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?
April 19 Thursday: Rhiannon Giddens plays Baltimore Soundstage. Rhiannon Giddens is an amazing singer and multi-instrumentalist. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show and $45 for "golden circle." This is a seated show.
April 19 Thursday: Zabelka/Diamond/Fekete play Rhizome DC with Samuel Beckett's "Film," with a soundtrack by Tim Carless and Low Ways Trio. Zabelka/Diamond/Fekete is Mia Zabelka on violin, Robin Diamond on keys and Andras Fekete on guitar. Low Ways Trio is Mark Cisneros, Luke Stewart and Ian McColm who will play improvisations based on the work of Mark Cisneros. Show is at 8. There is probably a suggested donation of $10.
April 19 Thursday: Kronos Quartet plays Lisner Auditorium. Kronos Quartet is an adventurous string quartet. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30 to $50.
April 19 Thursday: Warning - very early show, Anansegromma of Ghana appears at Publick Playhouse. Through "call and response" songs, games, and drum rhythms on authentic instruments, Anansegromma offers an engaging, first-hand exploration of West African cultural traditions. Shows are at 10:15 in the morning and at noon. Admission is $8. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Maryland.
April 19 Thursday: Steep Canyon Rangers play Hamilton Live. Steep Canyon Rangers play bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $24.75 for standing, and $39.75 for seated.
April 19 Thursday: Los Lobos plays the Birchmere. Los Lobos plays rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $49.50.
April 20 Friday: There is a low ticket warning on this show. moe. plays the Lincoln Theatre. moe. is a rock based jam band. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35.
April 20 Friday: Buckethead plays Baltimore Soundstage. Buckethead plays rock guitar. Show is at 8. Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show.
April 20 Friday: Wood and Wire plays Hill Country Barbecue. Wood and Wire plays bluegrass. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
April 20 Friday: Los Lobos plays two shows at Rams Head On Stage. Los Lobos plays rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music. Shows are at 6:30 and 9:30. Tickets are $65.
April 21 Saturday: Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays Hill Country Barbecue with Gallows Bound. Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays alt country. Gallows Bound plays Appalachian punk bluegrass. Show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.
April 21 Saturday: Rodenticide plays Rhizome DC with Flesh Narc, Golden Oriole and Buck Gooter. Rodenticide plays experimental rock and avant jazz. Flesh Narc plays experimental noise rock. Golden Oriole plays experimental music. Buck Gooter plays primal industrial blues. Show is at 8.
April 21 Saturday: Buckethead plays the State Theatre. Buckethead plays rock guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show.
April 23 Monday: Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO play Metro Gallery with Yoo Doo Right and Fuzz UNlimited. Acid Mothers Temple play hard psychedelic rock. Yoo Doo Right plays experimental Kraut rock inspired noise. Fuzz UNlimited plays psychedelic rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show.
April 23 Monday: Ministry plays Rams Head Live with Chelsea Wolfe. Ministry plays industrial metal. Chelsea Wolfe is a singer songwriter. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show. This is an all ages show.
April 23 Monday: Marbin plays MilkBoy ArtHouse. Marbin is a progressive jazz-rock band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 day of show. MilkBoy ArtHouse is located at 7416 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland
April 23 Monday: Dead Rider plays the Ottobar with Deakin and Smile Lines. Dead Rider plays avant rock. Deakin plays electronic music.
April 24 Tuesday: We Banjo 3 play Rams Head On Stage. We Banjo 3 mix bluegrass and Celtic music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20.
April 24 Tuesday: Sidi Toure plays Millenium Stage. Side Toure Sidi Toure is a highly acclaimed practitioner of Songhaï Music.
April 24 Tuesday: The High and Wides play New Deal Cafe. The High and Wides play bluegrass, old-time, country, boogie, blues, rockabilly and western swing. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
April 24 Tuesday: An Evening with Steven Wilson at the 9:30 Club. Steven Wilson plays guitar, most famously in Porcupine Tree. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $40.
April 25 Wednesday: Lauri Hyvärinen plays Rhizome DC with Nicola Hein and Ami Yamasaki. Lauri Hyvärinen is a guitar player who plays experimental and improvised music. Nicola Hein is a guitarist, composer, philosopher and soundartist. Ami Yamasaki is a voice artist. Show is at 8. There is probably a suggested donation of $10.
April 25 Wednesday: Black Cat with Paperhaus. Yonatan Gat plays guitar. Paperhaus plays psychedelic rock. Doors open at 7:30. Admission is $15.
April 25 Wednesday: Ana Popovich plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Ana Poopovich play blues guitar and sings. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30 and $35.
April 26 Thursday: Southern Avenue plays Union Stage with Bencoolen. Southern Avenue plays Memphis soul. Bencoolen plays minimalist rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $25 for "premium plus."
April 26 Thursday: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band plays DC 9 with Boat Burning (EP release) and East Ghost. Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band play rock. Boat Burning plays progressive rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 8:30. Admissiom is $12.
April 26 Thursday: Sierra Hull plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Sierra Hull plays mandolin. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 to $27.
April 26 Thursday: Rockasonics play Hill Country Barbecue. Rockasonics play rockabilly. Show is at 8:30 and is free.
April 27 Friday: The Residents play Union Stage. The Residents play avant garde music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 and $45. Union Stage is located on the Wharf at 740 Water Street in Southwest DC.
April 27 Friday: Paul Metzger plays Rhizome DC with John Saint Pelvyn, Huda & Kamyar and Pony Moon. Paul Metzger plays improvisation on modified banjo and other instruments that he has modified or invented. John Saint Pelvyn, is a guitarist, thereminist, singer and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk. Huda & Kamyar are a duo that delves into the universe of Mashriq rhythms with oud and daf. Pony Moon is Jenny Moon Tucker and Pony Payroll Bones playing drone gospel noise. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
April 27 Friday: Beck plays The Anthem. Beck is a multi-instrumental, multi-genre musical artist. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $55 for general admission, $75 for reserved seated and probably unavailable.
April 27 Friday: Humabalaya plays Velvet Lounge with The Voyage and Carter Stevens Trio. Humbalaya plays jazz and funk. The Voyage plays some pretty sedate jazz - like their guitarists play seated. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Admission is $10. This is an 18+ show.
April 27 Friday: Calexico plays the Lincoln Theatre with Ryley Walker. Calexico plays Americana and Tex Mex. Ryley Walker is a singer songwriter. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35.
April 27 Friday: Bobby Smith plays Hells Bottom. Bobby Smith plays rock, blues and R&B. Hell's Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
April 27 and 28 Friday and Saturday: Charm City Bluegrass festival in Druid Hill Park with Devil Makes Three, The Steeldrivers, Jeff Austin Band, Caleb Stine, and many more. Tickets are $30 for Friday, $52 for Saturday and $74 for both. There are also VIP tickets.
April 28 Saturday: Dweezil Zappa plays Hamilton Live. Dweezil Zappa plays the music of Frank Zappa very well. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $39.75 for standing in bar area, $69.75 for seated.
April 28 Saturday: Old Crow Medicine Show plays The Anthem. Old Crow Medicine Show is an Americana string band. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $75 for seats.
April 28 Saturday: Ned Oldham with Jordan Perry play Club 603. Ned Oldham plays folk. Jordan Perry plays classical guitar. Jordan Perry solo, then he and Ned Oldham together.
April 28 Saturday: 7 Door Sedan plays Hells Bottom. 7 Door Sedan plays rock. Hell's Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
April 29 Sunday: Paint Fumes play Slash Run with Foul Swoops and Cruzer. Paint Fumes play garage punk. Foul Swoops play punk. Cruzer plays garage punk. Show is at 8. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC.
May 1 Tuesday: Liz Durette plays Rhizome DC with Sahba Sizdahkhani and Nik Francis. Liz Durrett plays Southern folk music. Sahba Sizdahkhani combines free jazz and traditional Persian music. Nik Francis plays improvised and composed electroacoustic music. Show is at 8. There is probably a suggested donation of $10.
May 2 Wednesday: Todd Rundgren's Utopia plays Warner Theatre. Todd Rundgren's Utopia plays progressive rock. Show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50, $53 and $63.
May 3 Thursday: Alice in Chains plays the Anthem. Alice in Chains plays alt metal. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $50 and $75.
May 3 Thursday: Hayley Jane and the Primates play the 8X10. Hayley Jane & The Primates combine Americana, soul and rock.
May 4 Friday: Dead Winter Carpenters play Pearl Street Warehouse. Dead Winter Carpenters play progressive string music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $12. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street.
May 4 Friday: Tauk plays the 9:30 Club with Of Tomorrow and Deaf Scene. Tauk plays an instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Of Tomorrow is a funk rock reggae samba hip hop musical contraband collective. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $15.
May 4 Friday: Cheick Ndoye and Friends play Union Stage with Weedie Braimah, Raul Pineda and Nachito Herrera. Cheikh Ndoye is a composer and bassist from Senegal. Baaba Maal is a vocalist and guitarist. Faada Freddy makes music with his voice and percussion played with his own body. Weedie Braimah plays djembe. Raul Pineda plays Latin percussion. Nachito Herrera plays piano. Who is a friend and who might be a separate act is beyond me. Doors open at 9, show is at 10.
May 4 Friday: Hillbilly Gypsies play the New Deal Cafe. Hillbilly Gypsies play old time bluegrass and mountain music. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
May 5 Saturday: Parlor Walls plays Rhizome DC with TK Echo and Pearie Sol. Parlor Walls play art rock. TK Echo is a new band featuring members of past DC bands. Pearie Sol plays punk. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
May 5 Saturday: Paperhaus plays MilkBoy ArtHouse with The Effects and Dove Lady. Paperhaus plays psych rock. The Effects play rock. Dove Lady plays punk. Show is at 8. Ticket are $7 in advance, $10 day of show.
May 5 Saturday: California Honeydrops play Hamilton Live with Charlie Hunter. California Honeydrops play funk and R&B. Charlie Hunter is a great guitar player. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing and $25 for seated. This is an 18+ show.
May 5 Saturday: Humbalaya plays Blue Chapala Beetle Rock Bar. Humbalaya plays jazz funk.
May 6 Sunday: This Wilderness plays The Depot with Blood on the Mercy Seat. The Wilderness is an electro punk duo with Jim Coleman and Robert O. Leaver. Blood on the Mercy Seat plays experimental music. Show is at 3. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
May 6 Sunday: Subtle Degrees plays Rhizome DC. Subtle Degrees is the duo of Travis Laplante & Gerald Cleaver playing music drawing on contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, trance, minimalism, technical metal and sacred world music. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
May 7 Monday: This Wilderness plays Galaxy Hut with Collapsing. This Wildernes is an electro punk duo with Jim Coleman and Robert O. Leaver. Show is at 9 and is $5.
May 8 Tuesday: New Mastersounds play Union Stage with Backbeat Underground. New Mastersounds play funk. Backbeat Underground plays soul, jazz, and funk. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for premier plus. Trust me, stick with general admission.
May 8 Tuesday: The Mother Hips play Jammin' Java. Mother Hips play rock and folk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $25 for premier plus.
May 9 Wednesday: The Melvins play the Ottobar with All Souls. The Melvins play fairly heavy rock. All Souls is a melodic, guitar-heavy rock band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8.
May 10 Thursday: Mdou Moctar plays The Patterson. Mdou Moctar plays electric psychedelic guitar. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
May 10 Thursday: Darsombra plays Slash Run with Electric Grandmother. Darsombra plays psychedelic and ambient experimental music. Electric grandmother plays experimental ambient music. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC.
May 10 Thursday: Ruthie and the Wranglers play Ramshead On Stage with Cadillac Mule. Ruthie and The Wranglers play Americana. Cadillac Mule plays roots music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $10.
May 10 Thursday: John Papa Gros plays Gypsy Sally's. John Papa Gros plays New Orleans funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. This is a 21+ show.
May 11 Friday: Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play Old Bowie Town Grill. Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play blues, soul and rock and roll. Show is at 8:30 and is free, but tips for the band are encouraged.
May 11 Friday: Bumper Jacksons play Hamilton Live with TBA. Bumper Jacksons play Americana. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated. This is an all ages.
May 12 Saturday: An Albatross plays Metro Gallery with TBA. An Albatross is an experimental hardcore punk band. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Admission is $10.
May 12 Saturday: Gigan plays The Depot with Sunless, Condemn the Infected and Queen Wolf. Gigan plays death metal. Sunless plays avant garde metal. Condemn the Infected plays death metal. Queen Wolf plays hard rock. Show is at 8. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
May 12 Saturday: Aztec Sun and Black Masala. Aztec Sun plays funk with soul. Black Masala plays gypsy brass music. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $15 general admission, $30 for premier plus. Union Stage is located at 740 Water Street in Southwest DC.
May 12 Saturday: Atlas Road Crew Gypsy Sally's with Little Bird. Atlas Road Crew plays Southern rock. Little Bird plays Americana. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show.
May 12 Saturday: Thrillbillies play Old Bowie Town Grill. Thrillbillies play Americana, country and rockabilly. Show is at 8:30. Admission is $10. Reservations are recommended.
May 12 Saturday: Eli “Paperboy” Reed and High & Mighty Brass Band play the Rock and Roll Hotel. Eli "Paperboy" Reed plays soul. High and Mighty Brass Band plays dance music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $18. This is an all ages show.
May 13 Sunday: Thollem McDonas plays Rhizome DC with Mourning(A)BLKstar. Thollem McDonas is known internationally as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and more recently as an electronic keyboardist through a multitude of projects. M[A]B looks to forage new pathways toward heart music by melding soul, blues, electronics, avant-poetics with futurist beats.
May 13 Sunday: Trampled by Turtles play the 9:30 Club with Hiss Golden Messenger. Trampled by Turtles play bluegrass and folk rock. Hiss Golden Messenger plays country rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $28.
May 13 Sunday: Tower Green plays New Deal Cafe from 5 to 6:30 Brinjal plays 6:30 to 8. Tower Green plays Renaissance inspired folk rock. World Music band Brinjal plays pulsing and lyrical songs from Nations real and imagined.
May 14 Monday: The Kills play Lincoln Theatre with Dream Wife. The Kills are a garage blues rock duo. Dream Wife plays punk pop. Doors open at 6:30. General admission tickets are $35.
May 16 Wednesday: Mdou Moctar plays the backstage at the Black Cat with Zomes. Mdou Moctar plays electric psychedelic guitar. Zomes plays minimalist experimental music. Doors open at 7:30. Admission is $15.
May 16 Wednesday: Reggie Wayne Morris Blues Band plays and EARLY show at the Public Playhouse. Reggie Wayne Morris plays blues guitar. Show is at 11 am. Admission is $10. The Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Maryland.
May 17 Thursday: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck play the Music Center at Strathmore. Bela Fleck and Chick Corea will play jazz and whatever else they want to on banjo and piano. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 to $75.
May 18 Friday: Lincoln Durham plays DC 9 with The Ghost Wolves. Lincoln Durham is a one man band playing Southern gothic swamp blues. The Ghost Wolves blend blues, rock, punk and Americana. Doors open at 8:30, show is at 9. Admission is $12. This is an all ages show.
May 18 Friday: Brandon "Taz" Niederauer plays Jammin' Java. Brandon "Taz" Niederauer is a guitar prodigy. Admission is $15, $25 for "premier plus."
May 18 Friday: Hard Swimmin' Fish play the New Deal Cafe. Hard Swimmin' Fish play roots music including blues, jazz, funk and swing. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
May 19 Saturday: Cris Jacobs Band plays the 8X10. Cris Jacobs combines country, blues and rock.
May 19 Saturday: Bettye LaVette plays Hamilton Live. Bettye LaVette is a soul singer. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $30 for seated, $50 for the close seats without people standing in front of you.
May 22 Tuesday: Dan Lipton Trio plays the New Deal Cafe. Dan Lipton plays Americana, folk and alt-country. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
May 26 Saturday: Dana Fuchs plays Hamilton Live. Dana Fuchs sings Southern rock, soul, roots and blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $19.75 for standing, $24.75 for seated, $39.75 to make all the standing people stand in the back. This is an 18+ show.
May 29 Tuesday: Taj Mahal Trio plays Rams Head On Stage with Jamie McLean. Taj Mahal Trio plays blues and roots music. Jamie McLean plays Southern soul, blues and roots music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $75.
May 30 Wednesday: Taj Mahal Trio plays the Birchmere with Jamie McLean. Taj Mahal Trio plays blues and roots music. Jamie McLean plays Southern soul, blues and roots music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.
May 30 Wednesday: 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.
May 30 Wednesday: Jack White plays The Anthem. Jack White is a singer, songwrier and musician. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $65 for general admission, $85 for seats. A first show has already sold out.
May 31 Thursday: Roosevelt Dime plays Pearl Street Warehouse with Goodnight Moonshine. Roosevelt Dime blends syncopated New Orleans rhythms, boogie woogie banjo and swinging blues guitar. Goodnight Moonshine plays Americana, pop and more. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $15. This is a 21+ show.
May 31 Thursday: Popa Chubby plays Jammin' Java. Popa Chubby plays blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $22, $25 for premier, $30 for premier plus.
May 31 Thursday: Bouncing Souls play Rock and Roll with Tim Barry. Bouncing Souls play punk. Tim Berry is a singer, songwriter and guitarist and was the singer for Avail. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25. This is an all ages show.
June 1 Friday: Bonerama plays Hamilton Live with TBA. Bonerama is a trombone heavy brass band. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated. This is a 18+ show.
June 1 Friday: Stone Hill All Stars play Old Bowie Town Grill with Jeff Rymes. Stone Hill All Stars play roots rock. Jeff Rymes is a singer / songwriter. Admission is $10.
June 2 Saturday: U Liners play the New Deal Cafe. The U Liners play roots rock and Americana. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
June 3 Sunday: Jon Cleary plays Hamilton Live. Jon Cleary plays funky pop. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20.50 for standing, $25.50 for seated.
June 3 Sunday: Rare Essence plays Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. RE plays go go. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
June 5-6 Tuesday and Wednesday: Tab Benoit plays Rams Head On Stage. Tab Benoit plays Delta blues and swamp blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $34.
June 6 Wednesday: Chon plays Baltimore Soundstage with Polyphia, TTNG and Tricot. Chon plays math rock. Polyphia plays progressive metal. TTNG (This Town Need Guns) plays math rock. Tricot is a Japanese math rock band. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. This is an all ages show.
June 6 Wednesday: Samantha Fish plays Hamilton Live. Samantha Fish plays blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $19.75 for standing, $29.75 seated, and $44.75 to have no dance floor. This is an all ages show.
June 8 Friday: Moonshine Society plays Old Bowie Town Grill. Moonshine Society plays roots rock, blues, and old school R&B.
June 9 Saturday: Bent Knee plays Metro Gallery with Gatherers. Bent Knee plays art rock. Gatherers play post hardcore. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $12.
June 13 Tuesday: Parker Millsap plays the Black Cat. Parker Millsap plays a blend of blues, country, rock, Americana, and folk. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $15.
June 13 Tuesday: Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett play AMP by Strathmore. Paul and Fred are members of Little Feat and will play acoustic versions of those songs and others. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 and $45.
June 13 Tuesday: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore play Rams Head On Stage. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore share roots in old blues and folk music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $36.50.
June 14 Wednesday: Marco Benevento play the 8X10. Marco Benevento play experimental and psychedelic rock. Doors open at 8.
June 14 Wednesday: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore play the Birchmere. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore share roots in old blues and folk music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $35.
June 15 Thursday: Sabbath Assembly plays Atlas Brew Works with Sanhedrin and Alms. Sabbath Assembly plays occult rock. Sanhedrin plays metal. Alms plays doom. Show is at 7. Admission is $12. This is an all ages show. Atlas Brew Works is located at 2052 West Virginia Avenue in Northeast DC.
June 21 Thursday: Southern Culture on the Skids plays Rams Head On Stage. Southern Culture on the Skids plays rockabilly with humor. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35.
July 11 Wednesday: Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Wolf Trap with Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King Band. Tedeschi Trucks Band plays blues rock. Drive-By Truckers play Southern rock. Marcus King Band plays roots rock. Show is at 7. Tickets are $35 to $75 and go on sale February 17.
July 24 Tuesday: Jason Isbell and 400 Unit play Wolf Trap with Hiss Golden Messenger. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play country. Hiss Golden Messenger play folk. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 to $65 and go on sale February 17.
August 11-12 Saturday and Sunday: Phish plays Merriweather Post Pavilion. Phish is a jam band. Doors open at 5:30, show is at 7. Tickets are from $45 to $80.
August 18 Saturday: The Blasters plays Hill Country Barbecue with Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. The Blasters play rock and roll. Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones play roots rock and rockabilly. Show is at 9. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
August 19 Sunday: The Revivalists play Wolf Trap. The Revivalists are a groove oriented jam band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 to $55 and go on sale February 17.
August 21 Tuesday: Jean Luc Ponty brings his electric band to Rams Head On Stage. Jean Luc Ponty plays jazz violin. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $59.50.
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. Parking not too bad when there is nothing at Verizon, but prepare to pay, or subway, when there is. When I was there the show started two minutes early and there were two long sets. Located at 410 7th Street in Northwest DC. 202-556-2050.
The Howard Theatre is a recently renovated historic theater. It holds 600 people for seated shows, 1,000 for standing shows. Whatever it says on the ticket, there is always some seating, and sometimes significantly more than "standing room only" would indicate. They have a full menu for some shows, snacks for others, and a full bar. Seats come with a $10 minimum, which can be covered by ordering a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the box office (noon to 5 or later Tuesday to Sunday) or through TicketMaster. The Howard Theatre is located at 620 T. Street in Northwest DC. Parking is available on the street, in a lot on the corner of 7th and T, and there is valet parking as well. Some or all of the parking can be purchased in advance. And parking on the street is possible. Box office is 202-803-2899.
Jammin' Java is a coffeehouse and bar located in Vienna, Virginia. It seats maybe 100 for seated shows, and holds up to 200 for shows with less seating. You can now pick some seating in advance when purchasing tickets. But if you buy general admission for a show with less seating, you might want to arrive early. They have a fair and reasonably priced selection of beer, and serve food in baskets. They are all ages all the time. Jammin' Java closes at midnight during the week, and at 2 am on Friday and Saturday. The address is 227 Maple Ave East, in Vienna, Virginia. 703-255-1566.
The Lincoln Theatre is a remodeled old theater with seating left in place. Mostly floor, slanted as it should be, but also side boxes and a shallow balcony. The venue is generally all ages. Pretty Limited beer and wine selection in the lobby, don't know about the upstairs bar. It is located at 1215 U Street in Northwest DC. 202-888-0500. Tickets available through TicketFly, the box office (open noon to start of headliner on show days), and the 9:30 and Merriweather Post box offices.
Lisner Auditorium is a concert hall on the campus of George Washington University. It is theater seating, and it is small enough that none of the seats are really bad. There is usually a small bar, and they sell very limited snacks, candy bars mostly. Tickets are available from the box office and from Ticketmaster. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday 11 through 5. It does not accept credit cards. It is also open starting approximately 60 to 90 minutes before each performance. There is a $1 per ticket service charge at the box office. Lisner Auditorium is located at 730 21st Street in Northwest DC. 202-994-6800.
Madam's Organ is a small venue located at 2461 18th Street NW, in Adam's Morgan. Had always thought of it as kind of cozy, but went recently and I had to stand in line for about 20 minutes to get in, and there was a DJ upstairs and the foot traffic for that made the experience like trying to dance in a crowded hall way. Go see the mural that has the neighborhood up in arms. She doesn't look topless to me, but what do I know? 202-667-5370.
Merriweather Post Pavilion is a classic pavilion-- 5,200 reserved seats in front, lawn for 10,000 in back, that is definitely showing its age. The lawn is so steep that at times it is dangerous, and yet so badly designed that when everyone on the lawn stands up none of the short people can see. They sell lousy beer and worse wine inside, but occasionally have one stand with Starr Hill. No outside food or drink other than sealed bottles of water is allowed. After years of being run by Clear Channel, the Pavilion is now run by IMP, which appears to be an improvement. Doors open 1 and 1/2 hours before show time. In Columbia, just drive up 95 or over on 175 and get in the traffic jam. The parking lots open at 5 for most shows. The price of parking is included in the ticket. However, it is now necessary to reserve your parking when you buy your ticket. (Not sure what you do if you don't buy a ticket in advance. Parking is by zones, and available parking varies by show. I predict a mess. Tickets are available through Ticket Master and from the box office on show days. 410-715-5550.
Metro Gallery is a classic Baltimore venue that used to be two places and has the support posts down the middle to prove it. Stage is in the front to the left, and bar is in the back on the left, with the right devoted to art and plumbing. Bar has an excellent selection of beer and wine and is open from 6 pm to 2 am. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. Tickets available online, or at Metro Gallery on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm every week with no serrvice charges.Metro Gallery is located at 1700 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge has a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, a venue with bar on the second floor, and a lounge and dining area on the roof. The venue itself is on the small side, and about a third of it is a slightly raised stage. Other than a bench or so there is no seating/ The bar is outside the venue proper. Metropolitan is located at 169 West Street in Annapolis. 410-280-5160.
Millenium Stage is the venue for the daily free show at the Kennedy center. The shows are held at one of two stages at either end of the Grand Foyer every single day of the year at 6 pm and are free. There is a happy hour from 5 to 6 at the Grand Foyer bars near the performance, and, unlike anywhere else in the Kennedy Center, you can take your drink and food (such as it is) to your seat. It is worth showing up a bit early if you would like an actual seat. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street in Northwest DC.
Montpelier Arts Center has numerous music series each year, including jazz and classical. The shows are held in the main gallery, which holds a few hundred people. No alcohol is served, but they have punch and cookies at intermission. Tickets are sold by season or by ticket. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Road off Route 197 in Laurel, Maryland. Their phone number is 301-377-7800.
New Deal Cafe is a cafe located in Old Greenbelt at 113 Centerway. It has a comfortable coffee room in front, and a larger, but still relatively small, concert space in back. Food is Lebanese, the beer and wine selection is good. The Atmosphere is excellent. There is almost never a charge to get in, but bring some $$ for the band. 301-474-5642.
The 9:30 used to be a too cool for its own good club over on F Street with the singular claim to having a stage located in a place where almost no-one in the club could see it. The move to the old WUST hall at 815 V Street NW is an improvement both in livability and in attitude, but don't expect down home friendliness. All shows are all ages. An IMP venue. Doors open at 7:30 during the week, 9 on Fridays and 7 on Saturdays. Show times vary depending on the number of bands and can be found on their web site. The food is actually quite edible. Capacity is about 1,200. Tickets are available from Ticketfly.com, or from the box office, which is open from noon to 7 on week nights, but until 11 if there is a show, and 6-11 on saturday and sunday. The 9:30 number is 202-393-0930
Jiffy Lube Pavilion is a large outdoor pavilion out near Manassas run by Live Nation. Pavilion seating is plentiful and the lawn seating is pleasant and actually allows you to see and hear the show. They serve outrageously expensive beer and equally expensive food, and limit carry ins to one sealed water bottle. Remember to bring that bottle, because their water is literally not potable. They allow you to bring in a blanket, and will rent you an "appropriate" chair. Shows start at 8 unless otherwise specified. The box office is open from noon to intermission on show days. Tickets are also available from Live Nation. Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and there are not really any other options. Traffic and parking management are so bad that there have been shows where some people never made it in. They don't particularly seem to care, and they certainly don't refund your money if it happens to you. Be warned that it can also sometimes take hours to get out of the lot. Take I-66 to exit 43B or 44 and follow the signs from there. 703-754-6400.
Old Bowie Town Grille is a full service restaurant that has shows in its upstairs seating area. There is seating at tables and the bar, some dance room in front of the stage and some standing room in back. Many shows are free (though you should tip the band) and none are expensive. Reservations are necessary for some shows. Parking is available in lots and on the street. Old Bowie Town Grille is located at 8604 Chestnut Avenue in Bowie, Maryland. 301-464-8800.
Oregon Ridge is a State Park located north of Baltimore off of I-83 at 13401 Beaver Dam Road. Is basically a stage at the bottom of a long hill with woods on each side of the slope. Food and beer depend on who is producing. The park does not allow you to bring in either bottles or cans, but does allow coolers. The box office is open only on the day of events. To get there take I-695 to I-83 North and take exit 20B to the Park, or take exit 20A to free parking and a shuttle at Hunt Valley Mall. Their web site says that you need to pay for parking in advance in order to park at the Park but this depends on the promoter, as does the availability of the shuttle. For information call 410-539-5474.
Orion Sound Studios are located at 2903 Whittington Avenue in Baltimore. The sound is excellent, but the venue is small and lacks some of the amenities that one ordinarily finds - like chairs. They also do not sell food or drink, but apparently do not mind if you bring your own. (Or your own chair, for that matter, if the show is not crowded). All shows are all ages.
Ottobar is now in the old Club Midnite at 2549 North Howard Street in Baltimore. It is much roomier than the old one, has a real stage, and it is easy to get to the bathrooms. Other than that, the same spirit is in effect, and there is still no food. Most shows are 18 and over. The doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10 unless other times apply. There are also shows upstairs on occasion, but it is a much smaller, much lower stage. Tickets are often available through Mission Tix and also from the upstairs bar. 410-662-0069.
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.
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 and if you order it upstairs they will bring it downstairs for you, at least at shows that have tables. Advance tickets are available though their website and ticketfly.com. There is also a ticket booth where tickets are available 30 minutes before the show. The ticket booth takes only cash. Songbyrd is located at 2475 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-450-2917.
The Spanish Ballroom is architecturally not unlike a high school cafeteria, but with more interesting trim and a much better floor. It is all about dance floor and music there is virtually always for a dance. It is alcohol and smoke free, and any food and drink that are available are not permitted on the dance floor - which is most of the venue (7,500 square feet). For information on what is happening at the ballroom, see Dancing in the Park. The Spanish Ballroom is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. 301-492-6282.
The State Theatre is a venue in an old movie theater in Falls Church. The downstairs goes up in four levels with seating on the back three (though that may vary) and the balcony retains the theater seating in back, and wings have been added on the side. Total capacity is 800 for shows with some seating, 900 when all standing, but that may not include the added balcony space. The stage is actually visible from almost anywhere, even if you are as short as I am. And the sound is excellent. They have a somewhat limited menu, but serve real food, not just snacks. Most, if not all shows are 18+ and there is a $3 tax if you are under 21. Tickets are available from the box office and online from the State Theatre's web site. Box office hours are 12 to 5 Monday through Friday and 6:30 to 11:30 on show nights. The State Theatre is located at 220 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. 703-237-0300.
Strathmore is an historic mansion on an 11 acre lot belonging to Montgomery County. Music and arts presentations take place in the mansion, on the grounds, and in the 1976 seat Music Center at Strathmore, a state of the are concert hall. The Mansion is about you would expect a mansion to be, and has a bar across the hall from the the music area. They might sell some chips, but that is about it. It seats up to 110 people for concerts. The Music Center has actual food prior to the show, and beer and wine before the show and during intermission, but it is obscenely expensive. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage off of Tuckerman Lane, and is free for ticketed events. The Mansion is located at 10701 Rockville Pike in Rockville, and has its own parking. Not sure how the lawn works. 301-581-5200.
U Street Music Hall is a basic basement venue, in fact it is pretty much a cave. There are things to like about it - it is simple, the sound is good, in fact, it has been ranked one of the best sound systems in the country, the dance floor is cork cushioned, and the atmosphere is fairly mellow. It has classic black walls, two bars, and is fairly deep and wide enough. The beer selection is passable, and they have a large selection of liquor. Wine is limited to champagne in a can and there is no food. My major complaint is that the stage is less than three feet off the ground, so if you are very far back at all (and as short as I am), you are not going to see much. Others might complain about the lack of chairs. There are stools at the bar in the stage area, and a couple of booths in the entryway with no view of the band, but that is it. U Street Music Hall is located at 1115 U Street in Northwest DC. The entrance is the only thing at street level, so it is easy to miss. Also, I have only been there for live music, so have no idea what it is like at other times.
The Velvet Lounge is a tiny club one block from the 9:30 Club at 915 U Street. Music is upstairs, and the cover is not usually more than $10. The lounge opens at 8pm or so and closes at 2am during the week, 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Music starts when it starts, which will probably not be before 9, but is usually by 10, at least during the week. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. 202-462-3213.
The Warner Theatre is a grand old theatre located at 513 13th Street in Northwest DC. It seats 1847, slightly over half on the floor, the rest in balconies and boxes. Lately they are apparently starting to look for renovation money, as they are having a lot of comedy and music. They serve alcohol, and let you bring it to your seat, but the prices are steep and the lines are long. Don't show up hungry. Tickets are available at the box office or through TicketMaster. The Warner is now a Live Nation venue. The phone number is 202-783-4000.
Weinberg Center for the Arts is a converted theater in downtown Frederick that has movies, speakers and live shows. It has a total capacity of 1,147 - 739 in the orchestra, 116 in the mezzanine, 292 in the balcony. They serve beer and probably wine in the lobby. Weinberg Center is located at 20 West Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland. 301-600-2828.
The Windup Space is a fair sized space with tables and the stage on the left and a bar down the right with plenty of space left for standing. Stage is done up like the Red Room in the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, right down to the floor tile. The listing of the bands is not always related to the order in which they will play. (To put it gently). Full bar and looks like a fair variety. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 1 am. It is located at 12 West North Avenue in Baltimore. 410-244-8855.
Wolf Trap is the ultimate outdoor venue in this area, but don't expect to see anything rowdy there. Acoustics in the pavilion are great, sound and view from the lawn are good if you show up early to get a good spot. Wolf Trap allows food on the lawn in any kind of container, and beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, in glass, aluminum, or plastic. So relax and drink champagne in glasses while you watch the show, it doesn't bother them. There are rules though: this is a federal facility and they still follow the rule of zero tolerance for drugs. Oh yeah, and you can't get married on the grounds. There are no age limits, but you need a ticket for every human being, no matter how young. During colder parts of the year Wolf Trap shows are at the Barns, which are nearby. You can't bring your own there, but they do have a fair selection, and the surroundings are pleasant. Tickets are available from Tickets.com, on-line, or without charge from the box office which is open from 10 to 6 during the week, from noon to 5 on the weekend, and until 9 on show nights. Wolf trap is located in Virginia right off of the Dulles toll road. 703-938-2404