There are plenty of excellent shows in September, including opportunities to catch the Belgian breakout Stromae and the long-awaited return of shoegaze heroes Ride. But the big talker is the Landmark Music Festival, which will bring Drake, the Strokes and three dozen other performers to a corner of the Mall for a ticketed outdoor concert — a highly unusual occurrence. The shows to see this coming month:

 The Landmark Music Festival

Surreal. That's the best word to describe the prospect of seeing the rapper Drake perform in West Potomac Park with the Potomac River and Washington's iconic memorials as his backdrop. But that's what the Landmark Music Festival -- organized by a trust benefiting Mall restoration and a promoter behind Chicago's Lollapalooza festival - promises: Drizzy under the stars in D.C., plus War on Drugs, Ben Howard, Twin Shadow, Alt-J, the Strokes and several others over two days.
Buzz factor: 9. Sure, piling thousands of people onto the Mall to draw attention to the worn-down condition of the Mall isn't the most brilliant idea. But more than a few will overlook their moral objections for this bill, given the chance to see a major music festival accessible by Metro.
Sept. 26-27 at West Potomac Park, West Basin Drive SW. $105 for single-day tickets; $150-$200 for two days.