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?
July 26 Wednesday: House and Land plays Rhizome DC with Lane Garrett. House and Land is the duo of Sally Anne Morgan and Sarah Louise Henson playing traditional Appalachian music with a strong drone element. Layne Garrett plays resonator guitar nonconventionally. Show is from 9 to 10:30.
July 27 Thursday: Dialectical Imagination plau An Die Musik. Dialectical Imagination is a piano and drums jazz duo. Shows are at 8 and 9:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
July 27 Thursday: No Dead Monsters plays Fort Reno with Bottled Up and Scanners. No Dead Monsters play garage punk. Bottled Up plays surfy post punk. Scanners plays post punk. Show is 7 to 9:30.
July 27 Thursday: Kohoutek plays Rhizome DC with *member of Reynols* and Cyrus Pireh. Kohoutek is an experimental psych band. Reynols was a pretty far out experimental band from Argentina. As to what member or members this might be, your guess is as good as mine. Cyrus Pireh plays avant garde jazz. (And has collaborated with Alan Courtis, who was a member of Reynols). Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
July 28 Friday: A night of guitar with Is@s@ at Club 603. Is@s@ plays acoustic guitar and weissenborn in a style inspired by American primitive guitarists.
July 28 Friday: A Stick and a Stone play Rhizome DC with Br'er and Tolva. A Stick and a Stone consists of violas, vocal harmonies, effects pedals, classical guitar and deliberate silence. Br'er plays experimental pop by Benjamin Schurr who will be playing solo. Tolva is Erik Sleight playing solo experimental electronic music. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
July 28 Friday: Slayer plays Pier 6 with Lamb of God and Behemoth. Slayer plays slash metal. Lamb of God plays groove metal. Behemoth is a blackened death metal band. Tickets go on sale Friday March 3 at 10 am. Unfortunately, Pier 6 is now a Live Nation venue, so information like prices, times, venue polies, or anything else that might be of use, is not available.
July 29 Saturday: Janel Leppin plays Rhizome DC with John Lindaman, Luciernaga and Mike Nigro. Janel Leppin plays cello. John Lindaman plays solo guitar improvisations using simple looping, inexpensive guitar effects and prepared guitar techniques. Luciernaga is the guitar-centric ambient recording project of Joao M. Da Silva. Mike Nigro is an electronic musician. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
July 30 Sunday: Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires play DC 9. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires combine garage and Southern rock. Doors open at 8:30, show is at 9. Admission is $10. This is an all ages show.
July 31 Monday: Numbers Station plays Fort Reno with Bacchae and Makeup Girl. Numbers Station plays instrumental rock. Bacchae plays punk. Makeup Girls play indie rock. Show is 7 to 9:30.
July 31 Monday: Tempest plays Jammin' Java. Temmpest plays high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
August 2 Wednesday: Punch Brothers play Wolf Trap with I'm With Her and Julian Lage. Punch Brothers play progressive bluegrass. I'm With Her is a female folk trio. Julian Lage plays jazz guitar. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30 to $60 and go on sale March 18.
August 2 Wednesday: John Kadlecik and the DC Mystery Cats play Gypsy Sally's with The U-Liners. John Kadlecik and the DC Mystery Cats play Jerry Garcia shows in their entirety. The U-Liners play roots rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20.
August 3 Friday: Atlas Road Crew plays the 8X10 with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Atlas Road Crew plays Southern rock. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra features Jonathan Scales on steel pan drums, which he plays like no one else you have ever heard.
August 3 Thursday: This show has been cancelled. Rasputina plays the Ottobar with Eliza Rickman. Rasputina plays rock with cellos. Eliza Rickman plays/sings alternative folk. Doors open at 7, show is at 7:30. This is an all ages show.
August 3 Thursday: Cris Jacobs and Friends play the music of the Grateful Dead at Hamilton Live. Friends are Mookie Siegel, John Ginty, Dave Markowitz and Ed Hough. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for standing, $17 for seated.
August 4 Friday: Deaf Scene has an album release party for "Chimera" at Rams Head on Stage with Mountainwolf and Gingerwolf. Deaf Scene plays instrumental rock. Mountainwolf is an electric groove rock trio. Gingerwolf plays ambient ethereal instrumental music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15.
August 4 Friday: Speakers of the House play Old Bowie Town Grille. Speakers of the House play old school funk, boogaloo and rock.
August 4-5 Saturday and Sunday: Cris Jacobs and Friends play the music of the Grateful Dead at the 8X10. Friends are Mookie Siegel, John Ginty, Dave Markowitz and Ed Hough. (Or at least thats who they are on August 3).
August 5 Saturday: Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank plays Rams Head Live. Dweezil Zappa is the son of Frank Zappa and plays his music very well. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $29.50 to $69.50.
August 5 Saturday: Union Craft Brewing 5th Anniversary with Big in Japan and Honey Island Swamp Band. Event is 6 to 12. Tickets are $30. Union Craft Brewing is located at 1700 Union Avenue in Baltimore.
August 5 Saturday: Kelly Bell Band plays Quiet Waters Park. Kelly Bell Band plays blues rock. Show is from 6 to 8 and is free. Quiet Waters Park is located at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis, Maryland.
August 6 Sunday: Marty Friedman plays Baltimore Soundstage with Scale the Summit and The Fine Constant. Marty Friedman plays guitar, most famously for Megadeth. Scale the Summit plays instrumental progressive metal. The Fine Constant plays instrumental progressive metal. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show.
August 6 Sunday: Melvins play the Ottobar with Spotlights. The Melvins play rock. Spotlights play shoegaze. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. This is an all ages show.
August 6 Sunday: The Thrillbillies play New Deal Cafe. The Thrillbillies play roots rock. Show is 7 to 9.
August 6 Sunday: Chick Corea Elektric Band and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play Wolf Trap. Chick Corea Elektric Band plays jazz. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play jazz and other things. With Banjo. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30 to $65.
August 7 Monday: Albert Cummings plays the State Theatre. Albert Cummings plays blues guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 day of show.
August 8 Tuesday: Wing Dam plays Comet Ping Pong with BRNDA and Bleary Eyed. Wing Dam plays guitar pop. BRNDA is a post punk band. Bleary Eyed play "disorienting shoegaze and unwieldy slacker punk." Show is at 7. Admission on a sliding scale from $5 to $10.
August 8 Tuesday: This show is sold out. Rhiannon Giddens plays Rams Head on Stage. Rhiannon Giddons plays folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, jazz, soul, R&B, Celtic, Americana. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $55.
August 9 Sunday: The Hunted Hare plays upstairs at Bossa with Sycamore and Tony Risotto. The Hunted Hare is a new project from Dennis Kane, a composer and multi-instrumentalist with a stark take on melodic minimalism, featuring solo guitar and bare accompaniments. Sycamore is the duo of Orlando Johnson and Kate Porter. Tony Risotto plays ambient experimental music. Show is 7 to 9.
August 11 Friday: The Screws play Slash Run with Sister Ex, Torino Death Ride and Savage Remains. The Screws play hardcore punk. Sister Ex plays high energy postpunk and darkwave inspired music. Torino Death Ride plays post hardcore. Savage Remains play horror-fueled punk. Show is at 9. Admission is $8. This is an all ages show. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC.
August 13 Sunday: Messthetics play Windup Space. Messthetics is Brendan Canty, Joe Lally and Anthony Pirog.
August 13 Sunday: Kath Bloom plays Rhizome DC with TomChess & Kamyar Arsani and Friendship. Kath Bloom is a folksinger/songwriter. TomChess will play Sufi and Middle Eastern music on oud and ney along with Kamyar Arsani who will play Persian frame drum. Friendship "explores an interesting collection of sounds, ranging from lo-fi home recordings, to freak folk, to ramblings." Show is at 5. There is a $10 suggested donation.
August 13 Sunday: World Inferno Friendship Society plays the Ottobar with The Bali Lamas, Blinding Eye Dog and more TBA. The World Inferno Friendship Society merges punk, soul, klezmer and jazz. Blinding Eye Dog plays a "unique mix of punk, metal, cosmic horror, and dick jokes." Doors open at 7, show is at 7:30.
August 13 Sunday: Social Distortion plays the Fillmore. Social Distortion play a mix of punk, bluesy rock n’ roll and outlaw country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $41.
August 15 Tuesday: Alejandro Escovedo plays the Patterson with Joe Ely. Alejandro Escovedo plays alt rock and alt country. Joe Ely is a singer/songwriter. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45 in advance, $48 day of show. The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.
August 15 Tuesday: Santana plays Merriweather Post Pavilion. Santana plays Latin rock. Doors open at 6:30. Show is at 8. Tickets are $55 to $295.
August 16 Wednesday: The Roosevelts play Hamilton Live. The Roosevelts play Americana. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for standing, $17 for seated, and $25 for whatever that gets you.
August 16 Wednesday: Anathema plays Baltimore Soundstage with guests. Anathema plays atmospheric rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. This is an all ages show.
August 16 Wednesday: Judith Berkson plays Rhizome DC with Double H Duo and The Millionraces. Judith Berkson uses voice along with analog and digital keyboards in ways that cross the boundaries of classical, electronic and experimental music. Double H Duo exists to explore the possibilities for Minimalism as expressed through the range of two electric guitars. The Millionraces mix drumming and vocals a rhythmic soundscape. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
August 17 Thursday: Sierra Hull plays the Birchmere with Bumper Jacksons Duo. Sierra Hull is a bluegrass singer, mandolin player and guitarist. Bumper Jacksons play roots music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25.
August 18 Friday: MILO in the Doldrums plays Comet Ping Pong with Color Palette and Kid Brother. MILO and the Doldrums play indie rock. As does Color Palette. Kid Brother plays pop. Show is at 10. Admission is $10.
August 18 Friday: Ron Holloway Band plays the 8X10 with Steal Your Peach. Ron Holloway Band plays funk rock. Steal Your Peach mashes up music of the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Doors open at 8.
August 19 Saturday: The London Souls play Hamilton Live with Con Brio. The London Souls play rock with classic overtones. Con Brio plays unk and psychedelic-soul. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated.
August 19 Saturday: Rock-A-Sonics play Hill Country Barbecue. Rock-A-Sonics play rockabilly. Show is at 9:30 and is free.
August 19 Saturday: Hot August Music Festival at Oregon Ridge with Old Crow Medicine Show, Infamous Stringdusters, Lettuce, Turquaz, Cabinet, Dustbowl Revival, Baskery, Electric Love Machine, John Mooney and Bluesiana, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Memphis Gold and Squaring the Circle. Tickets are $66 in advance, $79 day of show. Parking is $20. VIP, including parking is $189.
August 19 Saturday: Maryland Folk Metal Fest III with Winterhymn, Sekengard, Malphas, Last Legion, Fiakra, Dainsleif and Teshaleh. Doors open at 5, show is at 5:30. This is an all ages show.
August 19 Saturday: Xeno & Oaklander play a benefit for ouse of Ruth backstage at the Black Cat with Technophobia, Void Vision and Ships In The Night. Xeno and Oaklander play minimalist electronic music. Technophobia is a dark electronic duo. Void Vision is the Philadelphia-based electronic/synthwave project of Shari Vari. "Ships In The Night is atmospheric, haunting, and electrifying." Doors open at 9. Admission is $10.
August 19 Saturday: Surfer Blood plays Slash Run with Katie Von Schleicher. Katie Von Schleicher plays doom pop. Surfer Blood plays indie rock. Show is at 7. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC.
August 20 Sunday: Jonny Lang plays the Birchmere. Jonny Lang plays blues guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $69.50.
August 25 Friday: Oneida plays Comet Ping Pong with Heavy Breathing. Oneida influences include psychedelic rock, krautrock, electronic, noise rock and minimalism. Heavy Breathing plays art punk. Doors open at 10. Admission is $12.
August 25 Friday: Cold Hard Cash plays the New Deal Cafe. Cold Hard Cash plays Johnny Cash songs and similar things. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
August 26 Saturday: Puff Pieces plays Comet Ping Pong with Governess and TK Echo. Puff Pieces plays minimalist punk. Governess plays dark pop. Doors open at 10. Admission is $12.
August 28 Monday: Scott H Biram plays Hill Country Barbecue with Gallows Bound. Scott H. Biram plays blues and Americana as a one man band. Gallows Bound plays "Appalachian Punk Bluegrass." Show is at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
August 30 Wednesday: BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet plays Rams Head On Stage. Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet plays cajun music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $27.50.
August 31 Thursday: BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet plays Hamilton Live. Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet plays cajun music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $19.75 for standing, $29.75 for seated.
August 25 Friday: Black Masala plays Jazz in the Garden. Black Masala is a Gypsy music inspired brass band. Show is 5 to 8:30. Jazz in the Garden is held in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Southwest DC.
August 27 Sunday: Deaf Scene plays the 8X10 with Elephant Wrecking Ball, F and Diamond Canopy. Deaf Scene is an instrumental power trio. Elephant Wrecking Ball plays an amalgamation of heavy grooves, ambient dub, and otherworldly sounds. F is a funky bass and beat group. Diamond Canopy is a psychelic jam/hard rock band. Doors open at 7.
August 27 Sunday: Neal Morse plays Baltimore Soundstage. Neal Morse plays prog. This is a fully seated show. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. Tickets are $35 and $45.
August 31 Thursday: MarchFourth plays Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club with special guests Septiatonic and DJ Cobrawolfshark. MarchFourth plays very high energy music in marching band style. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
September 1 Friday: Djesben plays Djesben plays jazz standards, bebop and bossa nova, as well as original tunes. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
September 2 September: The Flying Eyes plays Metro Gallery with Foghound, Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children and Drone Theory. The Flying Eyes play heavy psych. Foghound plays hard rock. Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children play garage blues. Drone Theory is a post punk band. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Admission is $10. This is an 18+ show.
September 2 Saturday: Squirrel Nut Zippers play the Birchmere. Squirrel Nut Zippers are a swing revival band. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
September 3 Sunday: Squirrel Nut Zippers play Rams Head On Stage. Squirrel Nut Zippers are a swing revival band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
September 4 Monday: Shinyribs plays Songbyrd. Shinyribs plays country-soul and swamp-funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.
September 6 Wednesday: Frenchy and the Punk play New Deal Cafe. Frenchy and the Punk have been described as folk punk steampunk cabaret. Show is from 7:30 to 9:30.
September 6 Wednesday: Pallbearer plays Metro Gallery with Kayo Dot. Pallbearer plays doom metal. Kayo Dot is an avant-rock/experimental music group. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
September 8 Friday: Black Masala plays the Songburd with Rufus Roundtree and Da B'More Brass Factory and Anandroid. Black Masala is a Gypsy music inspired brass band. Rufus Roundtree and Da B'More Brass Factory is a brass band. Anandroid plays electronica. Doors open at 8, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.
September 8 Friday: Mount Eerie plays St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church. Mount Eerie is the experimental musical project of Anacortes, Washington-based songwriter and producer Phil Elverum. Show is at 7. Tickets are $13. This is a seated show. St. Stephen is located at 1525 Newton Street in Northwest DC.
September 8 Friday: Dead Cross plays Baltimore Soundstage. Dead Cross is a metal band featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson and Michael Crain. Doors open at 8, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show.
September 9 Saturday: Apocalyptica plays Metallica at Lincoln Theatre. Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello metal band from Helsinki, Finland. On this tour they will be playing Metallica. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $34.
September 13 Wednesday: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears play Ottobar. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears play blues, funk and soul.
September 13 Wednesday: St. Paul and the Broken Bones play Rams Head Live with Banditos. St. Paul and the Broken Bones are a neo soul band. Banditos are a rock band with honky tonk, country, soul and garage rock influences. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 day of show.
September 13 Wednesday: 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.
September 13 Wednesday: Djangolaya plays New Deal Cafe. Djangolaya plays the music of Django Reinhardt. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
September 14 Tuesday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays Rams Head on Stage. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a swing revival band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $49.50.
September 14 Thursday: The Funky Meters play Hamilton Live. The Funky Meters play funk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $32 for standing, $45 for seated.
September 15 Friday: Ottobar. Sun Ra Arketstra plays experimental jazz. Doors open at 7, show is at 8.
September 15 Friday: Sturgill Simpson plays Merriweather Post Pavilion. Sturgill Simpson plays country music and roots rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $40 and $59.50 and go on sale February 16 at 10 am.
September 16 Saturday: Xiu Xiu plays Windup Space with H.O.W. and Re-TROS. Xiu Xiu plays experimental rock. H.O.W. is the solo project of Hannah Olivegren. Re-TROS is a post punk band from Beijing. Show is at 9. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. This is an all ages show.
September 16 Saturday: Ruthie and the Wranglers play Old Bowie Town Grill. Ruthie and the Wranglers play American roots music. Show is at 8:30. Old Bowie Town Grill is located at 8604 Chestnut Avenue in Bowie, Maryland.
September 20 Wednesday: Brand X play the Birchmere with Jane Getter Premonition. Brand X is a jazz fusion band. The current version includes John Goodsall and Percy Jones along with Kenny Grohowski on drums, Scott Weinberger on percussion and Chris Clark on keys.
September 20 Wednesday: Ana Popovich plays Rams Head On Stage. Ana Popovich sings and plays the blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.
September 21 Thursday: The Blasters play Hill Country Barbecue with Flat Duo Jets. The Blasters play rock and roll. Flat Duo Jets are a psychobilly band. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
September 22 Friday: The Steeldrivers play Hamilton Live. The Steeldrivers play bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for standing, $35 for seated, and $55 for better seating.
September 23 Saturday: X play the State Theatre. X is a punk band. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $35. Or $99 if you want to pay more.
September 23 Saturday: Decapitated and Thy Art is Murder play Baltimore Soundstage with Fallujah and Ghost Bath. Decapitated plays death metal. Thy Art is Murder is a deathcore band. Fallujah plays atmospheric metal. Ghost Bath plays depressive metal. Doors are at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. This is an all ages show.
September 26 Tuesday: Stiff Little Fingers plays Black Cat with Death by Unga Bunga. Stiff Little Fingers are a punk band. Death By Unga Bunga is a garage rock band named after a joke that may be older than Stiff Little Fingers. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25.
September 27 Wednesday: Langhorne Slim plays 6th & I with Twain. Langhorne Slim plays music rooted in folk, soul, and blues. Twain is a band led by Mat Davidson that blends folk, Americana and country. Show is at 8. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
September 27 Wednesday: Marilyn Manson plays the Fillmore. Marilyn Manson plays industrial rock. Show is at 8. Tickets are $58.
September 29 Friday: Linwood Taylor Band plays the New Deal Cafe. Linwood Taylor plays blues guitar. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 3 Tuesday: Pelican plays Rock and Roll Hotel with Jaye Jayle. Pelican plays instrumental post metal band. Jaye Jayle "takes country and the Blues and strips the whole affair right back to almost nothing before adding a couple of bare electronic elements that really shouldn’t work, giving us a finished product that really does." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $14.
October 3 Tuesday: Greta Van Fleet plays the Ottobar with The Glorious Sons and more TBA. Greta Van Fleet plays rock. As do The Glorious Sons. Fair notice - the August DC Nine show sold out.
October 5 Thursday: Charlie Hunter Trio plays Jammin' Java. Charlie Hunter plays jazz. Not sure who the rest of the trio is yet. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $22.
October 6 Friday: Metz plays Rock and Roll Hotel with Uniform. Metz plays noise rock. Uniform plays industrial rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $16.50.
October 7 Saturday: Man Forever plays Rhizome. Man Forever is music of John Colpitts on drums and whoever he is touring with.
October 7 Saturday: Little Red and the Renegades play New Deal Cafe. Little Red and the Renegades play zydeco. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 10 Tuesday: An evening with Hudson at Hamilton Live. Hudson is Jack DeJohnette on drums, Larry Grenadier on double bass, John Medeski on keys and John Scofield on guitar. They will play jazz. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are 29.75 for standing, $45.25 for seated and $73.25 for whatever that gets you.
October 10 Tuesday: The California Honeydrops play Gypsy Sally's. The California Honeydrops play blues and R&B. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
October 10 Tuesday: Buddy Guy plays the Birchmere. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $99.50.
October 11 Wednesday: The Main Squeeze plays the 8X10 with Squaring the Circle. The Main Squeeze combine soul, hip hop and funk with rock. Squaring the Circle plays funk and jazz. Doors open at 8.
October 13 Friday: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience plays Hamilton Live. David Grisman Bluegrass Experience plays bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 for standing, $60 for seated, $80 for better seating.
October 13 Friday: Karikatura plays New Deal Cafe. Karikatura play roots pop. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 14 Saturday: Blues Traveler 30th anniversary tour comes to the Fillmore. Blues Traveler plays rock with blues and other influences. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.
October 16 Monday: Dead Rider plays DC 9. Dead Rider plays experimental rock. Doors open at 8:30, show is at 9. Tickets are $12. This is an all ages show.
October 17 Tuesday: Shovels and Rope play Rams Head On Stage. Shovels and Rope are a folk duo. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
October 18 Wednesday: Nick Lowe's Quality Rock & Roll Revue at the Birchmere starring Los Straitjackets. Nick Lowe is a British singer songwriter. Los Straitjackets play instrumental surf rock. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
October 20 Friday: Grails plays Metro Gallery with TBA. Grails play psychedelic instrumental post rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $15.
October 19 Thursday: Ministry plays the Fillmore with Death Grips. Ministry plays industrial metal. Death Grips is an experimental rap group. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30.
October 20 Friday: JJ Grey plays the 9:30 Club with The Commonheart. JJ Grey and Mofro play rock, blues and soul. The Commonheart play soul. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $29.
October 20 Friday: Hard Swimmin' Fish play the New Deal Cafe. Hard Swimmin' Fish play blues heavy roots music. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 21 Saturday: Moon Hooch plays the 9:30 Club with Marco Benevento. Moon Hooch is a horn and percussion trio. Marco Benevento plays experimental rock and jazz.
October 21 Saturday: Jake Shimabukuro plays a matinee show at Rams Head On Stage. Jake Shimabukuro plays ukulele very well. Doors open at noon, show is at 1. Tickets are $45.
October 28 Saturday: Wild Anacostias play the New Deal Cafe. Wild Anacostias play cajun, Zydeco and R&B. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 28-29 Saturday and Sunday: King Crimson plays Lisner Auditorium. King Crimson plays rock. VIP tickets are $365 and are available from the band. Other tickets start are from $65 to $155.
October 29 Sunday: Jake Shimabukuro plays the Birchmere. Jake Shimabukuro plays the ukulele very well. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
November 1 Wednesday: Cypress Hill plays the Fillmore. Cypress Hill is a hip hop band that is vocal about their fondness for weed. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $32.50.
November 3 Friday: Tauk plays Baltimore Soundstage. Tauk plays instrumental rock fusion. Show is at 8. Tickets are $16.50.
November 3 Friday: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic plays the Howard Theatre. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic play funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door and $85 for VIP.
November 6-7 Monday and Tuesday: Mountain Goats play the 9:30 Club with Mothers. Mountain Goats play indie folk. Mothers play experimental folk. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $36.
November 9 Thursday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Metro Gallery. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays roots and country blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
November 9 Thursday: Iron & Wine plays the Lincoln Theatre with John Moreland. Iron & Wine play folk rock. John Moreland is a singer songwriter. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $40.
November 10 Friday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Songbyrd. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays roots and country blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
November 10 Friday: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play Hamilton Live Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $17.25 for standing, $25.50 for seated, $39.75 for better seating.
November 10 Friday: Black Violin plays the Music Center at Strathmore. Black Violin combine hip hop and violin. Show is at 8. Tickets are $26 tp $68.
November 11 Saturday: John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring play the Lincoln Theater. John McLaughin and Jimmy Herring are both amazing guitarists. According to JamBase, McLaughlin and Herring will each play a set with their own bands before coming together for "an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45 and $65.
November 12 Sunday: Leftover Salmon plays Gypsy Sally's. Leftover Salmon play Americana and bluegrass. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.
November 14 Tuesday: Leftover Salmon plays Rams Head On Stage. Leftover Salmon play Americana and bluegrass. Doors open at 7, show is 8. Tickets are $39.50.
November 17 Friday: Lunch with Bob plays 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.
November 18 Saturday: Big Sam's Funky Nation plays Hamilton Live. Big Sam's Funky Nation plays funk and jazz. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $19.75 for standing, $25.75 for seated.
November 21 Tuesday: Stanley Clarke Band plays Rams Head On Stage. Stanley Clarke Band plays jazz. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $55.
December 10 Sunday: Mogwai plays the 9:30 Club with Xander Harris. Mogwai is a post rock band. Zander Harris is a dark synth project. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25.
December 16 Saturday: Victor Wooten Trio plays the 9:30 Club. Victor Wooten Trio is Victor Wooten on bass, Dennis Chambers on drums and Bob Fransceschini on sax. Doors open at 8. tickets are $30.
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November 22 Friday: Rare Essence plays Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Rare Esssence plays go go. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $22.
January 21 Sunday: Blue Oyster Cult plays Maryland Hall. Blue Oyster Cult plays hard rock. SDoors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45 and $65. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street in Annapolis, Maryland.
January 26-27 Friday and Saturday: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play the Birchmere. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play bluegrass. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
March 11 Sunday: Dervish plays Black Rock. Dervish is a high evergy Irish band. Show is at 7. Tickets are $25 and $35.
March 16 Friday: Cyro Baptista & Banquet of The Spirits play MilkBoy ArtHouse. Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Spirits play world music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $30 for reserved seating. MilkBoy ArtHouse is located at 7146 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland.
April 7 Saturday: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play Black Rock. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play rock and soul. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 and $35.
April 12 Thursday: DakhaBrakha plays MilkBoy ArtHouse. DakhaBrakha is a world music group from Ukraine. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $30 reserved.
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.
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.
The the Bell Foundry is "a cooperatively run home and performance venue, specializing in all things wonderful." The actual venue is a basement complete with concrete floors, masonry walls, and no noticable heat. As you might expect when you show up in someone's basement, they won't sell you beer, so bring your own if you want it. Given the rather primitive surrounding, the sound is not bad. Two hints: the door to the venue is in the back and the door to the bathroom is on the right as you go up the stairs. Hours are when there is an event. The Bell Foundry is located at 1539 North Calvert Street 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.
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. 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 early shows, snacks for later, 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 (10 am to 10 pm daily) 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.
Iota Club and Cafe is a relatively small but comfortable venue. They have a good beer selection, a constantly changing and relatively reasonable menu and a full bar. The Cafe opens at 5 and live shows usually start after 9. All shows at Iota are 21+. There are no advance tickets. It is located at 2832 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro. 703-522-8340.
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.
Joe's Record Paradise buys, sells and trade used and new lp's, cd's, cassettes, dvd's, vhs tapes, posters, boxsets, rare collectables and most anything musically related. They also sometimes have bands on a tiny stage at the back of the store. Shows start and end early, and are generally inexpensive. The audience stands in the aisles. Joe's Record Paradise is located at 8216 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. 301-585-3269.
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.
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.
Pier Six Concert 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.
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is an art center and gallery. Amenities, or lack thereof, come from show sponsors. Pyramid Atlantic has moved to 4318 Gallatin Street in Hyattsville, Maryland. Looks like they still have space for shows, but I have not noticed that they have had any.
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 held on the main floor of the house, and there is 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. 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.
Union Arts has art studios and exhibition/performance space. The performance space is upstairs, has maybe 25-30 folding chairs, and had beer available for sale the night I was there. I believe all shows are all ages. Union Arts is located at 411 New York Avenue in Northeast DC. Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street.
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