Going Out Guide: Live Music


Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Street Smart: What to do in Downtown Silver Spring

In Silver Spring, between the AFI, the Fillmore, and the cool restaurants, the good times are always flowing.

By Megan McDonough  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Events, Food, Live Music, Movies, Restaurants

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Broccoli City Festival: What to know about Saturday’s music-meets-mindfulness fest

Kelela, Cam’ron and Just Blaze perform at new event dedicated to green living and eating.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Festivals, Live Music

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/15/2014

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival sounds just about perfect

The April 26 festival includes a full day of live music for just $10.

By Alex Baldinger  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Opera in the Outfield returns to Nationals Park in May

See a Japanese-inspired take on Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the ballpark on May 3.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, Nationals Park, Opera in the Outfield

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/11/2014

2014 Sweetlife Festival’s food lineup announced

Expect an Asian-style night market, food trucks, salads and more at the sold-out concert May 10.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Food, Live Music

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/06/2014

See ScHoolboy Q at the Fillmore on Friday

The West Coast party rapper hit a high mark by snagging the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Republic’s live music events begin March 9 with Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic opens Republic’s live music lineup.

By Maura Judkis  |  05:16 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Food, Live Music, Music, Restaurants

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Speedy Ortiz, Cut Copy, Sting and more music to see in March

Spring festival season brings a buzzy crew our way, no wristbands required.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, March music

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Baltimore rapper Rye Rye opens Strathmore’s Friday Night Eclectic series March 7

The M.I.A. protege opens the Strathmore music series March 7.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:17 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, Strathmore

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014

50th anniversary of the Beatles in D.C.: Where to find a Fab Four tribute

See a song-for-song re-enactment of the D.C. concert or hear their love songs on Valentine’s Day.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beatles 50th anniversary, Events, Live Music

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Earl Sweatshirt, Rosanne Cash and more must-see February concerts

There’s a month of buzzy shows ahead.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, February concerts, Live Music, Tour Dates

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 01/27/2014

See 2014 Grammy winners perform on D.C. stages

Lorde, Bruno Mars, Kacey Musgraves and others are headed to town.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  06:53 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Grammys, Live Music, Tour Dates

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Ticket alert: Katy Perry, Tokyo Police Club, S. Carey

Spring brings hot touring acts through Washington venues.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, Tour Dates

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Sting, Paul Simon to perform concert for Duke Ellington School

The touring duo will perform at Strathmore on March 12.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Tour Dates

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Lauryn Hill returning to D.C. for a second date; tickets on sale Friday

After filling the 9:30 Club, the singer returns to the Lincoln Theatre Feb. 9.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ tour in Baltimore; Earl Sweatshirt at 9:30 Club

Kanye West’s spectacle hits Charm City on Feb. 14.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baltimore, Kanye, Live Music

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Sounds for the new year: Pusha T, Neutral Milk Hotel and more January concerts

Mark your calendar for these concerts.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Reston’s RDGLDGRN rises, with help from one famous fan

The band’s go-go-influenced sound caught the ear of Dave Grohl. The rest is history.

By Mark Jenkins  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, local bands

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Before Beyonce’s Verizon Center show tonight, a Yonce primer

A lot happened this week. Let’s play catch up, shall we?

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beyonce, Live Music, squee, Verizon Center

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Lorde will play Echostage; tickets on sale Friday

The “Royals” singer hits the Northeast venue on March 7.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Lorde, Music

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Lauryn Hill, the Jingle Ball and more top December concerts

Hate holiday music? We’re putting a little noise in your stocking.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Tour Dates

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 11/22/2013

(Shhhhh!) Tickets for Haim’s 9:30 Club show are on sale

Get tickets now through the band’s Web site for the May 8 show.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  01:29 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Tour Dates

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell on going acoustic and playing for the president

Before Saturday’s sold-out acoustic concert, the singer talks about playing the inauguration and grunge’s revival.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  01:41 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Rock the Bells organizer (finally) explains D.C. and New York cancellations

The festival’s founder apologizes in a six-minute video released today on YouTube.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:26 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Rock the Bells

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Tonight’s must-see show: Sky Ferreira at the 9:30 club

The singer seems to have found solid footing and a sound that channels Best Coast, Chvrches and Garbage.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  01:54 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/31/2013

November’s top shows: Kanye West, Charli XCX, Laura Mvula and more

Prime your ears for a rising British singer, an exuberant dance-pop princess and performance artists moonlighting as a band

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, Music

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Halloween sounds: Drake, Jessie Ware and Passion Pit play tomorrow night

A night of terror for some is a night of excellent concerts for others.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  05:20 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drake, Halloween, Live Music, Music

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Cults return to the Black Cat tonight with a ‘sway-gazing’ new sound

Though the buzzy band is no longer a couple, they’ve doubled-down on their sound.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Hear Wadada Leo Smith’s landmark ‘Ten Freedom Summers’ this weekend

Hear one of the most lauded jazz albums of 2012 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:45 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Jazz, Live Music

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Developer plans to reenact the Beatles’ legendary Washington Coliseum show

A tribute band will perform at the old arena to mark the 50th anniversary of the show.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Concerts, Events, Live Music, Uline Arena

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 10/01/2013

9:30 Club offers two-for-one tickets for October shows

The club’s “Affordable Ticket Act” offers deals for nine upcoming concerts, including Chazz Palmineri’s one-man show and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

By Fritz Hahn  |  08:01 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hot tickets, Live Music, Shutdown

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Oktoberfests, whiskey and the Weeknd

Drink German beer at a pair of outdoor festivals, sip vintage bourbon while learning its history, and see the Weeknd at Constitution Hall.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Events, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Gypsy Sally’s combines Americana music and the Summer of Love

The new Georgetown nightspot includes a 300-person concert venue and a separate bar with a ‘60s theme -- and a full-sized VW bus.

By Fritz Hahn  |  10:28 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Georgetown, Live Music, Openings

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Remixes, tacos and create-your-own craft cocktails

Win a year’s worth of free tacos at Smoke and Barrel, pick your own cocktail ingredients at the Gibson, or hear the Knocks the night before FreeFest.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Events, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Outdoor karaoke, Mixtape’s anniversary and a go-go love story

Say farewell to Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue with al fresco karaoke, groove to SpeakeasyDC’s go-go love story, or celebrate one of D.C.’s top DJ nights.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Karaoke, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 08/27/2013

The Lot at Union Kitchen: Music, beer and food trucks at D.C.’s newest pop-up festival

Find bands, food and drinks at NoMa's Lot at Union Kitchen every Saturday.

By Fritz Hahn  |  05:09 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, NoMa, Union Kitchen

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Passenger's Mike Rosenberg faces life as a busker gone big-time

The one-time busker plays a sold-out 9:30 Club tonight.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  02:43 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Heavy metal cocktails and punk rock karaoke

A long weekend brings a tribute to Michael Jackson, a day-long blues festival in Rock Creek Park and a party for LGBT rights in Russia.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Karaoke, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda, summer

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Don't miss Janelle Monae at the Lincoln Theatre

The funky R&B star is coming to the Lincoln Theatre on Oct. 14, and tickets go on sale Friday.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:44 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lincoln Theatre, Live Music

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Wine, jazz and Chuck Brown's birthday

An outdoor jazz and wine festival, oddball American wines and Cee Lo top this week's picks.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Jazz, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda, Wine

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Trillectro brings booming bass, beats back to Fairgrounds on Saturday

The D.C.-born music festival promises a uniquely sweaty, twerky day of music.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:37 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, trillectro

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Up your odds of scoring Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013 tickets this week

Follow these tips to improve your chances of landing tickets to the Sept. 21 show.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:47 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FreeFest, Live Music

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 08/01/2013

A Saturday night concert on the Potomac, and other reader queries

The Going Out Guide staff takes your questions about outdoor concerts and other weekend plans.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:09 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alexandria, Got Plans?, Live Music, National Harbor

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Gonzofest, DC Brau expansion and Adult Recess

This week's highlights include '90s blues-punk kings Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Flying Dog Brewery, the return of the Adult Recess board games party (now with DJ Sixth Sense), and DC Brau's first foray into Maryland bars.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Beer, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Share your Paul McCartney memories before Friday's concert at Nats Park

Share which songs you're looking forward to hearing, which concert was your favorite and more.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  05:07 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Musc, Live Music, Nationals Park, Paul McCartney

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Christmas beers, a fish fry and the return of U.S. Royalty

Our picks include a "Christmas in July" party with beer and cookies and the D.C. Blues Society's 10-band cookout.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:01 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Bastille Day, Beer, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 07/02/2013

July's must-see concerts: Brazilian Girls, She & Him and more

From globetrotting dance at the 9:30 Club to video-game music at the Rock

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  10:19 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, Music

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Fireworks, seersucker and swing dancing

This week's highlights include rooftop parties on July 4, two of the country's best swing bands and Moneytown's fifth anniversary bash.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Happy Hour, July 4, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Rising post-punkers Savages add another D.C. date

After selling out a summer show, the fearsome foursome will return in September.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Yeezus, bourbon and $2 beers

Listen to Kanye's new album, barhop through Dupont tasting bourbon and celebrate the Noche de San Juan with Puerto Rican salsa.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Kanye, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Nightlife Agenda: The Roots, a beer festival and late-night pirates

This week's highlights include DJ sets by DJ Maseo of De La Soul and ?uestlove of the Roots, a special all-Kolsch beer festival and a party at National Geographic.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, D.C. Jazz Festival, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013

The 2013 Summer Concert Guide: 30 shows you need to know

Whether you're into rap, dance, old classics or new-wave banjo pickers, you'll find something in our picks for a hot summer of music.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Live Music, summer concerts, Weekend Section

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Yachts, bikes and brass bands edition

Our picks include a jet-setter yacht party, a funky brass band and a godfather of dubstep.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Daft Punk, Notorious B.I.G. and burlesque dancers

Daft Punk listening parties, burlesque dances and DJs on the Potomac are included in the long-weekend Nightlife Agenda

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Live Music, Memorial Day, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Relive the '90s with Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker

The alt-rock acts, both led by David Lowery, hit the State Theatre on Thursday for an exercise in nostalgia.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:08 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Music

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Beer, Eurovision and the Forward Festival

This week's picks include beer tastings, a Eurovision viewing party and the cutting-edge Forward Festival.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Events, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Flashback to the Roaring '20s edition

This week's nightlife picks range from the swinging music and cocktails of the Roaring '20s to 1950s honky-tonk country to the latest chart-topping hip-hop.

By Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson  |  07:01 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Black Whiskey brings bourbon and bands to Logan Circle

New saloon features 60 different whiskeys, live music, DJs, art shows and other surprises.

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  14th Street, Bars, Live Music

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Nightlife Agenda: Sundresses and al fresco music edition

This week's highlights include a sundress party, the kickoff of Hill Country's outdoor concert series and the grand opening of the Gibson's patio.

By Fritz Hahn  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Live Music, Nightlife Agenda

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/26/2013

May's must-see music: Sweetlife, Danny Brown and a McCartney

Paul McCartney's progeny slips into Jammin' Java, while Beyonce's sib Solange hits Sweetlife like a Mack truck full of candy.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Rhye, Chelsea Light Moving and more must-see April concerts

Get tickets for these hot shows now.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:18 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music, Music

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 02/28/2013

A guide to the concerts you'll want to see in March

Hear songs from the performers you'll want to see in the month ahead, including Django Django and Sigur Ros.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:19 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Live Music

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Is Bethesda ready for its own Blues Alley-Birchmere hybrid?

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, which opens this weekend, is set to compete with the Birchmere and Blues Alley.

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bars, Bethesda, Jazz, Live Music, Music