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Can’t-Miss Shows in Washington DC This Month

Can’t-Miss Shows in Washington DC This Month

When your need for live music strikes, we're here to inspire you with a hand-picked list of the hottest concerts in Washington DC. From under-the-radar local bands to arena-filling super stars, we've got every concert you'll want on your calendar right here.

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Kenny Chesney

The Anthem

The country music singer and guitarist from Illinois is going to pack out The Anthem for his Songs for the Saints Tour.

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Lotus

9:30 Club

Influences of classic electronic dance music, funk, post-rock, and dance-rock have all made their way into the Lotus sound.

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Adventure Club

Echostage

The duo from Montreal will lead you into the world of Canadian electronic dance on their Death or Glory Tour.

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WFSU DC 2019

Union Stage

WFSU is a festival that celebrates and elevates womxn. The WFSU collective uses music and art to bridge communities and raise awareness around social justice issues.

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Jazzmeia Horn Quintet

Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress

Jazzmeia Horn's gifts include an arrestingly beautiful voice and imaginative command of style, plus scintillating skills as a scatter.

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April 24 - May 1

Daybreaker DC

The Watergate Hotel

Sometimes when this city gets crazy, all you gotta do is dance. Don the hot pants, leopard print, and platform shoes at this silent disco dance party.

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Emily Reo

Comet Ping Pong

Emily Reo has been recording and touring independently for over a decade.

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Blue October

9:30 Club

The alternative rock band has put their full weight behind their newest album "I Hope You're Happy."

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Old School Hip Hop Bar Crawl

Multiple Venues

10 local DJs in the DMV will be spinning 8 hours of hip-hop gems to keep your head nodding and body moving at 6 different bars.

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Veve & tha Rebels

Sixth & I

Veve & tha Rebels is a Washington, D.C.-based Afro-folk band that uniquely blends traditional folk with elements of Afro-beat, R&B, and hip hop.

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Kali Uchis & Jorja Smith

The Anthem

Kali Uchis stakes a very convincing claim at being the hot new crossover act to watch. Jorja Smith will carry you away on her silky melodies.

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A Day of Jazz in Washington DC

Warner Theater

Indulge in various music programs for all ages on the last day of National Jazz Appreciation Month.

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ELHAE

Union Stage

North Dakota-born and Georgia-raised singer, artist, and visionary ELHAE approaches R&B like a film director would, choosing every element carefully and ensuring an intricate level of cohesion.

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May 2 - 8

Boogie

Songbyrd

Long Beach-born, Compton-bred Anthony Dixson's music is rooted in realities that are simultaneously melancholy and joyfully uplifting.

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Kings Kaleidoscope

Union Stage

Kings Kaleidoscope is embarking on their first nationwide tour for their album "ZEAL." Wordsplayed will be joining them on tour.

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ÌFÉ

Union Stage

A powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun.

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Mogli

Songbyrd

Mogli’s personal life went through an unexpected period of upheaval and transition. Hear her musically tell her stories live at Songbyrd.

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Anthony Brown & group therAPy

First Baptist Church of Glenarden - Worship Center

Multiple Stellar Award Winner, Dove Award Winner, and GRAMMY nominee Anthony Brown & group therAPy will lift you to new heights with Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Erica Campbell, and Kelontae Gavin.

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Delta Rae

9:30 Club

Six-piece band Delta Rae hails from Durham, NC with Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes fronting the robust group with sultry harmonies.

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Imogen Heap

The Lincoln Theatre

London based recording artist Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship.

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Son Volt

9:30 Club

On Son Volt’s new record, "Union," present and past mingle into strong confluence.

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Pedro The Lion

Rock & Roll Hotel

In June 2018, the band went into Studio X and Hall of Justice with producer Andy Park to create Phoenix, the first new Pedro album in 15 years.

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May 9 - 15

Julian Marley

Tally Ho Theater

Julian Marley, the son of Bob Marley, is a British Jamaican reggae musician.

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John Paul White

Rams Head On Stage

John Paul White has cultivated his career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then as half of The Civil Wars.

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Diane Coffee

DC9 Nightclub

Get ready to swan dive into a lush, digital glam wonderland with the ever-evolving spectacle that is Diane Coffee — the gender and genre-bending alter ego of Shaun Fleming.​

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Mark Knight

Soundcheck

DJ, producer, label owner, and businessman: Mark Knight has proven a rare and wonderful breed of musical heavyweight.

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Mr Twin Sister

U Street Music Hall

After growing up together on Long Island, Mr Twin Sister formed in 2008 under the name Twin Sister, releasing two EPs to significant critical acclaim.

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KT Tunstall

Union Stage

Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent.

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Ben Platt

The Anthem

Countless fans worldwide fell head over heels for Ben Platt during his Tony® Award-winning turn in the title role of Dear Evan Hansen and on-screen in films such as the Pitch Perfect franchise.

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The Devil Makes Three

9:30 Club

The Devil Makes Three is rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll.

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Cuban Doll

Milkboy ArtHouse

The rapper from Dallas will charm you with her ebbs and flows at MilkBoy ArtHouse.

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Dark Star Orchestra

The Hamilton

Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. They have over 2600 shows and 20 years under their belt.

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Katie Toupin

DC9 Nightclub

After years on the road with Houndmouth and a brief hiatus while getting settled in Los Angeles, Katie returned to writing and released her EP “Moroccan Ballroom.”

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May 16 - 22

Charlotte de Witte

U Street Music Hall

Despite being considered relatively fresh on the scene, Belgian DJ and producer Charlotte de Witte has amply proven her skill in the studio and behind the decks.

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Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

The Lincoln Theatre

April 26 marks the release date of Fever Breaks, the tenth studio album from acclaimed singer and songwriter Josh Ritter.

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Running Touch

U Street Music Hall

Through his music, live-show, and identity, Running Touch has curated a multi-dimensional brand that gives a focus to storytelling through art, performance, and music.

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Jessica Pratt

Jammin Java

Jessica Pratt is not a loud performer. She doesn't have to be. In a club of a few hundred, even the bar staff are known to go quiet while she’s on stage.

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Juice WRLD

The Anthem

Juice WRLD, Ski Mask The Slump God, and Lyrical Lemonade are coming together to give you a turn up for the books.

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Kandi Burress & Tamar Braxton

Echostage

Welcome to the Dungeon is sure to be unlike any tour you've ever seen. Tamar Braxton & Kandi Burress are known to put on an unforgettable show.

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Ghost Light

The Hamilton

Formed in 2017, Ghost Light brings together five consummately talented artists from across the musical spectrum.

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Aztec Sun

Gypsy Sally's

Aztec Sun hails from the District and has hypnotized the ears and feet of live music aficionados with their upbeat and retro grooves steeped in 70's Funk and Soul, Jazz, Afro-funk, and Motown.

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Superorganism

9:30 Club

The London-based, eight person collective of international musicians and pop culture junkies from Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK released their self-titled debut album in March 2018.

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Upcoming

CloZee

9:30 Club

In a feedback loop of adventure, music, and love, CloZee is ready to let the force of the sound carry everyone to places they have never been before.

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All White Block Party

Decades DC

With 4 floors, 7 genres, and 10 DJs, this block party will have you celebrating all Memorial Day Weekend long.

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Burna Boy

Echostage

The Nigerian Afro-fusion singer released an EP entitled Steel & Copper with electronic duo DJDS in March.

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Circa Waves

DC9 Nightclub

Circa Waves’ third album may be the album that nearly never was, but it will become the album their fans can’t live without.

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Cub Sport

Songbyrd

Cub Sport has undergone a transformation from local indie band to global pop powerhouse.

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Steve Aoki

Echostage

The electro-house legend stays on the road. Catch him in the District on the 23rd and get ready to dance the night away.

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Teen Daze

Vinyl Lounge at Songbyrd

Striking a balance between the digital and the natural has always been one of the main purposes of Jamison Isaak’s Teen Daze project.

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Grapetooth

Songbyrd

Concocting a freshly strange blend of synth pop and damaged folk music, Grapetooth is a band from Chicago that consists of Chris Bailoni and Clay Frankel.

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Will Varley

DC9 Nightclub

A heady sense of the unfamiliar suffuses Will Varley's music.

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Afro Karaoke x Jollof Gist

Big Chief

DJ Renzay & Guest DJs will be spinning afrobeats, reggae, soca, soukous, highlife, and more.

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Morgan James

The Hamilton Live

Morgan James has rocked the stage as Christ herself in an all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar and has taken on a full-album acoustic cover of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah.

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Strange Boutique

DC9 Nightclub

Strange Boutique rose out of the ashes of the Washington harDCore punk scene with a dynamic sense of song-writing while breaking new ground in a post-punk/alternative landscape.

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Ocean Alley

Rock & Roll Hotel

Ocean Alley have captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock.

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Rone & Train

Rock & Roll Hotel

Rone & Train are a perfect blend of traditional boom bap, new age, and soulful hip hop.

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2019 Lake Arbor Jazz Festival

Lake Arbor Community Center

Now in its 10th year, the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival features top flight contemporary and traditional jazz and R&B artists from across the nation and the Washington, DC area.

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Okkervil River

The Hamilton Live

Over the course of their twenty-one-year career, Okkervil River has released nine albums that have given frontman Will Sheff a reputation as one of the greatest working songwriters in the country.

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The Chats

Songbyrd

Forming in 2016, The Chats quickly came up with a set of catchy pub punk anthems. They hail from the Sunshine Coast of Australia.

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RÜFÜS DU SOL

The Anthem

Bringing a host of new analog gear into the fold, as well as a revamped visual setup, the group's new live show will bring the magical spontaneity of the group’s studio process to the stage.

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God Is An Astronaut

Rock & Roll Hotel

Irish trio, God Is An Astronaut, has reigned as one of the premier instrumental groups with its fusion of intense rock instrumentation and ethereal soundscapes.

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