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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Well, the numbers are still up and I am still seeing cancellations of festivals and shows, as well as bands cancelling tours or parts of tours as their members are infected, or they become afraid that members of their band will become effective. In addition, most venues are starting to require either proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the show, and some of those have set October dates for required vaccination or negative test within 48 hours only for children under 12 and those with a medical reason not to take the vaccine. I recommend checking venue web sites the day of show to see what is current. I also recommend sticking with outdoor shows or at least masking whether you are vaccinated or not. I am still listing indoor shows and not streams unless they are also a live show. So be careful out there - this pandemic is not over.
October 18 Monday: This show has been cancelled. Black Pistol Fire plays Union Stage with Welles. Black Pistol Fire is a rock duo that plays a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk. Welles plays rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing, $40 for seated. This is an all ages.
October 18 Monday: Davy Knowles plays Rams Head On Stage. Davy Knowles plays blues guitar. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35.
October 18 Monday: Eilen Jewell plays Jammin' Java. Eilen Jewell is a singer/songwriter. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for general admission seated.
October 19 Tuesday: Shannon and the Clams play the Black Cat. Shannon and the Clams are a garage punk band that vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
October 19 Tuesday: This show no longer shows up on Metro Gallery's web site. Thelma and the Sleeze play Metro Gallery with Lazlo and the Motherless Children and BBQT. Thelma and the Sleeze is an all-female, queer southern rock band. Lazlo and the Motherless children play garage blues. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Admission is $12.
October 19 and 20 Tuesday and Wednesday: Tab Benoit plays Rams Head On Stage. Tab Benoit plays the blues, especially delta blues. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50.
October 20 Wednesday: Neal Morse Band plays Baltimore Soundstage. Neal Morse Band plays prog. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. All seated show. Tickets are $43 to $68.
October 21 Thursday: This show is sold out. Black Midi plays Union Craft with TBA. Black Midi plays avant-garde improvisational noise rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $18.
October 21 Thursday: Sarah Hughes & Samuel Burt plays The Crown with Ben Walter and also Carlos Cotallo Solares and Will Yager. Sarah Hughes plays the saxophone, flute, and clarinet and also creates on the guitar and piano. She uses electronics to augment her vocal and instrumental sounds. Samuel Burt is a composer who is also involved in free improvisation. Ben Walter states that his main goal when making music is to touch people in a way that wakes them up to something important. Carlos Cotallo Solares is a Spanish composer and performer. Will Yager is a versatile bassist/improviser committed to experimental music, improvisation, and collaboration with other composers in the creation of new solo and chamber repertoire for the double bass. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Recommended donation of $7 to 15. This is a 21+ show. The Crown is located at 1910 North Charles Street in Baltimore. 410-625-4848.
October 21 Thursday: Mike Gangloff plays an OUTDOOR SHOW at Rhizome with The Pilgrims of Deep Run. Mike Gangloff is a fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has wandered back and forth between traditional and avant garde music. The Pilgrims of Deep Run are a Baltimore based Irish Traditional group. Show is at 7.
October 21 Thursday: Tab Benoit plays the Birchmere. Tab Benoit plays the blues, especially delta blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
October 22 Friday: Salmon Graveyard plays an OUTDOOR SHOW at Rhizome with Tom Borax. Salmon Graveyard is the latest iteration of an ongoing musical project by Corey Thuro which has been described as “free country.” Tom Boram aka Tom Borax is a Baltimore-born musician and multimedia artist and has been active in free improvisation, noise, and electronic music scenes for 25 years. Show is at 7.
October 23 Saturday: Desertion Trio has an OUTSIDE record release at Rhizome with Sarah Hughes Trio. Desertion Trio is an experimental jazz trio. Sarah Hughes plays the saxophone, flute, and clarinet and also creates on the guitar and piano. Presumably she will have two other people with her. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7.
October 23 Saturday: ilyAIMY plays 7 Locks Brewery. ilyAIMY plays acoustic folk rock. Show is at 7.
October 23 Saturday: Jon Spencer and the HITmakers play the Ottobar with more TBA. Jon Spencer and the HITmakers play art punk. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $17.
October 23 Saturday: Lightmare plays The Pocket. Lightmare plays soul/punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Pocket is located at 1506 & 1508 North Capitol Street in Northwest DC.
October 24 Sunday: Postmodern Jukebox plays The Music Center at Strathmore. Postmodern Jukebox is a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. Show is at 8. Tickets are $38 to $58.
October 24 Sunday: Rock-A-Sonics play Old Bowie Town Grill. Rock-A-Sonics play rockabilly, vintage country, and atomic age rock 'n' roll in authentic style. Show is 4 to 7.
October 24 Sunday: This show has been rescheduled to October 23, 2022: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard play The Anthem with Leah Senior. King Gizzard and Wizard Lizard play in a number of genres, including psych, garage, progressive and experimental rock. Leah Senior plays folk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35 to $55.
October 25 Saturday: Los Amigos Invisibles play the 9:30 Club. Los Amigos Invisibles is a Venezuelan band that plays a blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30.
October 26 Tuesday: Kitchen Dwellers play the 8X10 with The Plate Scrapers. Kitchen Dwellers play psychedelic bluegrass. The Plate Scrapers play progressive bluegrass. Show is at 8.
October 26 Tuesday: Scotch & Soda plays Hank Dietle's. Scotch & Soda is John Previti on upright bass, Robert Coleman on nylon string guitar, Steve Steckler nylon string guitar and Nick Ruggieri on drums playing lounge jazz. Show is free, but probably one should tip the band.
October 27 Wednesday: Deaf Scene plays the 8X10 with You Bred Raptors?. Deaf Scene is an experimental instrumental trio. You Bred Raptors? is a three-piece post-rock orchestral ensemble. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $13. This is an 18+ show.
October 28 Thursday: Turquaz plays the 9:30 Club with Thumpasaurus. Turquaz plays funk. Thumpasaurus combines funk and electronic music. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $25.
October 30 Saturday: Bad Religion plays the Fillmore with Alkaline Trio. Bad Religion plays punk. Alkaline Trio plays rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $38.
October 30 Saturday: Chopteeth plays Pearl Street Warehouse. Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
October 31 Sunday: Tauk plays the State Theater with LITZ. Tauk plays an instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop and jazz. LITZ brings together a wide array of musical influences ranging from funk, rock and electronica. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
October 31 Sunday: Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers play an OUTSIDE matinee at Comet Ping Pong. Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers are a prohibition era jazz band. Doors open at 2, show is at 2:30. Two top, four top, and eight top tables are available at $10 a seat, and they sell out in that order. Two and four tops are already sold out.
November 2 Tuesday: Shovels and Rope play the Birchmere. Shovels and Rope is a folk duo. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
November 2 Tuesday: Sonny Landreth plays Hamilton Live. Sonny Landreth plays blues guitar including a lot of slide guitar. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20 for standing, $30 for seated, and $45 better seats.
November 3 Wednesday: Shovels and Rope play Rams Head On Stage. Shovels and Rope is a folk duo. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $45.
November 4 Thursday: Mwenso and the Shakes host a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, this multi-media show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Show is at 8. Tickets are $52 to $57.
November 4 Thursday: Donna the Buffalo plays Ramshead On Stage. Donna the Buffalo plays zydeco influenced folk rock. Show is at 8. Tickets are $22.50.
November 4 Thursday: King Buffalo plays DC9 with Fellowcroft. King Buffalo combines heavy psych, blues and stoner rock. Fellowcraft plays indie prog rock. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show.
November 5 Friday: Yasmin Williams plays the Creative Alliance with Amadou Kouyate. Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Amadou is a dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer. He also plays the 21-string kora, which he learned first with his father, Djimo Kouyate and other master Diali -oral historians/musicians- of Manding tradition in West Africa. Show is at 8. Tickets are $23.
November 5 Friday: Tinariwen play the Lincoln Theatre. Tinariwen is a band created in the early 80s by Tuareg musicians from northern Mali’s Kidal region. Their music, often designed as "Blues from the desert," is a deep expression of the suffering of the Tuareg people and their life in the Saharan desert. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35.
November 5 Friday: Donna the Buffalo plays Hamilton Live. Donna the Buffalo plays zydeco influenced folk rock. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. This show is either sold out or not on sale yet, but I can't tell which.
November 5 Friday: lespecial plays the 8X10 with Kick the Cat. lespecial plays "heavy future groove," which combines many influences. Kick the Cat plays fusion. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $20.
November 5 Friday: Lettuce plays the 9:30 Club. Lettuce plays funk. Doors open at 10. Tickets are $30.
November 6 Saturday: Robert Randolph and the Family Band plays Recher Theatre. Robert Randolph and the Family Band combine gospel, blues, R&B. Doors open at 7, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $30.
November 7 Sunday: Cloak plays Atlas Brewing with Demiser, Yatra and Nixil. Cloak plays black metal. "Demiser is whiskey and speed fueled, demon-worshipping metal from hell." Yatra plays psychedelic doom. "Nixil is a manifestation of chaos, rage, strength, and despair." Doors open 6:30, show is at 7:30. Admission is $12. This is a 21+ show.
November 7 Sunday Steep Canyon Rangers play Birchmere. Steep Canyon Rangers play bluegrass. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $39.50.
November 9 Tuesday: Pierre Bensusan plays Patterson Theatre. Pierre Bensusan is a French-Algerian acoustic guitar virtuoso, vocalist and composer. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $23 in advance, $26 at the door.
November 10 Wednesday: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo play Jammin' Java. Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola are a guitar and drums duo. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing, $22 for seated and $25 for premier. This is an all ages show.
November 11 Thursday: Black Dice play Current Space with Godcaster and TBA. Black Dice is an experimental electronic band Godcaster is "an eccentric weirdo-punk five-piece" band. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20 on The Ottobar web site. Current Space is located at 421 North Howard Street in Baltimore.
November 11 Thursday: Samantha Fish plays the Fillmore. Samantha Fish plays and sings the blues. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets are $29.50 in advance $35 day of show.
November 11 Thursday: Yonder Mountain String Band plays the 9:30 Club. Yonder Mountain String Band is a progressive bluegrass band. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30.
November 11 Thursday: Murder by Death plays the Black Cat with Caspian and Suzanne Santo. Murder by Death plays indie rock. Caspian is a cinematic rock band. Suzanne Santo plays Americana, Southern-gothic soul and rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. All tickets for the original date were refunded. You need a new ticket for this show.
November 12 Friday: Tinariwen plays the Lincoln Theatre. Tinariwen is a group of Tuareg musicians from Mali who play world music and blues rock. Either doors or the show is at 6:30. Tickets are $35.
November 12 Friday: Murder by Death plays the Ottobar with Suzanne Santo. Murder by Death plays indie rock. Suzanne Santo plays Americana, Southern-gothic soul and rock. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Tickets are $22.
November 13 Saturday: Black Masala plays Pearl Street Warehouse with DeSanguashington. Black Masala is a brass band that plays brass band sounds from around the world. DeSanguashington is a Colombian American band that fuses traditional Colombian folk music with rock and pop. Doors open at 7:30. Show is at 8. Tickets are $20.
November 13 Saturday: George Clinton and P Funk play the Howard Theatre. George Clinton and P Funk play funk. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $49.50 in advance, $60 day of show. Tickets purchased for the original date, September 10 will be honored.
November 13 Saturday: This show is sold out Billy Strings plays Anthem. Billy Strings plays bluegrass but has a lot of fans from the jamband camp. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50 and go on sale July 16.
November 13 Saturday: Surfer Blood plays DC 9 with Greenland. "Surfer Blood fuse sunny surf rock charm with indie rock cool." Greenland says that they play "bar prog." Doors open at 7:30, show is 8 to 11. Tickets are $15.
November 13 Saturday: Rootless plays an OUTDOOR show at Rhizome with Michael Potter and Chris Lott. Rootless is musician Jeremy Hurewitz playing American folk and new-age music. Michael Potter makes improvisational ambient primitive guitar music. Chris Lott play progressive jazz rock, experimental pop, free improvisation, and acoustic folk drone. Show is at 6.
November 13 Saturday: Jacob Panic plays Joe Squared. Jacob Panic plays banjo. Show is at 7. Joe Squared is located at 33 West North Avenue in Baltimore.
November 13 Saturday: Dustbowl Revival plays Hamilton Live with Smooth Hound Smith. Dustbowl Revival plays American roots music. Smooth Hound Smith is an American roots duo. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $15 for standing, $25 for seated, and $35 for better seats.
November 13 Saturday: Pat Metheny plays the Music Center at Strathmore. Pat Metheny is a jazz guitarist. He will perform with James Francies on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Show is at 8. Tickets are $49 to $89.
November 14 Sunday: Windhand plays Black Cat with Aertex. Windhand plays doom metal. Aertex is a goth dark wave pop act. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
November 16 Tuesday: This show is sold out. Dinosaur, Jr. plays the 9:30 Club. Dinosaur. Jr. plays rock. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $35.
November 17 Wednesday: Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band play Hamilton Live with Eddie 9V. Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band play country blues. Eddie 9V plays soul, roots and blues. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing, $25 for seated.
November 18 Thursday: California Guitar Trio play the Barns at Wolf Trap with Trace Bundy. California Guitar Trio is a guitar trio that to explored the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. Trace Bundy plays acoustic guitar. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $32 to $37.
November 18-19 Thursday and Friday: Los Lobos play the Main Stage at City Winery. Los Lobos combines rock and roll, R&B, surf music, soul, mariachi, musica nortena, punk, and country. Show is at 8. Tickets range from $58 to $75.
November 20 Saturday: This show is sold out. Lone Bellow plays the 9:30 Club with Early James. Lone Bellow plays Americana. Early James plays Americana. Doors open at 10. Tickets are $30.
November 21 Sunday: Mastodon and Opeth play Anthem with Zeal and Ardor. Mastodon plays heavy metal. Opeth plays progressive metal. Lately neither is as heavy as they were when young. Zeal and Ardor is a Swiss avant garde metal band. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $75 for super excellent, that is, chairs.
November 21 Sunday: Jake Shimabukuro plays a matinee show at Rams Head On Stage. Jake Shimabukuro is a ukelele virtuoss. Doors open at noon, show is at 1. Tickets are $45. This is an all ages show.
November 21 Sunday: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola play Patterson Theater. Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola are a guitar and drums duo. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $28 in advance, $31 day of show in person, and $15 in advance, $18 day of show for the stream.
November 22 Monday: Yasmin Williams plays Union Stage. Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. This is an all ages show.
November 22 Monday: Jake Shimabukuro plays the Birchmere. Jake Shimabukuro is a ukelele virtuoss. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $55.
November 24 Wednesday: Rare Essence plays the Loft at City Winery. Rare Essence plays go-go. Show is at 9:30.
November 24 Wednesday: Hot Tuna plays the Birchmere with Steve Kimock & Friends. Hot Tuna is a blues rock band. They will be playing acoustic and electric. Steve Kimock and Friends will likely be a jam band. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $75.
November 26 Friday: Kelly Bell Band plays The Recher with Jah Works and Sweet Leda. Kelly Bell Band plays blues rock. Jah Works plays roots rock reggae. Sweet Leda combines funk and soul. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $20. The Recher is located at 512 York Road in Towson, Maryland.
November 26-27 Friday and Saturday: The Bridge plays the 8X10. The Bridge is a jam band with a wide variety of influences. Doors open at 6 Friday and 7 on Saturday. Tickets are $35.
November 27 Saturday: Ikes Wasted World plays The Depot with Spiral Grave. Ike's Wasted World is a power trio. Spiral Grave plays doom. Doors or show are at 7. The Depot is located at 1728 North Charles Street in Baltimore.
December 1 Wednesday: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles plays Jammin' Java. Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles play alt country. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. General Admission standing $15, General Admisssion seated $18, seats close to the stage $20, other "premier" seating also $20.
December 2 Thursday: Squirrel Nut Zippers play the Birchmere. Squirrel Nut Zippers play swing and jazz. Show is at 7:30. Tickets are $45.
December 3 Friday: Lez Zeppelin plays the State Theatre. Lez Zeppelin is an all woman Led Zeppelin cover band. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 day of show, $52 VIP.
December 10 Friday: Circle Jerks play Baltimore Soundstage with Municipal Waste and Negative Approach. Circle Jerks play hardcore punk. Municipal Waste plays thrash. Negative Approach plays hardcore punk. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30.50 but it is apparently possible to pay $90.
December 10 Friday: Black Violin plays Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Black Violin uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom," to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. Tickets on sale Friday July 30 at 10 am on TicketMaster (which means I have no idea what they cost).
December 11 Saturday: Dopapod plays Union Stage. Dopapod combines the darker tones of heavy rock with lighthearted humor: synthesizing tastes of funk, jazz, bluegrass, electronica, and more. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are not yet on sale but will be $20 for standing and $40 for seated.
December 11 Saturday: Hackensaw Boys play the State Theatre with Jordan Tice. Hackensaw Boys are an energetic string band. Jordan Tice sings and plays acoustic guitar. Doors open at 7, show is at 9. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
December 13 Monday: Metz plays Union Stage with Preoccupations. Metz plays punk. Preoccupations is a post punk band. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for standing, $40 to sit at a table. (Just not the show for that). This is an all ages show.
December 18 Saturday: Atlas Road Crew plays Pearl Street Warehouse with 87 Nights. Atlas Road Crew plays Southern rock. 87 Nights play soul and blues rock. Show is at 8. Tickets are $25.
December 19 Sunday: Mipso plays the 9:30 Club. Mipso combines string music with modern influences. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $20.
December 27 Monday: This show is sold out Clutch plays Rams Head Live with Stoner and Native Howl. Clutch plays rock. Stoner is a new rock band with Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri. Native Howl plays a blend of bluegrass and thrash metal. Doors open at 7. show is at 8. Tickets are $42.
January 15 Saturday: We Banjo 3 plays the Weinberg Theatre. We Banjo Three combine Celtic music and bluegrass. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30 and $35.
January 21 Friday: JJ Grey and Mofro play the Weinberg Theatre. JJ Grey and Mofro are a Southern soul rock band. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30, $35 and $45.
January 24 Monday: The Black Angels play the 9:30 Club with The Vacant Lots. The Black Angels play psychedelic rock. The Vacant Lots is a two-piece post-punk electro band. Doors open at 7, shows are $30.
January 29 Saturday: Blue Miracle plays Rams Head On Stage. Blue Miracle is a blues and rock based jam band. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $25. This is a 21+ show.
January 31 Monday: Michael Dawes and Yasmin Williams play Rams Head On Stage. Michael Dawes plays fingerstyle guitar. Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show. This is a 21+ show.
February 4 Friday: Ana Popovic plays the Barns at Wolf Trap. Ana Popovic plays and sings the blues. Doors open at 6:30. Show is at 8. Tickets are $30.
February 5 Saturday: Cory Wong plays the 9:30 Club with Sierra Hull. Cory Wong is a guitarist, bassist, songwriter, producer who spans several genres including jazz, rock and funk. Sierra Hull plays mandolin and sings bluegrass and other things. I want to see them play together. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $30.
February 16 Wednesday: Bettye LaVette plays Hamilton Live. Bettye LaVette is a soul singer whose style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. Doors open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets for the bar area are $35, general admission seating is $40, and better seats are $65. This is an 18+ show.
February 22 Tuesday: Tool plays Capital One Arena with The Acid. Tool plays metal and art rock. The Acid is an electronic music quartet. Tickets are $75 to $150.
February 23 Wednesday: Nektar plays Rams Head On Stage. Nektar is a progressive rock band that started in the 70's. Show is at 8. Tickets are $45. This is a 21+ show.
February 26 Saturday: We Banjo 3 play Rams Head On Stage. We Banjo 3 combine Celtic music and bluegrass. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $24.50. This is a 21+ show.
February 26 and 27 Saturday and Sunday: Punch Brothers play the Lincoln Theatre with Haley Heynderickx. Punch Brothers play folk. Haley Heynderickx is a singer/songwriter. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $40.
March 6 Sunday: This show is sold out. Ministry plays Baltimore Soundstage with Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity. Ministry is an industrial metal band. Melvins play rock. Corrosion of Conformity is a heavy metal band. Doors open at 6, show is at 7. Tickets start at $47 and may end there for all I know. This show has changed dates, venues and line ups so many times that it is hard to have faith in it.
March 12 Saturday: David Bromberg Quintet plays AMP by Strathmore. Dave Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who plays a variety of genres, including bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western and rock and roll. Doors are at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets are from $36 to $66.
April 5 Tuesday: Mogwai plays the 9:30 Club. Mogwai is a Scottish post rock band. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25.
April 5 Tuesday: Black Midi plays the Black Cat. Black Midi plays avant-garde improvisational noise rock. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $22.
April 16 Saturday: Circle Jerks play the Black Cat with Negative Approach. Circle Jerks play hardcore punk. As do Negative Approach. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $35. Tickets from May 8 now work. Refunds available if you can't make this date.
April 24 Sunday: Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays the 9:30 Club. Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Canadian experimental music collective. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $35.
June 4 Saturday: Black Violin plays Wolf Trap. Black Violin is a hip hop duo who accompany themselves on violin and viola. Gates open at 6:30, show is at 8. Tickets start at $32.
July 11 and 12 Bikini Kill plays Fillmore with Alice Bag. Bikini Kill plays punk. Alice Bag also plays punk. Doors open at 7, show is at 8. Tickets are $47.50. I actually have no idea whether Alice Bag is still the opener, whether those are still the prices, or whether the one of these shows that was sold out at some point is still sold out. I think this is about the fourth date.
August 17, 2022 Wednesday: Greg Howe featuring Stu Hamm on bass and Joel Taylor plays Jammin' Java. Greg Howe plays instrumental rock, jazz fusion and hard rock. Doors open at 6, show is at 7:30. Tickets are $20 and $25. This is an all ages show.
October 14, 2022 Friday: Wardruna plays Warner Theatre. Warduna is a Norwegian music group dedicated to create musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions. Doors open at 7:30, show is at 8:30. Tickets are $39 to $60.
October 23, 2022 Sunday: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard play The Anthem with Leah Senior. King Gizzard and Wizard Lizard play in a number of genres, including psych, garage, progressive and experimental rock. Leah Senior plays folk. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $35 to $55.
November 19 Saturday: Southern Culture on the Skids plays Ramshead On Stage. Southern Culture on the Skids plays rockabilly with humor. Show is at 8. Tickets are $35.
Allyworld is located in Tonal Park. It is a small seated venue with a relatively low stage. Sound was good (as one would hope considering the location). When I was there the band had brought beer and wine. So you may be able to bring your own. Tonal Park is located at 7014C Westmoreland Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. It is not well signed.
AMP by Strathmore (pronounced "amp") is a venue in North Bethesda (pronounced "Rockville"). It has just started to schedule shows again. 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 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 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. 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 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. 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
City Winery is exactly what it sounds like. City WInery has returned to having live shows. There is a restaurant and tasting area on the first floor, a large venue on the second floor, and a less formal smaller venue. The Loft on the third floor. The Loft has an adjacent portion that is open to the outside, at least while the weather permits. The food and alcohol menu is the same on all three floors. Obviously they have a lot of wine, but they also have a few well-chosen beers. Neither food nor wine and beer are inexpensive. The second floor has a stage midway down the side, tables the length of the room and stools at the bar along the other side. All seats are reserved. The upstairs bar is very long and has a low stage at one end. There are high tables at the bar area on one side and long tables going the length of the room with a dance area between them and the stage. They handle their own ticketing. There is valet parking at the venue, $8 parking in a garage a block or so away and street parking. City Winery is located at 1350 Okie Street in Northeast DC. (202) 250-2531.
Club 603 is a private home that hosts house shows. It is very nice, holds up to about 50, and many shows sell out. Many people bring beer, wine and food to share. Information about the location will be provided to you if and when you buy a ticket.
Comet Ping Pong is a pizza and ping pong place run by the same folks who run Buck's Fishing and Camping two doors down. For shows they clear the ping pong tables out of the back room, which is about the right size for three ping pong tables (i.e., not very large) and rather spare. The stage, which otherwise holds the third ping pong table, is about 6 inches high. 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.
DAR Constitution Hall is a concert hall owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is a rather large hall and the sound quality at some of the seats up on the sides is really bad. There are usually bars in the lobby, but you cannot take a drink to your seat, with the result that the lobby is incredibly crowded before the show and during intermission. The web site claims that light fare is served at all events, but they must have hidden it well. Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster unless the promoter has made other arrangements. There is no box office. Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D Street in Northwest DC.
Dew Drop Inn is a classic dive, at least downstairs. I haven't been upstairs, but it apparently has food. Downstairs stage is on the floor opposite the bar. It doesn't have a wide beer selection, but there is good beer to be had. The building looks like a closed up warehouse and it is right next to a busy railroad track (which you cannot hear while the music is playing). There is tons of street parking. Dewdrop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street in Northeast DC. 202-791-0909
DC Nine is where Asylum used to be. Music is upstairs, which has been rearranged to fit it better than it used to although the stage is still tiny, and about six inches high. There is a bar, with a passable beer selection and a few places to sit. DC Nine opens at 7 Thursday though Saturday and at 8 the rest of the week. They post times for venue doors and shows. The doors simply do not open at that time. Show times are generally within 30 minutes of what is posted. Tickets are available through 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. 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 by MissionTix through their website. 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. 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. They generally have shows only on Sunday and Monday but they are not currently having shows at all. They are open for food and beer. 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. It used to have shows, but seems to have stopped even before COVID. 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.
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. 202-787-1000.
Hell's Bottom is a VFW Post, with a bar, cheap beer (with some for the beer snobs), and a stage area that is only slightly higher than the rest of the room. It is fairly laid back. Hell's Bottom is located at 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Hill Country Barbecue is a large barbecue place. Shows are either in the downstairs "Boot Bar," which has a long bar across the back, a roomful of long tables and a small low stage opposite the bar, or outside, which I have not yet seen. No dance floor downstairs but there is some space. Lots of the shows are free, including some you would not expect. They appear to have the full menu downstairs, Shiner on tap, and some decent beers in bottles. They are going cashless, if they are not already. 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 Meadworkd 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 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.
Millennium Stage is the venue for the daily free show at the Kennedy center. The shows are held at one of two stages at either end of the Grand Foyer every single day of the year at 6 pm and are free. There is a happy hour from 5 to 6 at the Grand Foyer bars near the performance, and, unlike anywhere else in the Kennedy Center, you can take your drink and food (such as it is) to your seat. It is worth showing up a bit early if you would like an actual seat. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street in Northwest DC.
Montpelier Arts Center has numerous music series each year, including jazz and classical. The shows are held in the main gallery, which holds a few hundred people. No alcohol is served, but they have punch and cookies at intermission. Tickets are sold by season or by ticket. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Road off Route 197 in Laurel, Maryland. Their phone number is 301-377-7800.
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 often available through Mission Tix and also from the upstairs bar. 410-662-0069. Tickets from Etix.
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.
MECU Pavilion is a small concert pavilion located on the Inner Harbor off of President Street, which is on the right after you pass Harborplace and the National Aquarium. While pavilion is relatively small, the lawn is even smaller. (If you think of your own lawn you may not be far off). They 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. Now it is worse. They have three watery Modelo products at $16 for a 20 ounce can, and Loose Cannon at $16 for a 16 ounce can. Venue maintenance is not their thing, especially when it comes to the bathrooms. This is still true. 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 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 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.
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.
Rituals is not showing many signs of life. It was in the old Windup Space. It is a fair sized space with some tables and the stage in back on the left and a bar down the right with plenty of space left for standing. The palette is now more black and white with chandeliers over the bar. And the red curtains that made the stage look like the black lodge are gone. They have a good enough selection of beer and a list of classic cocktails. The bathrooms are now all gender, but nothing has changed but the sign on the doors, so if you are hoping for a urinal go left, and if you want a better chance at a stall go right. Apparently the band room is much improvef. There is still no food. Hours are 6 pm to 2am every night. Rituals is located at 12 West North Avenue in Baltimore. 410-244-8855.
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 almost reopened in August 2021, but I have not heard a peep since. The Sidebar is all ages all the time. If there are three or four bands, doors will generally open at 9, and the show will start at 9:30, except when they don't. Drink prices are extremely reasonable but the beer selection is not great. I wouldn't expect to find any food there. 410-659-4130.
6th & I is an historic synagogue at the intersection of 6th and I streets in Northwest. It is fairly large and has pew seating on the main floor and the balconies. There are concessions at some shows, but no food is allowed in the area where the shows are. Gallery Place Metro is nearby. Availability and cost of parking varies depending on what is happening at Verizon Center.
Slash Run is classic burger joint with vegan options and a good beer selection. It has booths in front and a raised area with a bar in back. Bands play on the floor in the front window. The only bathroom I found was a one - holer, but there may be more. Parking in the neighborhood is residential parking until 8:30 and is rather scarce. Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur Street in Northwest DC. (202) 838-9929.
Songbyrd Music House has apparently moved to 540 Penn Street in Northeast DC. The new venue has a 200 person capacity. Tickets are by EventBrite. That is all I know, because I have not yet been there.
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.
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. "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 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. 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 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.. Wolf trap is located in Virginia right off of the Dulles toll road. 703-938-2404