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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July 19 Friday: Dopapod plays Elkton Music Hall. with The Q Factor. Dopapod plays a hybrid of funk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and electronica. They are taking an indefinite hiatus at the end of this tour. The Q Factor plays indie punk. Doors open at 7, The Q Factor plays at 8 and Dopapod plays at 9. Tickets are $29. Elkton Music Hall is located at 107 North Street in Elkton.

July 19 Friday: Jake Blount plays Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. "Blount has charted an unprecedented, Afrofuturist course on his pilgrimage through sound archives and song collections. In his hands, the banjo, fiddle, electric guitar and synthesizer become ceremonial objects used to channel the insurgent creativity of his forebears." Gates open at 5, show is 6 to 8:30. Tickets are available by lottery. There are also a few extra tickets each show. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of the National Mall. Entrances are at 7th Street NW, 9th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, and 9th Street and Madison Drive in Northwest DC. See Lottery Details. You can register for the lottery on July 8 at 10 a.m. See Lottery Details.

July 19 Friday: Thelma and the Sleaze play Slash Run with Sex Faces and Girls on Toast. Thelma and the Sleaze is an independent all-female, queer southern rock band. Sex Faces play punk. Girls on Toast also play punk. Show starts at 9. Tickets are $15.

July 19 Friday: Reggie Right Eye and the Missing Pieces plays Hells Bottom. Reggie Right Eye and the Missing Pieces plays blues and roots rock.

July 20 Saturday: Jester and the Mad Pranksters play Haydee's Restaurant with Ukulele Deth Squad and Bassmasters. Jester and the Mad Pranksters play Gothic Synth Punk. Ukulele Deth Squad is a suburban uke-punk duo. Bassmasters play synth punk. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Admission is $7. This an all ages show. Haydee's Restaurant is located at 3102 Mt. Pleasant Street in Northwest DC.

July 20 Saturday: Wand plays Song. Wand plays psychedelic rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8 and ends at 10:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.

July 21 Sunday: Fanoplane plays Galaxy Hut with Continuals. Fanoplane is an improvisational ensemble, co-founded by Bob Boilen on ARP synthesizer and Ted Zook. Continuals is a trio. Show is at 9. Admission is $10. This is a 21+ show.

July 21 Sunday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the Birchmere. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a swing revival band. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $65.

July 23 Tuesday: Tinariwen plays the Warner Theatre. Tinariwen is a collective of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara region of northern Mali. Considered pioneers of desert blues, the group's guitar-driven style combines traditional Tuareg and African music with Western rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets run $48 to $71 but you can probably pay more.

July 25 Thursday: Samuel Burt, a composer who also engages in free improvisation, will play a glissotar at The Redroom. A glissotar is a sax-like microtonal instrument. Additional entertainment will be provided by Nate Scheible and Liz Meredith. Nate Scheible is a drummer and improvisor. Liz Meredith is a string player, improviser, and composer. Show is at 8:30. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $5 to $20. The Red Room is located in Normals Books and Records at 425 East 31st Street in Baltimore.

July 25 Thursday: Eilen Jewell plays Hamilton Live. Eilen Jewell plays a combination of blues and country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $25 for seated, $35 for better seats.

July 26 Friday: Jupiter and Okwess play Hamilton Live. Jupiter and Okwess are street musicians from Kinshasa. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $30 for seated. If you can stay seated, you might want to see a doctor.

July 26 Friday: Grex play Rhizome with Little a and Faraway Ghost. Grex is an experimental music duo. Little a plays punk. Faraway Ghost is a Kamyar Arsani project. Show is at 7. Tickets are $15 - $25.

July 26 Friday: Wicked Sycamore plays Hub City Vinyl with the High and Wides. Wicked Sycamore plays contemporary folk. The High and Wides play bluegrass. Hub City Vinyl is located at 28 East Baltimore Street in Hagerstown.

July 26 Friday: Hillbilly Biscuits play New Deal Cafe. Hillbilly Biscuits play old time bluegrass and original mountain music. Show is 7 to 10.

July 26 Friday: Carbon Leaf plays Union Craft Brewing. Carbon Leaf plays indie folk rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30. This is a 21+ show. Union Craft Brewing is located at 1700 West 41st Street #420 in Baltimore.

July 27 Saturday: Beck plays with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Beck is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer known for playing a variety of genres. Tickets range from $49 to $135.

July 27 Saturday: Kelly Bell Band plays Quiet Waters Park. Kelly Bell Band plays blues rock. Show is 6 to 8 and is free.

July 27 Saturday: Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys play Lurman Woodland Theatre. Arty Hill plays honky tonk country. Show is 6 to 8. Lurman Woodland Theatre is located at 425 Bloomsbury Avenue, in Catonsville. Maryland.

July 28 Sunday: Black Pumas play Wolf Trap. Black Pumas play psychedelic soul. Gates open at 6:30, show is at 8. Lawn tickets are $45.

July 28 Sunday: Magical Mystery Girls play Lurman Woodland Theatre. Magical Mystery Girls are a Beatles tribute band. Show is 6 to 8. Lurman Woodland Theatre is located at 425 Bloomsbury Avenue, in Catonsville. Maryland.

July 31 Wednesday: This show is sold out. Kamasi Washington plays the Birchmere. Kamasi Washington plays jazz saxophone. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $69.50.

August 1 Thursday: Janel and Anthony play Fort Reno with The Messthetics and Leon City Sounds. Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog play cello and guitar. Messthetics play rock, or jazz, or both. Show is 7 to 9:30. The show is free so buy lots of stuff.

August 1 Monday: Hackensaw Boys play Hamilton Live. Hackensaw Boys play energetic string music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.

August 2 Friday: The Body and Dis Fig play Songbyrd with Cel Genesis. The Body is an experimental metal duo. Dis Fig makes confrontational, unconventional music that harnesses the power of chaos. They have been collaborating. Cel Genesis "aims to enhance the human condition through lateral, organic, research & development." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 Day of show. This is an all ages.

August 3 Saturday: Bent Knee plays DC9 with Nova One. Bent Knee plays art rock. Nova One "makes lush, dreamy music that celebrates and centers vulnerability, self-love, self-expression, and queer futurity." Doors open at 7, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 day of show.

August 3 Saturday: Landis Harry Larry plays The Ottobar with Super City. Landis Harry Larry is a synth punk/funk trio from Baltimore consisting of Landis Expandis and his two clones, Harry and Larry. Super City is known for their hooky pop sound that blends heavy rock elements and danceability. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $14.

August 3 Saturday: Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun plays Rams Head On Stage. Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun play rock, rockabilly and country. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30.

August 4 Sunday: Supernational Sound System plays New Deal Cafe. The music of Supernational Sound system is a unique fusion of West-African and Arabic rhythms, jazz sensibilities and contemporary sounds combined with multi-faceted spontaneous improvisation. Show is from 6 to 8.

August 4 Sunday: The Mountain Goats play Wolf Trap with The New Pornographers and Margaret Glaspy Mountain Goats are an indie folk rock band. The New Pornographers play indie rock. Margaret Glaspy is a singer songwriter. Show is at 8. Tickets are $43 to $133.

August 7 Wednesday: Experience Unlimited ("EU") plays the lawn at The Music Center at Strathmore. EU plays go-go and funk. Show is at 7:30 and is free.

August 8 Thursday: Magic Tuber String Band plays Rhizome with JMB Motherfuckers and Pony Payroll Bones." Magic Tuber Stringband is a duo made up of Courtney Werner and Evan Morgan who work with the living musical traditions of the Appalachian region. JMB Motherfuckers is a brand new trio comprised of Brian Weitz, Jim Thomson and Marc Minsker playing "Krautrock-inspired hurdy gurdy shit." Pony Payroll Bones is a queer non-binary expatriated Appalachian visionary painter poet and musician. Show is at 7. Tickets are $10 to $15.

August 9 Friday: Cris Jacobs puts on a "Bluegrass Round Up at Union Craft Brewing as a Hot August Music Fest Pre-Party. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

August 10 Saturday: Rock-A-Sonics play Streetcar 82. The Rock-A-Sonics play Rockabilly, vintage Country, and atomic age Rock 'n' Roll in authentic style. Show is 6:30 to 9:30.

August 10 Saturday: Hot August Festival with Grace Potter, Snarky Puppy, Neal Francis, Eggy, Cris Jacobs, Sam Grisman Project, Pressing Strings, PRS Eightlock, and Hot August Collective including Ron Holloway and Jonathan Sloane. Early bird general admission is $79. Presumably that ends at some point, but I don't see when or what the price might go up to. VIP tickets are $249 and include parking. VIP upgrade is another $170. Parking for non VIP tickets is $20.

August 13 Tuesday: Black Pistol Fire plays The Atlantis. Black Pistol Fire is a duo that combines southern rock and garage punk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $22.

August 14 Wednesday: Supreme Commander plays the roof of the Martin Luther King, Junior Memorial Library with Cryptid Summer and Drivel. Supreme Commander plays melodic hardcore punk. Cryptid Summer plays gothy post punk. Drivel plays noisy rock. Show is 6 to 8:30 and is free.

August 14 Wednesday: Primus plays Anthem with Coheed and Cambria. Originally Fishbone would have been the opening act, but now it is Puddles Pity Party. Primus plays alternative metal. Coheed and Cambria is described as progressive rock. Puddles apparently has a nice, but very sad, voice. I will probably show up late. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $75 to $125.

August 14 Wednesday: Krallice plays Metro Baltimore with Vaelastrasz and Torvus. Krallice plays an experimental, highly technical style of black metal. Vaelastrasz is an Ambient Dungeon Synth project. Torvus plays doom metal. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is an all ages show.

August 15 Thursday: The Plate Scrapers at Earp's Ordinary. The Plate Scrapers play progressive bluegrass. Doors open at 4, show is at 8. Tickets are $15. This is an all ages show. Earp's Ordinary is located at 10420 Main Street in Fairfax, Virginia.

August 15 Thursday: This show is sold out. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard play Anthem with Geese. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard play psychedelic rock. Geese plays indie rock. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $55 to $95.

August 15 Thursday: Big|Brave plays Metro Baltimore with Spiritual Poison and Carl Gene. Big|Brave is an experimental metal band from Montreal. BIG|BRAVE plays long-form out-rock that ventures in to different directions. Spiritual Poison plays dark ambient music. Carl Gene is pretty angsty. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $15. This is an all ages show.

August 16 Friday: Big|Brave plays The Pie Shop with Spiritual Poison and Carl Gene. Big|Brave is an experimental metal band from Montreal. BIG|BRAVE plays long-form out-rock that ventures in to different directions. Spiritual Poison plays dark ambient music. Carl Gene is pretty angsty. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $20 in advance, $22 day of show. This is an all ages show. The Pie Shop is located at 1339 H Street in Northeast DC.

August 15 Thursday: Ruthie and the Wranglers play plays the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo. Ruthie and the Wranglers play Americana and country. Show is at 7:30. Concert is free. RSVP preferred. Suggested donation is $10. Glen Echo is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland.

August 16 Friday: Dom Flemons plays Millennium Stage. Dom Flemons is on a mission to uncover, preserve and push forward America’s musical past— particularly Black musical traditions. The show is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets will be available on July 31 at 10. Show is at 6.

August 16 Friday: Black Masala plays Pearl Street Warehouse with My Son the Hurricane. Black Masala is a energetic brass band including Romany, second-line, bhangra, and funk horn parts. My Son the Hurricane is a multi-horn, multi-drummer, multi-singer brass-funk band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $15 to $25.

August 17 Saturday: Greg Howe plays Rams Head On Stage with special guest Stu Hamm. Greg Howe is a guitarist and composer. Stu Hamm plays bass guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45 to $55.

August 18 Sunday: Czonka plays Galaxy Hut with Auto Porter. Czonka is Patrick Gough on drums and Mike Larmoyeux on bass & analog synth. Auto Porter plays ambient drone. Show is at 9. Admission is $10. This is a 21+ show.

August 18 Sunday: Matthew Ryals & Stephan Haluska play rhiz Tom Borax and Sarah Hughes. Matthew Ryals is a synthetist, composer and improvisor. Stephan Haluska is a harpist, improvisor and composer. Tom Borax is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and artist. Sarah Hughes is a performing and visual artist who often plays saxophone. Show is at 7. Tickets are $10 to $25.

August 18 Sunday: Greg Howe plays Brennan's Bar and the Carlyle Room with Stu Hamm. Greg Howe is a guitarist and composer. Stu Hamm plays bass guitar. 7:30 $35. The Carlyle room has site parking at 1350 I Street in Northwest DC.

August 20 Tuesday: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley plays the Black Cat Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer who combines rap forms into the local highlife rhythms. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $30.

August 21 Wednesday: Andrew Bird plays Wolf Trap with Amadou and Mariam. Andrew Bird is an indie rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali. Gates open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $35.

August 21 Wednesday: Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road play outdoors at The Gudelsky Gazebo at Strathmore. Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road play original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, and Americana. The show is at 7:30 and is free.

August 21 Wednesday: LaMP plays Rams On Stage. LaMP is Russ Lawton, Scott Metzger and Ray Paczowski. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

August 22 Thursday: A Shrewdness of Apes plays Songbyrd with Outerloop, Peak Bloom and Lud Roes. A Shrewdness of Apes is a three piece prog band. Outerloop is a post punk band. Peak Bloom plays punk. Lud Roes plays rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $19.32 with all charges.

August 22 Thursday: Zedicus plays the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo. Zedicus blends elements of reggae, rock, alternative and African music. Show is at 7:30. Concert is free. RSVP preferred. Suggested donation is $10. Glen Echo is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland.

August 23 Friday: Pissed Jeans plays Metro Baltimore with Edhochuli and Muscle. Pissed Jeans plays hardcore punk. Edhochuli plays thought provoking angular, riff-drenched post-hardcore. Muscle plays punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $20. This is an all ages show.

August 23 Friday: HoneyFunk plays Pearl Street Warehouse with Zoomst. Honeyfunk plays funky bluegrass and soul. Zoomst plays "creates exploratory rock-fusion, embodying sleek futurismic groove." Rodeo will also play. Show is at 8. Admission is $15 to $35.

August 23 Friday: Green Eggs and Ham play New Deal Cafe. Green Eggs and Ham is an acoustic rockin' country blues jam duo with Jeff Aug and Steve Levine. Show is 7 to 10.

August 23 Friday: Oh He Dead plays The Atlantis. Oh He Dead is an indie soul band with haunting harmonies and a penchant for MURDER. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25.

August 23 Friday: Cory Henry plays Union Stage. "Cory Henry is a Grammy Award winning artist, composer, producer, Multi-instrumentalist, all around keyboard master, and is the future of music." Doors open at 7, show is at 8. General Admission is $30, "premier plus" is $50 (look where the seats are before choosing this option), and the VIP Master Class Package is $119. This is an all ages show. This show was originally scheduled for May 19.

August 24 Saturday: Octavia plays The State Theatre. Octavia is a Bolivian pop rock band characterized by a unique mix of Andean music, catchy pop sounds, use of electronic synthesizers, and acoustic music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

August 29 Thursday: Umphrey's McGee plays Pier 6 with Eggy and Stolen Gin. Umphrey's is a prog based jam band. Eggy is a jam band. Stolen Gin is known for their high-energy live act and avid improvisation. Doors open at 5, show is at 6. Band presale is at 10 on March 1.

August 30 Friday: Black Masala plays New Deal Cafe. Black Masala is a high energy brass band. Show is 7 to 10.

August 30 Friday: Old Crow Medicine Show plays Wolf Trap with Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway. Old Crow Medicine Show plays string music. Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway play bluegrass. Show is at 7:30.

August 31 Saturday: Rumba Club plays Takoma Station. Rumba Club plays Latin Jazz. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Takoma Station is located at 6914 4th Street in Northwest DC.

September 1 Sunday: Mars Red Sky plays Metro Baltimore with Howling Giant and Black Lung. Mars Red Sky plays heavy psych. Howling Giant is a fuzz-psych power trio. Black Lung plays heavy psych, stoner and retro rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is an all ages show.

September 5 Thursday: This show is sold out Dweezil Zappa brings the Rox(Postroph) tour to the Birchmere. The tour features music from the Apostrophe and Roxy and Elsewhere albums. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $79.50.

September 6 Friday: King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn play The Ottobar with JD Pinkus. King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn are putting out an album of dark folk. JD Pinkus is an American bassist best known for his work with American punk band Butthole Surfers Doors open at 9, show is at 9. Tickets are $29.50. This is an all ages show.

September 6 Friday: Sarah Borges plays Collective Encore. Sarah Borges has been described as walking the line between punk and country. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20. Collective Encore is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

September 7 Saturday: Clutch and Rival Sons play Anthem. Fu Manchu opens. Clutch plays stoner rock. Rival Sons plays rock. Fu Manchu plays stoner rock. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $45 to $75.

September 8 Sunday: Jourdan Thibodeaux plays an outdoor show at Hill Center. Jourdan Thibodeaux is a fiddle player and singer who plays original Louisiana French songs. He will be joined by Cedric Watson on fiddle accordion and vocals and Joel Savoy on fiddle and guitar. The show is from 4:30 to 6:30. The show is free, but a ticket is required. As of July 6 there are 87 tickets left.

September 8 Sunday: Jake Shimabukuro plays the Birchmere. Jake Shimabukuro plays ukulele very well. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $49.50.

September 9 Monday: Vinicius Cantuaria plays Blues Alley. Vinicius Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of Bossa Nova and Jazz. Shows are at 7 and 9:30. Tickets are $25 plus $7 in fees.

September 11 and 12 Wednesday and Thursday: Bikini Kill plays Baltimore Soundstage. Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band. The Wednesday show is sold out. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $43.

September 12 Thursday: Shawn James plays the Black Cat with Harley Poe. I freely admit that I am listing this show because I love Harley Poe's songs about monsters and being monsters, and characters like the guy who becomes a zombie and doesn't understand why his girlfriend doesn't love him any more. I doubt Shawn James can beat that, but he is probably listenable. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.

September 12 Thursday: Curse Words plays The Pocket with Professor Goldstein and This is a Trainwreck. Curse Words play pop punk. Professor Goldstein plays Weezer Core. This a Train Wreck is a skate punk/pop-punk band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. The Pocket is located in 7Drum City at 1506 and 1508 North Capitol Street in Northwest DC.

September 13 Friday: Russian Circles plays Union Craft with Djunah. Russian Circles is a three piece post rock band. Djunah is a noise rock power duo. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 in advance.

September 13 Friday: Buckethead plays The Recher. Buckethead is a rock guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $46.53.

September 14 Saturday: The Brothers Comatose play The Atlantis. The Brothers Comatose play bluegrass. Doors are at 7:30. Admission is $25.

September 14 Saturday: Buckethead plays the 9:30 Club. Buckethead is a rock guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Doors open at 10. Tickets are $45.

September 14 Saturday: Slambovian Circus of Dreams plays Jammin' Java. Slambovian Circus of Dreams plays rootsy, rockin’ psychedelia. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Admission is $25.

September 17 Tuesday: Io plays Songbyrd with Griefcat and Zanj. IO’s journey began through music in the South as a worship leader in Gospel Music, leading her to be featured on BET’s Sunday Best. Shortly after, she became a student of Jazz music in Washington DC at Howard University. The singer’s love of Classic Rock, Funk and Pop are heard in every performance she delivers. " IO’s journey began through music in the South as a worship leader in Gospel Music, leading her to be featured on BET’s Sunday Best. Shortly after, she became a student of Jazz music in Washington DC at Howard University. The singer’s love of Classic Rock, Funk and Pop are heard in every performance she delivers. Griefcat is a singer-songwriter duo with a flair for musical comedy. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. This is an all ages show.

September 18 Wednesday: Fruition brings the How to Makes Tour to Union Stage with Joelton Mayfield. Fruition plays folk. Joelton Mayfield plays alt country. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. General admission is $20, seating is $40 and may or not be a benefit. This is an all ages show.

September 19 Thursday: Spafford plays The Atlantis. Spafford is a four piece jam band. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $25.

September 19-20 Thursday and Friday: Marcus King plays the Warner. Marcus King plays blues rock. Tickets are $53 to $64 for standard tickets platinum higher, scalpers much higher. Shows are at 8.

September 20 Friday: Southern Culture on the Skids plays Rams Head On Stage with The Woggles. Southern Culture on the Skids combines surf, folk and country. The Woggles play rock and soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $37.50. This is a 21+ show.

September 21 Saturday: Ibibio Sound Machine plays Hamilton Live. Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $25 for standing, $35 for seated.

September 21 Saturday: Sonny Landreth Band plays Collective Encore with The Iguanas. Sonny Landreth is a blues guitarist especially known for slide guitar. The Iguanas are a New Orleans based roots rock band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $55. Collective Encore is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland.

September 22 Sunday: Jerry Douglas Band plays Live at Hub City Vinyl. Jerry Douglas plays resonator guitar and incorporates incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision and there is a low ticket warning. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets are $49.87 Hub City Vinyl is located at 28 East Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, Maryland.

September 24 Tuesday: Etran de L'Air plays Current Space. Etran de L'Air plays desert blues. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $23 in advance, $28.22 day of show. This is an all ages show. Current Space is located at 421 Tyson Street in Baltimore.

September 25 Wednesday: There is a low ticket alert on this show Sigur Ros plays Anthem with Wordless Music Orchestra. Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band. Wordless Music Orchestra is the house band of New York City’s Wordless Music series, which was founded by non-musician Ronen Givony in 2006 and has since presented concerts in museums, churches, nightclubs, and out of doors, pairing artists from the sound worlds of so-called classical, electronic, and rock music. Doors open at 7. Tickets are from $61 to $174. This appears to be an all-seated show or I certainly hope so.

September 28 Saturday: X plays the State Theatre. X has been playing punk almost forever, and with the original members. Doors open at 7, show is at 8, Tickets are $35.

September 28 Saturday: Tower Green plays New Deal Cafe with Indulgentia. Tower Green plays renaissance rock. Indulgentia specializes in rowdy medieval style music. Show is 7 to 10.

September 28 Saturday: Reverend Horton Heat plays Hamilton Live with The Ichi-Bons and special guest appearance by Big Sandy. Reverend Horton Heat plays psychobilly. The Ichi-Bons are inspired by obscure surf, garage and Rockabilly 45’s. Big Sandy plays Americana and roots music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8 Tickets are $30 for standing, $35 for seated.

September 29 Sunday: String Cheese Incident plays Pier 6. String Cheese Incident is a jam band. Pier 6 website says 4 pm, but does not specify as to whether it is gates or show. Tickets start at $34.50 for 300 level or the lawn, $44.50 to $74.50 as things get closer.

October 1 Tuesday: Deerhoof plays The Ottobar with Pearl and Mowder Oyal. Deerhoof plays indie pop. Pearl plays punk and heavy jazz. Mowder Oyal plays hardcore and free jazz. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $28.22. This is an all ages show. Deerhoof requests that the audience wear masks.

October 2 Wednesday: Victor Wooten and the Wooten Brothers play The Birchmere. Victor Wooten is an amazing bass player. His brothers also excel at their instruments. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.

October 4 Friday: BEAT plays Warner Theatre. BEAT is Adrian Belew, Danny Carey, Tony Levin and Steve Vai who will play 1980's King Crimson songs. If you hurry and you can find the codes, presales appear to still be active as of late on April 2, otherwise prices run from about $136 up to about $211. Show is at 8.

October 5 Saturday: Dysrhythmia plays The Crown with Mast Year and Overcalc. Dysrhythmia is a progressive instrumental trio. Mast Year plays noise rock. Overcalc plays electronics sometimes combined with guitar.

October 6 Sunday: La Luz plays The Atlantis. La Luz plays psychedelic surf. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25.

October 6 Sunday: Psychedelic Furs and The Jesus and Mary Chain play Anthem with Frankie Rose. Psychedelic Furs got their start in the British post-punk scene. The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band. Frankie Rose is an American musician and songwriter. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $55 to $95.

October 10 Thursday: Victor Wooten and the Wooten Brothers play Rams Head On Stage. Victor Wooten is an amazing bass player. His brothers also excel at their instruments. Doors open at 6:30 ,show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.

October 11 Friday: Xiu Xiu plays the Black Cat. Xiu Xiu plays experimental rock. As yet there is no opening act. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $25.

October 12 Saturday: Kokoroko plays Howard Theatre. Kokoroko combines jazz and Afrobeat. Doors open at 7 show is at 8. Tickets $35 to $50.

October 13 Sunday: Xiu Xiu plays Metro Baltimore with Eyas. Xiu Xiu plays experimental rock. Eyas plays experimental electro-pop songs. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20.

October 13 Sunday: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play Hamilton Live. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play soul and rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for general admission mostly standing, and $35 for general admission seated.

October 16 Wednesday: John Scofield Trio plays Keystone Korner. John Scofield is a jazz guitarist and composer. The other members of the trio are Vincente Archer on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Show is at 7. Tickets are $55 to $65 plus fees. Keystone Corner is located at 1350 Lancaster Street in Baltimore.

October 16 Wednesday: Ana Popovic plays Hamilton Live. Ana Popovic plays blues rock guitar and sings. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $40 for seated, and $60 for better seats.

October 16 Wednesday: Drive-By Truckers play The Warner. Drive-By Truckers are a rock band with Southern routes and will be visiting their album Southern Rock Opera. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets run from $53.50 up through $93 and more.

October 18 Friday: Deanna Bogart plays Collective Encore. Deanna Bogart is recognized for her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals, and cut-above songwriting. Collective Encore is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25.

October 18 Friday: Afrocuban Allstars play Strathmore. Afro-Cuban All Stars play a mix of all the styles of Cuban music, including bolero, chachachá, salsa, son montuno, timba, guajira, danzón, rumba and abakua. Show is at 8. Tickets are $28 to $78.

October 19 Saturday: Gong plays Orion Sound. Gong is a psychedelic rock band that incorporates elements of jazz and space rock. Current membership of Gong is Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East, Dave Sturt and Cheb Nettles. Tickets are $44.52 and are available from Eventbrite.

October 19 Saturday: Donna the Buffalo plays Hamilton Live. Donna the Buffalo combines rock, zydeco and country. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7. Tickets are $20 for standing, and $5 for seated.

October 19 Saturday: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play the Gordon Center. Bela Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. Show is at 8. Tickets are not yet on sale for mere mortals. The Gordon Center is located at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue Owings Mills, Maryland.

October 19 Saturday: Shemekia Copeland plays Rams Head On Stage. Shemekia sings the blues and soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $37.50.

October 20 Sunday: Opeth plays The Warner. Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets starts at $64.50 but you can pay more.

October 21 Monday: Acid Mothers Temple plays Metro Baltimore with Spirit Mother. Acid Mothers Temple is a Japanese psych rock band. Spirit Mother plays folk-influenced psych rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Admission is $20.

October 24 Thursday: Christylez Bacon and Mike Block play together at the Mansion at Strathmore. Christylez Bacon is a Grammy-nominated rapper and multi-instrumentalist. Mike Block is a Grammy-winning cellist, singer, and composer. 7:30 Tickets available to the general public July 26. They are $32 through July 1 and $38 afterwards.

October 27 Sunday: Pokey LaFarge plays The Atlantis With The Tailspins Pokey LaFarge plays roots music. The Tailspins play pre-war jazz & jump Blues Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $30.

October 31 Thursday: Uz Jsme Doma plays Ottobar with Consumer Culture and Severed Satellites.. Uz Jsme Doma is a Czech progressive rock band. Consumer Culture plays punk. Severed Satellites contain members from a slew of other bands and play heavy, instrumental, sometimes bluesy, sometimes doomy, sometimes psych, and sometimes straight ahead stoner rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

October 31 Thursday: The B-52's play Anthem. B-52's are a new wave band from back when people had new wave bands. Doors open at 6:30 Tickets $95 to $175.

November 1 Friday: ilyAIMY plays New Deal Cafe. ilyAIMY plays folk rock. Show is 7 to 10.

November 1 Friday: Crack the Sky plays Rams Head On Stage Crack the Sky plays progressive rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50. This is a 21+ show.

November 2 Saturday: Crack the Sky plays Rams Head On Stage Crack the Sky plays progressive rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50. This is a 21+ show.

November 3 Sunday: Crack the Sky plays Rams Head On Stage Crack the Sky plays progressive rock. Doors open at noon, show is at 1. Tickets are $39.50. This is an all ages show.

November 5 Tuesday (Election Day): Lafayette Gilchrist plays solo piano at Blues Alley. Lafayette Gilchrist is a jazz pianist and composer. Shows are at 7 and 9:30. Admission is $30 plus a $7 fee.

November 6 Wednesday: Cory Wong with guest guitarist Mark Lettieri at The Anthem with Couch. Cory Wong is an American guitarist, songwriter, and producer in many genres. Couch is an instrumental post-rock band. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $49.50 to $75.

November 10 Sunday: Amigo the Devil plays the 9:30 Club with TK and the Holy Know-Nothings and Rattlesnake Milk. Amigo the Devil plays dark folk. TK and the Know-Nothings say they play psychedelic doom boogie. Rattlesnake Milk plays country. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $27.50.

November 12-13 Tuesday and Wednesday: Goose plays Anthem. Goose is a jam band. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $56, or $96 if you want a chair.

November 14 Thursday: Tokyo Police Club brings their final tour to The Howard with Born Ruffians. Both bands play indie rock. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $35 for general admission, and go up to $55. This is an all ages show.

November 14 Thursday: La Santa Cecilia plays The State Theatre. La Santa Cecilia incorporates Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz and klezmer music. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 day of show.

November 15 Friday: Animals as Leaders play The Fillmore with Plini. Animals as Leaders are an instrumental progressive metal band. They will play their album Joy of Motion X in its entirety at each show. Show is at 8. Tickets are $48 for general admission standing. Balcony $118 to $177. This is an all ages show.

November 15 Friday: Lez Zeppelin plays Rams Head On Stage. Lez Zeppelin is an all female Led Zeppellin tribute band. Doors open on 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $39.50. This is a 21+ show.

November 19 Tuesday: Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays the 9:30 Club with Alan Sparhawk. Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays post rock. Alan Sparhawk was half of the band Low. Doors open at 7, admission is $40.

November 22 Friday: Cris Jacobs plays The Atlantis. Cris Jacob is a singer songwriter and guitarist. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $28.

November 30 Saturday: Chopteeth plays Pearl Street Warehouse. Chopteeth play Afrofunk and world music. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $35 for seated.

December 8 Sunday: Moon Hooch plays The Atlantis with Cofresi. Moon Hooch plays music with two saxophones and a drummer. Cofresi creates a provocative sound by fusing elements of bass music, dance music, worldly trap, soul, DnB, and a little nostalgia here and there. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $25.

December 15 Sunday: The Jesus Lizard plays the Black Cat. The Jesus Lizard plays rock. A show December 14 already sold out, so if you want to go, get them while they are hot. Doors are at 5:30. Tickets are $40.

Allyworld is located in Tonal Park, which is primarily a music production studio. It is a small seated venue with a relatively low stage. Sound was good (as one would hope considering the location). When I was first there the band had brought beer and wine, but I have not seen that since. Tonal Park is located at 7014C Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. It is not well signed.

After years of seemingly having no idea what to do with AMP by Strathmore, Strathmore has dropped the lease for it and it has been, or will be, completed closed.

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 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 can be difficult depending on what is going on and much of it is rather expensive. Ticketing is now being handled by TicketMaster.

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. Online tickets come from TicketMaster. 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 Theater 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. Tickets are from Instant Seats. 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 Theater 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. 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 TicketMaster, 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 FreshTix 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 doing live shows again, but it is not clear for how long. It 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.

Capital Turnaournd is a new venue in Southeast DC. It is apparently a work in progress, but the music hall is rather large and is set up for seated shows, The seating is fairly comfortable, has plenty of leg room, and there is a fair slant to the floor so sight lines are fairly good. Seating on the sides, however faces the middle of the room and not forward to the stage, which is crick in the neck territory for sure. As far as other creature comforts there is lots of space to lounge, but no food and the selection at the bar is dismal. They literally had nothing I was willing to drink. Also, the one time I went there, their web site said doors were at 6:30 when they had moved them to 7:30. I showed up not long after the announced open because I like to have time to check out a new venue before the show. People who got tickets early apparently got notice of the changeby email, but I bought mine four days before the show and the email had only a start time. So I looked at the web site, went down to check the place out and got turned away by rather rude staff. That is incompetence of the worst kind and I will be avoiding them until I have some indication that they have learned to do better. Worst yet, at some point the people who run this have extended their influence over not only Jammin' Java, Miracle Theater and this venue, but also Songbyrd, Howard Theatre, and Union Stage, and now I want to avoid all of them. If you decide to go to them, all I can say is to do everything you can to wring correct information out of them. Myself, I think it is crappy and can't be bothered to have to interrogate people to see if the information on their web site is accurate before buying a ticket or going to the show. Rather than repeat experiences like that I will avoid them. Capital Turnaround is located at 770 M Street in Southeast DC.

Carroll Cafe is a venue in Seekers Church just into the District outside Takoma Park. It is not currently functioning. They have a beautiful room and the sound is incredible. Music is the second Friday of most months and tends to be folk or roots. Vegetarian food is available as are beverages (though probably not alcohol). Carroll Cafe is located at 276 Carroll Street Northwest. They can be reached at

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. They have been closed for years while decisions are made about how to address severe structural problems with the amphitheater. 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.

The CFG Bank Arena is a large venue (capacity 14,000) that was the Baltimore Civic Center and had a variety of other names. The seating is not made for tall people or wide ones. In addition, they don't seem to have much in the way of air conditioning. On the bright side, the rows are not as steep as in some large venues. Concessions are expensive, but not as bad as some and the lines are not bad. Some of it is self-check out and STILL offers you a selection of tip levels. Parts of it are bizarrely dark and the rest rooms are off in corners. Lots of parking nearby though, and the venue web site gives you a link to it.

Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar is the bar portion of a Mexican restaurant in Burtonsville. It appears not to have music at this time. While you can get there through the restaurant, I recommend entering through the bar entrance, which is on the west side. Shows are in a fair-sized room off the bar that has some tables (with table service). The stage is pretty much the floor in the corner, though there is a low riser for drums. My experience is that they may start right on time or very late, and bands may not appear in the order you would expect. That said, set changes were accomplished quickly and I am told they treat the bands well. Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar is located at 15530 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, Maryland.

Cheverly American Legion is an American Legion Hall. It has a huge space, a good size stage, tons of table space, and reasonably priced beer. The time I was there, they also had food. The Cheverly American Legion Hall is located at 3608 Legion Drive in Cheverly, Maryland.

City Winery is exactly what it sounds like. City Winery appears to be either closing altogether, moving, or stopping live music. Or all three. City Winery was 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. They have also been having outdoor shows. Tickets are handled by EventBrite. 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.

The Crown is a bar at the upper end of Station North. Shows take place in two different rooms, sometimes simultaneously. The offerings range from experimental to karaoke. Bar is pretty basic, but they have some good beer. The Crown is located at 1910 North Charles Street in Baltimore.

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.

The Depot is long with a bar along the left on the way back to the stage area which is not large but there is at least one screen that allows you to see from the bar. Beer selection varies and is usually decent if small. They also serve some wine, and have a full bar. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore. 443-324-5190.

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 EventBrite. 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. Tickets are handled by TicketMaster. Located at 2135 Queens Chapel Road in Northeast DC. There is pay parking nearby of varying prices, but nonpay parking is sketchy.

The 8X10; is a relatively small venue with a dance floor, back area with a bar down the side, and a balcony level with a bar in back. 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. Also, 8X10 is coming up on its 20 year anniversary with the current owners. They are talking about selling. So if you ever wanted to own an historic and famous venue, this is your chance. All shows are 18+. Those under 21 pay $3 extra at the door. Tickets available from the box office for very reasonable fees and from Neon Ox (which was MissionTix).. 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. The address is 4000 Chesapeake in Northwest DC.

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. They handle their own reservations. 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. After a post-COVID hiatus they are now booking shows for Sunday nights. Most shows start at 9 and are $10. They are also 21+' Galaxy Hut continues to serve food and beer. They have a good beer selection. The food is mostly vegan but dairy cheese is available.

The Bullpen at Half 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 Bullpen for nourishment, you are pretty much left with tubular food. Drinks are always Bullpen and selection is broad, but not exciting. They do occasionally have shows.

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.

Hank Dietle's is a homey tavern that holds license number 001. It is a large room with a corner stage a dance floor, tables from the 60's and a bar in back. They do not serve hard alcohol. They have both local and occasional national acts. Hank Dietle's is located at 11010 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland.

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 Center is located in the Old Navy Hospital in Southeast. It is a small room on the second floor and nice sound. They sell beer, wine and snacks. Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast DC. Parking is tight, But there is a parking lot at Tyler Elementary School for events that start after four if all else fails.

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. Tickets are available through MissionTix. 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 the web site, which uses TicketWeb. 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 appear to be handling their own ticketing. 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. Tickets are sold by TicketMaster. 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. If they are currently having events they are hiding it really well. 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.

Maryland Meadworks is exactly what it sounds like. It is a bit small and pretty much serves mead and nothing else. But the mead is good and outside food is welcome. Stage is pretty much the back corner. It is open Thursday and Friday 4 to 10, Saturday noon to 10, Sunday noon to 7. Maryland Meadworks is located at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland. 301-955-9644.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a classic pavilion-- 5,200 reserved seats in front, lawn for 10,000 in back. It has had significant upgrades in recent years. They finally have a craft beer stand with a great selection, but it is way in back. No outside food or drink other than sealed bottles of water is allowed. The Pavilion is now run by IMP. Tickets are sold by TicketMaster. 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 has had a change of ownership (but to people who have worked there) and is apparently changing its name to Metro Baltimore. It 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 from Etix or at the door. 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. I don't think they are currently having shows. The bar is outside the venue proper. Metropolitan is located at 169 West Street in Annapolis. 410-280-5160.

Theatre at MGM National Harbor seats 3,000 people and really is not a bad place to see a show once you manage to get into it --if you are under 21 you have to navigate around the casino to get there and no matter what your age is, when I was there the line to get in was really long. And it is expensive.

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. They now require a reservation but that is 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.

Mother's Federal Hill Grille is a restaurant and bar with a venue in back. There are tables on the sides of a wide hall that makes up the back part of the venue and continue down the side as it widens out with the bar along the other side. If you want to sit you need to show up when the doors open and get one of these tables, but none are close to the stage, and the back ones really aren't. They have pretty good food and a fair beer selection (as well as wine and mixed drinks). The bar part was really loud when we were there. Mother's Federal Hill Grille is located at 1113 South Charles Street in Baltimore. 410-244-8686.

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 served by the Greenbelt Coop, 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 TicketMaster, 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. These days shows are outside when possible. 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 available through Etix. Phone is 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 from their website. 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 TicketMaster 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.

Pherm; is a brewery with a fair-sized room, a bar, and spread out tables with a small stage up front. They are located at 1041 MD-3 in Gambrills, Maryland. Music is occasional rather than the point, which is beer.

Pier 6 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 the pavilion is relatively small, the lawn is even smaller. (If you think of your own lawn you may not be far off). They do not allow you to bring in glass containers or alcohol and their own beer and food selection is pretty slim. Once when I was there they ran out of their only decent beer by the set break. It has just changed its name back to Pier 6 and its management back to Live Nation. It wasn't great under Live Nation before, but it was horrible under whoever had it in the interim. Venue maintenance was not their thing in the past, we'll see how it goes now. (July 3, 2022 and they still haven't fixed the stall doors in the bathroom. It has been years). Beer selection and prices have been terrible. Tickets are available from the box office, which is open from noon until 9 on concert nights and from Live Nation. 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.

The Quarry House is a dive bar in Silver Spring with a surprisingly good beer menu for a dive. It is downstairs has one entrance (and thus one exit) and is shaped like a C with the band at one end of the C, so location is important. The Quarry House is located at 8401 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. Look for the stairs.

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 website which uses AXS. AXS says you have to download and use their app to use your tickets, but at Rams Head On Stage you can just show your ID to the nice people at the box office. 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 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. FInally, they use AXS for tickets - a vendor established just to make TicketMaster look better. Rams Head Live is located at 20 Market Place in Baltimore. 410-244-1131.

The Recher is the old Recher Theater redone and spiffed up. Standing room only for most shows. Nice long bars and passable selection of drinks. The Recher is located at 512 York Avenue in Towson, Maryland. There is now a parking garage about a block away.

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.

7 Locks Brewing is a brewery with a fairly large room, a lot of tables, and a space in the corner where they sometimes have music. They are located 12227 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, Maryland. Music is occasional rather than the point, which is beer.

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. It has been closed for years for a substantial renovation, but apparently there has been some progress.

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 has apparently moved to 540 Penn Street in Northeast DC. The new venue has a 200 person capacity. Tickets are by Dice. They have some food, but they are also near many restaurants. There is outdoor seating for food and drinks. Beer selection is limited but has some good ones.They also have a few cocktails, som of them in cans.

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 FreshTix on 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.

The Atlantis is located at 2047 9th Street in Northwest DC 9:30 Club. It is named for and is a tribute to The Atlantic on F Street, which became the original 9:30 Club. It is rather more roomy though and has a balcony. Most shows are standing only and all ages. This venue is cashless.

Union Craft Brewing is a brewery that occasionally has music. The space is cavernous, the beer is good, the food is limited. It has parking and there is more on the street. Union Craft Brewing is located at 1700 West 41st Street, Suite 420, in Baltimore.

Union Stage is located 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. Despite the fact that it is a pretty new building they seem to have HVAC issues with the downstairs. I have never been cold there, but way too hot is not uncommon. "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 has not survived COVID, but there are rumors someone else has bought it with the intent of making it a venue again.

The Velvet Lounge is no more.

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 Live Nation. 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.

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. They have recently become more restrictive about the size of the coolers you bring in. But you can still relax and drink champagne in glasses while you watch the show, it doesn't bother them. It is also now possible to buy an adult sippy cup in which to take beverages into the pavilion. 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 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 and also from their website, which is essentially torture. I cannot exaggerate exactly how much torture. Wolf Trap not only keeps its ticket prices for shows a secret until they go on sale, they don't provide them then either. To get prices, one has to click on individual seats in the desired section. You can't even mouse over the section, you have to pick a seat, and then cancel it if it is out of range. The confusion this causes makes it extremely difficult to make informed choices, and I believe that is their aim. Nice behavior for a federal agency eh? Wolf trap is located in Virginia right off of the Dulles toll road.