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?
September 21 Saturday: De SanGuashington plays Bossa Bistro and Lounge. De SanGuashington is a Colombian-American band from DC that fuses traditional Colombian folk music with Anglo genres. Show is at 8. Admission is $10.
September 21 Saturday: Craic plays The Pie Shop. Craic is a Celtic punk band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $10. This is a 21+ show. The Pie Shop is located at 1339 H Street in Northeast DC.
September 21 Saturday: Popa Chubby plays The Soundry. Popa Chubby plays blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.
September 24 Tuesday: Wolgemut plays New Deal Cafe. Wolgemut performs historical music on original instruments such as the medieval bagpipes, shawms and bombastic drums as well as quiet instruments like the flute, medieval fiddle and harp. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
September 25 Wednesday: Surfer Joe plays Slash Run with Atomic Mosquitos Surfer Joe plays surf. As do Atomic Mosquitos.
September 26 Thursday: This show is sold out. The HU play the Black Cat. The HU is a band from Mongolia that blends heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
September 26 Thursday: Kitchen Dwellers play Pearl Street Warehouse. Kitchen Dwellers play high energy bluegrass. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.
September 26 Thursday: The Greyhounds play Hill Country Barbecue with Pierce Edens and Rob Baird. The Greyhounds play soul and blues rock. Pierce Edens plays alt country. Rob Baird plays Americana. Show is at 8. Admission is $12.
September 26 Thursday: Thrillbillys play Hell's Bottom. Thrillbillys play rockabilly. Show is 7 to 10.
September 27 Friday: Daryl Davis and Lafayette Gilchrist play The Patterson. Daryl Davis is known for his energetic style of boogie-woogie piano. Lafayette Gilchrist plays jazz piano. Show is at 8. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
September 27 Friday: Bryce Eiman plays Rhizome with Tag Cloud and Attorneys General at rhiz Bryce Eiman plays experimental ambient electronic music. Tag Cloud is the solo experimental pop project of Justin Mayfield. Attorneys General Attorneys General is a project led by Matthew Byars of DC-based band The Caribbean. Players for this show are Michael Kentoff, Dave Jones and Kamyar Arsani. Show is at 7. Admission is $10.
September 27 Friday: King Soul plays Old Bowie Town Grill. King Soul plays old school Southern soul. Show is at 8:30. Admission is $10.
September 28 Saturday: The HU plays Baltimore Soundstage. The HU is a band from Mongolia that blends heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are about $19.50.
September 28 Saturday: Soften the Glare plays Orion Sound. Soften the Glare plays instrumental jazz rock.
September 28 Saturday: The Good Ones play Rhizome with The Mauls and Time is Fire. The Good Ones are a four-piece band from Rwanda. The Mauls play punk rock. Time is Fire incorporates strong global and experimental-fusion elements into their often psychedelic and funk-inflected music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $10 to $20.
September 28 Saturday: Black Masala at Villain and Saint. Black Masala is an eclectic high energy brass band. Show is at 9. Admission is $15. Villain and Saint is located at 7141 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.
September 28 Saturday: La Unica plays New Deal Cafe. La Unica is a "pan-genre party band" blending styles ranging from Irish folk to Latin rhythms. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
September 28 Saturday: Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays the Anthem. Joe Russo's Almost Dead mostly plays the music of the Grateful Dead. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 to $65.
September 28 Saturday: Sean Heely and Tracy Jenkins play Maryland meadworks. Sean Heely plays fiddle and Tracy Jenkins plays Scottish border pipe. Show is at 7. Maryland Meadworks is located at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue, Suite B, in Hyattsville, Maryland.
September 30 Monday: Luicidal plays Slash Run with Secret Society and TBD. Luicidal plays punk. Secret Society plays hardcore. Show is at 9. Admission is $15.
September 30 Monday: Los Lonely Boys play the Birchmere. Los Lonely Boys play "Texican rock." Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $35.
October 1 Tuesday: Jimmy Herring's band The 5 of 7 plays Hamilton Live. The 5 of 7 finds Herring joined by Kevin Scott on bass, Darren Stanley on drums, Matt Slocum on keyboards and Rick Lollar on vocals and guitar. The 5 of 7 play music from ranging from roadhouse R&B to expansive, jazz-inflected explorations. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30 for standing, $40 for seated. This is an all ages show.
October 1 Tuesday: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets play Rock and Roll Hotel with Meatbodies. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets play psychedelic rock. Meatbodies play garage rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $18.
October 1 Tuesday: Pink Turns Blue plays Metro Gallery with TBA. Pink Turns Blue are an influential post-punk band from Berlin. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15.
October 2 Wednesday: Man Man plays Black Cat with GRLWood. Man Man plays experimental pop. GRLWood plays scream pop. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show.
October 2 Wednesday: Feast of the Epiphany plays Rhizome with Luke Stewart and Sarah Hughes. Feast of the Epiphany plays dark ambient music. Luke Stewart plays improvisational bass. Sarah Hughes plays improvisionational saxophone. Show is at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
October 2 Wednesday: Operator Music Band plays Comet Ping Pong with WUME and October 71. Operator Music Band combines art-pop experimentalism and electronic minimalism. WUMW is a synth drums duo. show is at 9. Admission is $12. This is an all ages show.
October 2 Wednesday: The Greyhounds play Soundry. The Greyhounds play soul and blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for standing, $17 for seated. This is an all ages show.
October 3 Thursday: Mo'ynoq plays The Depot with Vetis and Capitalist. Mo'ynoq plays black metal. Vetis plays Deathcore. Capitalist plays blackened crust.
October 3 Thursday: Electric Six plays Metro Gallery with DaveTV and Dingleberry Dynasty. Electric Six plays garage rock. DaveTV is a video deejay system powered by Electric Six guitarist DaVe. Dingleberry Dynasty plays "poop punk." Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Admission is $15.
October 4 Friday: Bumper Jacksons play The Patterson. Bumper Jacksons play roots jazz, country swing and street blues. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.
October 4 Friday: Xiu Xiu plays the Black Cat with Replicant Eyes. Xiu Xiu is an experimental band. Replicant Eyes is a dark wave/post-industrial duo. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
October 4 Friday: Fred Eaglesmith plays The Soundry. Fred Eaglesmith plays alt country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated.
October 4 Friday: ilyAIMY plays New Deal Cafe. ilyAIMY plays acoustic folk rock. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 5 Saturday: Tetuzi Akiyama+John Krausbauer play an afternoon show at Rhizome with Jordan Perry. Tetuzi Akiyama is a Japanese guitarist, violinist, and instrument-maker. John Krausbauer plays drone. Jordan Perry plays acoustic guitar. This show starts at 3. Admission is $10.
October 5 Saturday: Fred Frith Trio plays Rhizome with Heike Liss performs live visuals. Dave Ballou opens. Fred Frith is a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, keyboards, violin) and an improviser performing mostly on various permutations of the electric and acoustic guitar. Dave Ballou plays trumpet. Show is at 8, tickets are $20.
October 5 Saturday: Lyuti Chushki plays "traditional Bulgarian instruments in modes and rhythms of ancient provenance with vocal stylings now world renowned." Show is at 7:30. Admission is $10.
October 5 Saturday: Popa Chubby plays AMP by Strathmore. Popa Chubby plays blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $28 for general admission, $38 for reserved.
October 6 Sunday: Bottled Up plays Ghostflower and Period Bomb. Bottled Up is rooted in new-wave, 70's rock, and punk ethos. Ghostflower is an art rock electronica trio. Period Bomb plays mutant pop. Show is 8. Admission is $10.
October 6 Sunday: That 1 guy plays Jammin' Java. That 1 Guy plays as a one man band with instruments of his own making. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show for general admission, $23 for premier plus.
October 6 Sunday: Langhorne Slim plays Rams Head On Stage. Langhorne Slim plays Americana. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.
October 6 Sunday: Stone Hill All-Stars played An Die Musik. Stone Hill All-Stars play roots music. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
October 8 Tuesday: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe play the Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is a jazz and funk jam band. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for standing, $35 for seated.
October 9 Wednesday: Deaf Scene plays Seasons and Sessions with The Most and Austin Loman Group. Deaf Scene is an instrumental trio. The Most is an eclectic math rock band. Show is at 8. Seasons and Sessions is located at 2427 18th Street in Northwest DC.
October 9 Wednesday: We Banjo 3 play Hamilton Live. We Banjo 3 play celtic bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $16.25 for standing, $25.25 seated, and $45.25 to wipe out the dance floor.
October 9 Wednesday: Shovels and Rope plays the 9:30 Club with Cedric Burnside. Shovels and Rope are a folk duo. Cedric Burnside plays blues in the hill country blues tradition. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30.
October 10 Thursday: Stary Olsa play New Deal Cafe. Stary Olsa plays medieval Belarusian and Renaissance music, specializing in rock covers (from artists such as Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, the Beatles, Nirvana, and Deep Purple) played on authentic medieval instruments and in authentic Baltic costumes. Show is 7:30 to 9:30.
October 10 Thursday: Con Brio plays Hamilton Live with Lyrics Born. Con Brio plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B. Lyrics Born is a hip hop artist. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $19.50 for standing, $24.50 for seated. This is a 18+ show.
October 10 Thursday: Titus Andronicus plays the Ottobar. Titus Andronicus plays punk. Doors open at 8, show is at 9.
October 10-11 Thursday and Friday: Spafford plays the 8X10. Spafford is a jam band.
October 11 Friday: The Cleverlys play Hamilton Live. The Cleverlys play bluegrass covers of well known songs. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for standing, $30 for seated. This is an all ages show.
October 12 Saturday: Bonerama plays Soundry. Bonerama is a brass band that plays funk and rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.
October 12 Saturday: Going Going GoneGoin' Goin' Goneplays Old Bowie Town Grill. Going, Going, Gone plays roots rock.
October 13 Sunday: Melvins play the Ottobar with Redd Kross and Shit Kid. Melvins play rock. Redd Kross plays power pop. Shit kid plays lo fi pop. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
October 13 Sunday: Nana Grizol plays Comet Ping Pong with Lee Bains and The Glory Fires and Fail Sons. Nana Grizol play pop folk. Lee Bains and the Glory Fires play Alabama rock and roll. Show is at 9. Tickets are $12. This is an all ages show.
October 13 Sunday: Amon Amarth brings the Berserker tour to the Fillmore with Arch Enemy, At The Gates and Grand Magus. Amon Amarth plays melodic death metal. As does Arch Enemy. And At The Gates. Grand Magus plays doom metal. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $37.50 for general admission. There appear to be more expensive options as well.
October 13 Sunday: This show is sold out. Mike Watt + the Missing Men play the Red Room at the Black Cat. Mike Watt is a bassist, vocalist and songwriter and played with the Minutemen and other punk bands. Doors open at 8. Admission is $20.
October 13 Sunday: Dixie Cannonballs Reunion show at New Deal Cafe. Show is 7 to 9.
October 14 Monday: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires play Joe Squared. Lee Bains and the Glory Fires play Alabama rock and roll. Joe Squared is located at 33 West North Avenue in Baltimore.
October 14 Monday: Huun Huur Tu plays The Patterson. Huun Huur Tu is a Tuvan band, complete with throat singing. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.
October 14 Monday: Belen Escobedo and her band Panfilo's Guera. Belen Escobedo plays traditional Tejano conjunto fiddle music. Show is at 7:30. Admission is $10 to 20.
October 14 Monday: Buddy Guy plays State Theatre. Buddy Guy plays blues guitar. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $79.
October 15 Tuesday: California Honeydrops play Hamilton Live. California Honeydrops play R&B, funk, Southern soul, and delta blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated. This is an 18+ show.
October 15 Tuesday: Spectral Snake plays Rhizome with Coven Tree and Extravision. Spectral Snake plays folk. Coven Tree is an experimental viola and cello duo with electronic elements. Extravision plays alt folk. Admission is $10.
October 15-16 Tuesday and Wednesday: JJ Grey brings his solo Front Porch Sessions tour to Rams Head On Stage. JJ Grey plays Southern soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50.
October 16 Wednesday: Vieux Farka Toure plays Flex Stage at the Birchmere with Bombino. Vieux Farka Toure is a great guitar player from Mali. Bombino is a Tuareg guitar player.
October 16 Wednesday: Ross Hammond plays Rhizome with Kendra Amalie, Pascal Niggenkemper and Jon Camp Band. Ross Hammond is a delta blues inspired jazz guitarist. Kendra Amalie plays finger-style 12-string guitar (both acoustic and electric) as well as synthesizer. Pascal Neggenkemper plays experimental jazz bass. Jon Camp is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer out of the Washington, DC region. Show is at 7:30. Admission is $10.
October 16 Wednesday: The Black Keys play the Anthem with Modest Mouse and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. The Black Keys are a guitar and drum rock duo. Modest Mouse plays rock. Jimmy "Duck" Holmes plays blues. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $125 general admission and $250 for a seat. I won't pay it, but the earlier show already sold out at that price.
October 17 Thursday: Harlem 100 at Kay Theatre in Clarice Smith Performing Art Center. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Harlem 100 is a multi-media show that captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Hosted by Michael Mwenso, Harlem 100 presents today’s most exciting Harlem musicians and dancers in a modern variety show, paying homage to great performances at the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring Mwenso and The Shakes with special guests Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman & Vuya Sotashe. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is located at 8270 Alumni Drive on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland.
October 17 Thursday: Oranssi Pazuzu plays Metro Gallery with Insect Ark and Horrendous. Oranssi Pazuzu is a Finnish psychedelic black metal band. Insect Ark is an instrumental experimental cinematic doom band. Horrendous plays black metal. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $15.
October 17 Thursday: Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward play Jammin' Java. Charlie Hunter plays guitar. Lucy Woodward is a vocalist. Show is at 8. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $25 for premier.
October 18 Friday: George Porter Trio plays Gypsy Sally's with The Beat Hotel. George Porter Trio plays whatever comes to them, but it will have that New Orleans sound to it. The Beat Hotel plays New Orleans Mardi Gras swamp funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show.
October 18 Friday: Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers play City Winery. Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers play blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $22.
October 18 Friday: Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play Old Bowie Town Grill. Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play blues. Show is at 8:30.
October 19 Saturday: Wild Anacostias play New Deal Cafe. Wild Anacostias play cajun, zydeco and R&B. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
October 19 Saturday: Ron Holloway Band plays The Soundry. Ron Holloway Band plays funk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $10 for standing, $15 for seated.
October 19 Saturday: The Thrillbillys play Old Bowie Town Grill. The Thrillbillies play rockabilly. Admission is $10.
October 20 Sunday: Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles play Pearl Street Warehouse. Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles play a blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $17 and $20. This is a 21+ show.
October 22 Tuesday: Eilen Jewell plays Jammin' Java. Eilen Jewell plays country and blues influenced folk. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for general admission standing, $22 for general admissioni seated, and $30 for premier.
October 23 Wednesday: David Wax Museum plays The Patterson. David Wax Museum plays roots rock. This is a full band show. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show.
October 23 Wednesday: Stiff Little Fingers play the Black Cat with The Avengers. Stiff Little Fingers are a punk band formed in Belfast. The Avengers are a punk band formed in San Francisco around the same time as the formation of Stiff Little Fingers. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
October 23 Wednesday: Sam Bush plays the Birchmere with Travelin' McCourys. Sam Bush plays mandolin. The Travelin' McCourys play bluegrass.
October 24 Thursday: The Body plays Metro Gallery. The Body is an experimental metal duo. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. This is an all ages show.
October 25 Friday: Sleater-Kinney plays Anthem. Sleater-Kinney is a punk band with riot grrrl roots. Doors open 6:30. Tickets are $37.50 for general admission or $62.50 for your own personal seat.
October 26 Saturday: Flipper plays the Ottobar with David Yow on vocals. Flipper plays noisy punk. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $25.
October 26 Saturday: Marco Benevento plays Pearl Street Warehouse with Mattson 2. Marco Benevento plays piano rock. Mattson two are a brother duo that plays really mellow pop. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
October 26 Saturday: David Bromberg Big Band play 6th & I with special guest Bettye LaVette. Bromberg and his Big Band will be playing music from "The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues," inspired by the music Bromberg discovered in high school. Bettye LaVette is a soul singer. Show is at 8. Tickets are $45 in advance, $49.50 day of show.
October 27 Sunday: An Evening with Helmet on their 30th Anniversary tour. Helmet is an alt metal band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $40 for premier plus. This is an all ages show.
October 29 Tuesday: Russian Circles plays Union Stage with Windhand. Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental rock band. Windhand plays doom metal. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $21 for general admission, $40 for premier.
October 30 Wednesday: The Main Squeeze plays Pearl Street Warehouse. The Main Squeeze plays rock, funk, blues and R&B. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
October 31 Thursday: Umphreys McGee plays Anthem with Star Kitchen. Umphreys McGee plays proggy rock with a wide range of influences. Star Kitchen plays funk and soul. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35 for standing general admission, $75 for a seat.
November 1 Friday: All Your Sisters play Sidebar Tavern. All Your Sisters play industrial / post punk.
November 1 Friday: Town Mountain play Soundry with Jon Stickley Trio. Town Mountain plays bluegrass. Jon Stickley Trio play bluegrass, Gypsy jazz and folk-punk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $14.75 for standing, $19.75 for seated.
November 1 Friday: Aqueous plays the 8X10 with lespecial. Aqueous plays groove rock. lespecial is a power trio. Doors open at 8.
November 2 Saturday: Ape Shifter plays Cafe 611 with Spiral Grave, Almost Honest and 10Drilz. Ape Shifter plays progressive doom. Spiral Grave plays doom metal. Almost Honest plays doom. Show is at 7. Admission is $15. This is an all ages show.
November 2 Saturday: Mihali plays Gypsy Sally's. Mihali Savoulidis is the lead singer and guitarist for Vermont rock quartet, Twiddle, and will be playing solo for this show. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
November 3 Sunday: Los Straitjackets play Pearl Street Warehouse. Los Straitjackets play instrumental surf. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $40 for premier. This is a 21+ show.
November 3 Sunday: Four Shillings Short plays the New Deal Cafe. Four Shillings Short play Celtic, folk and world music. Show is 7 to 9.
November 4 Monday: Superchunk; plays the Birchmere. Superchunk is an indie rock band. They will be playing their 1994 album Foolish. ; Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $29.50.
November 7 Thursday: Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar play City Winery. Sonny Landreth plays slide guitar. Cindy Cashdollar plays lap slide guitar. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets range from $22 to $30.
November 8 Friday: Black Lung plays The Crown with Queen Elephantine and Darsombra. Black Lung plays heavy blues and psych rock. Queen Elephantine plays psychedelic doom. Darsombra plays trans-apocalyptic galaxy rock.
November 8 Friday: Michael Franti and Spearhead play the Fillmore. Michael Franti mixes hip hop with funk, reggae and jazz. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $36.
November 8-10 Friday through Sunday: Crack the Sky plays Rams Head On Stage. Crack the Sky plays prog rock. On Friday and Saturdy doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Sunday matinee, doors open at noon show is at 1. Tickets are $39.50.
November 9 Saturday: Billy Strings plays the 9:30 Club. Billy Strings plays bluegrass. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $20.
November 9 Saturday: Brandon "Taz" Niederauer plays Gypsy Sally's. Brandon "Taz" Niederauer is a great guitar player. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
November 9 Saturday: Black Violin plays the Meyerhoff. Black Violin is two violin players and a drummer playing a blend of classical and hip-hop music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $58.50.
November 9 Saturday: Leo Kottke plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Leo Kottke is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $32.
November 9 Saturday: Hard Swimmin' Fish play New Deal Cafe. Hard Swimmin' Fish play early American roots music. Show is from 8:30 to 11:30.
November 10 Sunday: Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band plays Rams Head On Stage with Dom Flemons and JD Wilkes. Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band play country blues. Dom Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. JD Wilkes plays Southern gothic and psychobilly. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $29.50.
November 10 Sunday: Black Tusk plays Metro Gallery with Child Bite and Yatra. Black Tusk plays sludge metal. Child Bite is an American rock/punk/metal band. Yatra plays doom. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $12.
November 10 Sunday: Djesben plays New Deal Cafe. Djesben is a trio of multi-instrumentalists influenced by music from around the globe.
November 12 Tuesday: Genticorum plays a Institute of Musical Traditions show at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church. Genticorum plays traditional Quebecois music. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. St. Mark Presbyterian Church is located at 10701 Old Georgetown Road in Rockville, Maryland.
November 12 Tuesday: Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar play Rams Head On Stage. Sonny Landreth plays slide guitar. Cindy Cashdollar plays lap slide guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35.
November 13 Wednesday: Yonder Mountain String Band plays the 8X10. Yonder Mountain String Band plays bluegrass. Doors open at 7.
November 13 Wednesday: North Mississippi Allstars play Hamilton Live. North Mississippi Allstars play rocked up hill country blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for standing, $30 for seated. This is an all ages show.
November 14 Thursday: Kikagaku Moyo plays the Ottobar with Minami Deutsch and more tba. Kikagaku Moyo is a Japanese psychedelic band. Minami Deutsch plays Krautrock. Doors opem at 8, show is at 9 and will end at 2. Alas.
November 14 Thursday: Mandolin Orange plays Lincoln Theatre with Sunny War. Mandolin Orange is an Americana and folk duo. Sunny War is a folk-punk musician. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35.
November 15 Friday: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play Hamilon Live. Frank Solivan plays bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $17.25 for standing, $25.50 for seated, $39.75 for better seats.
November 15 Friday: Monolord plays Metro Gallery with Blackwater Holylight and Alms;. Monolord plays doom metal. Blackwater Holylight plays doom rock. Alms plays doom metal. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show.
November 16 Saturday: Jimbo Mathus plays City Winery. Jimbo Mathus will play songs from his album "Incinerator," primarily acoustic songs that explore the roots of roots and country music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of show.
November 16 Saturday: Yonder Mountain String Band plays Hamilton Live. Yonder Mountain String Band plays bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $29.50 for standing, $35 for seated.
November 16 Saturday: Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys play Pearl Street Warehouse. Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys play Western swing and country boogie. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is a 21+ show.
November 16 Saturday: Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play New Deal Cafe. Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play blues. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
November 16 Saturday: Amjad Ali Khan plays 6th & I. Amjad Ali Khan Bangash is an Indian classical sarod player, best known for his clear and fast ekhara taans. Show is at 8. Tickets are $40.
November 16 Saturday: Los Lobos play Gordon Center. Los Lobos plays Latin roots rock. Show is at 8. Tickets are $55 to $80. The Gordon Center is located at 506 Gwynnbrook Avenue in Owings Mills, Maryland.
November 17 Sunday: Bumper Jacksons play AMP by Strathmore. Bumper Jacksons play roots jazz, country swing and street blues. Doors open at 6:30, doors open at 8. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $26 for reserved.
November 18 Monday: Dinosaur, Jr plays Baltimore Soundstage with Easy Action. Dinosaur, Jr. plays rock. Easy action plays Detroit rock with a raw punk edge. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.80.
November 20 Wednesday: Rising Appalachia plays Hamilton Live. Rising Appalachia play folk influenced by world music and their Southern roots. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for standing, $30 for seated. This is an all ages show.
November 20 Wednesday: Sierra Hull and Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan. Sierra Hull plays mandolin. Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan play banjo and fiddle. All are very good at what they do. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $35.
November 21 Thursday: Titus Andronicus plays the Black Cat. Titus Andronicus plays punk. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
November 22 Friday: Lettuce plays the Anthem with Antibalas and Ghost-Note. Lettuce plays funk. Antibalas plays Afrobeat and funk. Ghost-Note plays funk. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $41 for general admission, $61 for a seat.
November 24 Sunday: Moon Hooch plays the 8X10. Moon Hooch is a dance oriented sax and drum band.
November 24 Sunday: Naked Jungle plays New Deal Cafe. Naked Jungle is a three piece instrumental band featuring drums, bass and percussion with a world music sound. Show is 7 to 9.
December 2 Monday: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play The Music Center at Strathmore. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play jazz. With banjo. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 to $75.
December 3 Tuesday: Amigo the Devil plays Baltimore Soundstage with King Dude and Twin Temple. Amigo the Devil plays murderfolk. King Dude plays dark folk. Twin Temple is a Satanic doo-wop band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $17.60.
December 3 Tuesday: Chon plays the Fillmore with Between the Buried and Me and Intervals. Chon plays progressive and math rock. Between the Buried and Me plays progressive metal. Intervals also plays progressive metal. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $27.50.
December 7 Saturday: Compression plays Orion with Snakefeast. Compression plays alt metal. Snakefeast plays progressive metal.
December 10 Tuesday: Squirrel Nut Zippers play Rams Head On Stage. Squirrel Nut Zippers are a swing revival band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets on sale July 30 at noon.
December 12-13 Thursday-Friday: Los Lobos plays City Winery. Los Lobos plays Latin roots rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $60 to $75.
December 13 Friday: Cold Hard Cash plays the New Deal Cafe. Cold Hard Cash plays the music of Johnny Cash and similar things. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
December 15 Sunday: Reverend Horton Heat plays the Black Cat with The Voodoo Glow Skulls, The 5,6,7,8's and a special appearance by Dave Alvin. Reverend Horton Heat plays psychobilly. The Voodoo Glow Skulls play ska punk. The 5,6,7,8's are a Japanese rock trio. Dave Alvin is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.
December 18 Wednesday: Bouncing Souls play Fillmore with The Bronx, Off With Their Heads and Bar Stool Preachers. Bouncing Souls play pop punk. The Bronx plays punk. As do Off With Their Heads. Bar Stool Preachers play ska infused street punk. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $27.50.
December 29 Sunday: David Wax Museum plays Union Stage. David Wax Museum plays roots rock. I think this is a full band show.
January 11 Saturday: The Dead South play Fillmore. Dead South plays folk and bluegrass. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
January 15 Friday: 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 $59.50.
January 16 Saturday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the Birchmere. Show is at 7:30. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a swing revival band. Tickets are $49.50.
February 8 Saturday: California Guitar Trio plays Rams Head On Stage with Montreal Guitar Trio. California Guitar Trio is an acoustic guitar trio with guitarists who met while studying with Robert Fripp. Montreal Guitar Trio is a guitar trio. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
February 9 Sunday: Blue Oyster Cult plays the Birchmere. Blue Oyster Cult is a hard rock band formed in 1967. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $59.50.
February 15 Saturday: Wild Anacostias play New Deal Cafe. Wild Anacostias play cajun, zydeco and R&B. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
March 15 Sunday: The High Kings will probably play Rams Head On Stage. The High Kings are an Irish folk group. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
April 9 Thursday: Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini play the Mansion at Strathmore. Cressman is established as a phenomenal trombonist, jazz vocalist and songwriter. Faquini "writes astonishingly sophisticated Brazilian pop music" and is known for his unique compositional style on the guitar. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30.
April 22 Wednesday: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play Gordon Center. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play banjo. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $40 to $60 in advance and $10 more day of show. Gordon Center is located at 506 Gwynnbrook Avenue in Owings Mills, Maryland.
May 8 Friday: Mary Halvorson plays two shows at MilkBoy ArtHouse. Mary Halvorson is an avant-garde jazz guitarist. Shows are at 7 and 9. Tickets are $25.
AMP by Strathmore (pronounced "amp") is a new venue in North Bethesda (pronounced "Rockville"). Seating depends on the show, and it can seat up to 240 guests seated at tables, or up to 350 standing. There is also an attached lounge area with bar. It has a fair sized stage. The ticket office opens 120 minutes before a concert for in person purchases, and remains open until 30 minutes after the start of the show. Food a bit on the fancy end and not cheap. Amp is located at 11810 Grand Park Avenue, Suite 400, North Bethesda, MD 20852. (On the 4th floor, above iPic). Parking is available, but the immediately available parking is tight. It is also close to Metro?s red line at the White Flint stop. And there is valet service at the Pike & Rose.
An Die Musik is a classical, jazz and world music venue. Located on the second floor of a classical music record store, it seats 100 or so in comfy chairs that would appear to have been obtained from the remodeling of a nice, but rather stodgy hotel. A small bar serves beer, wine, juice and water at reasonable prices. An Die Musikis located at 409 North Charles Street, Second Floor, in Baltimore, Maryland 410-385-2638.
The Anthem is a gigantic new venue on the Wharf in Southwest DC. It is a short persons dream as there are tons of places where you can see everything on stage. Plenty of bars. And water is available at the bars or from water fountains/refill stations around the venue. They also have a Vigilante coffee stand on the second floor. Food, on the other hand, was more trouble than it was worth, at least when I tried it. The process of getting people into the venue also needs to be ironed out, but they are new. The Anthem is a cash free venue - you need some form of plastic for everything but merch. Finally, parking is there, but most of it is rather expensive.
Atlas Brewing is a brewery. As such it is a big cavernous building with a bar some tables, some more tables outside, and a brewing area. The beer is great. As for food, sometimes there are tacos, and you can bring your own or order food delivered. Shows are in the brewing area, which means even less temperature control than in the rest of the building. Atlas Brewing is located at 2052 West Virginia Avenue in Northeast DC.
Atlas Performing Arts Center is an arts center located in the Atlas District in Northeast DC. It has multiple theaters - The Lang Theater, which holds 262 people, the Sprenger Theater, which holds between 100 and 280 people, depending on how it is set up, Lab Theater I which holds 40 to 80 people, and Lab Theater II, which holds 60 to 90 people. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H Street in Northeast DC.
The Baltimore Soundstage is a fair size venue near Power Plant Live. Actual amount of the space used varies per show, but it can apparently hold up to 1,000 for an all standing show. Seating also varies, with most shows having some seating available on a first come, first service basis. Other shows are seated only, limiting capacity to 500. Some are standing only. They have a decent beer selection, and food in baskets. The box office is open 1 hour before doors for any show and has normal box office hours. Sunday and Monday closed unless there is a show or event Wednesdays 9am to 5 pm Thursday-Saturday noon-5pm Phone Orders 410-244-0057 same as box office hours. Garage over top of the venue (get ticket validated for rebate). Can also use Pier V, which is usually cheaper. (Need validation for that one also). Baltimore Sound Stage is located at 124 Market Place in Baltimore.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club used to be Bethesda Cinema and Drafthouse. There is seating for 300 in the two level dining area and for 200 more in the theatre seats in back. There is a also a bar in lobby but it has no view of the stage. For dance shows they take out the lower half the dining space and make it a dance floor. Sometimes tickets are for reserved seats and sometimes not. The theater seats are always preassigned. There is a $10 minimum in the dining area. They "suggest business casual." There is a 340-car public parking garage right around the corner on Cheltenham Drive. Parking is $0.80/hr. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. 240-330-4500.
The Birchmere is the latest and largest incarnation of the same club that has been with us for years. Most shows are in the concert hall, but some are in the bandstand, which has a dance floor, but less seating. Most recently, they have started using the "Flex Stage" in the bandstand. It is at the far end of the hall and there is no seating at all. Food is served in the Music Hall, or was the night I was there. The Club has strict rules about being seated and quiet during concert hall shows and enforces them. The rules are slacker in the bandstand, which is also available if you need to talk or smoke during a show in the concert hall. If you arrive before the concert hall doors open they hand out numbers for a place in line if they like you or ignore you if they don't, but I assume they'll give you one if you demand it. It is adviseable to get there before the concert hall doors open in order to get the best seats, especially if you have a group that wants to sit together. The Birchmere opens at 5, the doors to the concert hall open at 6 and most shows start at 7:30. Food is passable bar food, but steep, and the beer selection is good. Tickets are available through Ticket Master, or with a $3 service charge from the box office, which is open from 5 to 9 on show nights. The Birchmere is located at 3701 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. 703-549-7500.
The Black Cat gets rated the place in DC that the bands most like to play and the good vibes hang over for the audience. A very easy venue to get along with. Historically shows have started late, but they have recently announced that they will be scheduling shows earlier during the week, so people can make it to the subway before it closes. On Fridays and Saturdays, however, they do not close until 3. The new location has a concert hall upstairs, and a smaller performance space and a cafe with decent food downstairs. The smaller performance space, the Backstage, has woefully inadequate air conditioning. The Black Cat is located at 1811 14th Street NW. 202-667-7960. Tickets available from Ticket Alternative through the Black Cat web site, or without service charge from the box office, which is open from 8 to midnight. The Black Cat says that it is an all ages venue, but it actually requires parental permission for anyone under 18.
Black Rock Center for the Arts is an arts center with a nice little theatre in which they have music and other performances. I would say it holds about 220 people. They sell beer and wine. Black Rock Arts Center is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, Maryland. 301-528-2260.
Blues Alley is 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.
City Winery is exactly what it sounds like. There is a restaurant and tasting area on the first floor, a large venue on the second floor, and a less formal smaller venue on the third floor. The food and alcohol menu is the same on all three floors. Obviously they have a lot of wine, but they also have a few well-chosen beers. Neither food nor wine and beer are inexpensive. The second floor has a stage midway down the side, tables the length of the room and stools at the bar along the other side. All seats are reserved. The upstairs bar is very long and has a low stage at one end. There are high tables at the bar area on one side and long tables going the length of the room with a dance area between them and the stage. There is valet parking at the venue, $8 parking in a garage a block or so away and street parking. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC. (202) 250-2531.
Club 603 is a private home that hosts house shows. It is very nice, holds up to about 50, and many shows sell out. Many people bring beer, wine and food to share. Information about the location will be provided to you if and when you buy a ticket.
Comet Ping Pong is a pizza and ping pong place run by the same folks who run Buck's Fishing and Camping two doors down. For shows they clear the ping pong tables out of the back room, which is about the right size for three ping pong tables (i.e., not very large) and rather spare. The stage, which otherwise holds the third ping pong table, is about 6 inches high. Kitchen is open until 9 Sunday through Wednesday, 9:30 on Thursday, and until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday. Shows start late, usually around 10. They have a great beer selection and pretty good pizza. Comet Ping Pong is located at 5037 Connecticut Avenue in Northwest DC. 202-364-0404.
DAR Constitution Hall is a concert hall owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is a rather large hall and the sound quality at some of the seats up on the sides is really bad. There are usually bars in the lobby, but you cannot take a drink to your seat, with the result that the lobby is incredibly crowded before the show and during intermission. The web site claims that light fare is served at all events, but they must have hidden it well. Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster unless the promoter has made other arrangements. There is no box office. Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D Street in Northwest DC.
Dew Drop Inn is a classic dive, at least downstairs. I haven't been upstairs, but it apparently has food. Downstairs stage is on the floor opposite the bar. It doesn't have a wide beer selection, but there is good beer to be had. The building looks like a closed up warehouse and it is right next to a busy railroad track (which you cannot hear while the music is playing). There is tons of street parking. Dewdrop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street in Northeast DC. 202-791-0909
DC Nine is where Asylum used to be. Music is upstairs, which has been rearranged to fit it better than it used to although the stage is still tiny, and about six inches high. There is a bar, with a passable beer selection and a few places to sit. DC Nine opens at 7 Thursday though Saturday and at 8 the rest of the week. They post times for venue doors and shows. The doors simply do not open at that time. Show times are generally within 30 minutes of what is posted. Tickets are available through their web site or Ticket Alternative at 1-877-725-8849. Some shows are 18+, the rest 21+. DC Nine is located at 1940 9th Street in Northwest DC. 202.483.5000.
Echostage is enormous. (30,000 square feet. I have seen capacity numbers from 2000 to 6000). It is a huge room with a floor leading up to the stage and balconies across the back and partly up both sides. The back balcony is really too far from the stage to be useful, though I suppose it is better than being on the floor that far back. The crowd dynamics are about what you would expect for a space that large full of people who are all trying to see the same stage, and the fact that the stage is too low for a room that size does not help. At least parts of the balcony are blocked off for VIP. The beer selection is terrible (and apparently expensive). There is no food at least not down with the hoi polloi. Located at 2135 Queens Chapel Road in Northeast DC. There is pay parking nearby of varying prices, but nonpay parking is sketchy.
The 8X10 has resumed its former name and apparently has new ownership and booking staff. The renovation from the original Eight by Ten eliminated the middle wall, moved the stage to the middle and made it larger, added a balcony that goes down both sides and across the back and added new, vastly better, bathrooms. They have a good beer selection, but no food on site. The dance floor is spring-loaded: serious structral paranoids will stand directly in the center. All shows are 18+. Those under 21 pay $3 extra at the door. Tickets available from the box office for very reasonable fees from 11 am to 11 pm, and for unreasonable fees from Ticketmaster. The address is 8 and 10 East Cross Street in Federal Hill across from the Cross Street Market. 410-625-2000.
Fillmore Silver Spring is one of a chain of Live Nation Fillmore's across the country. You would think a chain would have some institutional knowledge about how to run a venue, but I am afraid you would be wrong. It is generally an all standing venue and theoretically holds 2000 people on the floor and in a balcony with multiple risers. But while they claim standing only, they have installed two rows of seats in the side balcony, reducing their capacity and overcrowding the floor for sold out shows. I have seen them charge extra on the spot for those seats, but the other night any that they weren't using for promotions were available on a first come first serve basis. Risers above the first provide no view at all for many people. Also they tend to keep the lights low before the show and during breaks - so low that it is difficult to see to meet up with your friends. For reasons that aren't clear announced times are often wrong. In fact, they have to be wrong, as they often do not match between their web site, facebook, and their recorded phone message. Box office hours are Monday through Friday noon to 6, Saturday 11 to 4. Box office tickets carry a $1 service charge. Tickets also available through live nation. The Fillmore is located at 8656 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. 301-960-9999.
Fort Reno Park is, for all intents and purposes, a big field on Chesapeake Street between Nebraska and Wisconsin Avenues near the Tenleytown Metro. Shows are from 7 to 9:30 and are free though donations are always welcome. No glass, alcohol, or drugs are allowed.
49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery is a restaurant located at 49 West Street in Annapolis. They have music in their back room and also serve food and beverages back there. The food is good, and not unreasonably priced for Annapolis. An extremely civilized place to see a show. 410-626-9796.
Galaxy Hut is an incredibly tiny place (the capacity sign says 48) located at 2711 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro. They generally have shows only on Sunday and Monday. They have a good beer selection. Most shows are $5. They also serve food, mostly off the grill and all of it available in vegan form. 202-333-3114.
Golden West is a restaurant on The Avenue is Hampden. Being a restaurant is an advantage in that one can show up early and get real food, and a disadvantage in that moving out the tables and setting up the bands after the kitchen closes means that they will not often make their announced starting time of 10 pm. The night I was there it was almost 11, and ended at 1:30 am, making a bit tough for those of us with day jobs. Stage is low and in front in the dining room, while there is a bar, from which one can hear, but probably not see, in back. Sound is not bad. Golden West Cafe is located at 1105 West 36th Street in Baltimore, Maryland.
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.
Hell's Bottom is a VFW Post, with a bar, cheap beer (with some for the beer snobs), and a stage area that is only slightly higher than the rest of the room. It is fairly laid back. Hell's Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Hill Country Barbecue is a large barbecue place. Shows are either in the downstairs "Boot Bar," which has a long bar across the back, a roomful of long tables and a small low stage opposite the bar, or outside, which I have not yet seen. No dance floor downstairs but there is some space. Lots of the shows are free, including some you would not expect. They appear to have the full menu downstairs, Shiner on tap, and some decent beers in bottles. They are going cashless, if they are not already. Parking not too bad when there is nothing at Verizon, but prepare to pay, or subway, when there is. When I was there the show started two minutes early and there were two long sets. Located at 410 7th Street in Northwest DC. 202-556-2050.
The Howard Theatre is a recently renovated historic theater. It holds 600 people for seated shows, 1,000 for standing shows. Whatever it says on the ticket, there is always some seating, and sometimes significantly more than "standing room only" would indicate. They have a full menu for some shows, snacks for others, and a full bar. Seats come with a $10 minimum. Balcony seating is now all tables. Tickets are available from the box office (noon to 5 or later Tuesday to Sunday) or through TicketMaster. The Howard Theatre is located at 620 T. Street in Northwest DC. Parking is available on the street, in a lot on the corner of 7th and T, and there is valet parking as well. Some or all of the parking can be purchased in advance. And parking on the street is possible. Box office is 202-803-2899.
Jammin' Java is a coffeehouse and bar located in Vienna, Virginia. It seats maybe 100 for seated shows, and holds up to 200 for shows with less seating. You can now pick some seating in advance when purchasing tickets. But if you buy general admission for a show with less seating, you might want to arrive early. They have a fair and reasonably priced selection of beer, and serve food in baskets. They are all ages all the time. Jammin' Java closes at midnight during the week, and at 2 am on Friday and Saturday. The address is 227 Maple Ave East, in Vienna, Virginia. 703-255-1566.
The Lincoln Theatre is a remodeled old theater with seating left in place. Mostly floor, slanted as it should be, but also side boxes and a shallow balcony. The venue is generally all ages. Pretty Limited beer and wine selection in the lobby, don't know about the upstairs bar. It is located at 1215 U Street in Northwest DC. 202-888-0500. Tickets available through TicketFly, the box office (open noon to start of headliner on show days), and the 9:30 and Merriweather Post box offices.
Lisner Auditorium is a concert hall on the campus of George Washington University. It is theater seating, and it is small enough that none of the seats are really bad. There is usually a small bar, and they sell very limited snacks, candy bars mostly. Tickets are available from the box office and from Ticketmaster. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday 11 through 5. It does not accept credit cards. It is also open starting approximately 60 to 90 minutes before each performance. There is a $1 per ticket service charge at the box office. Lisner Auditorium is located at 730 21st Street in Northwest DC. 202-994-6800.
Madam's Organ is a small venue located at 2461 18th Street NW, in Adam's Morgan. Had always thought of it as kind of cozy, but went recently and I had to stand in line for about 20 minutes to get in, and there was a DJ upstairs and the foot traffic for that made the experience like trying to dance in a crowded hall way. Go see the mural that has the neighborhood up in arms. She doesn't look topless to me, but what do I know? 202-667-5370.
Merriweather Post Pavilion is a classic pavilion-- 5,200 reserved seats in front, lawn for 10,000 in back, that is definitely showing its age. The lawn is so steep that at times it is dangerous, and yet so badly designed that when everyone on the lawn stands up none of the short people can see. They sell lousy beer and worse wine inside, but occasionally have one stand with Starr Hill. No outside food or drink other than sealed bottles of water is allowed. After years of being run by Clear Channel, the Pavilion is now run by IMP, which appears to be an improvement. Doors open 1 and 1/2 hours before show time. In Columbia, just drive up 95 or over on 175 and get in the traffic jam. The parking lots open at 5 for most shows. The price of parking is included in the ticket. However, it is now necessary to reserve your parking when you buy your ticket. (Not sure what you do if you don't buy a ticket in advance. Parking is by zones, and available parking varies by show. I predict a mess. Tickets are available through Ticket Master and from the box office on show days. 410-715-5550.
Metro Gallery is a classic Baltimore venue that used to be two places and has the support posts down the middle to prove it. Stage is in the front to the left, and bar is in the back on the left, with the right devoted to art and plumbing. The stage is about 2 and a half feet high, 15 feet long and about 12 feet deep. Bar has an excellent selection of beer and wine and is open from 6 pm to 2 am. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. Tickets available online, or at Metro Gallery on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm every week with no serrvice charges.Metro Gallery is located at 1700 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge has a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, a venue with bar on the second floor, and a lounge and dining area on the roof. The venue itself is on the small side, and about a third of it is a slightly raised stage. Other than a bench or so there is no seating/ The bar is outside the venue proper. Metropolitan is located at 169 West Street in Annapolis. 410-280-5160.
MilkBoy ArtHouse is a restaurant, bar and performance venue located in College Park. There is a large venue upstairs that is accessible by stairs and elevator and smaller one downstairs. Food and alcohol is available and you can substitute deep fried brussels sprouts for your French fries. Most shows are general admission with a mixture of standing room and seating. Age limits vary by show. Upstairs the stage is at the far end of a long narrow room and is about a foot high. The downstairs venue is not as long as the upstairs and the stage is smaller and about 8 inches high, but the room is just as wide. MilkBoy ArtHouse is located at 7416 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland. There is plenty of cheap parking in the area.
Millennium Stage is the venue for the daily free show at the Kennedy center. The shows are held at one of two stages at either end of the Grand Foyer every single day of the year at 6 pm and are free. There is a happy hour from 5 to 6 at the Grand Foyer bars near the performance, and, unlike anywhere else in the Kennedy Center, you can take your drink and food (such as it is) to your seat. It is worth showing up a bit early if you would like an actual seat. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street in Northwest DC.
Montpelier Arts Center has numerous music series each year, including jazz and classical. The shows are held in the main gallery, which holds a few hundred people. No alcohol is served, but they have punch and cookies at intermission. Tickets are sold by season or by ticket. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Road off Route 197 in Laurel, Maryland. Their phone number is 301-377-7800.
New Deal Cafe is a cafe located in Old Greenbelt at 113 Centerway. It has a comfortable coffee room in front, and a larger, but still relatively small, concert space in back. Food is Lebanese, the beer and wine selection is good. The Atmosphere is excellent. There is almost never a charge to get in, but bring some $$ for the band. 301-474-5642.
The 9:30 used to be a too cool for its own good club over on F Street with the singular claim to having a stage located in a place where almost no-one in the club could see it. The move to the old WUST hall at 815 V Street NW is an improvement both in livability and in attitude, but don't expect down home friendliness. All shows are all ages. An IMP venue. Doors open at 7:30 during the week, 9 on Fridays and 7 on Saturdays. Show times vary depending on the number of bands and can be found on their web site. The food is actually quite edible. Capacity is about 1,200. Tickets are available from Ticketfly.com, or from the box office, which is open from noon to 7 on week nights, but until 11 if there is a show, and 6-11 on saturday and sunday. The 9:30 number is 202-393-0930
Jiffy Lube Pavilion is a large outdoor pavilion out near Manassas run by Live Nation. Pavilion seating is plentiful and the lawn seating is pleasant and actually allows you to see and hear the show. They serve outrageously expensive beer and equally expensive food, and limit carry ins to one sealed water bottle. Remember to bring that bottle, because their water is literally not potable. They allow you to bring in a blanket, and will rent you an "appropriate" chair. Shows start at 8 unless otherwise specified. The box office is open from noon to intermission on show days. Tickets are also available from Live Nation. Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and there are not really any other options. Traffic and parking management are so bad that there have been shows where some people never made it in. They don't particularly seem to care, and they certainly don't refund your money if it happens to you. Be warned that it can also sometimes take hours to get out of the lot. Take I-66 to exit 43B or 44 and follow the signs from there. 703-754-6400.
Old Bowie Town Grille is a full service restaurant that has shows in its upstairs seating area. There is seating at tables and the bar, some dance room in front of the stage and some standing room in back. Many shows are free (though you should tip the band) and none are expensive. Reservations are necessary for some shows. Parking is available in lots and on the street. Old Bowie Town Grille is located at 8604 Chestnut Avenue in Bowie, Maryland. 301-464-8800.
Oregon Ridge is a State Park located north of Baltimore off of I-83 at 13401 Beaver Dam Road. Is basically a stage at the bottom of a long hill with woods on each side of the slope. Food and beer depend on who is producing. The park does not allow you to bring in either bottles or cans, but does allow coolers. The box office is open only on the day of events. To get there take I-695 to I-83 North and take exit 20B to the Park, or take exit 20A to free parking and a shuttle at Hunt Valley Mall. Their web site says that you need to pay for parking in advance in order to park at the Park but this depends on the promoter, as does the availability of the shuttle. For information call 410-539-5474.
Orion Sound has a small studio where they host music occasionally. As you would imagine, the sound is excellent. Lately they have been supplying chairs, and sometimes people bring food. It is pretty much BYOB. All shows are all ages.
Ottobar is now in the old Club Midnite at 2549 North Howard Street in Baltimore. It is much roomier than the old one, has a real stage, and it is easy to get to the bathrooms. Other than that, the same spirit is in effect, and there is still no food. Most shows are 18 and over. The doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10 unless other times apply. There are also shows upstairs on occasion, but it is a much smaller, much lower stage. Tickets are often available through Mission Tix and also from the upstairs bar. 410-662-0069.
The Patterson is a venue operated by the Creative Alliance. It has all sorts of exhibits and activities in addition to shows. The performance space is set up according to the needs of each performance and may have more or less seating, standing or dancing space. Capacity for performances ranges from 210 to 250. Beverages are available. Tickets can be bought at the box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 7 or online. The galleries are free so take a look while you are there. The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore. Street parking is relatively easy to find.
Pearl Street Warehouse is located on the Wharf at 33 Pearl Street in Southwest DC. It has a capacity of between 150 and 300 people depending on whether it is seated, standing, or some combination of the two. They serve food and alcohol. Shows are 21+ unless otherwise specified. Tickets are available online through TicketFly, by phone at 1877.4fly.tix, and at the box office. The box office has a flat $1 service charge. Unlike other Wharf venues, it accepts cash. Parking is generally available, but often expensive. It offers classic diner food, opening for breakfast at 8:30 am and staying open until close. It is closed on Monday.
MECU Pavilion is a small concert pavilion located on the Inner Harbor off of President Street, which is on the right after you pass Harborplace and the National Aquarium. While pavilion is relatively small, the lawn is even smaller. (If you think of your own lawn you may not be far off). They 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. Most shows are 21+, the exception being occasional weekend matinees. Tickets are available from the Ramshead, in person, by phone, or from their website. They are also available from Ticket Fly. You should be aware that the Ramshead's posted prices do not include an additional 10% tax that they say is imposed by the State and the City of Annapolis. Have never run into that elsewhere. The box office number is 410-268-5111. The Ramshead is located at 33 West Street in Annapolis. 301-261-1118/410-268-4545
The Ramshead Live was an offshoot of Rams Head Tavern has changed ownership and management. It holds about 1500 people in three levels and has screens thoughout the venue for areas without a full view of the stage. There is some seating. Since the restaurant closed, food is of the stadium variety. Rams Head Live is the world of hidden costs - Tickets listed as $18 at the door cost me $21.40, the coat check was $3, and beer, while not outrageous, was a bit high for Baltimore. Also, the new management charges for water. Rams Head Live is located at 20 Market Place in Baltimore. 410-244-1131.
Rhizome DC is a nonprofit community arts space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. Among the arts, of course, is music. Shows are usually held on the main floor of the house, and there is usually seating. There is generally a $10 suggested donation. Parking is available on site and nearby.
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.
Slash Run is classic burger joint with vegan options and a good beer selection. It has booths in front and a raised area with a bar in back. Bands play on the floor in the front window. The only bathroom I found was a one - holer, but there may be more. Parking in the neighborhood is residential parking until 8:30 and is rather scarce. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC. (202) 838-9929.
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe has a cafe and bistro upstairs and a music hall downstairs. Most of the music is in the basement, which is a fair size room (standing room capacity 200) with a somewhat raised stage and its own bar. It might have chairs and tables depending on the event and expected attendance. The record store cafe and the bistro are upstairs and have permanent seating. Food is available upstairs and if you order it upstairs they will bring it downstairs for you, at least at shows that have tables. Advance tickets are available though their website and ticketfly.com. There is also a ticket booth where tickets are available 30 minutes before the show. The ticket booth takes only cash. Songbyrd is located at 2475 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-450-2917.
The Soundry is a new Clyde's venue in Columbia. It has counter seating, regular height tables, and elevated tables as well as standing room in front of the stage. The distribution of these may vary by show. Age limit varies by event. The stage is about 2 and half feet high, 20 feet wide and about 12 deep. The Soundry can hold up to 250 people. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
The Spanish Ballroom is architecturally not unlike a high school cafeteria, but with more interesting trim and a much better floor. It is all about dance floor and music there is virtually always for a dance. It is alcohol and smoke free, and any food and drink that are available are not permitted on the dance floor - which is most of the venue (7,500 square feet). For information on what is happening at the ballroom, see Dancing in the Park. The Spanish Ballroom is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. 301-492-6282.
The State Theatre is a venue in an old movie theater in Falls Church. The downstairs goes up in four levels with seating on the back three (though that may vary) and the balcony retains the theater seating in back, and wings have been added on the side. Total capacity is 800 for shows with some seating, 900 when all standing, but that may not include the added balcony space. The stage is actually visible from almost anywhere, even if you are as short as I am. And the sound is excellent. They have a somewhat limited menu, but serve real food, not just snacks. Most, if not all shows are 18+ and there is a $3 tax if you are under 21. Tickets are available from the box office and online from the State Theatre's web site. Box office hours are 12 to 5 Monday through Friday and 6:30 to 11:30 on show nights. The State Theatre is located at 220 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. 703-237-0300.
Strathmore is an historic mansion on an 11 acre lot belonging to Montgomery County. Music and arts presentations take place in the mansion, on the grounds, and in the 1976 seat Music Center at Strathmore, a state of the are concert hall. The Mansion is about you would expect a mansion to be, and has a bar across the hall from the the music area. They might sell some chips, but that is about it. It seats up to 110 people for concerts. The Music Center has actual food prior to the show, and beer and wine before the show and during intermission, but it is obscenely expensive. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage off of Tuckerman Lane, and is free for ticketed events. The Mansion is located at 10701 Rockville Pike in Rockville, and has its own parking. Not sure how the lawn works. 301-581-5200.
Union Stage is locate on the Wharf at 740 Water Street in Southwest DC. There is a tap room on the ground level that opens at 5. The venue is downstairs and holds 450 standing or 225 for seated shows. There is an elevator as well as stairs to get to the venue. Beer and pizza are sold on both floors. "Premium" seating is available at some shows, but in some cases it is further away than any of the standing. Union Stage is an all ages venue. Parking is available, but not inexpensive.
U Street Music Hall is a basic basement venue, in fact it is pretty much a cave. There are things to like about it - it is simple, the sound is good, in fact, it has been ranked one of the best sound systems in the country, the dance floor is cork cushioned, and the atmosphere is fairly mellow. It has classic black walls, two bars, and is fairly deep and wide enough. The beer selection is passable, and they have a large selection of liquor. Wine is limited to champagne in a can and there is no food. My major complaint is that the stage is less than three feet off the ground, so if you are very far back at all (and as short as I am), you are not going to see much. Others might complain about the lack of chairs. There are stools at the bar in the stage area, and a couple of booths in the entryway with no view of the band, but that is it. U Street Music Hall is located at 1115 U Street in Northwest DC. The entrance is the only thing at street level, so it is easy to miss. Also, I have only been there for live music, so have no idea what it is like at other times.
The Velvet Lounge is a tiny club one block from the 9:30 Club at 915 U Street. Music is upstairs, and the cover is not usually more than $10. The lounge opens at 8pm or so and closes at 2am during the week, 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Music starts when it starts, which will probably not be before 9, but is usually by 10, at least during the week. Shows are 21+ unless they are not. 202-462-3213.
The Warner Theatre is a grand old theatre located at 513 13th Street in Northwest DC. It seats 1847, slightly over half on the floor, the rest in balconies and boxes. Lately they are apparently starting to look for renovation money, as they are having a lot of comedy and music. They serve alcohol, and let you bring it to your seat, but the prices are steep and the lines are long. Don't show up hungry. Tickets are available at the box office or through TicketMaster. The Warner is now a Live Nation venue. The phone number is 202-783-4000.
Weinberg Center for the Arts is a converted theater in downtown Frederick that has movies, speakers and live shows. It has a total capacity of 1,147 - 739 in the orchestra, 116 in the mezzanine, 292 in the balcony. They serve beer and probably wine in the lobby. Weinberg Center is located at 20 West Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland. 301-600-2828.
TheWindup 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. Alas, the Windup Space is closing June 1, 2019. 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