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Check below for a SMALL sampling of upcoming live music events in Washington, DC. For a more exhaustive list of concerts (over 1,000 live music events per month), check out the daily concerts pages in the "MUSIC CALENDAR" pull-down menu above.




Tuesday, January 22 - 6:00 PM


Okayplayer calls Drew Kid’s debut full-length LP “For You, For Me Too” a ‘headphone masterpiece...The deeply personal fourteen track project boasts features from Deborah Bond, Grap Luva, yU, Kev Brown, and Big Rube.’ (credit: Karas Lamb) Originally a small collection of love songs, the album grew into an exploration of self. Drew steps out from behind the piano and lends his voice to composition for the very first time. The son of Filipino immigrants, Drew Kid began studying piano at six years old. Due to his own curiosity and his mother’s affinity for timeless music, the songs of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations steered him away from practicing the assignments from those early lessons. Throughout high school and college, Drew discovered the vast realm of jazz music and learned about composition. It was also during this time that he began venturing out to hip-hop shows in DC.

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Tuesday, January 22 - 8:00 & 10:00 PM


Electro Magnifique performs original compositions and arrangements from the worlds of Jazz, R&B, Blues and Pop. These professional musicians have performed with some of the best artists. Electro Magnifique is led by Chuck Ferrell & Dave Marsh who really enjoy performing together as well as backing up nationally & internationally known artists. ¤ Chuck Ferrell, often referred to as, “the quiet drummer," began his professional career at the age of 14 and has performed with jazz, rock and country artists all over the world. He garners production credits for a number of CD’s including: “The Potomac Jazz Project, “Bob, Ballads and Blues," co-producer, Stan Hamrick; “Tuesday Blues," a blues compilation disc, “7 Improvisations," Shaman Flame Records with producer/engineer Johannes Welsch, “Evolution," “Breaking Barriers," with guitarist/producer Damon Foreman.

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Tuesday, January 22 - 8:00 PM


still feel.' was never supposed to be a 70s-inspired, electro-halftime-chorus jam complete with a highly-choreographed music video. Nay, the track had very humble beginnings; born from a 50 song project three years ago i had challenged myself to in hopes of improving my skill as a songwriter. Brett and I had back to back studio time around then so we ended up just combining our times and writing many of those 50 songs together; J Tyler would end up joining the posse later and contributing instrumentally to those songs which became the foundation of half•alive. 'still feel.' was song #11 on that 50 song list, although back then it had a different title and belonged to a different genre entirely.

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Wednesday, January 23 - 8:00 PM


Rather than pick up where they left off, Grails take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but Chalice Hymnalexudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details. Produced by the band over the past five years, Chalice Hymnal bears some of the European psych and experimental hip-hop production techniques of founding members Alex Hall and Emil Amos’ other group, Lilacs & Champagne. Amos’ meditative metal band, Om, and longtime singer-songwriter project, Holy Sons, also naturally find their way into the Chalice cauldron.

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Wednesday, January 23 - 8:00 & 10:00 PM


Critics, jazz hosts and jazz lovers all agree that she is one of the most SWINGING mainstream pianists today. Influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, she has taken these influences and created her own recognizable sound. Lenore Raphael, is an internationally renowned jazz Pianist, Steinway artist, radio host and jazz teacher and has been critically acclaimed as one of the best pianists in the jazz mainstream today.She has performed and in many cases, sold out major jazz clubs and festivals…Dizzy's at Jazz At Lincoln Center (3 times), The Blue Note (NYC), Birdland (NYC) The London Jazz Festival, The Tel Aviv Jazz festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's in London, The S.S.

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Wednesday, January 23 - 8:00 PM


Despite our best efforts, there are some things we just can’t outrun. Everything catches up to us in the end, no matter what we do to hide from it. It’s a reality that Petal’s Kiley Lotz examines on Magic Gone, the band’s latest full-length album on Run For Cover. Recorded over the course of a month at Studio 4 in Conshocken, PA, Magic Gone is a bitingly honest look at adulthood, accountability, responsibility, and mental health and the difficulties that go along with each of them. “There comes a moment where all the paranoia, anxiety and pain become too much and you realize the structure you built to survive is no longer is going to serve you,” says Lotz of the three year period that inspired the album.

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Wednesday, January 23 - 8:00 PM


Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon joins forces with Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy to star together in an unforgettable evening of music and memories. This "storytellers" style event features songs and stories from their sixties heyday as recording artists to Jeremy’s success on stage, television (Downton Abbey) and film (The Iron Lady) and Peter’s Grammy-Winning career as Producer and manager of the likes of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and more.Their respective British Invasion duos were collectively responsible for 30 Billboard chart hits. From the Chad & Jeremy catalog, they bring you "Distant Shores", "Yesterday's Gone" "Willow Weep For Me", "Before and After", "A Summer Song" and more.

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Wednesday, January 23 - 8:00 PM


A recent transplant from Tampa, FL to Philadelphia, drummer/improvisor Leo Suarez has been performing, recording and touring within various rock contexts, as well as in many different experimental and improvised settings. Suarez is well-known in FL for his work with MeatWound, Career, Glass Tongue Trio, and composer Elizabeth Baker, and with his move to Philadelphia, has been working on new collaborations with Jack Wright, Madam Data, and Taiwan Housing Project as well as a duo with Polish saxophone player Paulina Owczarek. Suarez has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively with 4AD indie-rock group wMerchandise, and continues to stay active on the road with Nude Tayne, Taiwan Housing Project and his new trio TONED (with Nathan Corder, and Tom Weeks). On top of being an active musician, Suarez also books and organizes small-scale improvised music concerts in Philadelphia. PLUS! Luke Stewart and Sarah Hughes in duo formation. Nik Francis solo.

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Wednesday, January 23 - 9:00 PM


Lem is an acoustic lo-fi joke/folk duo based out of the woods north of Pittsburgh, Pa. Comprised of Ian Compton (vocals and guitar) and Laurel Wain (vocals), Lem mixes interesting melodies, with soft harmonies, and stream of conscientious lyrics for their own unique style. Born into a family of drummers with a focus in High School on the trumpet Ian always wanted to play guitar, but never really felt he could. Laurel always wanted sing on stage and had dreams of broadway. The two met and started dating in High school, but didn’t start making music together until they moved to Brooklyn in 2016. Once confined to only an acoustic guitar and an iPhone Ian found his voice, songs started emerging, and Lem was born.

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Thursday, January 24 - 8:00 PM


"Danny Burns is an excellent songwriter, performer, guitar player, husband and father, and other things that I’m sure I’m not aware of. One thing I do know is that he is tenacious. This is one great record that you’re holding in your hands, and if it hadn’t been for Danny’s tenacity, this moment would not be happening. Do yourself a favor. Go home, play this recording and hear the reason that Danny is right in his quest for your audience.” - Jerry Douglas. Don't call Danny Burns a newcomer. Two decades before releasing his 2018 debut, North Country — a collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt— he kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Thursday, January 24 - 8:00 PM


Cynthia Karen Loving, best known by her stage name Lil' Mo, is a Billboard Charting R&B singer, radio and television personality, songwriter, and record producer. She debuted on the music scene as Missy Elliott's protégée and contributed guest vocals to some of Elliott's work, most notably the record-breaking "Hot Boyz". Under the wing of Elliott, Lil' Mo would land a deal with Elektra Records and release charting singles of her own, including "Ta Da", "Superwoman Pt. II", "4Ever", "Hot Girls", and her debut single "5 Minutes".In addition to her solo work and collaborative efforts with Missy Elliott, Lil' Mo worked with Ja Rule, with whom she penned chart-topping hits like the Grammy-nominated "Put It on Me" and "I Cry".

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Thursday, January 24 - 8:00 & 10:00 PM


Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70's/80's. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube.  Ayers recently recorded with hip hop artist Talib Kweli (produced by Kanye West) and jazz/R&B singer Wil Downing.

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Thursday, January 24 - 8:00 PM


With Majia Rejman, we are proud to showcase upcoming singers in a night dedicated to growing new talent in the District! Each singer has been working closely with Ms. Rejman and they are ready to take the stage at Mr. Henry’s! Come join us for an evening filled with song and energy. The evening's featured vocalists will be: Clare Galvin, Linds Harris, Eric Preterre, Karuna Shinsho, Chris Prince, and Sarah Laven. The performwers will be backed by the Wayne Wilentz Trio. Wayne Wilentz is a pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger, who lives and performs in the DC area. He is a highly regarded jazz musician who specializes in Brazilian music, but is also known for his versatility, vast repertoire and professionalism. He was known for a long collaboration with legendary DC vocalist Pam Bricker, which produced a Wammie winning CD entitled “U-topia”. He has also done many sessions over the years for “Thievery Corporation” and their label ESL Music.

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Thursday, January 24 - 9:30 PM


Born in Lome, Togo DOGO played in different bands in the Togolese capital before acting as the leader of the band of the University in Lome. DOGO moved to the United States in 2000 and founded the DC based Afropop/Afrofunk band Elikeh. Known for their high energy live performances and original material, Elikeh released 3 albums and an EP that received rave reviews by The Washington Post, National Public Radio, World Music Central... Spending more time in his native country nowadays, DOGO went to studio to record his first single "Von Na Agbeto" as a solo artist in preview of a full length album he is working on. The song is based on Simpa rhythm played in the northern part of Togo by the Tem people, the acoustic song tells the story of an adopted orphan who forgot all about his adoptive family when he became wealthy. When released, Von Na Agbeto was one of the top 3 songs on many radio charts in Togo. Radio hosts and journalists are now calling DOGO "L'enfant du pays" (The native son) given the importance he places in Togolese culture and traditional rhythms through his music.

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Friday, January 25 - 6:00 PM


Roger W. “Buck” Hill, affectionately known as “The Wailin’ Mailman” for keeping his day job for the United States Postal Service even as he wowed audiences with his jazz saxophone, died in 2017 of natural causes at his home in Greenbelt. The tenor player had just turned 90. Honoring his memory will be Davey Yarborough, sax; Jon Ozment, piano; Chaney Thomas, bass; Keith Killgo, drums; and Bonnie Harris, vocals. Davey Yarborough, saxophonist, recording artist, and educator, represents a new generation of jazz innovators. While earning his bachelor and master’s degrees in education and performance, he studied flute with the virtuosic Frank Wess and saxophone with the legendary Sonny Stitt. As a performer, bandleader, composer and arranger, he worked with such jazz figures as Sir Roland Hanna, Keter Betts, Billy Eckstine, Buck Hill, Shirley Horn, Lena Horne, and Joe Williams. Mr. Yarborough has also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, performing on Marsalis’ Making the Music series on National Public Radio (NPR).

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Friday, January 25 - 7:30 PM


China Performing Arts Agency presents Image China: Xuanzang's Pilgrimage. Xuanzang's Pilgrimage  is China's first traditional concert drama performed by the China National Traditional Orchestra (CNTO). It tells the story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang (602-664) who travelled the length of the Silk Road across China on a pilgrimage to India. Xuanzang documented his experiences of the differences within Buddhism that he encountered along the way. His 17-year journey was driven by his desire to discover religious texts that had not yet come from India to China. The story is brought to life with an 80-piece traditional Chinese orchestra, 24 performers, and elaborate costumes.

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Friday, January 25 - 7:30 PM


Jon B is a consummate artist, an accomplished musician and noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records under his belt. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man's love for all things soul.... His beginning was seasoned by early influences including Duran Duran, Inxs, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade, he spent the summer after high school writing, producing and recording 40 incredible songs and began making his rounds to all major record labels. Within a few months, he'd met Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife, Tracy Edmonds, who were interested in signing Jon to their label imprint, Edmonds Record Group (formerly Yab Yum).

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Friday, January 25 - 8:00 PM


Following her acclaimed Broadway debut and Kennedy Center engagement as Roxie Hart in the Tony®-winning revival of Chicago , Brandy is the latest entertainer to join the NSO in exploring fascinating connections between R&B and symphony, following the likes of Ledisi, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, and many others. In her first collaboration with a live orchestra, the multi-platinum, Grammy®-winning singer/actress performs favorites from her iconic career. Enhance your experience by purchasing special drinks and snacks from our Intermission Bars, which can be taken into the Concert Hall.

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Friday, January 25 - 8:00 PM


The Walkaways are a metropolitan DC-based band, making original music since 2006. The band released its third full-length album entitled "After the Fall" in 2017. This follows Fifty Left to Burn (2008) and Romance and Medicine (2012), the latter recorded and co-produced with Grammy-nominated producer John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, The Rankin Family, Iris Dement). From the beginning The Walkaways' sound has been called "alt-country" (Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine), and that description still fits pretty well. Their songs draw even more broadly, however, from Americana, folk, roots, country, indie, and classic rock.

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Friday, January 25 - 8:00 PM


Guster, with Henry Jamison. Look Alive is our 8th album. The bulk of it was recorded in a vintage keyboard museum in Calgary AB, during a January stretch when the temperature reached 30 degrees below zero. We ended up in Canada because our British producer, Leo Abrahams, couldn’t turn around an American work visa fast enough, and we feel lucky to have discovered Studio Bell at the last minute. Despite having access to room after room of well-maintained analog keys, Leo gravitated to a cheap Ensoniq Mirage synth from the 1980’s that made Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation-era sounds from floppy disks. Leo spent countless hours poring over these floppy disks while the band gawked at the mellotrons, harpsichords, and other vintage equipment housed at Studio Bell.

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Friday, January 25 - 8:00 PM


With OUT IN THE OPEN, Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile bands in contemporary American music. The GRAMMY® Award-winning sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, and folk rock to create something original. OUT IN THE OPEN is the Rangers bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while also getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Henry’s traditional approach toward recording. Since Steep Canyon Rangers came together in 2000, they have developed a remarkable catalogue of original music that links them to the past while also demonstrating their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance.

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Friday, January 25 - 8:00 PM


An eclectic, genre non-conforming and gender nonconforming Cleveland band that uses music to confront issues of racism, oppression and police violence Mourning [A] BLKstar are celebrating the release of their second album "The Garner Poems" on Electric Cowbell Records at Rhizome. The collective incorporates hip-hop production with lo-fi, washed-out synth, jazz instrumentation and audio samples from significant moments in history. Lightmare is an up-and-coming six-person soulpunk arrangement out of Washington, D.C. making songs about love, death, and revolution, in any order and definitely overlapping. Smooth and sharp, warm and galvanizing, punchy, political and personal. Their set is guaranteed to get your body moving and your feelings flowing. Black Folks Don't Swim? are gender diverse purveyors of funkified soul shake down sounds. DMV Based. Founded by Queer Black Womxn.

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Saturday, January 26 - 6:00 PM


José André Montaño is a jazz pianist and composer. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He taught himself how to play piano from a very young age. His playful and inspired compositions bridges Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin American Folklore, and World music. He is a musician who flavors his tunes with Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies. Anyone who has the opportunity to hear him play are amazed by his speed and accuracy. Despite his very young age he has already delighted audiences from prestigious festivals and concert halls across the Americas including Washington D.C.s Kennedy Center, Millennium stage. “I play with the heart,” says the young pianist who loves music and life.

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Saturday, January 26 - 6:00 PM


Venezuelan singer and composer Jonathan Acosta offers a variety of Venezuelan and Hispanic musical themes in acoustic form, featuring his own compositions and work by other universally recognized composers. Throughout his career he has participated in innumerable Symphonic and Popular concerts as a performer and entertainer. He’s been receiving invitations to participate in musical events internationaly like the la Jornada Músical Colores de Venezuela held in Italy at the Filodrammatici Treviglio Theater, Spain, Colombia and Panama. He emphasizes his remarkable work for making music with social, cultural and motivational contribution. On July 29, he became the first singer-songwriter to perform a Symphonic Concert sung in Venezuela in homage to the singer-songwriter Simón Díaz. This interpretation was made with unpublished arrangements and it was performed along with the Lara’s Concert Band "Maestro Antonio Carrillo”.

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Saturday, January 26 - 7:00 PM


Artist. Producer. Innovator. Grammy®–nominated artist entrenched in the ethos of Hip Hop culture while coloring outside the lines tradition. Newest member of Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Providing Creative Direction for projects with Goldink and Guillermo Brown. Recipient of the 2018 Halcyon Artist Fellowship, DCCAH Artist Fellowship, Sister Cities Grant and Artist Fellowship Grant. He can be heard on Whose Hat is This? most recent album Everything’s Ok , Goldlink’s “At What Cost,” MTV's "Rebel Music" series, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain , A'Larrache (Canal +) and more. Currently faculty at the School of Improvisational Music in New York, guest collaborator with international arts program OneBeat and works as a music emissary with the U.S.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:00 PM


Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:00 PM


For nearly a decade, Hartford, Connecticut’s Bronze Radio Return has traveled the world, urging their listeners to dance and sing along. Their rousing, anthemic sound creates an undeniable upbeat atmosphere that’s one part dance party and another part roots-rock. If their name doesn’t ring a bell, odds are you know one of their acclaimed singles, leaving them affectionately dubbed “the band you’ve probably heard, but haven’t heard of.” Racking up more than 60 million streams on Spotify, and with songs such as “Light Me Up,” “Further On,” and “Shake, Shake, Shake,” they have impressively notched nearly 100 high-profile placements ranging from the 2014 film St.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:00 PM


"I am back," declares celebrated and respected R&B singer Carl Thomas. "Do you know why?" he asks almost rhetorically. His confidence and smooth, hood yet high-post eloquence betray even the thought of you offering any possible guesses. You know he is ready with the answer. "I am back because this game will tell the truth on you. If you are meant for it, it won't allow you to stray away for too long," he says. Once a protege of music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs (who signed Thomas after hearing him sing at an open mic night in New York in the mid - 90s), he was the first heartthrob R&B songster on Bad Boy Entertainment.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:00 PM


"Finally Free" marks Daniel Romano's eighth long playing album in the last eight years. He has had what understatedly would be considered a prolific output of incredibly entrancing, poignant and creative records in this span of time. Recording, producing, designing and landing his records into the minds and hearts of scores of fans the world over. He has been called a shapeshifter, contrived, a chameleon, a Charlatan, the best living songwriter, an asshole and a genius. His last record, "Modern Pressure" received outstandingly high acclaim and praise from every notable publication out there and was acknowledged by most reputable "for-profit-prize-corporations" as well as a plethora of voguish "music-as-competitive-sport" year end lists.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:00 PM


Julia Nixon has been one Washington’s finest and most popular singers for more than 30 years. A rhythm and blues singer, she has won multiple Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) for Urban Contemporary Vocalist and Urban Contemporary Duo/Group Award with her group Julia & Company. Ms. Nixon had a lead role on Broadway in Dreamgirls and won a Helen Hayes Award in the critically acclaimed Studio Theater production of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. Longtime collaborator, Pianist Dave Ylvisaker, leads a 12-person band complete with horns, strings and backing vocalists that includes some of the area’s most accomplished musicians.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:30 PM


Ella comes from a legendary industry background as far back to her great aunt "Grammy Hall of Fame" member Ethel Waters to her grandmother Carmen Turner who was a staple for civil rights, and lastly her mother the iconic house music singer Crystal Waters.Ella Nicole is a "funky soul" artist that takes you on a journey with every melody she sings. Her goal is to break boundaries and introduce a new sound combining R&B, Neo-Soul, Funk, Rock, and Jazz. Inspired by the musical styles of Bill Withers, Erykah Badu, Ray Charles, and Alicia Keys. Inspired by the musical styles of Bill Withers, Erykah Badu, Ray Charles, and Alicia Keys.Ella Nicole is ready to inspire and share her gift of “music therapy” to all of her listeners.This event is part of the Smithsonian Year of Music.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:30 PM


“It’s all in our minds / Planted over time / Grew into a vine / That became intertwined” – from “All In Our Minds”On Passafire’s sixth studio release, Longshot, the Savannah, GA based rock outfit gives a testimony to following dreams, inspired by people, places, and experiences Passafire has shared since forming as a band. The group’s four members continue chasing their passion despite being told many times that “Making it as a musician is a long-shot,” a piece of advice that inspired this album and its title. Longshot takes its listeners through a full spectrum of emotions, telling stories of heartbreak, new beginnings, overcoming personal struggles, finding truths, discovering new places, and getting older, all weaved into Passafire’s genre-defying mix of reggae, hard rock, hip hop, and anything else that turns the group on musically.

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Saturday, January 26 - 8:30 PM


The headlining act is Hayley Fahey. The opening acts are Jesse Denaro and Emily Henry. Hayley Fahey is a singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with her sparkling range and originality. What sets her apart, in addition to her writing and voice, are her live stage performances. When Hayley is onstage, she’s home. Her second full-length album, Out There, is a blend of many influences – the soulful sound of R&B that translates into her passionate vocal performances, catchy pop hooks that get stuck in your head, folk ballads, and blues grit. With every performance, Fahey wants to make a connection with the audience, through her songs, “I want to make them feel the emotions in the songs, and then get them on their feet dancing. It’s all about having fun, and enjoying the music.”

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Saturday, January 26 - 9:00 PM


Rock n’ roll is a tired old friend, limping along with a weak knee. With the grandparents still touring, the parents reforming and the adolescents swimming in a pool of mediocrity, its essence seems to have lost its way. Thanks then, for the arrival of Huttch, the ambitious rock trio from Windsor Ontario. Weaned on 70’s grooves, Sebastian, Robbie and Zack manage to reference the past, while giving a nod to the future. The infectious rock boogie, mixed with classic rock and slow jams, makes the perfect formula.

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Sunday, January 27 - 4:00 PM


Founded in 2001, Trio Solisti (violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Fabio Bidini) performs regularly at major venues and series in the US including The Great Performers at Lincoln Center and with the Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center. At Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2015, Trio Solisti presented the complete piano chamber music of Brahms in a series praised by The Strad for its “abundant dynamism, exceptional balance, and a wholly successful grasp of the interpretive essence.” For their Phillips Music debut, Trio Solisti will perform works by three composers whose work lies at the core of the piano trio repertoire: Schubert’s Notturno, Dvořák’s deeply-felt Piano Trio in G minor, composed in 16 days in January 1876, and Piano Trio in C Major by Brahms.

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Sunday, January 27 - 6:00 PM


Karen Lovejoy, vocalist and bandleader, fronts The Lovejoygroup, a versatile ensemble serving up energetic jazz, funky blues and smooth Latin rhythms. Lovejoy migrated from the Midwest where she began singing contemporary ballads, rhythm & blues and top 40. However, when she discovered jazz, she found a home. The freedom to reinterpret music at a whim, turning a tune inside out, and choosing generous lyrics, appealed to her expansive spirit. To the delight of many, Lovejoy settled on the east coast, where she has honed her skills. In performance the Lovejoy name rings true. Her warm stage presence and harmonious tone resonates a kind of joy that leaves the music always hopeful. Karen knows that the blues is an integral part of jazz and will frequently add a twist of down home blues to her repertoire. Lovejoy has produced a number of original tunes including the title cut for the group's latest CD, Spellbound.

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Sunday, January 27 - 7:00 PM


The “Society” is that breath of fresh air that most aficionados have been searching for. The repertoire is deep and full of history, tradition, and diversity. The combination of talent, experience and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound and identity. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. This group likes to use the simplistic description “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is that they offer..

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Sunday, January 27 - 7:30 PM


Iconic . . . legendary . . . unique . . . all can be used to describe Richard Lloyd, but the most accurate word might be "relevant." After a career spanning more than forty years, Richard Lloyd continues to make great records and deliver exciting live performances.Learning from the master himself, Jimi Hendrix, Richard was among the very few pioneers of the New York underground scene, headquartered at CBGB. With Tom Verlaine, a founding member of the seminal band, Television, Richard made some of the best rock and roll records of the all time–Marquee Moon and Adventure. Striking out on his own, Richard gave us Alchemy, Field of Fire, Radiant Monkey, The Cover Doesn't Matter, and more.

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Sunday, January 27 - 8:00 PM


When singer and guitarist Jenna Moynihan saw the phrase “Daddy Issues” scribbled on the bathroom wall of a now-defunct Nashville DIY venue, she mistakenly assumed it was the name of an all-girl punk outfit sure to become her next favorite band. Upon realizing that no such band existed, Moynihan and friends Emily Maxwell (drums) and Jenna Mitchell (bass) picked up their instruments, taught themselves how to play and started their own band. Three years later, Daddy Issues are gearing up to release their full-length vinyl debut Deep Dream, out 5/19 via Infinity Cat Recordings. The band originally caught Infinity Cat’s eye after tastemaker Casey Weissbuch offered the trio a spot on the cassette series he curates for the label, which has hosted releases from artists like Rozwell Kid, Colleen Green and Guerrilla Toss over its three-year history.

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ABOUT DISTRICT CONCERTS

If you want to quickly see what live music is playing in Washington, DC, on any given day, you've come to the right place. The District Concerts site lists over 1,000 music events per month - a dozen or more on a typical Monday (the slowest music day of the week), and 50 or more on a typical Friday or Saturday. We cover all genres, venues, and price ranges.

Every day of the year has its own page - look in the "Music Calendar" pull-down menu, click on the date that you want. You'll find a list of most of the concerts that are happening in the District on that day, complete with descriptions, venue links, artist links, and, where applicable, links to ticket and/or music samples. You can also look a little farther ahead by going to the monthly calendar - click on the Music Calendar link itself (not one of the individual dates in the submenu).

If you aren't finding the music events that you want, it could be that we aren't entirely caught up in adding events to our database (it's a time-consuming task). In that case, you can use the "old school" approach - look through the websites for the music venues that are of most interest to you. If you scroll further down on this page, you'll find a long list of links for Washington, DC, music venues, organized by genre and how frequently they host concerts.

One last note - never forget that "free" isn't always free. Naturally, if a music event is being held in a bar or restaurant, there is an expectation that you buy something. But don't forget the musicians themselves! IF THERE IS A TIP JAR, PLEASE TIP GENEROUSLY!


Enjoy the site, support local music, and spread the word!

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR CONCERTS IN WASHINGTON, DC

If you are interested in live music in Washington, DC, and aren't finding enough on this site's daily Music Calendar pages, then check out the sites that are listed below the map. The websites are categorized by "value" - the first category is sites that list events at multiple venues, the next category lists the venues that offer A LOT of music, and each of the next four categories lists venue that offer progressively less music. The final category lists a few of DC's "iconic" music groups. Note that the genre categories are not perfect fits, as most venues offer music in a variety of genres.



CONCERT LISTINGS SITES


These are some other websites that offer concert listings and generally are pretty good about keeping their listings up-to-date.


Americana


Folklore Society of Greater Washington

The FSGW regularly sponsors folk music events in the area and maintains the area's premier list of local folk music events. However, the vast majority of events on the site take place in Virginia or Maryland.

Washington Folk Music Association

This site lists folk music from throughout the region, though the vast majority of the events that are listed take place in VA or MD rather than in DC.


Classical


Friday Morning Music Club

The Friday Morning Music Club puts on a host of classical concerts around the region, most of which are free and open to the public, and few of which actually take place on Friday mornings.

Israel Embassy

The Embassay of Israel hosts concerts on rare occasion, but their website is a good resource for information about concerts at area synagogues and by Jewish artists at venues throughout the region.

Washington Performing Arts

Washington Performing Arts supports various area arts organizations; their site selectively lists classical, jazz, world, vocal, dance, and spiritual performances throughout the region.


Jazz & Blues


Capital Bop

Capital Bop sponsors about one jazz concert a month and also maintains a jazz music calendar. One caution - some of the recurring events remain on the calendar LONG after they've stopped recurring. You might want to confirm calendar events before committing.
If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.


Rock & Pop


DC DIY Site

This is a fantastic site for finding information about "Do It Yourself" shows, principally rock and pop, but occasionally some other genres as well. These shows typically showcase local artists, but more often than not also include touring artists. Most of the shows are in people's homes.




'GO-TO' VENUES


If you want to check as few sites as possible to track down some live music, these venues offer music almost every night and often give you more than one choice on a given night.


Americana


33 Pearl St SW Washington DC 20024

The Pearl Street Warehouse strives to channel the vibes of legendary music halls from around the country, with a cozy atmosphere and American-diner fare.



Classical


2700 F St. NW Washington DC 20566

It's the Kennedy Center, THE busiest performing arts facility in the United States. It hosts dozens of far-from-free arts events every week (with music in all genres, but slanting heavily toward classical), and its Millennium Stage offers free performances (mostly music, but occasionally other art forms) 365 days a year.



Jazz & Blues


1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington DC 20007

Blues Alley is one of the nation's premier blues and jazz venues, offering two shows on 6 or 7 nights per week, with a mix of local and traveling acts.


2461 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Madam's Organ provides music every day. Blues music is the primary offering, with rock once or twice a week. Most music starts at 9:30 on weeknights and 10:00 on weekends.


1344 U St. NW Washington DC 20009

Twins Jazz is one of DC's legendary jazz hotspots, offering two shows on most nights of the year, with a mix of local and touring acts.



Rock & Pop


815 V St. NW Washington DC 20001

The 9:30 Club is the go-to venue for nationally recognized touring acts.


901 Wharf Street SW Washington DC 20024

The Anthem is one of the District's largest music venues. It attracts some of the biggest names in music in a space that is mammoth, yet more intimate than an arena.


1811 14th St. NW Washington DC 20009

The Black Cat offers entertainment most nights; the principal type of entertainment is rock music, with a blend of local and touring acts.


2463 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Bossa offers live music most nights and offers a mix of rock music and world music.


1940 9th St. NW Washington DC 20001

DC9 offers live music most nights, in a cozy bar atmosphere. The vast majority of the acts perform rock or pop, and most acts are touring acts. Seating is available, but be prepared to stand if you want good viewing angles.


3401 Water St. NW Washington DC 20007

Gypsy Sally's offers music most nights of the week (though Monday performances are rare), with free concerts in their Vinyl Lounge and paid performances on their main stage (usually both in the same night). The fare tends to be rock or Americana, with a strong affinity for Grateful Dead cover bands.


1353 H St. NE Washington DC 20002

The Rock & Roll Hotel offers live music most nights, with a blend of local and touring acts.


600 14th St. NW Washington DC 20005

The Hamilton offers music most nights, in a wide range of genres, and with a mix of local bands and big-name touring acts. Most events take place on their live stage, but about once a week a free concert is also provided in their loft bar.


740 Water St SW Washington DC 20024

Union Stage, brought to DC by the same people that put far-flung exurb Vienna on the map with Jammin' Java, is a medium-sized music venue that offers a mix of national touring acts and top-notch local talent.





ALMOST DAILY VENUES


These venues offer music most days of the week (or offer music every day but have the same artists again and again.)


Americana


410 7th St. NW Washington DC 20004

Hill Country offers music most nights, usually with no cover charge. The music is usually country or folk, with the occasional rock band, and most are touring artists.



Jazz & Blues


2325 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Columbia Station offers live jazz 6 nights a week, with afternoon and evening performances on Saturdays and Sundays.


1518 U St. NW Washington DC 20009

JoJo offers jazz or blues music Tuesday through Sunday each week with rotating local artists.


601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington DC 20007

Mr. Henry's offers Americana every Thursday and jazz every Friday and Saturday. Shows typically start at 8:00 and usually do not require a cover charge.



Potpourri


4 F St. NW Washington DC 20001

The Dubliner offers live Irish music 7 nights a week.


2443 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

The Rumba Cafe offers world music on Thursdays through Saturdays.


2001 14th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Tropicalia is a great source for a wide variety of world music. Music is offered almost every week, and some weeks feature concerts on four or five different nights.



Rock & Pop


645 Florida Ave. NW Washington DC 20001

Flash provides music 5 or so nights a week, offering primarily electronica, with a mix of DJs and producers from the region and from around the globe.


2477 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Songbyrd is music-centric, combining both a music store and a music venue. They offer music most nights, with a mix of live music and DJs. The vast majority of musicians are local.


1610 14th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Sotto offers a regular mix of local artists on Tuesday or Wednesday through Saturday nights, and usually offers the music at an earlier hour than most venues. The offerings tend to be rock & pop or jazz. Expect patrons to talk loudly and pay little attention to the music - the music may be largely drowned out.


6914 4th St. NW Washington DC 20012

Takoma Station provides music almost every night. However, their website is far from informative, so many nights you'll have to guess at the type of music provided and the cover charge.


1115 U St NW Washington DC 20009

The U Street Music Hall offers music 4 to 7 nights a week, with a mix of DJs and live music acts.


915 U St. NW Washington DC 20001

The Velvet Lounge offers live music most nights, and is known for attracting under-the-radar travelling acts and up-and-coming local acts.





RELIABLE VENUES


These venues regularly offer live music; most of them average more than one concert a week.


Classical


4431 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20016

During the school year, American regularly offers concerts, principally at the Katzen Arts Center, but occasionally elsewhere on campus. and at the Greenberg Theater.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

2017 I St. NW Washington DC 20006

The Arts Club regularly offers concerts at The Monroe House, the mansion which was formerly the home of President James Monroe. If the grand venue and top-flight entertainment aren't sufficient enough inducement, an added bonus is that most of the concerts are free.


1317 G St. NW Washington DC 20005

Epiphany is regularly a host of concerts and is the venue of choice for some of the area's classical groups.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

37th St. NW and O St. NW Washington DC 20057

During the school year, Georgetown regularly offers free, midday concerts and a wide variety of performances scattered throughout the school calendar. Concerts are usually free, but the campus can be tough to navigate. Classical music dominates the calendar, but jazz and other genres are also sometimes provided.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

2801 Upton St. NW Washington DC 20008

Levine Music's concert offerings vary between performances by Levine students, faculty, and/or alums, and guest performers. Most events are held at the NW DC campus or their Bethesda site, but some take place at THEARC or at off-campus locations.


6th St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW Washington DC 20565

The National Gallery of Art regularly hosts concerts. During the summer jazz is offered in the Sculpture Garden; the rest of the year classical concerts are offered indoors (in the West Building Garden Court or the East Building Atrium or Auditorium). All concerts are free of charge and tickets are rarely required.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

800 G St. NW Washington DC 20001

Many of the Smithsonian museums offer live music (with the American Art Museum being the most frequent host), and most performances are free and do not require a ticket. (The website can be a little cumbersome, and be aware that NYC events are lumped in with DC events.)

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.


Jazz & Blues


1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington DC 20007

Bistrot Lepic offers jazz music on most Mondays and Wednesdays.


2427 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Black Squirrel is a great place to catch local jazz and experimental artists, with scheduling coordinated by Indie Adams Morgan (I.A.M). However, in the past the Squirrel has not included info about the music on their site, and I.A.M. has had website maintenance issues, so tracking down information about the music can sometimes be challenging.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

2813 12th St. NE Washington DC 20017

JACS is a not-for-profit venue that is all about jazz, offering a dozen or so concerts a month at a low entrance fee and focusing on local musicians.


1415 P St. NW Washington DC 20005

The New Vegas Lounge's house blues band performs every Friday and Saturday night, and the lounge hosts a guest band on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.


1739 N St. NW Washington DC 20036

The Tabard offers jazz on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, with rotating local artists performing as duos.


400 I St. SW Washington DC 20024

Westminster hosts blues almost every Monday and jazz almost every Friday, and usually also has a jazz appreciation day one Saturday a month. The music starts early (6:00), the cost is low ($5), and the musicians tend to be fantastic.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.


Potpourri


701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC 20004

701's dining is accompanied by live piano on Thursday evenings and live piano and bass on Friday and Saturday evenings.


3287 M St. NW Washington DC 20007

The Georgetown Piano Bar offers live piano seven nights a week.


730 21st Street NW Washington DC 20052

Lisner is host to a wide variety of entertainment and draws internationally-recognized musicians.


900 South Carolina Ave. SE Washington DC 20003

The Corner Store is a cozy arts venue with a wide variety of arts offerings and a mix of music that is diverse enough to be impossible to categorize. As a small organization its calendar is somewhat sporadic, but it's nonetheless well worth checking on a regular basis.



Rock & Pop


2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC 20037

The Bayou offers live music most Friday and Saturday nights, but their website is not often up-to-date.


1358 Florida Ave NE Washington DC 20002

Capital Fringe is the host of the annual Fringefest, but also provides music, plays, and other events throughout the year. Fringefest takes place in multiple locations, but the majority of Fringe events during other times of the year take place either at the Fringe stage or at public libraries. As the name implies, Fringe music tends to be ecclectic.


201 F St. NE Washington DC 20002

Most weeks, Ebenezers offers live music once or twice, with a blend comprised primarily of pop, singer/songwriter, and folk.


1212 18th St. NW Washington DC 20036

The 18th Street Lounge offers music Tuesdays through Sundays, with a mix of DJs and live acts. Their website is pretty but highly uninformative.


620 T Street NW Washington DC 20001

The Howard draws big-name acts and offers live music an average of 3 to 4 days a week, with a variety of ticketing options.


1356 Okie St. NE Washington DC 20002

Ivy City offers a variety of music - a mix of rock and jazz, with occasional Americana. Most shows have no cover charge, but tickets are required for about a quarter of the offerings.


5018 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008

Jakes offers live music most Friday and Saturday nights, but isn't particularly good about keeping their online calendar up-to-date.


1240 9th St. NW Washington DC 20001

Lost and Found offers live music most Tuesday nights.


3203 Mt Pleasant St. NW Washington DC 20010

Marx Cafe regularly features DJs or live music, though their website typically offers no information beyond the name of the artist and/or the music genre of the night.


2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington DC 20037

Mason Inn caters to the college crowd and offers 2 to 3 concerts most weeks. Most are rock or pop acts, but Americana acts are also in the mix. Most acts are from the greater DMV region.


1525 Newton St NW Washington DC 20010

Positive Force arose from the punk and hardcore scene and organizes concerts to fundraise for local causes. Their concerts are sporadic, but when they do occur they support good causes and offer a wide slate of performers, mostly local. St. Stephen's is their principal host.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

2446 18th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Roofers Union offers live music most Friday and Saturday nights and some Wednesday nights. All concerts start at 10:00 and are free; most feature local artists.


600 I St NW Washington DC 20001

Sixth and I is a performance venue with a wide variety of offerings, including concerts, performing arts, and informative programs about Jewish life. Music is offered more weeks than not, and typically features world- or nationally-renowned performers.


201 Upshur St NW Washington DC 20011

Slash Run is famous for their burgers and whiskey selection. They offer a steady stream of concerts, primarily punk rock, but rarely keep their events calendar up-to-date.


268 Carroll St. NW Washington DC 20012

The Electric Maid is a nonprofit arts and community venue that regularly offers live music. The venue's website provides minimal information, but suggested donations are typically in the $5 to $10 range, and concerts most often feature a touring artist with local musicians opening.


3548 14th St. NW Washington DC 20010

The Pinch regularly hosts live music in a wide variety of genres, though the music does tend toward harder fare. Concerts are usually inexpensive and tend to feature a wide variety of artists, mostly local.





ALMOST WEEKLY VENUES


These venues usually have a live music event during a given week (or offer a house musician multiple times a week).


Americana


3102 Mt. Pleasant St. NW Washington DC 20010

Haydee's provides a nice blend of music on a "regular sporadic" basis - music is provided often but is unpredictable. Artists are generally local and tend to be bluegrass, country, pop, or world music. Note that the music listings on the website are in no particular order (good luck!).



Classical


4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington DC 20016

American University operates the off-campus Greenberg Theatre, which principally showcases the university, but which also features guest artists on occasion.


1333 H St. NE Washington DC 20002

The Atlas is primarily a performing arts venue, but they do also provide music in a variety of genres (principally classical or jazz) on a somewhat regular basis.


4850 Colorado Ave. NW Washington DC 20011

Carter Barron is a premier location for outdoor concerts during the warm (and disgustingly hot) months of the year.


3133 Dumbarton St. NW Washington DC 20007

Dumbarton Concerts are presented in Georgetown's Dumbarton United Methodist Church, and the intimate concerts feature chamber and jazz music.


201 E Capitol St. SE Washington DC 20003

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the principal venue for the Folger Consort, which specializes in music appropriate to Shakespeare's era.


10 1st St. SE Washington DC 20540

The Library of Congress offers a regular slate of free, top-notch concerts. Tickets are usually required, and almost always are sold out very soon after becoming available. Nonetheless, some unclaimed "rush" tickets are generally available two hours before each performance.


1600 21st St. NW Washington DC 20009

The Phillips Collection hosts world-renowned classical musicians in an intimate setting; buy tickets early as performances sell out quickly.


1623 28th St. NW Washington DC 20007

The S&R Foundation regularly sponsors premier classical concerts in intimate venues, with most events taking place at the Evermay Estate in Georgetown.



Jazz & Blues


901 U St. NW Washington DC 20001

The Brixton hosts DC's premier jazz jam most Sundays at 6:30.


1354 H St. NE Washington DC 20002

The Gallery on O offers a wide variety of music in their courtyard on the weekends during the warm weather season and also participates in the DC Jazzfest and H Street special events.


1200 16th Street NW Washington DC 20036

Quill's house pianist performs Tuesday through Saturday evenings, starting at 9:00 p.m.


1901 Mississippi Ave. SE Washington DC 20020

THEARC is a community arts venue that offers arts education and community services as well as a host of public performances. They regularly provide jazz programming and occasionally offer other genres as well.


4200 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008

The University of the District of Columbia offers a variety of jazz programming, including concerts by students and faculty and a "meet the artist" series.



Potpourri


500 8th Street SE Washington DC 20003

The Banana Cafe offers a piano bar most nights of the week.


625 Monroe St. NE Washington DC 20017

The various Busboys and Poets restaurants each host at least one open mic night a month, and occasionally other music offerings sneak into their calendar as well. Of the DC Busboys, the Brookland location offers music most frequently.


1215 U Street NW Washington DC 20009

The Lincoln hosts nationally renowned touring acts, though live music represents only a small portion of its calendar.


3205 K Street NW Washington DC 20007

Mr. Smith's offers a sing-along piano bar on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 and at Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00.


1529 16th St. NW Washington DC 20036

The JCC's annual Jewish Music Festival is one of DC's great treasures; public concerts at other times of the year are a bit sporadic but generally worth seeking out.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.


Rock & Pop


3236 M St. NW Washington DC 20007

Clyde's offers live music on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m., though who will be performing is typically listed only on their Facebook page, if at all.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

5037 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington DC 20008

Comet Ping Pong hosts an average of two or so rock shows each week; doors generally open at 10:00, and prices tend to range from $5 to $12.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE Washington DC 20018

Echostage is a mammoth dance music venue that offers a variety of DJs and live music, as well as outlandlishly high prices and a bafflingly frustrating website.


801 E St. NW Washington DC 20004

Penn Social offers entertainment most nights, with one or two live music offerings on most weeks. Unfortunately, their website is a bit painful to navigate despite being quite pretty.


1420 K St. NW Washington DC 20005

Soundcheck offers electronica and house music about half of the nights each week.


513 13th Street NW Washington DC 20004

The Warner Theatre is a performance venue of an epic scale that regularly offers arts entertainment, but which only occasionally hosts concerts. Their best seats sell out quickly, so it's best to look far ahead in their calendar.


1101 Kenyon St. NW Washington DC 20010

Wonderland Ballroom generally offers entertainment about four nights a week, with live concerts once or twice a week, almost always featuring local artists.





OCCASIONAL VENUES


These venues are a bit more of a roll of the dice - some are seasonal, others have regular music but don't keep their concert information up-to-date, and others have music pretty sporadically. This category also includes places whose sole music offering is a weekly jazz brunch.


Americana


276 Carroll St. NW Washington DC 20012

Seeker's offers at least one or two concerts per month through their "Carroll Café." The concerts are usually Americana, but some other genres are offered on occasion as well. Not all of the concerts at Seekers are listed on the Seekers site - some are only listed on one of the regional folk music sites.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.


Classical


2835 16th St. NW Washington DC 20009

All Souls occasionally serves as a concert venue and is a regular host of a square dance with live musicians.


3801 Harewood Rd. NE Washington C 20017

Catholic University occasionally hosts touring artists and also offers concerts by its students, particularly toward the end of the semester. Unfortunately, the University's website is not very informative about events.


1 Chevy Chase Cir Washington DC 20015

Chevy Chase Presbyterian hosts one or two public concerts most months of the year.


3524 International Ct. NW Washington DC 20008

The Austrian Embassy occasionally hosts concerts, usually classical. Since the embassy is such a great place to see a performance, the website is worth checking every so often.


2401 Foxhall Rd. NW Washington DC 20007

The Kreeger occasionally hosts classical concerts.


101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington DC 20016

The National Cathedral occasionally offers concerts, many of an epic scale befitting the grand setting.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

5 Thomas Circle NW Washington DC 20005

The National City Christian Church hosts free, midday concerts on most Fridays, generally featuring the church's organ. They also occasionally host other public concerts, though those concerts are not typically listed on the church's calendar.


400 Michigan Ave. NE Washington DC 20017

The National Shrine often offers concerts and organ recitals during the summer; music offerings throughout the remainder of the year are spotty.



Jazz & Blues


901 New York Ave. NW Washington DC 20001

Acadiana provides a Sunday jazz brunch.


1231 Good Hope Rd. SE Washington DC 20020

The Anacostia Art Center is predominantly a space for the visual arts, but they also offer theater, performance art, and music.


601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC 20004

Fiola offers jazz music by local musicians on most Monday and Wednesday evenings.


950 15th St. NW Washington DC 20005

Geogia Brown's provides a Sunday jazz brunch.


3401 Water St. NW Washington DC 20007

Malmaison provides a Sunday jazz brunch.


801 Taylor St. NW Washington DC 20011

Petworth Jazz project is offered seasonally, from late spring to early autumn each year, with a series of Saturday events.

If the venue link doesn't have the event you're looking for, try this alternative website.

20 Florida Avenue NW Washington DC 20001

Shaw's Tavern provides a piano bar on Wednesdays and on one Friday a month, and occasionally offers live music on other nights.


113 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington DC 20001

Showtime bar offers music by Granny and The Boys on Sunday nights and music by other artists on other nights on occasion.



Potpourri


2118 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20008

The Society of the Cincinnati occasionally hosts concerts (principally classical or early Americana) at the historic Anderson House.


700 Delaware Ave. SW Washington DC 20024

The Blind Whino is a community arts venue that occasionally hosts live music performances.


3222 11th St. NW Washington DC 20001

Bloombars hosts multiple events on most days of the year, though young children are the target audience for most events. When Bloombars does host musicians, they tend to be top-notch artists, and the cozy venue makes for a memorable experience.


545 7th St. SE Washington DC 20003

CHAW is a fantastic arts organization and well worth a visit; however, music is offered only occasionally.


921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington DC 20003

The Hill Center is a community arts venue that occasionally hosts live music performances.


2020 O St NW Washington DC 20036

The museum regularly offers a rotating variety of music genres, but its admission policy is unclear - its jam sessios are open to musicians, and it seems that you can watch the jam session with the purchase of a tour pass, but you probably want to verify before going.



Rock & Pop


116 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington DC 20001

Boundary Stone offers an open mic night every Monday night and occasionally hosts other performances.


601 F St. NW Washington DC 20004

Events at Capital One Arena (formerly the Verizon Center) are quite frequent; concerts take place only on occasion. As one might expect, performers who take the Capital One stage are huge, internationally recognized acts.


1776 D St. NW Washington DC 20006

DAR hosts large events with the occasional concert. Very little concert information is provided on the DAR website, and most events use Ticketmaster, which also provides virtually no worthwhile event information. Good luck.


2001 E Capitol St. SE Washington DC 20003

This site covers events at the DC Armory and the Convention Center, as well as other locations under the organization's purview. Music pops up on the calendar only on occasion, but those events tend to be epic in scale.


Chesapeake St. NW at 40th St. NW Washington C 20016

Fort Reno hosts concerts on Mondays and Thursdays during the summer, generally featuring area rock bands.


3423 14th St. NW Washington DC 20010

Zeba is a nice, sprawling neighborhood bar that somewhat regularly offers a variety of... umm... DJs? Their site has been so uninformative that we've never understood their offering and therefore have never added their stuff to the calendar.





PERFORMING ARTISTS


There are FAR too many DC-based musicians to list here, but the following are some of the more "iconic" DC-based acts that tend to perform at venues (churches and special events, principally) that aren't listed above.


Americana



An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 30 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe.


Classical



The 18th Street Singers is a fifty-voice ensemble of young professionals living, learning, and working in and around our nation's capital. The group's mission is to reinvigorate a new generation of choral music audiences by offering fresh, spirited interpretations of both traditional and contemporary choral works.


The Apollo Orchestra was founded with the goal of creating a superior chamber orchestra while showcasing young professional talent. Most members are graduates of conservatories or major music schools or have proven themselves in other well-recognized music venues and organizations, but hadn't yet had the opportunity to join a major orchestra or opera company.


The Washington Bach Consort is committed to the study and performance of the complete vocal and instrumental works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. As one of the nation’s critically acclaimed and widely recognized performing arts institutions, it has appeared at numerous festivals and has made three European tours.


The Cantate Chamber Singers ensemble attracts many of the Washington, D.C., area’s finest choral musicians, selected annually by audition. The group performs a broad range of great Western choral literature spanning the past five centuries and is recognized for championing neglected masterpieces and premiering newly commissioned works.


Carmina (Latin for “poetry” or “songs”) is a chamber choir devoted to exploring the diverse musical styles of the Middles Ages through the Baroque. Since its debut in 1998 the group has performed regularly in the Washington area, and often presents joint concerts with other local ensembles.


The City Choir of Washington is known for its finely crafted sound and creatively programmed subscription series, which breathe new life into old masterworks and pairs them with stunning renditions of new or under-performed works.


The D.C. Boys Choir is a group of musically talented young male students, established to help develop self-esteem by revealing and nurturing their creativity through artistic expression. The D.C. Boys Choir has established itself as one of the premier youth choirs in the nation and has emerged on the national and international scene with honor and distinction.


DC Public Opera is a new, alternative opera company, founded in the belief that opera at its best offers an immediate experience that engages the emotions and imaginations of a diverse audience. Their mission is to present relevant, engaging performances that reflect a 21st-century perspective.


The goals of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) are to 1.) Provide quality music instruction and performance opportunities for young people across the DC metropolitan area’s full diversity, 2.) Develop a Youth Orchestra capable of competing successfully at the national and international levels, and 3.) Instill in its students the discipline and focus necessary to succeed academically as well as musically.


The Inscape Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience. With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated group has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC, region and beyond.


Performing locally and abroad, the National Children's Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its concert series presented by professional music halls.


The New Orchestra of Washington’s mission is to make music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works.


On occasion the National Symphony Orchestra will inundate one neighborhood with a plethora of free concerts. It doesn't happen often, but when it does... bonanza!


The Thomas Circle Singers is a chamber choral ensemble with a dual mission: to perform diverse choral works for the enjoyment of audiences in the Washington, D.C., area and to raise awareness and funds for organizations that address the pressing needs of the city’s underserved citizens.


The Washington Chorus (TWC) is one of the foremost symphonic choruses in the nation. Noted for the superb artistry of its performances and recordings of the entire range of the choral repertoire, TWC is widely recognized as a cultural leader in the nation’s capital. In June 2016, Chorus America, the national association for choruses, honored The Washington Chorus with the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.


The mission of Washington Concert Opera is to provide a secure home for rarely performed operatic masterpieces, to give established artists the opportunity to perform in debut roles as well as signature roles, and to introduce the exceptional talents of emerging artists. Washington Concert Opera produces high quality, seldom performed masterpieces of the operatic repertoire.


The Washington Master Chorale is a vibrant, sixty-voice professional and volunteer chorus that has quickly garnered a reputation throughout the Washington region for vocal excellence and discriminating concert programing. Since its debut concert in 2010, the Chorale’s performances have received repeated critical acclaim.


Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (WMPA) is a not-for-profit organization of musicians and music lovers dedicated to making high-quality musical performances and opportunities accessible to the community. WMPA is composed of several major programs, including three orchestras, a free summer concert series, and a composition competition.


Jazz & Blues



Howard Universityʼs premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue, performs music similar to the styles of The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, while adding their own unique sound. This “vocal big band” has performed to wide critical acclaim.


Formed on the campus of Howard University in 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir (HGC) is a body of students, alumni and community members dedicated to using the gift of music to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. As the first college choir of its kind in the world, HGC is a trailblazer for all gospel music ministries on collegiate campuses across the globe.


Potpourri



Coral Cantigas (“Cantigas”), is the only chorus of its kind in the Washington, D.C., area and most of the nation. Their mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of the many rich styles of Latin American, Spanish and Caribbean choral music, and unite communities through the joyful and transformative power of music.


The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was founded nearly forty years ago with a mission to promote excellence in arts education by supporting and recognizing students, leaders, educators, schools, institutions, and organizations.

3423 14th St. NW Washington DC 20010

Various Marine Corps ensembles perform regularly around the country and often around the DC region; the DC venue at which they perform most regularly is the Marine Corps Barracks (and Annex).