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?
May 21 Tuesday: Wooden Shjips plays DC 9 with Sarah Louise. Wooden Shjips play psychedelic rock. Sarah Louise plays solo guitar. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $18.
May 21 Tuesday: This show is sold out. Greta Van Fleet at MECU Pavilion. Greta Van Fleet plays blues rock and does not sound completely unlike Led Zeppelin. I slept on this one. Get tickets quick if you want them.
May 23 Thursday: MONO plays Union Stage with Emma Ruth Rundle. MONO is a mostly instrumental post rock band. Emma Ruth Rundle is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and visual artist. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $30 for premier. This is an all ages show.
May 23 Thursday: Thrillbillys play Hells Bottom. Thrillbillys play rockabilly. Show is 7 to 10. Hells Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
May 24 Friday: Ron Holloway Band plays the 8X10 with Squaring the Circle. Ron Holloway Band plays funk. Squaring the Circle plays fusion rock.
May 24 Friday: The Reasoning at Rhizome with a duo of Jamal Moore on percussion, reeds and electronics and Nik Francis on drums. A tenor sax trio with Jamal Moore, Ras Moshe and Eliel Sherman Storey and Cher Jey on vocals, dance and poetry. Show is at 8. Admission is $10.
May 24 Friday: Popa Chubby play Hamilton Live. Popa Chubby plays blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15.25 for standing, $30.75 for seated. This is an all ages show.
May 24 Friday: Heart of the Ghost plays 4QUARIUM with Anna RG and Ima featuring Noelle Tolbert (Hanna Olivegren + Nicole Mazarakis). Heart of the Ghost is Jarrett Gilgore on saxophone, Luke Stewart on bass and Ian McColm on drums playing improvised music. Anna RG is a singer songwriter. Show is at 8. Admission is $5 to $10. 4QUARIUM is located in the Copycat Building at 1501 Guilford Avenue in Baltimore.
May 25 Saturday: WUME plays the Ottobar with Konjur Collective and Wheatie Mattiasich featuring Stephen Santillan. WUME is a synth drums duo. Konjur Collective is a Baltimore based arts collective/band devoted to creating free flowing spiritual and radical Black Art. Show is at 9.
May 26 Sunday: Sowebo festival with 3 Fifths at noon at Rise Up Stage, Leo & Cygnus at 1 at Rise Up, Skribe at 3 on Rise Up, Hamilton Outlaw at 3 on Redux, Puddle at 5 on Redux Stage, Scotch Bonnets at 6 on Market Stage, Deaf Scene at 7 at Rise Up, Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomers at 7 at Market Stage.
May 26 Sunday: Tinsmith plays the New Deal Cafe. Tinsmith plays Celtic and old timey music. Show is 7 to 9.
May 27 Monday: Nadah El Shazly and Luke Stewart play as a duo at Rhizome with Bushmeat. Nadal El Shazly plays a mystical hybrid between rock, avant-garde music and electronica with bassist Luke Stewart. Bush Meat is Thomas Stanley making music in the infectious electroBush style. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15.
May 28 Tuesday: L7 play the Fillmore with Le Butcherettes L7 plays a heavy, catchy, mixture of punk, metal, noise and pop. Le Butcherettes is a Mexican garage punk band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are about $29.
May 30 Thursday: Des Demonas play the Dew Drop Inn with Heavy Breathing. Des Demonas play rock. As does Heavy Breathing. Show is at 8. Admission is $10. The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street in Northeast DC.
May 30 Thursday: Circles Around the Sun plays Gypsy Sally's. Circles Around the Sun are an instrumental, psychedelic jam band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $23 day of show.
May 30 Thursday: Jason Kahn and Joe Baiza play Rhizome with Maslo. Jason Kahn is an electronic musician, vocalist, drummer and guitarist. Joe Baiza is a punk rock and jazz guitarist whom Eugene Chadbourne cites as one of the most noteworthy guitarists to emerge from the Southern California punk rock milieu. MASLO is an ambient soundscape from Baltimore's Maria Shesiuk. Show is at 8. Admission is $10.
May 30 Thursday: Founding Fathers play Windup Space with Dingleberry Dynasty, Big Georgeous and F City. Founding Fathers plays a unique blend of synth-pop and new wave. Dingleberry Dynasty plays poop punk. Big Gorgeous is an energetic and over-the-top theatrical Perv-Pop duo. F City play funky bass and beats. Show is at 7.
May 30 Thursday: Southern Culture on the Skids (SCOTS) play Hill Country Barbecue with Jumpin' Jupiter. SCOTS play chicken-fried roots rock. Jumpin Jupiter plays rockabilly. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of show.
May 31 Friday: The Surreal McCoys play Pearl Street Warehouse with The Glenmont Popes. The Surreal McCoys combine Americana and punk. The Glenmont Popes play rockabilly. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is a 21+ show.
May 31 Friday: Black Masala plays the 8X10 with John "Papa" Gros. Black Masala play a mix of punk rock, Balkan brass, Indian bhangra and New Orleans funk. John "Papa" Gros plays New Orleans funk.
May 31 Friday: Oozing Wound plays the Sidebar with Ten Million Spiders and Hanger. Oozing Wound plays thrash metal. Ten Million Spiders play dark punk.
May 31 Friday: Flow Tribe plays AMP by Strathmore. Flow Tribe plays New Orleans funk. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 9. Tickets are $25.
May 31 Friday: Jailbreak Tap Takeover at Union Stage with Two Ton Twig and Shannon Bieleski & Moonlight Drive. Two Ton Twig explores the fringes of traditional bluegrass and string band music. Shannon Bieleski aand Moonlight Drive are a string band. Doors open at 5, show is at 6. Show is free but you may need to rsvp. This is an all ages show.
May 31 Friday: Bobby Smith Band plays Hells Bottom. Bobby Smith Band plays R&B and blues. Show is 8 to 11. Hells Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
June 2 Sunday: Hellwana plays the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Hellwana is a Czech rapper.
June 2 Sunday: Amy Klein> plays Rhizome with Model Home and Weston Smith. Amy Klein plays mythic sounding rock. Model Home plays experimental rap. Weston Smith plays synth. Show is at 7. Admission is $10.
June 2 Sunday: Naked Jungle plays the New Deal Cafe. Naked Jungle is a instrumental world fusion trio using drums, percussion, didgeridoo, electronic drums, samples and bass. Show is 7-9.
June 3 Monday: Johnny A plays a solo show at City Winery. Johnny A plays guitar. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
June 4 Tuesday: Yonder Mountain String Band plays Rams Head On Stage with Great Peacock. Yonder Mountain String Band plays energetic bluegrass. Great Peacock plays Southern rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $49.50.
June 6 Thursday: Lincoln Durham plays DC 9. Lincoln Durham is an American alternative rock, southern gothic, revival punk, psycho blues, americana singer, songwriter and one-man-band musician. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
June 6 Thursday: WTMD First Thursday with The War & Treaty, Sunflower Bean, Eli Paperboy Reed, Tyler Ramsey and more. The War and Treaty play roots soul. Sunflower Bean play rock. Eli "Paperboy" Reed sings soul. Tyler Ramsey is a singer songwriter. Show is 5:30 to 10:30 at Canton Waterfront Park.
June 6 Thursday: Pocket Bells plays Metro Gallery with Del Florida, Deaf Scene and All the Brighter. Pocket Bells play indie rock. Del Florida plays dream pop. Deaf Scene plays instrumental rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $10.
June 7 Friday: Nick and Luke play The Patterson with Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band. Nick and Luke play a combination of americana-rooted original music, jazz standards and the bluegrass/old-time liturgy. Tongue in Cheek plays swing, ragtime, hot jazz. Show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 day of show.
June 7 Friday: Davina & The Vagabonds play AMP by Strathmore. Davina and the Vagabonds play jazz and blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $17.50 for general admission, $37.50 for reserved.
June 7 Friday: Geraldine plays the New Deal Cafe. Geraldine is a country-leaning string band. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
June 8 Saturday: Joe Morris+Tomas Fujiwara play Rhizome. Joe Morris and Tomas Fujiwara play guitar and drums. Show is at 8. Admission is $10. This show is part of the DC Jazz festival.
June 8 Saturday: David Wax Museum plays Square in the Circle. David Wax Museum plays folk and roots rock. Square in the Circle is a private home, email SquareintheCircle@gmail.com for ticket information.
June 8 Saturday: Sleep plays Baltimore Soundstage with Big Business. Sleep is doom metal power trio. Big Business plays heavy metal. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30.
June 8 Saturday: Lake Street Dive plays Wolf Trap with The Wood Brothers. Lake Street Dive plays Southern rock. The Wood Brothers play folk. Show is at 7:30. Ticket are $35 on the lawn and $65 in the pavilion.
June 9 Sunday: The Wildmans play Hill Center. The Wildmans play Americana. Show is 4:30 to 6:30. The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast DC.
June 10 Monday: The Unknown Sound Collective plays Rhizome with Dykes and Young, Human Person and Pen Palindrome. The Unknown Sound Collective is an experimental multimedia collective. Dykes and Young is a duo of bassist Laura Dykes and violinist Jeffrey Young. Human Person plays folk and will play with Unknown Sound Collective and possible solo also. (Band listing grammar eludes me again). Pen Palindrome is the solo project of Ava Mirzadegan playing folk-tinged indie rock that is earnest and a little melancholic. Show is at 8. Admission is $10.
June 11 Tuesday: Ghost-Note plays The Patterson. Ghost-Note plays funk. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
June 11 Tuesday: Trio Sefardi plays Jammin' Java. Trio Sefardi will perform music from Turkey and the Balkans, old and new Sephardic favorites. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15.
June 12 Wednesday: Eilen Jewell plays the Soundry. Eilen Jewell plays Americana, blues, country and honky tonk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated.
June 12 Wednesday: Sinkane plays U Street Music Hall with Bassel & The Supernaturals. Sinkane is a Sudanese-American musician who blends krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop. Bassel and the Supernaturals play funk and soul. Show is at 6:30. Tickets are $17.
June 12 Wednesday: Wolfmother plays 9:30 Club. Wolfmother plays hard rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30.
June 13 Thursday: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams play Rams Head On Stage. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams plays folk rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20.
June 13 Thursday: Eilen Jewell plays Hamilton Live. Eilen Jewell plays Americana, blues, country and honky tonk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing, $40 for seated.
June 14 Friday: Moon Hooch plays U Street Music Hall with Nathan-Paul and the Admirables . Moon Hooch playsdance-oriented percussion- and saxophone-based music. Nathan Paul and the Admirables play funky soul. Show is at 6:30. Tickets are $20.
June 14 Friday: William Hooker Trio plays Rhizome. William Hooker Trio is a jazz trio with William Hooker on drums, Ben Goldberg on trombone and Jair Parker Wells on bass. Show is 8. Admission is $15. This is part of the DC Jazz Festivala.
June 14 Friday: Snarky Puppy plays the Anthem with Jose James. Snarky Puppy is a jazz and funk collective. Jose James combines jazz, soul, drum'n'bass, and spoken word. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $49 to $450.
Saturday June 15 Saturday: Third Annual Seventh Stanine Festival at Rhizome with music outside weather permitting: Kamyar Arsani 2-2:30, Ian Epps 2:45-3:15, Tristan Welch 3:30-4, Mariage Blanc 4:15-4:45, Loudon/Cohen; Duo 5-5:30, DJ Jim Thomson 5:30-5:45, The Caribbean 5:45-6:15, DJ 6:15-6:30, Chad Clark & Erin Nelson 6:30-7, DJ 7-7:15, Mary Battiata and Little Pink 7:15-7:45, DJ 7:45-8, 8-8:30, Tone;, DJ Marc Masters 8:30-8:45. Music inside Jeanne Vomit-Terror 8:45-9:15, DJ 9:15-9:30, Mike Shiflet/Michael Bernstein 9:30-10, Jon Camp 10:15-10:45, DJ 10:45-11, Jon Mueller 11-11:30. Beer by 3 Stars Brewing.
June 15 Saturday: Priests play the 9:30 Club with Mock Identity. Priests play punk. As does Mock Identity. Doors open at 10. Tickets are $20.
June 15 Saturday: Ghost-Note plays Pearl Street Warehouse. Ghost-Note plays funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
June 16 Sunday: David Murray and Kahil El'Zabar play as a duo at Rhizome. David Murray plays jazz saxophone and bass clarinet. Kahil El'Zabar plays jazz percussion. Show is outdoors (weather permitting) at 5. Tickets are $20.
June 18 Tuesday: Yogev Shetrit plays the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Yogev Shetrit elegantly fuses traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary jazz, Jewish and Mediterranean music.
June 18 Tuesday: Kikagaku Moyo plays U Street Music Hall with Sarah Louise. Kikagaku Moyo is a Japanese psychedelic band. Sarah Louise plays Appalachian folk music, as well as spiritual jazz and contemporary classical. Show is at 7. Tickets are $18.
June 18 Tuesday: Thank You Scientist plays Ottobar with Bent Knee. Thank You Scientist plays prog. Bent Knee plays art rock. Doors open at 6:30. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
June 20 Thursday: Michaels/Ballou/Formanek/Kuhl play Rhizome with Susan Alcorn. That's Derrick Michaels on sax, Dave Ballou on trumpet, Michael Formanek on bass and Mike Kuhl on drums. Susan Alcorn plays pedal steel guitar. Show is at 8. Admission is $10.
June 20 Thursday: Trampled by Turtles plays Wolf Trap with Deer Tick. Trampled by Turtles plays bluegrass and folk. Deer Tick plays folk and rock. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30 for the lawn and $50 in the pavilion.
June 20 Thursday: Ultrafaux plays 8X10 with Fried Pickin’ and Unstrung Heroes. Ultrafaux plays gypsy jazz. Fried Pickin plays Americana. Unstrung Heroes play new grass. Doors open at 8. Admission is $12.
June 21 Friday: Black Masala plays Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Black Masala play a mix of punk rock, Balkan brass, Indian bhangra and New Orleans funk. Jazz in the Garden is held in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Shows are 5:30 to 8:30 and are free. The National Gallery of Art is located at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street in Washington DC.
June 21 Friday: Alsarah & The Nubatones play The Patterson. Alsarah and the Nubatones play East-African retro-pop music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 day of show.
June 21 Friday: Haint Blue plays Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge with guests. Haint Blue plays Americana. Doors open at 8, show is at 8. Admission is $10. This is an 18+ show.
June 21 Friday: Daddy Long Legs plays Metro Gallery with Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children and DJ Rob Macy. Daddy Long Legs plays American roots music. Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children play garage blues rock. DJ Rob Macy plays vintage R&B and soul. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. This is an all ages show.
June 21 Friday: Jason Isbell and Father John Misty play Merriweather. Jason Isbell plays country. Father John Misty plays folk rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $45 on the lawn, $75 in the pavilion.
June 22 Saturday: Daddy Long Legs plays Hill Country Barbecue with The Hall Monitors. Daddy Long Legs plays American roots music. The Hall Monitors play garage rock. Doors open at 8:30, show is at 9. Tickets are $12 in advance, two for one deal for $20.
June 22-23 Saturday and Sunday: Phish plays Merriweather Post Pavilion. Phish is a jam band. Tickets go on sale January 25. I'd tell you the prices, but that chunk of Merriweather's site has been attacked with a stick.
June 22-23 Saturday and Sunday: Cris Jacobs plays the Soundry. Cris Jacobs plays soul, country, blues, gospel and rock. Doors for the early Saturday show open at 7:30 and the show is at 8:30. Late shows both nights (after Phish) doors open at 11 and the show is at 11:30. Tickets for any show is $18.
June 23 Saturday: Empirical plays Rhizome. Empirical is a alto saxophone, vibraphone, bass and drums jazz ensemble with a deep commitment to improvisation and a uniquely collective spirit that allows each band member to play an equal part in shaping the music, during recording and in live performance.
June 23 Sunday: Mandolin Orange plays Rams Head Live. Mandarin is an Americana and folk duo. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $23 in advance, $28 day of show.
June 24 Monday: Rasputina plays the Ottobar. Rasputina plays cello rock.
June 26 Wednesday: Pelican plays the Ottobar with Cloakroom and more. Pelican is a post metal quartet. Cloakroom plays rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 7:30. This is an all ages show.
June 26 Wednesday: Quinn Sullivan plays Jammin' Java. Quinn Sullivan plays guitar very well and sings. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $28 for premier, $60 for VIP.
June 29 Saturday: The Smokin' Polecats with Marianna Previti play New Deal Cafe. The Smokin' Polecats play blues. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
June 30 Sunday: Dom Flemons plays Hill Center. Dom Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist whose repertoire covers over a hundred years of American folk music. Show is 4 to 5:30. The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast DC.
July 1 Monday: Rio Mira plays the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Rio Mira plays Afro-Ecuadorian music featuring marimba.
July 2 Tuesday: 47SOUL plays AMP by Strathmore. 47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band. "Shamstep" is a mix of traditional Palestinian street music and electronic beats, funk, hip-hop and rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 9. Tickets are $31.
July 2 Tuesday: Memphis Gold plays an "Otis Redding Tribute" featuring Sir Chili Bill Rankins on vocals at Blues Alley. Memphis Gold plays blues guitar. Shows are at 8 and 10. Tickets are $22 plus a $6 fee.
July 3 Wednesday: Rare Essence featuring Jas Funk and Eexperience Unlimited with Sugar Bear play Hamilton Live. RE and EU play go-go and funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $29.75 for standing, $39.75 for seated. This is a 21+ show.
July 5 Friday: Two Ton Twig plays the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Two Ton Twig explores the fringes of traditional bluegrass and string band music.
July 6 Saturday: Spiral Grave plays The Depot. Spiral Grave plays doom metal. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
July 9 Tuesday: The Messthetics play the Metro Gallery. The Messthetics are an instrumental trio featuring Brendan Canty on drums, Joe Lally on bass and Anthony Pirog on guitar. Doors open at 8, show is at 8:30. Admission is $12.
July 10 Wednesday: Marcus King plays Baltimore Soundstage. Marcus King plays a "southern fried brand of blues and psychedelia inspired by rock n’ roll." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $27.50. VIP tickets are $49.50.
July 11 Thursday: Jonny Lang and JJ Grey and Mofro play The Modell Lyric with North Mississippi Allstars> Jonny Lang plays blues guitar. JJ Grey and Mofro play Southern soul. North Mississippi Allstars plays hill country blues rocked up a bit. Show is at 7. The Lyric is located at 140 West Mt Royal Avenue.
July 11 Thursday: New Mastersounds play Union Stage. New Mastersounds play funk. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for premier.
July 12 Friday: Incendio plays Jazz in the Garden. Incendio plays Latin guitar world fusion. Jazz in the Garden is held in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Show is 5:30 to 8:30 and is free. The National Gallery of Art is located at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 6th Street.
July 12 Friday: Chopteeth plays the Soundry. Chopteeth is a large Afrofunk band. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $19.75 for standing, $24.75 for seated. Why would you want to sit down?
July 13 Saturday: Ron Holloway Band plays the Soundry. Ron Holloway plays funk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $10 for standing, $15 for seated.
July 13 Saturday: Cheick Hamala Diabate plays the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Cheick Hamala Deabate has long explored the connection between America’s traditions and his own griot roots.
July 13 Saturday: moe. plays MECU Pavilion with Blues Traveler and G. Love and Special Sauce. moe. is a jam band. Blues Traveler plays blues and Southern rock. G. Love and Special Sauce is a three member alternative, blues and hip hop band. Tickets go on sale March 1 at 10 am.
July 14 Sunday: Shannon Bielski and Moonlight Drive play New Deal Cafe. Shannon Bieleski aand Moonlight Drive are a string band. Show is 7 to 9.
July 16 Tuesday: Robert Randolph and the Family Band play Rams Head On Stage. Robert Randolph fuses rock, funk, soul and jazz with sacred steel. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
July 17 Wednesday: Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Wolf Trap with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels and Rope. Tedeschi Trucks Band plays blues rock. Blackberry Smoke play country rock. Shovels and Rope play folk. Show is at 7. Tickets are $40 for the lawn and $85 in the pavilion.
July 18 Thursday: Wailin Storms plays The Pie Shop with Tone; and Bound. ; Wailin Storms is a dark, post punk, band. Tone plays guitar heavy instrumental music. Bound plays doom pop. Doors open at 8, show is at 8. Admission is $12.
July 19 Friday: Black Masala plays Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center. Black Masala play a mix of punk rock, Balkan brass, Indian bhangra and New Orleans funk.
July 20 Saturday: Rock A Sonics play the New Deal Cafe. Rock A Sonics play rockabilly. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
July 21 Sunday: Lakou Mizik plays the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Lakou Mizik plays Haitian music.
July 21 Sunday: Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band play Hamilton Live. Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band play country blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated. This is an all ages show.
July 21 Sunday: Daby Toure plays Bossa Bistro. Daby Toure plays African pop fusion. Show is at 8. Admission is $15 at the door.
July 21 Sunday: Parker Millsap plays Rams Head On Stage. Parker Millsap plays blues, country, rock, Americana and folk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
July 23 Tuesday: Cimarron play the Milllennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Cimarron performs joropo music from the plains of the Orinoco River with a global and contemporary sound.
July 25 Thursday: Polly Panic plays the Sidebar with Wanderlight, Sister Ex and Invincible Summer. Polly Panic is a cello drum duo. Wanderlight is a cello guitar duo. Sister Ex plays postpunk and darkwave inspired music. Invincible Summer plays avant garage rock. Doors open at 9. Admission is $8 over 21, $10 under.
July 25 Thursday: Escape-ism plays Songbyrd. Escape-ism is the "Found-Sound-Dream-Drama starring Ian Svenonius." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show.
July 26 Friday: Ibibio Sound Machine plays U Street Music Hall Ibibio Sound Machine plays music inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro. Show is at 7. Tickets are $20.
July 26 Friday: Elvis Costello and the Imposters play Anthem with Blondie. Elvis Costello and the Imposters play power pop. Blondie plays new wave and pop punk. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $95 for general admission, $175 for seats.
July 27 Saturday: Altin Gun plays Rock and Roll Hotel. Altin Gub plays global psych folk based around traditional Turkish songs. Doors ooen at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
July 27 Saturday: Wild Anacostias play the New Deal Cafe. Wild Anacostias play cajun, zydeco and R&B. Show is at 8:30 to 11:30.
July 27 Saturday: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet plays the Soundry. Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet play cajun music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for standing, $30 for seated.
July 28 Sunday: Daddy Longlegs plays New Deal Cafe. Daddy Long Legs plays American roots music. Show is 7 to 9.
July 31 Wednesday: KoRn and Alice in Chains plays Jiffy Lube Pavilion with Underoath, Fever 333 and Ho99o9. KoRn is a nu metal band. Alice in Chains plays rock. Underoath plays metalcore. Fever 333 is a politically charged rap-rock group. H099o9 plays hip hop. 6:30 Tickets are from $27.50 on the lawn to $99 up front in the pavilion.
August 1 Thursday: Greensky Bluegrass plays MECU Pavilion. Greensky Bluegrass plays bluegrass. Show is at 6:30. Tickets are $35 for general admission.
August 2 Friday: Son del Caribe plays Jazz in the Garden. Son del Caribe plays salsa and other styles of Latin dance music such as merengue, cumbia, son, bomba, plena, and bachata. Jazz in the Garden is held in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Shows are 5:30 to 8:30 and are free. The National Gallery of Art is located at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 6th Street.
August 3 Saturday: Orchester Praževica plays An Die Musik. Orchester Prazevica plays music drawing on the tradition of Eastern European Czardas and Gypsy Swing, but widely influenced by jazz and blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
August 4 Sunday: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles play Jammin' Java. Sarah Borges and the Broken singles play alt country. Doors open at 5:30, show is at 7. Tickets are $15 for general admission standing, $18 for general admission seated and $20 for premier and premier plus.
August 9 Friday: The Bailsmen play Jazz in the Garden. The Bailsmen play gypsy jazz and hot, vintage swing. Jazz in the Garden is held in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Shows are 5:30 to 8:30 and are free. The National Gallery of Art is located at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 6th Street.
August 9 Friday: Bumper Jacksons play City Winery. Bumper Jacksons play roots jazz, country swing and old-time blues. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 to $25. City Winery is located 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
August 9 Friday: Neurosis plays the 9:30 Club with Bell Witch and DEAFKIDS. Neurosis is an avant garde metal band. Bell Witch plays doom metal. DEAFKIDS combine polyrhythmic percussion, hypnotic chanting, and aggressive repetitive raw punk. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $30.
August 9 Friday: Rock Creek Revival plays the New Deal Cafe with Wicked Sycamore. Rock Creek Revival plays acoustic bluegrass. Wicked Sycamore plays folk, Americana and blues. 8:30 to 11:30.
August 10 Saturday: Davy Knowles plays Gypsy Sally's. Davy Knowles plays blues and folk guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20.
August 11 Sunday: Legendary Shack Shakers play City Winery with J.D. Pinkus. Legendary Shack Shakers play Southern Gothic and swampy "hillbilly blues." J.D. Pinkus plays alt country banjo music. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
August 11 Sunday: Bad Religion plays the Fillmore. Bad Religion play punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $32.50 plus fees.
August 13 Tuesday: Davy Knowles plays Rams Head On Stage. Davy Knowles plays blues and folk guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $24.50.
August 13 Tuesday: Stray Cats play a 40th Anniversary show at Wolf Trap. The Stray Cats play rockabilly. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 oon the lawn, up to $85 in the pavilion.
August 14 Wednesday: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears play DC 9. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears play blues, funk and soul. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show.
August 16 Friday: Dixie Power Trio plays Jazz in the Garden. Dixie Power Trio plays Dixieland jazz. Jazz in the Garden is held in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Shows are 5:30 to 8:30 and are free. The National Gallery of Art is located at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 6th Street.
August 17 Saturday: Sorry About Your Daughter at Soundry with Rob Queen Band. Sorry About Your Daughter was formed in 1992 to create original music inspired by Fugazi, Shudder to Think, and Government Issue. Rob Queen Band plays rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show.
August 17 Saturday: Folk Metal Fest at Metro Gallery with Tengger Cavalry, Frost Giant, Sekengard, Lor, Brave the Sea, Wartroll, Isenmor and Tyranitar. Doors open at 4:30, show is at 5. Tickets are $30.
August 17 Saturday: Hot August Music Festival at Oregon Ridge with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turquaz, Billy Strings, Melvin Seals and JGB, Samantha Fish, Cedric Burnside, The Lil Smokies and more. Gates open at 11, music starts at 11:30. General admission tickets run from $58 to $85 depending on when you buy them. You will also need a $20 parking pass. VIP tickets are $199.
August 17 Saturday: The Raconteurs play Anthem. The Raconteurs are a rock band with Jack White. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $65 for general admission, $95 for "super excellent."
August 19 Monday: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears play the Ottobar. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears play blues, funk and soul.
August 21 Wednesday: Flogging Molly plays MECU Pavilion with Social Distortion, Devil Makes Three and Le Butcherettes. Flogging Molly plays Celtic punk. Social Distortion plays punk rock. Devil Makes Three plays Americana. Les Butcherettes play garage punk. Show is at 6:30. Tickets are $34.50 and $40.
August 22 Thursday: Beck plays Merriweather with Cage the Elephant and Spoon and Sunflower Bean. Beck, is a musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and multi-instrumentalist known for playing in a variety of genres. Cage the Elephant plays rock. As does Spoon. Sunflower Bean plays pop. Doors open at 5 , show is at 6. Tickets are $29.50 for the lawn, and up to $200.50 for the pavilion.
August 25 Sunday: Gary Clark Jr. and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play Merriweather Post Pavilion. Gary Clark, Jr. plays blues, rock and soul. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats play folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues. Gates open at 5:30, show is at 6:30. Tickets are $45 to $75.
August 31 Saturday: This show is sold out. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard plays the 9:30 Club. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard plays psychedelic garage rock. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $35.
September 5 Thursday: Marcia Ball plays AMP by Strathmore. Marcia Ball is a blues singer and pianist. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $55 for reserved seating.
September 5-8 Thursday through Sunday: Stanley Jordan plays solo at Blues Alley. Shows are at 8 and 10. Tickets are $30.
September 6 Friday: Mdou Moctar plays the Black Cat with Boogarins and Time is Fire. Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist. Boogarins are a Brazilian psychedeiic rock band. Time is Fire plays a "high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub." Doors open at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show.
September 6 Friday: Jerry Douglas Trio plays Rams Head Oh Stage. Jerry Douglas plays resonator guitar and pedal steel guitar. His music with the trio is apparently more jazzy than the bluegrass you might otherwise expect. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.
September 12 Thursday: King Crimson plays Warner Theatre. King Crimson is a prog rock band with rather a lot of drummers. There are a few very expensive tickets left.
September 13 Friday: Shemekia Copeland plays AMP by Strathmore. Shemekia Copeland sings the blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $45 reserved.
September 14 Saturday: Andrew Bird plays Anthem with Chicano Batman. Andrew Bird is a indie rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Chicano Batman plays music influenced by psychedelic soul, funk, indie, tropicalia, and rock. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $46 for general admission, $76 for "super excellent" seats.
September 15 Sunday: God is an Astronaut plays Rock and Roll Hotel. God is an Astronaut plays ambient electronic rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $15.
September 17 Tuesday: Jake Shimabukuro plays Rams Head On Stage. Jake Shimabukuro plays ukulele amazingly well. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
September 17 Tuesday: The B-52's bring their 40th Anniversary tour to Anthem with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Berlin. The B-52's play dance pop. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark is an English electronic band. Berlin plays synth pop. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $55 for general admission, $95 for "super excellent."
September 18 Wednesday: Jake Shimabukuro plays the Birchmere. Jake ShimaBukuro plays ukulele amazingly well. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
September 19 Thursday: Tinariwen plays the Lincoln Theatre. Tinariwen is a Tuareg rock band. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35.
September 28 Saturday: Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays the Anthem. Joe Russo's Almost Dead mostly plays the music of the Grateful Dead. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 to $65.
October 1 Tuesday: Pink Turns Blue plays Metro Gallery with TBA. Pink Turns Blue are an influential post-punk band from Berlin. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15.
October 6 Sunday: Langhorne Slim plays Rams Head On Stage. Langhorne Slim plays Americana. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.
October 9 Wednesday: We Banjo 3 play Hamilton Live. We Banjo 3 play celtic bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $16.25 for standing, $25.25 seated, and $45.25 to wipe out the dance floor.
October 16 Wednesday: The Black Keys play the Anthem with Modest Mouse and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. The Black Keys are a guitar and drum rock duo. Modest Mouse plays rock. Jimmy "Duck" Holmes plays blues. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $125 general admission and $250 for a seat. I won't pay it, but the earlier show already sold out at that price.
November 8-9 Friday and Saturday: Crack the Sky plays Rams Head On Stage. Crack the Sky plays prog rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $39.50.
November 16 Saturday: Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys play Pearl Street Warehouse. Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys play Western swing and country boogie. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is a 21+ show.
November 22 Friday: Lettuce plays the Anthem with Antibalas and Ghost-Note. Lettuce plays funk. Antibalas plays Afrobeat and funk. Ghost-Note plays funk. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $41 for general admission, $61 for a seat.
AMP by Strathmore (pronounced "amp") is a new venue in North Bethesda (pronounced "Rockville"). Seating depends on the show, and it can seat up to 240 guests seated at tables, or up to 350 standing. There is also an attached lounge area with bar. It has a fair sized stage. The ticket office opens 120 minutes before a concert for in person purchases, and remains open until 30 minutes after the start of the show. Food a bit on the fancy end and not cheap. Amp is located at 11810 Grand Park Avenue, Suite 400, North Bethesda, MD 20852. (On the 4th floor, above iPic). Parking is available, but the immediately available parking is tight. It is also close to Metro?s red line at the White Flint stop. And there is valet service at the Pike & Rose.
An Die Musik is a classical, jazz and world music venue. Located on the second floor of a classical music record store, it seats 100 or so in comfy chairs that would appear to have been obtained from the remodeling of a nice, but rather stodgy hotel. A small bar serves beer, wine, juice and water at reasonable prices. An Die Musikis located at 409 North Charles Street, Second Floor, in Baltimore, Maryland 410-385-2638.
The Anthem is a gigantic new venue on the Wharf in Southwest DC. It is a short persons dream as there are tons of places where you can see everything on stage. Plenty of bars. And water is available at the bars or from water fountains/refill stations around the venue. They also have a Vigilante coffee stand on the second floor. Food, on the other hand, was more trouble than it was worth, at least when I tried it. The process of getting people into the venue also needs to be ironed out, but they are new. The Anthem is a cash free venue - you need some form of plastic for everything but merch. Finally, parking is there, but most of it is rather expensive.
Atlas Performing Arts Center is an arts center located in the Atlas District in Northeast DC. It has multiple theaters - The Lang Theater, which holds 262 people, the Sprenger Theater, which holds between 100 and 280 people, depending on how it is set up, Lab Theater I which holds 40 to 80 people, and Lab Theater II, which holds 60 to 90 people. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H Street in Northeast DC.
The Baltimore Soundstage is a fair size venue near Power Plant Live. Actual amount of the space used varies per show, but it can apparently hold up to 1,000 for an all standing show. Seating also varies, with most shows having some seating available on a first come, first service basis. Other shows are seated only, limiting capacity to 500. Some are standing only. They have a decent beer selection, and food in baskets. The box office is open 1 hour before doors for any show and has normal box office hours. Sunday and Monday closed unless there is a show or event Wednesdays 9am to 5 pm Thursday-Saturday noon-5pm Phone Orders 410-244-0057 same as box office hours. Garage over top of the venue (get ticket validated for rebate). Can also use Pier V, which is usually cheaper. (Need validation for that one also). Baltimore Sound Stage is located at 124 Market Place in Baltimore.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club used to be Bethesda Cinema and Drafthouse. There is seating for 300 in the two level dining area and for 200 more in the theatre seats in back. There is a also a bar in lobby but it has no view of the stage. For dance shows they take out the lower half the dining space and make it a dance floor. Sometimes tickets are for reserved seats and sometimes not. The theater seats are always preassigned. There is a $10 minimum in the dining area. They "suggest business casual." There is a 340-car public parking garage right around the corner on Cheltenham Drive. Parking is $0.80/hr. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. 240-330-4500.
The Birchmere is the latest and largest incarnation of the same club that has been with us for years. Most shows are in the concert hall, but some are in the bandstand, which has a dance floor, but less seating. Most recently, they have started using the "Flex Stage" in the bandstand. It is at the far end of the hall and there is no seating at all. Food is served in the Music Hall, or was the night I was there. The Club has strict rules about being seated and quiet during concert hall shows and enforces them. The rules are slacker in the bandstand, which is also available if you need to talk or smoke during a show in the concert hall. If you arrive before the concert hall doors open they hand out numbers for a place in line if they like you or ignore you if they don't, but I assume they'll give you one if you demand it. It is adviseable to get there before the concert hall doors open in order to get the best seats, especially if you have a group that wants to sit together. The Birchmere opens at 5, the doors to the concert hall open at 6 and most shows start at 7:30. Food is passable bar food, but steep, and the beer selection is good. Tickets are available through Ticket Master, or with a $3 service charge from the box office, which is open from 5 to 9 on show nights. The Birchmere is located at 3701 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. 703-549-7500.
The Black Cat gets rated the place in DC that the bands most like to play and the good vibes hang over for the audience. A very easy venue to get along with. Historically shows have started late, but they have recently announced that they will be scheduling shows earlier during the week, so people can make it to the subway before it closes. On Fridays and Saturdays, however, they do not close until 3. The new location has a concert hall upstairs, and a smaller performance space and a cafe with decent food downstairs. The smaller performance space, the Backstage, has woefully inadequate air conditioning. The Black Cat is located at 1811 14th Street NW. 202-667-7960. Tickets available from Ticket Alternative through the Black Cat web site, or without service charge from the box office, which is open from 8 to midnight. The Black Cat says that it is an all ages venue, but it actually requires parental permission for anyone under 18.
Black Rock Center for the Arts is an arts center with a nice little theatre in which they have music and other performances. I would say it holds about 220 people. They sell beer and wine. Black Rock Arts Center is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, Maryland. 301-528-2260.
Blues Alley is a small jazz club in Georgetown. Capacity is about 125. Georgetown rent is covered with two to three shows a night (8 and 10, or 8, 10 and 12), a random $2.50 per person surcharge, and a requirement that each person spend at least $10 on their overpriced food and drinks. On the other hand, the view of the stage is great. Hours are daily, 6 to 12:30. Full dinner menu available at the 8 pm show, light fare for the later shows. Buying a ticket for the early show sometimes gets you the late show as well. Food really has not impressed me. Blues Alley is located behind 1073 Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest DC. 202-337-4141.
Bossa Brazilian Bistro a small restaurant and bar in Adams Morgan that bills itself as a Caipirinha and mojito bar and art gallery. They have live music in the front window most days and salsa on Friday and Saturday. They open at 5:30 every day but Monday and are open to 2 during the week and to 3 on Fridays and Saturdays. They are located at 2463 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-667-0088.
Carter Barron Amphitheater is a U.S. Park Service facility in Rock Creek Park. It is an outdoor facility that has seating for about 4,200 and some picnic areas inside. Despite the picnic areas they do not allow cans, bottles, hard coolers or picnic baskets. They also do not allow photography, recording devices or pets. The box office is open from noon to 9pm on event days only. The address is 4850 Colorado Avenue (near 16th). The concert line is 202-426-0486. For park information call 202-895-6000.
Club 603 is a private home that hosts house shows. It is very nice, holds up to about 50, and many shows sell out. Many people bring beer, wine and food to share. Information about the location will be provided to you if and when you buy a ticket.
Comet Ping Pong is a pizza and ping pong place run by the same folks who run Buck's Fishing and Camping two doors down. For shows they clear the ping pong tables out of the back room, which is about the right size for three ping pong tables (i.e., not very large) and rather spare. The stage, which otherwise holds the third ping pong table, is about 6 inches high. Kitchen is open until 9 Sunday through Wednesday, 9:30 on Thursday, and until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday. Shows start late, usually around 10. They have a great beer selection and pretty good pizza. Comet Ping Pong is located at 5037 Connecticut Avenue in Northwest DC. 202-364-0404.
DAR Constitution Hall is a concert hall owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is a rather large hall and the sound quality at some of the seats up on the sides is really bad. There are usually bars in the lobby, but you cannot take a drink to your seat, with the result that the lobby is incredibly crowded before the show and during intermission. The web site claims that light fare is served at all events, but they must have hidden it well. Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster unless the promoter has made other arrangements. There is no box office. Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D Street in Northwest DC.
DC Nine is where Asylum used to be. Music is upstairs, which has been rearranged to fit it better than it used to although the stage is still tiny, and about six inches high. There is a bar, with a passable beer selection and a few places to sit. DC Nine opens at 7 Thursday though Saturday and at 8 the rest of the week. They post times for venue doors and shows. The doors simply do not open at that time. Show times are generally within 30 minutes of what is posted. Tickets are available through their web site or Ticket Alternative at 1-877-725-8849. Some shows are 18+, the rest 21+. DC Nine is located at 1940 9th Street in Northwest DC. 202.483.5000.
Echostage is enormous. (30,000 square feet. I have seen capacity numbers from 2000 to 6000). It is a huge room with a floor leading up to the stage and balconies across the back and partly up both sides. The back balcony is really too far from the stage to be useful, though I suppose it is better than being on the floor that far back. The crowd dynamics are about what you would expect for a space that large full of people who are all trying to see the same stage, and the fact that the stage is too low for a room that size does not help. At least parts of the balcony are blocked off for VIP. The beer selection is terrible (and apparently expensive). There is no food at least not down with the hoi polloi. Located at 2135 Queens Chapel Road in Northeast DC. There is pay parking nearby of varying prices, but nonpay parking is sketchy.
The 8X10 has resumed its former name and apparently has new ownership and booking staff. The renovation from the original Eight by Ten eliminated the middle wall, moved the stage to the middle and made it larger, added a balcony that goes down both sides and across the back and added new, vastly better, bathrooms. They have a good beer selection, but no food on site. The dance floor is spring-loaded: serious structral paranoids will stand directly in the center. All shows are 18+. Those under 21 pay $3 extra at the door. Tickets available from the box office for very reasonable fees from 11 am to 11 pm, and for unreasonable fees from Ticketmaster. The address is 8 and 10 East Cross Street in Federal Hill across from the Cross Street Market. 410-625-2000.
Fillmore Silver Spring is one of a chain of Live Nation Fillmore's across the country. You would think a chain would have some institutional knowledge about how to run a venue, but I am afraid you would be wrong. It is generally an all standing venue and theoretically holds 2000 people on the floor and in a balcony with multiple risers. But while they claim standing only, they have installed two rows of seats in the side balcony, reducing their capacity and overcrowding the floor for sold out shows. I have seen them charge extra on the spot for those seats, but the other night any that they weren't using for promotions were available on a first come first serve basis. Risers above the first provide no view at all for many people. Also they tend to keep the lights low before the show and during breaks - so low that it is difficult to see to meet up with your friends. For reasons that aren't clear announced times are often wrong. In fact, they have to be wrong, as they often do not match between their web site, facebook, and their recorded phone message. Box office hours are Monday through Friday noon to 6, Saturday 11 to 4. Box office tickets carry a $1 service charge. Tickets also available through live nation. The Fillmore is located at 8656 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. 301-960-9999.
Fort Reno Park is, for all intents and purposes, a big field on Chesapeake Street between Nebraska and Wisconsin Avenues near the Tenleytown Metro. Shows are from 7 to 9:30 and are free though donations are always welcome. No glass, alcohol, or drugs are allowed.
49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery is a restaurant located at 49 West Street in Annapolis. They have music in their back room and also serve food and beverages back there. The food is good, and not unreasonably priced for Annapolis. An extremely civilized place to see a show. 410-626-9796.
Galaxy Hut is an incredibly tiny place (the capacity sign says 48) located at 2711 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro. They generally have shows only on Sunday and Monday. They have a good beer selection. Most shows are $5. They also serve food, mostly off the grill and all of it available in vegan form. 202-333-3114.
Golden West is a restaurant on The Avenue is Hampden. Being a restaurant is an advantage in that one can show up early and get real food, and a disadvantage in that moving out the tables and setting up the bands after the kitchen closes means that they will not often make their announced starting time of 10 pm. The night I was there it was almost 11, and ended at 1:30 am, making a bit tough for those of us with day jobs. Stage is low and in front in the dining room, while there is a bar, from which one can hear, but probably not see, in back. Sound is not bad. Golden West Cafe is located at 1105 West 36th Street in Baltimore, Maryland.
Gypsy Sally's is an upstairs bar with a standing area before the stage and seating in a raised area behind that. There are two bars in the venue, though only one was working when I was there. There is also a lounge area outside the music area. Menu is somewhat limited but changes regularly. Gypsy Sally's is located at 3401 K Street in Northwest DC. It is far enough down K that parking was plentiful, at least on the night I was there. Pretty much all shows are 21+. 202-333-7700.
Half Street Fairgrounds is a paved city block at 1299 Half Street in Southeast DC. The block is set off from the rest of the world by stacks of shipping containers, fences, and stalls for the sale of food and drink. It mostly serves as a bull pen for people on their way to Nationals' games to drink on the way to the game, but it is rented for other events. Sanitary facilities are mostly (if not totally) in the form of sani johns. In general, food, furniture and other amenities depend on the person putting on the event. If you are left to rely on the Fairgrounds for nourishment, you are pretty much left with tubular food. Drinks are always Fairgrounds and selection is broad, but not exciting.
Hamilton Live is a venue in the basement of the Hamilton located at 600 14th Street in Northwest DC. It has a seating capacity of 300 and room for another 150 to stand. Some shows are sold by the seat while others are open seating. The stage is roomy, and the sound is good. Food and alcohol are downtown prices, but not outrageously so. The menu is somewhat limited - with lots of pizza and appetizers, and some sliders and sushi. On the other hand, the restaurant upstairs has a full menu and is open late. Hamilton Live favors credit cards, and is frightened and confused by the use of cash. Shows during the week usually start at 7:30, on the weekend at 8:30. Tickets are available online, from the ticket counter, or from waitstaff in the venue. Parking is available for $10 at 1325 G Street if you get the ticket validated. 202-787-1000.
Hill Country Barbecue is a large barbecue place. Shows are either in the downstairs "Boot Bar," which has a long bar across the back, a roomful of long tables and a small low stage opposite the bar, or outside, which I have not yet seen. No dance floor downstairs but there is some space. Lots of the shows are free, including some you would not expect. They appear to have the full menu downstairs, Shiner on tap, and some decent beers in bottles. They are going cashless, if they are not already. Parking not too bad when there is nothing at Verizon, but prepare to pay, or subway, when there is. When I was there the show started two minutes early and there were two long sets. Located at 410 7th Street in Northwest DC. 202-556-2050.
The Howard Theatre is a recently renovated historic theater. It holds 600 people for seated shows, 1,000 for standing shows. Whatever it says on the ticket, there is always some seating, and sometimes significantly more than "standing room only" would indicate. They have a full menu for some shows, snacks for others, and a full bar. Seats come with a $10 minimum, which can be covered by ordering a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the box office (noon to 5 or later Tuesday to Sunday) or through TicketMaster. The Howard Theatre is located at 620 T. Street in Northwest DC. Parking is available on the street, in a lot on the corner of 7th and T, and there is valet parking as well. Some or all of the parking can be purchased in advance. And parking on the street is possible. Box office is 202-803-2899.
Jammin' Java is a coffeehouse and bar located in Vienna, Virginia. It seats maybe 100 for seated shows, and holds up to 200 for shows with less seating. You can now pick some seating in advance when purchasing tickets. But if you buy general admission for a show with less seating, you might want to arrive early. They have a fair and reasonably priced selection of beer, and serve food in baskets. They are all ages all the time. Jammin' Java closes at midnight during the week, and at 2 am on Friday and Saturday. The address is 227 Maple Ave East, in Vienna, Virginia. 703-255-1566.
The Lincoln Theatre is a remodeled old theater with seating left in place. Mostly floor, slanted as it should be, but also side boxes and a shallow balcony. The venue is generally all ages. Pretty Limited beer and wine selection in the lobby, don't know about the upstairs bar. It is located at 1215 U Street in Northwest DC. 202-888-0500. Tickets available through TicketFly, the box office (open noon to start of headliner on show days), and the 9:30 and Merriweather Post box offices.
Lisner Auditorium is a concert hall on the campus of George Washington University. It is theater seating, and it is small enough that none of the seats are really bad. There is usually a small bar, and they sell very limited snacks, candy bars mostly. Tickets are available from the box office and from Ticketmaster. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday 11 through 5. It does not accept credit cards. It is also open starting approximately 60 to 90 minutes before each performance. There is a $1 per ticket service charge at the box office. Lisner Auditorium is located at 730 21st Street in Northwest DC. 202-994-6800.
Madam's Organ is a small venue located at 2461 18th Street NW, in Adam's Morgan. Had always thought of it as kind of cozy, but went recently and I had to stand in line for about 20 minutes to get in, and there was a DJ upstairs and the foot traffic for that made the experience like trying to dance in a crowded hall way. Go see the mural that has the neighborhood up in arms. She doesn't look topless to me, but what do I know? 202-667-5370.
Merriweather Post Pavilion is a classic pavilion-- 5,200 reserved seats in front, lawn for 10,000 in back, that is definitely showing its age. The lawn is so steep that at times it is dangerous, and yet so badly designed that when everyone on the lawn stands up none of the short people can see. They sell lousy beer and worse wine inside, but occasionally have one stand with Starr Hill. No outside food or drink other than sealed bottles of water is allowed. After years of being run by Clear Channel, the Pavilion is now run by IMP, which appears to be an improvement. Doors open 1 and 1/2 hours before show time. In Columbia, just drive up 95 or over on 175 and get in the traffic jam. The parking lots open at 5 for most shows. The price of parking is included in the ticket. However, it is now necessary to reserve your parking when you buy your ticket. (Not sure what you do if you don't buy a ticket in advance. Parking is by zones, and available parking varies by show. I predict a mess. Tickets are available through Ticket Master and from the box office on show days. 410-715-5550.
Metro Gallery is a classic Baltimore venue that used to be two places and has the support posts down the middle to prove it. Stage is in the front to the left, and bar is in the back on the left, with the right devoted to art and plumbing. Bar has an excellent selection of beer and wine and is open from 6 pm to 2 am. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. Tickets available online, or at Metro Gallery on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm every week with no serrvice charges.Metro Gallery is located at 1700 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge has a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, a venue with bar on the second floor, and a lounge and dining area on the roof. The venue itself is on the small side, and about a third of it is a slightly raised stage. Other than a bench or so there is no seating/ The bar is outside the venue proper. Metropolitan is located at 169 West Street in Annapolis. 410-280-5160.
MilkBoy ArtHouse is a restaurant, bar and performance venue located in College Park. There is a large venue upstairs that is accessible by stairs and elevator and smaller one downstairs. Food and alcohol is available and you can substitute deep fried brussels sprouts for your French fries. Most shows are general admission with a mixture of standing room and seating. Age limits vary by show. Upstairs the stage is at the far end of a long narrow room and is about a foot high. The downstairs venue is not as long as the upstairs, but just as wide. The stage is smaller and about 8 inches high. 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 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.
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 really don't seem to fuss much about the difference between the pavilion and the lawn - or at least they did not the night that I was there. They do not allow glass containers or alcohol. Gates open one hour before the shows. Tickets are available from the box office, which is open from noon until 9 on concert nights and from ticketmaster. Having gotten myself into their parking once, my advice is don't. It is outrageously expensive, and despite the fact that the lots are tiny, it takes forever to get out. 410-659-7100.
The Ramshead On Stage is a small concert hall. All seating is at tables, and there is no standing (or dancing) for most shows. Tickets are sold by seat, so have your group organized when you go to buy the tickets. Also, a lot of Ramshead shows sell out, so it is worth buying early. Food in the concert hall is bar food and the prices are not low but not outrageous. A more varied menu is available in the restaurant, but they do a heavy business, so there is no guarantee that you can get seated and eat before the show. The most annoying thing about the Ram's Head is that they only serve their own beer in the concert hall, and they won't let you go out and buy real beer in the bar. (Well, okay, they said I could buy one. Thanks a lot!) Most shows are 21+, the exception being occasional weekend matinees. Tickets are available from the Ramshead, in person, by phone, or from their website. They are also available from Ticket Fly. You should be aware that the Ramshead's posted prices do not include an additional 10% tax that they say is imposed by the State and the City of Annapolis. Have never run into that elsewhere. The box office number is 410-268-5111. The Ramshead is located at 33 West Street in Annapolis. 301-261-1118/410-268-4545
The Ramshead Live was an offshoot of Rams Head Tavern, but has recently changed management. It holds about 1500 people in three levels and has screens thoughout the venue for areas without a full view of the stage. There is some seating. Since the restaurant closed, food is of the stadium variety. Rams Head Live is the world of hidden costs - Tickets listed as $18 at the door cost me $21.40, the coat check was $3, and beer, while not outrageous, was a bit high for Baltimore. Also, the new management charges for water. Rams Head Live is located at 20 Market Place in Baltimore. 410-244-1131.
Rhizome DC is a nonprofit community arts space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. Among the arts, of course, is music. Shows are usually held on the main floor of the house, and there is usually seating. There is generally a $10 suggested donation. Parking is available on site and nearby.
Rock and Roll Hotel is a new venue in the Atlas district with a capacity of about 400 downstairs with the music and a bar upstairs. They now serve food. Apparently it used to be a funeral home, which may explain all the black paint. Rock and Roll Hotel is located at 1353 H Street NE, between 12th and 13th streets. Union Station is the closest Metro and about 15 blocks from the venue. They suggest that you do not walk that, but take a cab. In general, walking around the area is best done with friends. 202-388-7625.
The Sidebar is a tiny little bar with a capacity of maybe 110 right near the old Ottobar at the corner of Lexington and Guilford. The Sidebar is all ages all the time. If there are three or four bands, doors will generally open at 9, and the show will start at 9:30, except when they don't. Drink prices are extremely reasonable but the beer selection is not great. I wouldn't expect to find any food there. 410-659-4130.
6th & I is an historic synagogue at the intersection of 6th and I streets in Northwest. It is fairly large and has pew seating on the main floor and the balconies. There are concessions at some shows, but no food is allowed in the area where the shows are. Gallery Place Metro is nearby. Availability and cost of parking varies depending on what is happening at Verizon Center.
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe has a cafe and bistro upstairs and a music hall downstairs. Most of the music is in the basement, which is a fair size room (standing room capacity 200) with a somewhat raised stage and its own bar. It might have chairs and tables depending on the event and expected attendance. The record store cafe and the bistro are upstairs and have permanent seating. Food is available upstairs and if you order it upstairs they will bring it downstairs for you, at least at shows that have tables. Advance tickets are available though their website and ticketfly.com. There is also a ticket booth where tickets are available 30 minutes before the show. The ticket booth takes only cash. Songbyrd is located at 2475 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-450-2917.
The Soundry is a new Clyde's venue in Columbia. It has counter seating, regular height tables, and elevated tables as well as standing room in front of the stage. The distribution of these may vary by show. Age limit varies by event. The stage is about 2 and half feet high, 20 feet wide and about 12 deep. The Soundry can hold up to 250 people. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
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 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 for some shows 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.
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