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?
February 18 Sunday: Snarky Puppy with Alina Engibaryan play the Fillmore. Snarky Puppy is a jazz and funk collective. Elina Engibaryan is a jazz singer. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $33.
February 19 Monday: Scott H. Biram plays Hill Country Barbecue with Hooten Hollers. Scott H. Biram is a dirty old one man band. Hooten Hollers play Southern soul and Americana. show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show/.
February 20 Tuesday: knknighgh plays Rhizome DC. Knknighgh (pronounced knife) is a radical new take on the classic free jazz quartet tradition with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Chris Pitsiokos on sax, Brandon Lopez on bass and Dre Hocevar on drums. Show is at 7:30. There is a $10 suggested donation.
February 21 Wednesday: Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven play Gypsy Sally's. Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven are a Beethoven jam band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Admission is $14.
February 21 Wednesday: Ilgenfritz/Chase/Lee play Rhizome DC with Ami Yamasaki, Nagual and Du.0. Bassist James Ilgenfritz leads an eclectic improvising trio with Brian Chase on drums and Robbie Lee on flutes, baroque flutes and electronics. Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. Nagual is the duo of Ian McColm and David Shapiro coaxing damaged shades of Frippertronic drone from their extended guitar rigs. Du.0 is a two-violin duo. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
February 21 Wednesday: Third Wednesday Jazz at Bertha's with Derrick Michaels on sax, Theljon Allen on trumpet, Michael Formanek on double bass and Mike Kuhl on drums. Show is 9 to midnight. Bertha's is located at 734 South Broadway in Fells Point in Baltimore.
February 21 Wednesday: RAM from Haiti plays the Millennium Stage. RAM is a drum-roots-driven powerhouse band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwine harmoniously with punk rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies. As always, the show is at 6 and is free.
February 21 Wednesday: RAM from Haiti play Bossa Bistro. RAM is a drum-roots-driven powerhouse band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Ancient folkloric polyrhythms intertwine harmoniously with punk rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean keyboard melodies. Show is at 9:30. Admission is $10.
February 22 Thursday: Ominous Cloud Ensemble play Rhizome DC with Jon Camp, Pergola. Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin. Jon Camp is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from the DC region. Pergola is the work of Baltimore-based fingerstyle guitarist Todd Shelar. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
February 23 Friday: Kahil El-Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble plays Rhizome DC with More than A Drum Percussion Ensemble. Kahil El-Zabar plays jazz with a musical style and content that flows from ancient Africa to the modern world. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $15.
February 23 Friday: Maceo Parker play Hamilton Live. Maceo Parker plays funk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for standing, $40 for seated.
February 24 Saturday: Black Masala plays the Ottobar. Black Masala is a gypsy inspired brass band.
February 24 Saturday: Lehn/Schmickler play the Leprechaun Catering. The ‘real-virtual’ analogue-digital electronic duo of Marcus Schmickler and Thomas Lehn. Jason Willett and Tom Boram play absurd, dense, and noisy improvised music. Show is at 8:30. Admission is $5 to $10. The Red Room is located at 425 East 31st Street in Baltimore.
February 24 Saturday: Marianna Previti & The Smokin’ Polecats play Old Bowie Town Grill. The Smokin's Polecats play electric blues. Marianna Previti sings. Show is at 8:30. Show is free, tips for the band are encouraged.
February 24 Saturday: Naked Jungle plays Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge with Squaring the Circle and Carinae. Naked Jungle is an instrumental drums, bass and percussion trio. Squaring the Circle plays blues, funk, jam and jazz. Carinae plays rock. Show is at 8. Admission is $10. This is an 18+ show.
February 24 Saturday: Lafayette Gilchrist and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars and Elikeh play the Intersections Festival at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Lafayette Gilchrist and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars play jazz. Elikeh plays Afro Pop. Lafayette Gilchrist plays at 9, ELikeh is at 10:30. What the Intersections Festival is, or how it works, is a mystery to me.
February 25 Sunday: Heterodyne plays Holy Underground with Xiphoid Process and TBA. Heterodyne is an experimental improvisation project with Ted Zook and Maria Shesiuk. Xiphoid Process plays experimental music. Show is 8 to 11. Holy Underground is located at 2021 Maryland Avenue in Baltimore.
February 26 Monday: Uriah Heep plays Rams Head On Stage. Uriah Heep plays hard rock and has since 1969. Only one guy (the founder) left from then, but two other members have been there since the 80's. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $49.50.
February 27 Tuesday: Vieux Farka Toure plays Rock and Roll Hotel. Vieux Farka Toure is a guitar player and singer from Mali. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $17. This is an all ages show.
March 1 Thursday: Xyloris White plays The Patterson. Xyloris White is Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drums. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
March 2 Friday: Wolf! featuring Scott Metzger plays Gypsy Sally's. Wolf! is an instrumental band that develops its songs on stage. Doors open at 7, Show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advanc, $18 day of show.
March 2 Friday: Eve Essex plays Rhizome DC with Kayla Guthrie, Praxis Cat, Sarah Hughes/Nate Scheible. Eve Essex performs with alto saxophone, piccolo, voice and electronics. Kayla Guthrie charts emotional structures and introspective landscapes through her music, writing, and visual art. PraxisCat is the experimental electronic solo project from Christine Paluch, a DC based composer using synthesizers, code, and other musical instruments. Special guest Abe Mamet is a horn player. Sarah Hughes plays saxophone and Nate Scheible plays drums. Show is at 7:30.
March 2-3 Friday and Saturday: Galactic plays the 9:30 Club. Butcher Brown opens on Friday. Galactic is a funk and jazz jam band. Butcher Brown plays instrumental funk and jazz. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $30.
March 3 Saturday: Beatriz Ferreyra plays the Red Room with Twig Harper. Beatriz Ferreyra is an Argentine composer who works with electronics. Twig Harper plays experimental electronic music. Show is at 8:30. Admission is $5-$10. The Red Room is located at 425 East 31st Street in Baltimore.
March 3 Saturday: Stone Hill All Stars play An Die Musik. Stone Hill All Stars play cajun-flavored polka. Show is at 8. Admission is $10.
March 5 Monday: This show is sold out. Tab Benoit plays Rams Head On Stage. I believe this is part of Whiskey Bayou Records Revue and will feature Jeff McCarty and Eric Johanson as well as Tab Benoit. Tab Benoit plays swamp blues. Jeff McCarty is a Southern soul singer. Eric Johanson plays guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35.
March 6 Tuesday: Volur plays The Depot with 1476 and Miss Elizabeth's All Girl Band featuring Jerome Deppe & Co. Volur draws from from folk melodies, heathen spirituality and trance-inducing doom. 1476 plays "creates dark, atmospheric, album-oriented music. Show is at 7. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
March 7 Wednesday: Dixie Dregs play the Lincoln Theatre. Dixie Dregs are an instrumental band that combines prog, metal and Southern rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $55, and go on sale October 27.
March 7 Wednesday: JJ Grey & Mofro play Rams Head Live. JJ Grey and Mofro play blues, soul, funk, a little country. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $32 day of show.
March 8 Thursday: Toubab Krewe plays the 8X10. Toubab Krewe plays music that is heavily influenced by West African music. Doors open at 8.
March 9 Friday: Chopteeth plays AMP by Strathmore. Chopteeth is a large Afrofunk band. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 and $27.
March 10 Saturday: Toubab Krewe plays Gypsy Sally's. Toubab Krewe plays music that is heavily influenced by West African music. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advancw, $18 day of show.
March 10 Saturday: Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio plays Rhizome DC with Wild Torus and Safe and Fast & Effective. Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio plays avant garde jazz. Wild Torus, is quite probably Bushwick’s wildest, weirdest, and yet most inclusive art collective. Show is at 8.
March 10 Saturday: Dropkick Murphys play The Anthem with Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim. Dropkick Murphys play Celtic punk. Agnostic Front plays hardcore punk. Bim Skala Bim plays ska. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $35 for general admission seats. The $55 is for "super excellent" seats which can only be used by the person who purchased them and has their name on them. You would think that they make arrangements for you to at least buy tickets for your friends, but that is not how I read it.
March 11 Sunday: Dervish plays Black Rock. Dervish is a high evergy Irish band. Show is at 7. Tickets are $25 and $35.
March 11 Sunday: Dumpstaphunk plays Gypsy Sally's. Dumpstaphunk plays funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.
March 13 Tuesday: Dumpstaphunk plays the 8X10. Dumpstaphunk plays funk. The web site says doors open at 7.
March 13 Tuesday: Shroom Pickers play New Deal Cage. Shroom Pickers includes members of Fractal Cat and plays off-kilter country-folk music. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
March 14 Wednesday: An evening with Sherman Ewing & special guest John Jo Jo Herman at Pearl Street Warehouse. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $12. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.
March 15 Thursday: Tab Benoit plays the Birchmere. This is part of Whiskey Bayou Records Revue and will feature Jeff McCarty and Eric Johanson as well as Tab Benoit. Tab Benoit plays swamp blues. Jeff McCarty is a Southern soul singer. Eric Johanson plays guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $29.50.
March 15-17 Thursday through Saturday: Widespread Panic plays The Theater at National Harbor. Widespread Panic is a jam band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $62.73. Friday and Saturday are pretty much sold out, there might be virgin tickets available for Thursday.
March 16 Friday: Cyro Baptista & Banquet of The Spirits play MilkBoy ArtHouse. Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Spirits play world music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $30 for reserved seating. MilkBoy ArtHouse is located at 7146 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland.
March 16 Friday: Tongue in Cheek plays Montpelier Arts Center. Tongue and Cheek plays hot jazz, swing and ragtime. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
March 16 Friday: Don't Sleep plays Metropolitan Kitchen with Messthetics, Ethics Committee and Phase Arcade. Don't Sleep play hardcore punk. Messtheics is an instrumental trio. Ethics Committee plays punk. Show is at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. This is an 18+ show.
March 17 Saturday: Cris Jacobs plays Rams Head On Stage. Cris Jacobs plays country and rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $40.
March 18 Sunday: Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita play AMP by Strathmore. Omar Sosa plays piano, Seckou Keita plays the kora and sings. The duo is joined by percussionist Gustavo Ovalles who brings a sense of polyrhythmic soul to the music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30 and $40.
March 20 Tuesday: Robin Trower plays Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Robin Trower plays rock guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $60 to $75. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street in Annapolis.
March 21 Wednesday: Golden Gate Wingmen play Hamilton Live. Golden Gate Wingmen is John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane and Reed Mathis playing the music of the Grateful Dead and related things. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.50 for standing, $34.50 for seated.
March 21 Wednesday: Robin Trower plays the Birchmere. Robin Trower plays rock guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.
March 22 Thursday: Lightning Bolt plays DC 9. Lightning Bolt is a noise rock duo. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $15. This is an all ages show.
March 22 Thursday: Squirrel Nut Zippers play the Birchmere. Squirrel Nut Zippers are a swing revival band. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
March 22 Thursday: Aqueous plays the 8X10 with Deaf Scene. Aqueous is a groove based jam band. Deaf Scene is an instrumental trio. Doors open at 8.
March 23 Friday: Lightning Bolt plays the Ottobar. Lightning Bolt is a noise rock duo.
March 23 Friday: Lunch with Bob plays the New Deal Cafe. Lunch with Bob is a celebration of music from bluegrass to rockabilly, from country to the blues. Show is from 8:30 to 11:30.
March 23-24 Friday and Saturday: Red Baraat Festival of Colors at Hamilton Live. Red Baraat is a brass band that plays funk with Bangra beats and touches of go-go and hip-hop. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.
March 24 Saturday: Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays the 9:30 Club with KGD. Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian experimental music collective that plays post rock. KGD plays ambient drone. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $30.
March 24 Saturday: Dark Waters End plays the Sidebar with Pathogenic. Dark Waters End plays death metal. As does Pathogenic.
March 28 Wednesday: Langhorne Slim plays the Birchmere. Langhorn slim plays folk rock and Americana. Show is 7:30. Tickets are $25.
March 28 Wednesday: Sanguine Eagle plays The Pinch with Radiator Greys and Sickdeer. Sanguine Eagle plays death metal. Radiator Greys play experimental electronic music. Sickdeer plays black metal. Show is at 7. Admission is $10. This is an all ages show.
March 30 Friday: That 1 Guy plays the 8X10. That one guy plays as a one man band on instruments that he makes.
March 31 Saturday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays the Ottobar with Haint Blue. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays country blues. Haint Blue plays folk pop. Doors open at 8, show is at 9.
March 31 Saturday: Cousin John Band plays New Deal Cafe. Cousin John Band plays blues rock with dashes of country, bluegrass, R&B, swing, and funk. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
March 31 Saturday: This show is sold out. Hot Tuna plays Rams Head Live. Hot Tuna plays blues and roots music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $49.50.
April 4 Wednesday: Victor Wooten Trio plays the Rams Head On Stage. Victor Wooten is an amazing bass player. Other members of the trio not clear yet. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $49.50.
April 5 Thursday: The Motet plays the 9:30 Club. The Motet plays funk Afrobeat and jazz. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $20.
April 7 Saturday: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play Black Rock. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play rock and soul. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 and $35.
April 9 Monday: Black Angels play the 9:30 Club with Black Lips. Black Angels play psychedelic rock. Black Lips play garage rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30.
April 11 Wednesday: Band of Friends celebrates the music of Rory Gallagher at Rams Head On Stage. Band of Friends features Dany Knowles on guitar, Gerry McAvoy on bass and Ted McKenna on drums. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $29.50.
April 12 Thursday: Band of Friends celebrates the music of Rory Gallagher at the Birchmere. Band of Friends features Dany Knowles on guitar, Gerry McAvoy on bass and Ted McKenna on drums. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25.
April 12 Thursday: Frenchy and the Punk play the New Deal Cafe. Frenchy and the Punk are a folk cabaret duo. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
April 12 Thursday: Keller Williams plays Rams Head On Stage. Keller Williams plays solo acoustic guitar and voice with every other song walking the line of electronica. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $40.
April 12 Thursday: This show has been cancelled. DakhaBrakha plays MilkBoy ArtHouse. DakhaBrakha is a world music group from Ukraine. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $30 reserved.
April 13 Friday: Ron Holloway Band plays 8X10 with Revelator Hill. Ron Holloway Band plays funk. Revelator Hill play blues and rock. Doors open at 8.
April 13 Friday: Keller Williams plays Hamilton Live. Keller Williams plays solo acoustic guitar and voice with every other song walking the line of electronica. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $29 for standing, $35 for seated.
April 18 Wednesday: Thank You Scientist plays DC Nine. Thank You Scientist plays prog. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show.
April 18 Wednesday: The Suffers play the Barns at Wolf Trap. The Suffers play gulf coast soul. Show is at 8. Tickets are $22 to $27.
April 18 Wednesday: Russian Circles plays Rock and Roll Hotel with King Woman. Russian Circles is a heavy instrumental trio. King Woman plays doom rock. Doors and show are at 7. Tickets are $20.
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."
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: 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: 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 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: 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: Sierra Hull plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Sierra Hull plays mandolin. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 to $27.
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: 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: 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 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.
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 8 Tuesday: 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 plus. Trust me, stick with general admission.
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: 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 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 30 Wednesday: Taj Mahal Trio plays Birchmere. Taj Mahal Trio plays blues with Caribbean, African and South Pacific influences. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.
June 8 Friday: Moonshine Society plays Old Bowie Town Grill. Moonshine Society plays roots rock, blues, and old school R&B.
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: 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 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