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.
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June 22 Friday: Dustbowl Revival plays The Soundry with Lowland Hum. Dustbowl Revival plays Americana. Lowland Hum plays art folk. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
June 22 Friday: Chris Forsyth plays Rhizome DC with Sfyria Trio and Olive Tiger. Chris Forsyth is a guitarist and composer. Sfyria Trio is a free-improvising ensemble comprised of Sam Decker on tenor saxophone, Charlie Kirchen on bass and Matt Carroll on drums. Olive Tiger combines electronics with organic elements of chamber-pop. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
June 22 Friday: The Iguanas play Pearl Street Warehouse. The Iguanas play Chicano Rock, R&B, Conjunto, and various Latin styles. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.
June 23 Saturday: Big Sam's Funky Nation plays Hamilton Live with Bencoolen. Big Sam's Funky Nation combines funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop. Bencoolen plays rock, blues and funk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $19.75 for standing, $25.75 for seated. This is a 18+ show.
June 24 Sunday: David Brandon Lewis Trio plays Jazz in the Basement. The trio is James Brandon Lewis on tenor saxophone, Luke Stewart on bass and Warren Trae Crudup III on drums playing jazz. Show is at 2 to 4 in the afternoon. Arrive 15 minutes early. Jazz in the Basement will be held at the Goethe-Institut at 1990 K Street Suite 03 in Northwest DC. Entrance is on 20th Street between I and K
June 24 Sunday: James Brandon Lewis Trio plays Rhizome DC with TrpCrKng and Andy McLeod. The trio is James Brandon Lewis on tenor saxophone, Luke Stewart on bass and Warren Trae Crudup III on drums playing jazz. TrpCrKng is a member of the Qodesh Collective. Andy McLeod taught himself how to play finger style guitar in open tuning and experimented with mixing it with drones and psychedelic elements and in the process he got into clawhammer banjo. Show is at 8.
June 24 Sunday: Monophonics play the 8X10 with Backbeat Underground. Monophonics combine soul, funk and psychedelic rock. Backbeat Underground play soul, jazz and funk.
June 26 Tuesday: Thumbscrew plays The Patterson with Susan Alcorn. Thumbscrew is Mary Halvorsan on guitar, Michael Formanek on double bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums playing jazz. Susan Alcorn plays pedal steel guitar. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.
June 26 Tuesday: Jeb Bishop/Dan Ruccia play Rhizome DC with Jeremiah Cymerman and Bbob Drake/J Guy Laughlin. Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia are a trombone and viola duo. Jeremiah Cymerman is a a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist and recording engineer. Bbob Drake & J Guy Laughlin are known for exhilarating high energy sets of acrobatic percussion and truly alien sound design. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
June 27 Wednesday: Deaf Scene and Mountain Wolf share a June residency at 8X10. This one with special guest Consider the Source. Deaf Scene is an instrumental trio. Mountain Wolf is an electric groove rock trio. Consider the Source is progressive rock trio with hints of Middle Eastern music.
June 28 Thursday: Algiers plays the Black Cat backstage with Des Demonas. Algiers combines post punk and soul. Des Demonas play indie rock. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door.
June 29 Friday: The Pretenders play the Fillmore with All Mighty Senators. The Pretenders play rock. All Mighty Senators play rock and soul music. Show is at 8.
June 29 Friday: Jah Works plays the Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park. Jah Works play reggae. Show is from 7 to 9 and is free. Yards Park is located at 355 Water Street in Southeast DC.
June 30 Saturday: Black Masala plays The Soundry. Black Masala plays gypsy brass music. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
July 1 Sunday: Naked Jungle plays New Deal Cafe. Naked Jungle is an instrumental drums, bass and percussion trio. Show is 7 to 9.
July 2 Monday: Cobla Catalana del Sons Essencials plays the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. In Catalonia, a cobla is an 11-piece ensemble of both classical and traditional horns with a string bass that is known for accompanying the emblematic sardana dance. CCSE offers a new twist on this iconic ensemble form, adding hints of jazz and percussion instruments from around the world.
July 2 Monday: Hotel Neon plays Rhizome DC with Welch & Oshima. Hotel Neon is an ambient trio. Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima combine ambient guitar with free jazz influenced saxophone playing.
July 2 Monday: Void Omni plays The Depot with Isenordal and Mother Moon. Void Omnia plays black metal. Isenordal is a black funeral doom/dark folk project. Mother Moon plays atmospheric black metal.
July 3 Tuesday: Rare Essence plays Hamilton Live with Experience Unlimited featuring Sugar Bear. RE plays go go. EU plays go go and funk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $25 for standing, $35 for seated. This is a 21+ show.
July 5 Thursday: Lake Street Dive play Canton Waterfront Park with Andy Bopp, Van William, The Glorious Sons and more. Lake Street Dive plays Southern rock, soul, jazz and folk. Andy Bopp plays power pop. Van William plays folk. Glorious Sons play rock and roll. This is a WTMD First Thursday. Show is at 5:30 and is free. Canton Waterfront Park is located at 3001 Boston Street in Baltimore.
July 5 Thursday: Hard Swimmin' Fish play Hill Country Barbecue. Hard Swimmin' Fish play roots music including blues, jazz, funk and swing. Show is at 8:30. No cover.
July 6 Friday: Black Masala plays Jazz in the Garden. Black Masala plays gypsy brass music. Show is 5 to 8:30 and is free.
July 7 Saturday: Grex plays Rhizome with Heterodyne and Pagan Reagan. Grex is an art rock band. Heterodyne is an experimental improvisatonal project. Pagan Reagan plays space/psych rock. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
July 8 Sunday: Arto Tuncboyaciyan plays the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Arto Tuncboyaciyan is an avant garde folk artist.
July 8 Sunday: Che Chen/David Watson play an afternoon matinee at Rhizome with Phobodeimos and Echolalia. Che Chen and David Watson use amplified strings, reeds, electronics and bagpipes, setting sustained tones against discreet gestures, silence, and noise. Phobodeimos is a quartet playing clattering improvised drones featuring self-made instruments, sax, bowed strings, augmented guitar, found-object percussion and electronically processed flute. Echolalia is the experimental outfit of DMV staple Amber Leigh Dunleavy. Through the use of theremin and a rotating cast of sonic objects. Show is at 2.
July 8 Sunday: Deaf Scene plays Tsunami with Del Florida. Deaf Scene is a post rock trio. Del Florida plays neo soul tinged drem pop. Whether this show is at 7 or 10 or both is not clear. The show is free either way. This is a 21+ show. Tsunami is located at 51 West Street in Annapolis.
July 8 Sunday: Grex plays Galaxy Hut with Chester Hawkins. Grex is an art rock band. Chester Hawkins plays experimental music using electronics, tapes, acoustics, and modified objects.
July 9 Monday: Ion plays The Depot with The Osedax and Genevieve. Ion plays expermimental, psychedelic black metal. The Osedax plays doom metal. http://www.metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/unconventional-black-metal-freaks-genevieve-offer-up-an-early-stream-of-regressionismGenevieve plays black metal. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
July 10 Tuesday: Marisa Anderson plays Songbyrd. Marisa Anderson plays folk guitar with classical and West African influences. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
July 11 Wednesday: The Body plays backstage at the Black Cat with Big|Brave and Lingua Ignota. The Body is an extreme metal duo. Big|Brave plays experimental metal. Lingua Ignota is Kristin Hayter, a classically trained experimental musician. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
July 11 Wednesday: Howlin' Rain plays DC Nine with Mountain Movers. Howlin' Rain plays psychedelic blues rock. Mountain Movers play psychedelic rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $15.
July 11 Wednesday: Pavilion seats are sold out. 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 12 Thursday: John Ferrera and Seth Moutal Duo plays the 8X10 with You Bred Raptors? and Naked Jungle. The John Ferrara & Seth Moutal duo plays jazz on bass and percussion. You Bred Raptors plays post rock. Naked Jungle is an instrumental drums, bass and percussion trio. Doors open at 8.
July 12 Thursday: Brian Chase's Drums and Drones with Ursula Sherrer plays Rhizome with Evan Miller. Drums and Drones is the solo project of Brian Chase and is performed in conjunction with the stunning visuals of video artist Ursula Scherrer. Evan Miller is a percussionist and improviser. He works with percussion, found objects, cassette tapes, and field recordings to create music drawing equally from drone and free improvisation. Show is at 8. There is a suggested donation of $10.
July 12 Thursday: Mipso plays Rams Head On Stage. Mipso plays Americana. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $19.50.
July 12 Thursday: Alluvion plays The Depot with Machines of Living Death and The Destruct Principle. Show is at 7. Alluvion plays psych metal. Machines of Living Death play industrial metal. The Destruct Principle is blackened death metal complete with "Live Satanic Mass Rituals." The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
July 12 Thursday: Bombino plays Hamilton Live with Sahel. Bombino plays North African desert blues. Sahel plays genres of music from the African Diaspora including, Zouk (French Caribbean), Mbalax (Senegal), Samba (Brazil), Reggae (Jamaica) and Salsa (Cuba/latin diaspora). Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing $30 for seated. I have no explanation for how Sahel is playing this show and Veterans Park in the same day.
July 12 Thursday: Sahel plays Veterans Park in Bethesda. Sahel plays genres of music from the African Diaspora including, Zouk (French Caribbean), Mbalax (Senegal), Samba (Brazil), Reggae (Jamaica) and Salsa (Cuba/latin diaspora). Show is 6 to 8, and is free. Veteran's Park is at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues in Bethesda.
July 13 Friday: ÌFÉ plays the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. IFE is an electric ensemble from Puerto Rico.
July 13 Friday: plays Rhizome with Amirtha Kidambi and Jeff Surak. Lea Bertucci is a NYC based sound artist and composer. Adirtha Kidambi is a singer driven towards the performance and creation of exploratory musics. Jeff Surak has been active on the margins of irrational audio art for over 35 years as a composer, performer, improvisor, programmer, and curator. Show is at 8. There is a $10 suggested donation.
July 13 Friday: The Devon Allman Project plays Hamilton Live. Devon Allman Project plays blues rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $25 for seated, $39.75 for the good seats. Bear in mind that those good seats limit standers to the bars.
July 14 Saturday: Mountain Ride plays Union Stage along with a Right Proper Brewing Company tap takeover. Mountain Ride plays bluegrass. The tap room opens at 5 PM, show is at 7 and is free. Union Stage is located at 740 Water Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.
July 14 Saturday: Lightbeams play Comet Ping Pong with Luggage and Giant Peach. Lightbeams plays dance punk Luggage plays a fusion of minimalism, drone, and punk. Giant Peach plays punk. Show is at 10. Admission is $12. This is an all ages shows.
July 14 Saturday: Fractal Cat plays Quiet Waters Park. Fractal Cat plays psychedelic rock. Show is free and it is 6 to 8. Quiet Waters Park is located at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis.
July 15 Sunday: La Santa Cecilia plays the State Theatre. La Santa Cecilia is a Latin group that draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms from cumbia, bossa nova, rhumba, bolero, and tango as well as rock, soul, R&B, ska, jazz and klezmer. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 day of show.
July 15 Sunday: Eilen Jewell plays The Patterson. Eilen Jewell sings blues with a bit of country. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.
July 17 Tuesday: Kinky Friedman plays Rams Head On Stage. Kinky Friedman is a singer, songwriter and humorist. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.
July 17 Tuesday: Jonny Lang plays the State Theatre. Jonny Lang plays blues guitar. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $48.
July 18 Wednesday: Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play a concert by the lake in Columbia. Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play blues and R&B. Show is at 7:30. Concerts on the Lake are held at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
July 19 Thursday: This show is sold out. Japandroids play Rock and Roll Hotel. Japandroids play garage rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $20. A show on the 20th has already sold out.
July 19 Thursday: Buddy Guy plays the State Theatre. Buddy Guy plays blues guitar. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $82.
July 20 Friday: Dave Chappell plays Jazz in the Garden. Dave Chappell plays blues, country, rock and rockabilly guitar. Jazz in the Garden is in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden at the intersection of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.
July 20 Friday: Two Inch Astronaut plays a farewell show backstage at the Black Cat with Den-Mate and Julian. Two Inch Astronaut plays rock. Den-Mate plays electronic punk. Doors open at 9. Tickets are $10.
July 20 Friday: Rock-A-Sonics play the New Deal Cafe. Rock-A-Sonics play rockabilly. Show is 8:30 to 11:30.
July 20 to 22 Friday through Sunday: Artscape. Music on Friday includes To the Moon on the Main Stage at 8, and, on the Morgan Stage Ursula Ricks at 4:30 and The Crawdaddies at 7:30. Music on Saturday includes, on the main stage, Rumba Club at noon and Toots and the Maytals at 7:30. On the North Stage Two Ton Twig at 12:30, Queen Wolf at 2 and Squaring the Circle at 5. On Sunday the music includes, on the main stage, Reggie Wayne Morris Blues Band at 11:30 and Litz and F City on the North Stage at noon.
July 21 Saturday: faUSt plays The Patterson. Faust was an experimental rock band which came out of the Hamburg music scene in the late sixties. faUSt is one of two forms of that band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25 in advane, $28 day of show. The Patterso is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.
July 21 Saturday: Out of Water eXperience has an album release part at Rams Head Live. Out of Water eXperience is a high intensity, alternative Rock, progressive HipHop band. Doors open at 7, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show.
July 21 Saturday: Ray Wylie Hubbard plays City Winery. Ray Wylie Hubbard is a country singer and songwriter. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $22 for a bar stool, $28 for premier, $35 for premier front and $40 for VIP. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
July 22 Sunday: Thrillbillies play New Deal Cafe. The Thrillbillies play Americana, country and rockabilly. Show is 7 to 9.
July 23 Monday: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto play the Millenium Stage at Kennedy Center. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto are a Colombian traditional folkloric cumbia group.
July 23 Monday: Dakhabrakha plays City Winery. Dakhabrakha is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine that adds rhythm of the world to Ukrainian folk music. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $18, $20, $22 and $25. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
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.
July 25 Wednesday: Tab Benoit plays Hamilton Live. Tab Benoit plays plays blues, especially delta blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for standing, $35 for seated.
July 26 Thursday: Shannon and the Clams play U Street Music Hall. Shannon and the Clams play garage punk that incorporates elements of doo wop, R&B and surf. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7. Admission is $15. This is an all ages show.
July 26 Thursday: Jerry Joseph plays a solo show at 8X10. Jerry Joseph is a singer / songwriter and guitar player. Doors open at 8.
July 28 Saturday: Tinariwen plays Warner Theatre. Tinariwen plays a guitar-centric branch of Malian music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $23 to $53 (higher for platinum).
July 28 Saturday: Chopteeth plays Hamilton Live. Chopteeth plays Afrofunk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.
July 29 Sunday: Paint Fumes play Slash Run with TBA. Paint Fumes plays garage punk. Show is at 8. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC.
July 30 Monday: Lamb of God plays Fillmore with Anthrax, Testament and Napalm Death. Lamb of God plays metal. Anthrax play thrash metal. Testament plays thrash metal. Napalm Death plays extreme metal. Doors open at 5:30, show is at 6:30. Tickets are $45.
August 1 Wednesday: God Street Wine plays City Winery. God Street Wine is a jam band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30, $40, and $48. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
August 2 Thursday: John Kadlecik plays The Soundry. John Kadlecik plays guitar, much of it Grateful Dead related. Show is at 8, tickets are $20. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
August 2 Thursday: Bettye LaVette plays a WTMD First Thursday show at the Camden waterfront with Lo-Moon, The Family Crest, The Legendary Shackshakers and Dave Hause & The Mermaid. Show is at 5:30 and is free.
August 2 Thursday: Preston Reed plays Jammin' Java. Preston Reed plays percussive fingerstyle guitar. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 and $25.
August 2 Thursday: George Clinton plays the 9:30 Club. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic play funk. Doors open at 7. Admission is $45.
August 4 Saturday: Dreadnought plays The Depot with Byrgan and LORD. Dreadnought is a psychedelic, progressive-doom band. Byrgan plays doom metal. LORD plays heavy metal. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
August 5 Sunday: Jake Shimabukuro plays a matinee show at Rams Head On Stage. Jake Shimabukuro plays ukelele very well. Doors open at 11:30 am, show is at 12:30. Tickets are $45.
August 5 Sunday: Jake Shimabukuro plays the Birchmere. Jake Shimabukuro plays ukelele very well. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
August 7 Tuesday: Angelique Kidjo's Remain in Light and Femi Kuti and the Positive Force play Wolf Trap. Angelique Kidjo will play her version of the Talking Heads clasic album Remain in Light. Femi Kuti and Positive Force play Afrobeat. Show is at 8. Tickets are $28 to $60.
August 9 Thursday: Squirrel Nut Zippers play Rams Head On Stage. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
August 10 Friday: New Orleans Suspects featuring Jennifer Hartswick plah Hamilton Live. New Orleans Suspects play roots music, funk and the traditional New Orleans music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $30 for seated.
August 11 Saturday: Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays Baltimore Soundstage. Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays post rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show.
August 11 Saturday: Zakke plays Quiet Waters Park. Zakke plays Latin fusion. Show is 6 to 8. Quiet Waters Park is located at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis.
August 11-12 Saturday and Sunday: The Saturday show is sold out. 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 12 Sunday: Tempest plays Jammin' Java. Tempest plays Celtic rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
August 12 Sunday: Petrified Pickers play the New Deal Cafe. Petrified Pickers are Rob Petrie and other area pickers playing bluegrass and country classics. Show is 7 to 9.
August 17 Friday: Voodoo Threauxdown at Wolf Trap featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and New Breed Brass Band. Lots of New Orleans stye music in one place. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30 to $60.
August 17 Friday: Messthetics play Rock and Roll Hotel with Mellow Diamond and Puff Pieces. Messthetics are an instrumental trio featuring Brendan Canty on drums, Joe Lally on bass and Anthony Pirog on guitar. Mellow Diamond (Janel Leppin) combines ambient loops and chamber pop. Puff Pieces play art punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $15.
August 17 Friday: Gangstagrass plays Hill Country Barbecue. Gangstagrass combines bluegrass and hip hop. Show is at 9:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
August 18 Saturday: Hot August Music Festival at Oregon Ridge with The Revivalists, Trampled by Turtles, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Marcus King Band, Cris Jacobs Band, Psycho Killers, Whisky Shivers, Nikki Hill, The Dirty Grass Players, Omari Banks, Selwyn Birchwood and Hall Williams Band. Gates open at 11, music starts at 11:30. General Admission is $63 now but working its way up to $85.
August 18 Saturday: Maryland Folk Metal Fest IV at Ottobar with Helsott, Winter Nights, Sekengard, Goblin Hovel, URN, Wandering Oak, Ferus Din and Ashen. Doors open at 4:30, show is at 5. Tickets are $25 in advance, $33 day of show.
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 19 Sunday: Jean Luc Ponty brings his electric band to the Birchmere. Jean Luc Ponty plays jazz violin. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
August 20 Monday: Jeff Beck plays Wolf Trap with Ann Wilson. Jeff Beck plays guitar. Ann Wilson was the vocalist and songwriter for Heart. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35 for the lawn and up to $75 in the pavilion.
August 21-22 Tuesday and Wednesday: 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.
August 23 Thursday: Fishbone plays Fillmore. Fishbone plays funk, ska and punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
August 23 Thursday: Barrence Whitfield and the Savages play City Winery with The Woggles. Barrence Whitfield and the Savages play soul and R&B. The Woggles play rock and soul. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $18.
August 24 Friday: Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play New Deal Cafe. Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes play blues and R&B.
August 24 Friday: Speakers of the House play Jazz in the Garden. Speakers of the House play old school funk, boogaloo and rock. Show is 5 to 8:30. Jazz in the Garden is in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden at the intersection of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.
August 25 Saturday: Kelly Bell Band plays Quite Waters Park. Kelly Bell Band plays blues rock. Show is 6 to 8 and is free. Quiet Waters Park is located at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis.
August 26 Sunday: Yngwie Malmsteen plays the State Theatre. Yngwie Malmsteen plays guitar. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.
September 2 Sunday: Terry Bozzio plays City Winery. Terry Bozzio is a drummer. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for a bar stool, $27 for premier, $30 for front premier and $35 for VIP. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
September 4 Tuesday: Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays Hill Country Barbecue with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds. Slim Cessna's Auto Club plays alt country. Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds play garage rock and punk. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. This is an all ages show.
September 5 Wednesday: Wayne "The Train" Hancock plays in the Wine Garden at City Winery. Wayne "The Train" Hancock plays juke joint swing. Show is at 8:30. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
September 6 Thursday: This show is sold out. The Jesus Lizard plays the Black Cat. The Jesus Lizard plays noise rock. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.
September 6 Thursday: Punch Brothers plays the Anthem with Madison Cunningham. Punch Brothers play bluegrass. Madison Cunningham plays Christian and gospel music. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets $35 to $179.
September 7 Friday: Wyclef Jean plays the Howard Theatre. Wyclef Jean is a rapper and musician. Doors open at 7:30, Show is at 9. Tickets are $37.50 to $72.50.
September 11 Tuesday: MC 50 Kick Out the Jams 50th Anniversary Tour comes to the 9:30 Club. MC 5 is a proto punk band from the 60's. They will play their first album, Kick Out the Jams in its entirety. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $40.
September 12 Wednesday: Ana Popovich plays City Winery. Ana Popovich plays blues guitar. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $22, $25, $30 and $35. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
September 14 Friday: Stanley Clarke plays Rams Head On Stage. Stanley Clarke is a jazz bassist. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $55.
September 15 Saturday: California Guitar Trio plays All Saints Episcopal Church. California Guitar Trio is an acoustic guitar trio who met while studying with Robert Fripp. All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 106 West Church Street in Frederick, Maryland.
September 15 Saturday: Hackensaw Boys play Pearl Street Warehouse. Hackensaw Boys play energetic string music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:15. Tickets are $18. This is a 21+ show. Pearl Street Warehouse is located at 33 Pearl Street on the Wharf in Southwest DC.
September 15 Funkateers Ball at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club featuring Clones of Funk with MC Bootsy Collins. Show is at 8. Tickets are $65.
September 19 Wednesday: Birds of Chicago play Hamilton Live. Birds of Chicago play Americana and folk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $12 for standing in the bars, $20 for seated, $35 for the seats that are stopping everyone else from dancing in front of the stage.
September 20 Thursday: Birds of Chicago play The Soundry. Birds of Chicago play Americana and folk. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated. This is an all ages show. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
September 20-23 Thursday through Sunday: Guitarist Mike Stern and drummer Dennis Chambers with Tom Kennedy on bass & Bob Fransceshini on sax play fusion at Blues Alley. Shows are at 8 and 10 each day. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 day of show.
September 21 Friday: Donna the Buffalo plays a benefit for the Windward Foundation at Hamilton Live with Lucy Scholl and Leigh Nash. Donna the Buffalo plays roots rock with a touch of zydeco. Lucy Scholl plays pop country. Leigh Nash plays pop country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. $35 for standing, $100 for seated. The "pit" will be available for dancing.
September 21 Friday: Mastodon plays Fillmore with Dinosaur, Jr. and Netherlands. Mastodon plays metal. Dinosaur Jr plays rock. Netherlands plays rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
September 22 Saturday: 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.
September 22 Saturday: Shadow Woods Post Fest at Windup Space with Uada, Panzerfaust, Imperial Triumphant, Dark Water Transit and Night Raids. Uada plays metal. Panzerfaust plays black metal. Imperial Triumphant plays black metal. Dark Water Transit plays instrumental rock. Night Raids play blackened crust. Show is at 8. Discount admission with Shadow Woods ticket.
September 23 Sunday: Davina and the Vagabonds play Hamilton Live. Davina and the Vagabond play jazz and blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing, $20 for seated.
September 27 Thursday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays The Soundry. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays country blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $18. The Soundry is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.
September 27 Thursday: Dream Wife plays DC 9. Dream Wife play energetic pop punk. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $12.
September 28 Friday: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Hamilton Live. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays country blues. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated. This is an 18+ show.
September 28 Friday: Bonehart Flannigan plays Electric Maid. Bonehart Flannigan plays folk. Electric Maid is located at 268 Carroll Street in Takoma Park in Northwest DC.
September 28 Friday: Lunch with Bob plays the New Deal Cafe. Lunch With Bob is a celebration of American music, from bluegrass to rockabilly, country to the blues. Show is from 8:30 to 11:30.
September 28 Friday: Leftover Salmon plays the State Theatre. Leftover Salmon is a bluegrass based jam band. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $29 in advance, $35 day of show.
September 30 Sunday: The Devon Allman Project plays Rams Head On Stage with special guest Duane Betts. Devon Allman plays blues rock. Duane Betts plays guitar. They will play together on the encore. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35.
October 1 Monday: Chick Corea Trio: Vigilette plays the Birchmere. Vigilette is Chick Corea on keys with Carlos Del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $79.50.
October 6 Saturday: An evening with Pat Metheny at The Music Center at Strathmore with Antonio Sanchez on drums, Linda May Han Oh on bass and Gwilym Simcock on piano. Show is at 8. Tickets are $50 to $85.
October 9 Tuesday: Bonnie Prince Billy plays the Birchmere with The Other Years. Bonnie Prince Billie plays folk. The Other Years is a folk duo. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $29.50.
October 9 and 10 Tuesday and Wednesday: Nine Inch Nails plays the Anthem with The Jesus and Mary Chain. Nine Inch Nails plays industrial rock. Jesus and Mary Chain play alt rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $95 and $175 but there are no $175 tickets left. Tickets are now available through the normal channels.
October 11 Thursday: Detroit Cobras play Hill Country Barbecue with Fiona Silver and Jumpin' Jupiter. Detroit Cobras play garage rock. Fiona Silver is a singer songwriter. Jumpin' Jupiter plays rockabilly. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
October 11 Thursday: Vinicius Cantuaria plays the Mansion at Strathmore. Vinicius Cantuaria plays bossa nova Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $30.
October 11 Thursday: Eilen Jewell plays Hamilton Live. Eilen Jewell sings blues with a bit of country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for standing in the bar, $25 for seated, $40 for the seats that stop people from dancing in front of you.
October 12 Friday: Magpie plays Carroll Cafe. Magpie is a folk duo. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Takoma Park, Northwest DC.
October 12-13 Friday and Saturday: Antibalas plays Hamilton Live. Antibalas plays Afrobeat. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.
October 17 Wednesday: Jonny Lang plays Maryland Hall for the creative arts. Jonny Lang plays blues guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $65 and $75. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street in Annapolis.
October 20 Saturday: Wild Anacostias play the New Deal Cafe. Wild Anacostias play New Orleans party music.
October 20 Saturday: Southern Culture on the Skids plays Gypsy Sally. Southern Culture on the Skids plays roots rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.
October 20 Saturday: Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays the Anthem. Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays the music of the Grateful Dead. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 and $65.
October 23 Tuesday: Pokey LaFarge plays a solo show at City Winery. Pokey LaFarge plays blues, folk, country and swing. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
October 24 Wednesday: Pokey LaFarge plays a solo show at Rams Head On Stage. Pokey LaFarge plays blues, folk, country and swing. Show is at 8. Tickets are $23.50.
October 25 Thursday: Bob Log III plays Hill Country Barbecue. Bob Log III is a slide guitar one man band. Show is at 9. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 day of show.
October 25 Thursday: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds play the Anthem with Cigarettes After Sex. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds play rock. Cigarettes after sex play ambient pop. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $60 to $100.
November 2-3 Friday and Saturday: Rebirth Brass Band plays Hamilton Live. Rebirth Brass Band is a funky brass band. Doors for the Friday show open at 6:30, show is at 8. Doors for the early show on Saturday open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Doors for the late show on Saturday open at 9:30, show is at 10:30. Tickets are $35 for standing, $45 for seated.
November 9 Friday: Lake Street Dive plays the Anthem. Lake Street Dive combine Southern rock, soul and folk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $45 and $75.
November 10 Saturday: Kamasi Washington plays Lincoln Theatre. Kamasi Washington is a sax player who plays progressive, improvisational music. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50.
November 27 Tuesday: Acoustic Hot Tuna plays City Winery. Hot Tuna plays Piedmont and other forms of blues. Doors open at 6, show is at 8. Tickets are $70 for a bar stool, $75 for premium, $80 for front premium and $85 for VIP. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC.
December 5 Wednesday: Ministry plays Fillmore with Carpenter Brut and Igorrr. Ministry plays industrial metal. Franck Hueso, better known by his stage name Carpenter Brut, is a French electronic music artist. Igorrr is a fusion of breakcore, death metal and Baroque-inspired classical music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:15. Tickets are $35.
December 6 Thursday: Ballroom Thieves play Rock and Roll Hotel. Ballroom Thieves play folk with vintage elements. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show.
December 15 Saturday: The Blasters play the Black Cat with Rev Horton Heat. The Blasters play rock and roll. Reverend Horton Heat plays psychobilly.
December 14 Friday: Phil Wiggins plays Carroll Cafe. Phil Wiggins plays blues harmonica. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Takoma Park, Northwest DC.
January 18 Friday: Richie and Rosie play Carroll Cafe. Richie and Rosie are an Americana duo. Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street in Takoma Park, Northwest DC.
May 10 Friday 2019: 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. This show was moved from May 17, 2018.
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 usually held on the main floor of the house, and there is usually seating. There is generally a $10 suggested donation. Parking is available on site and nearby.
Rock and Roll Hotel is a new venue in the Atlas district with a capacity of about 400 downstairs with the music and a bar upstairs. They now serve food. Apparently it used to be a funeral home, which may explain all the black paint. Rock and Roll Hotel is located at 1353 H Street NE, between 12th and 13th streets. Union Station is the closest Metro and about 15 blocks from the venue. They suggest that you do not walk that, but take a cab. In general, walking around the area is best done with friends. 202-388-7625.
The Sidebar is a tiny little bar with a capacity of maybe 110 right near the old Ottobar at the corner of Lexington and Guilford. The Sidebar is all ages all the time. If there are three or four bands, doors will generally open at 9, and the show will start at 9:30, except when they don't. Drink prices are extremely reasonable but the beer selection is not great. I wouldn't expect to find any food there. 410-659-4130.
6th & I is an historic synagogue at the intersection of 6th and I streets in Northwest. It is fairly large and has pew seating on the main floor and the balconies. There are concessions at some shows, but no food is allowed in the area where the shows are. Gallery Place Metro is nearby. Availability and cost of parking varies depending on what is happening at Verizon Center.
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe has a cafe and bistro upstairs and a music hall downstairs. Most of the music is in the basement, which is a fair size room (standing room capacity 200) with a somewhat raised stage and its own bar. It might have chairs and tables depending on the event and expected attendance. The record store cafe and the bistro are upstairs and have permanent seating. Food is available upstairs and if you order it upstairs they will bring it downstairs for you, at least at shows that have tables. Advance tickets are available though their website and ticketfly.com. There is also a ticket booth where tickets are available 30 minutes before the show. The ticket booth takes only cash. Songbyrd is located at 2475 18th Street in Northwest DC. 202-450-2917.
The 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