After last week’s weather, the thought of standing outside for any reason besides waiting in line at an ice cream truck probably isn’t too appealing. But with R&B legend Smokey Robinson kicking off the Live on Woodrow Wilson Plaza series this afternoon and Fort Reno announcing its summer schedule, it’s time to get ready to brave the heat and enjoy some free music. There are dozens of local series and hundreds of free shows over the next few months, but here are 15 to definitely add to your calendar.
Going Out Guide’s free concert series kicks off with a performance by the scintillating jazz/soul singer. Other concerts are June 24, July 15 and July 22.
The ska-soul stalwarts keep ’em skanking.
Power-pop meme-makers play Millennium Stage’s 14th anniversary show. Enter to win free tickets here.
Enjoy some heavy metal on opening night of one of the city’s most beloved and longest running free series. Other Fort Reno highlights include Title Tracks, Office of Future Plans and the Cornel West Theory.
The final schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but this group — which served as backing band for many of Motown’s biggest hits — will be featured as part of the festival’s celebration of rhythm and blues.
The funnyman is also a mighty fine banjo player. He’ll show off his musical chops during the annual Capitol Fourth concert.
It’s an instant party when the sprawling Afrobeat collective takes the stage.
The Stax Records soul/funk favorites are down to one original member, but they’re sure to delight the fans at Fort Dupont.
Virgin Mobile FreeFest - ??? at Merriweather Post Pavilion
We’re not sure what the date will be for the annual free mega-concert. But we do know it will be back and we have some guesses as to who will be playing.
What better way to wrap up the summer than with a free concert by the Godfather of Go-Go?