Animal Collective makes its highly-anticipated Merriweather Post Pavilion debut, U2 brings The Claw to Baltimore and Identity — the country’s first touring electronic music festival — visits Jiffy Lube Live.
The seductive sounds of Sade highlight a batch of shows that also include rap superstars Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa.
Keith Urban is a natural showman, reeling off country-pop hits and stinging guitar solos. There are also plenty of ladies to look for this summer, including Sara Evans, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris.
Senegalese superstar Yousson N'Dour, Dominican American up-and-comer Prince Royce and Mexican veterans Mana bring plenty of diverse sounds to the area this summer.
Two big June events — the Capital Jazz Festival and DC Jazz Festival, featuring Bobby McFerrin — get things going while visits from Renie Marie and Mose Allison keep things interesting as the summer goes on.
Nothing beats free music, whether it's a lunchtime concert at the Reagan Building (featuring a season-opening performance by Smokey Robinson) or some Friday night jazz in the Sculpture Garden.
Don’t miss our personal favorite of the free summer events: Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, beginning June 17. The four Friday night shows, which start at 7:30, feature music from top local talent including Carolyn Malachi, Maimouna Youssef, Archives (featuring Lenny Kurlou) and Orquestra La Leyenda.