar in back. Bands play on the floor in the front window. The only bathroom I found was a one - holer, but there may be more. Parking in the neighborhood is residential parking until 8:30 and is rather scarce. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC. (202) 838-9929.
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.
It appears that The Soundry has not survived the pandemic.
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.
Union Craft Brewing is a brewery that occasionally has music. The space is cavernous, the beer is good, the food is limited. It has parking and there is more on the street. Union Craft Brewing is located at 1700 West 41st Street, Suite 420, in Baltimore.
Union Stage is locate on the Wharf at 740 Water Street in Southwest DC. There is a tap room on the ground level that opens at 5. The venue is downstairs and holds 450 standing or 225 for seated shows. There is an elevator as well as stairs to get to the venue. Beer and pizza are sold on both floors. "Premium" seating is available at some shows, but in some cases it is further away than any of the standing. Union Stage is an all ages venue. Parking is available, but not inexpensive.
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.
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