Without a doubt, Washington, DC is a vital hotspot for all your favorite artists to hit when they tour the East Coast. The city’s deep-rooted history, cultural vivacity, and political undercurrent make for a creative eclecticism unlike any other city in America. From Echostage to Songbyrd Music Hall, we’ve chosen 5 of DC’s iconic music venues and promoters to follow so you’ll never miss out on a live music event that thrills you.
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For dinner and a show: Songbyrd Music House
Look out for: A seasonal food and drink menu with reverse happy hours starting at 11pm. You’ll be drawn in by Songbyrd’s retro aesthetics and curated vinyl shop, but will stay for the stellar music and comedy. Follow Sonbyrd Music House for tunes, drinks, and eats all day long.
Why: Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, Songbyrd is a triple threat. The three-in-one record café, restaurant and bar, and music venue was named the Best Place for Dinner and Live Music by the Washington City Paper in 2017. During the day, Wi-Fi is available at the café as you lounge with great espresso, plush couches, and industrial lighting. Songbyrd is a close and personal event space with live music multiple times a week. International, national, and local artists rotate through this venue year round.
For the indie fans: All Good Presents
Look out for: Cutting-edge and indie music acts promoted by passionate music lovers who have tread deep in the DC music scene for years. Follow All Good Presents to stay in-the-know about emerging artists at a plethora of venues around the District.
Why: This grassroots promotion and production company will be sure to link you up with some of the best club and theater shows in The District. All Good Presents’ fire is fueled by the passion to connect the concert lover with music acts they already love and musicians they have yet to discover. Their events in the Washington DC / Northern Virginia area are thrown at some of your all time favorite venues: The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse, Gypsy Sally’s, 9:30 Club, and The Hamilton, amongst others. All Good Presents is behind the scenes working their magic at many of the biggest live music events every week.
For a blowout show: Echostage
Look out for: A steady flow of high-caliber artists and a state of the art German-imported sound system that will keep the dance floor thriving throughout the night. Follow Echostage for electric tunes with killer sound.
Why: Electronic Music is the heartbeat of Echostage. The 3,000 capacity venue has hosted some of your favorite industry heavyweights including Zedd, Lorde, David Guetta, Tiesto, Gucci Mane, and Above & Beyond. Rated as the #1 USA nightclub by DJ Magazine, the vibrant LED displays will captivate you as local DJs and large-scale performers take the stage. With unobstructed views from basically every spot in the house, good vibes are on the horizon when an Echostage event is on your calendar.
For the culture-seekers: Library of Congress
Look out for: An impressive range of musical experiences that span many different genres, including chamber music, jazz, and opera. Follow Library of Congress if you want to diversify your musical proclivities.
Why: The Nation’s Library hosts a series of free concerts, films, and lectures in a brilliant concert hall nestled in the Thomas Jefferson Building. With a foundation in the library’s vast cultural resources and manuscripts, these concerts open to the public are a solid way to expand your creative aesthetic and cultural depth.
For the underground electronic crowd: Club Glow
Look out for: Hip-hop, house, and Latin music spinning on the regular with up-and-coming artists delivering electrifying sets. Follow Club Glow to keep a pulse on the intimate electronic shows they put on at Soundcheck, the soundproof venue that’s outfitted to evoke a recording studio in a nightclub setting.
Why: Club Glow carries a current of the underground electronic scene and throws Moonrise Festival, an East Coast music extravaganza brimming with house, hip-hop, and everything in between.
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