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It is Spoon’s moment. They’re headlining not one, not two, but three nights at Lincoln Theatre in September. Grab tickets while you can. The band has been playing for 21 years, pretty good for an indie band whose sound then and now is just as relevant. How else to explain the fact that their new album, “They Want My Soul,” is being hailed as maybe their best yet, debuting at number four on the charts. Spoon sounds familiar, yet new at the same time and frontman Britt Daniel’s vocals stretch into whatever sounds he creates. Don’t miss this one.Location
NW, DC. Sept 2 - 14. The classic film is now a record-breaking live theatrical sensation. Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Dirty Dancing features hit songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?," and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life.Tickets
BETHESDA, MD. Sept 3 - 27. From Sam Shepard, one of America’s most renowned playwrights, comes this explosive tale of love, hate, and the dying myths of the Old West. May’s hiding out at a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert when Eddie, her longtime on-again/off-again lover, shows up. Dark secrets are revealed during a night of gripping jealousy, brutal betrayal, and the deepest kind of love. Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette directs a powerhouse cast in this revival of one of the great American plays of the 20th century.Location
NW, DC. Sept. 3 - Oct. 12. Belleville unmasks the seemingly perfect marriage and Parisian life of expats Abby and Zack, anatomizing the consequences of deceptions small and large and the terrifying, profound unknowability of our closest relationships.Location
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. Sept 4 - 21. Amaluna invites you to a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men seek refuge on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor.Tickets
COLUMBIA. MD. Sept. 5 - Nov. 9. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll!Location
SW, DC. Sept. 5 - Oct. 19. Meet Alma, a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior citizen deal, whose elaborate life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his affable mentor who's seen it all.Location
NE, DC Atlas Brew Works is celebrating their one-year anniversary! For one day only, they'll open the brewery doors, take over the street and throw one heck of an event. Atlas will be pouring their finest brews, DC's best food trucks will be serving up their specialties, and three of the area's hottest bands will take the stage. Your ticket includes admission to the event, your first beer, AND a donation to Washington Humane Society.Tickets
Now in its 24th year, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest brings together an engaging mix of traditional, world, and progressive jazz. For hot and funky, look for the late afternoon and evening sets by Red Baraat and the Rebirth Brass Band. Red Baraat bring jazz, funk, hip-hop, and DC's own go-go music together with Indian bangrha for a world dance music like no other, while the Rebirth Brass Band reintroduces New Orleans brass with modern rhythms.Details
Wings of Apollo is an American rock band based out of Nashville, TN. With an electrifying live performance and eclectic musical vision, this power trio is set to become the tour de force for this generation of bands. With a fully loaded arsenal of brand new songs that were produced and mixed by the legendary Malcolm Springer (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul), you can expect a non-stop, action-packed show that will leave you with one word reverberating in your head.Location
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are giving a nod to American traditional music, while boldly taking their own songs in new directions. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, which include true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin' grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature.Listen Location
This Grammy award-winning “Bubbly” pop star charms with carefree tunes such as “Realize” and “Brighter Than the Sun.” Don’t miss Caillat’s June EP release, Gypsy Heart – Side A, including “Try,” co-written with R&B legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.Location
These two bands are leaders in thoughtful punk music. The Gaslight Anthem sound like Bruce Springsteen raised on Misfits and Nirvana, merging the Boss's storytelling and heartland sensibility with the howling aggression of punk rock. Against Me! take on the LGTBQ world in their words and bring classic rock melodies in their forceful, guitar driven music. A double bill that will not disappoint!
This South African rave-rap group blew up the internet in 2009 with their viral video smash “Enter the Ninja.” The group combine their English and Afrikaans heritage with insane lyrics and pounding beats to make a hip-hop experience like no other. For a night of cross-cultural exchange and all-out raving, these guys are “the answer” to your Hump Day blues
NW, DC. For the last twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” and for the last nine years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-nine Emmy nominations.Location Tickets
NW, DC. Sept. 10 - 21. New Music-Theatre presents a dark and comical interpretation of Franz Kafka's iconic work through the lens of this season's theme, The Outsider's Outsider. Kafka, the son of a German-speaking, Jewish family living as outsiders in Czech-speaking Prague, imaginatively creates an alter-ego figure, Gregor, also the son of a dogmatic father and otherwise claustrophobic family, who inexplicably wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect, and is further ostracized as an outsider living in the midst of his family.Location
This talented gal is a singer and violin player that has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and in a duo with Rod Picott - plus she has released four solo albums. In 2011 she appeared in the movie Country Strong as one of the musicians backing singer Kelly Canter, played by Gwyneth Paltrow.Location
With its recent dubbing as “Coolest Short Film Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine, and recognition as one of the largest short film events on the East Coast, DC Shorts Film Festival heads into its 11th year with intent on becoming an industry player. Out of the 1400 submissions, the event will screen 135 films from 25 countries, all selected by 100 volunteer reviewers. The 11-day event will include film screenings, Q&As, filmmaker workshops and parties in five different locations throughout DC and Fairfax, VA, as well as online, through the DC Shorts Online Film Festival (Powered by Vimeo). September 11 - 21Details
NW, DC. Sept 11 - 14. Godfrey is one of the hottest comedians on the circuit. Growing up in Chicago, he constantly got in trouble for misbehaving and being an all-around class clown. From Comedy Central, NBC's "30 Rock," "Soul Plane," & "Louie" on FX.Location
NW, DC Get ready for Rock-N-Roar, sponsored by Whole Foods Market®! Join us for the Friends of the National Zoo’s annual outdoor concert featuring the popular band, The Fray. Bring your blanket but be ready to dance. You’ll also enjoy animal demonstrations, wine and beer vendors, all in the intimate setting of the Zoo. Proceeds benefit animal care and conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.Tickets
Featuring the crystalline vocals of Stacy King, Sucré writes the kind of dreamlike pop songs that get lodged into your head before the very first chorus even kicks in. Kings voice proves to be at times a whisper of mist, and at others a tumultuous ocean that flawlessly weaves across infinite landscapes of strings, horns, and percussion.Location
Led by former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless bring a mix of the harder stuff of the music world. While the group primarily draws from the metal and post-grunge sounds of the 90s and 2000s, they also spice their songs with hints of blues, Queen, and a plethora of other genres. Good for those looking something with a little more edge but won't wreck your eardrums.
THE PLAINS, VA. Join Party DC Events & On Tap for an All-Inclusive VA Wine Fest Bus Trip! Bus Trip includes: luxury charter buses from (4) area bars/restaurants, wine festival ticket, VIP party tents, pre/post parties, unlimited wine samples & moreTickets
NW, DC Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated epicurean festival, the annual Taste of Georgetown, celebrates its 21st year on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12 noon-5pm with creative tastes from more than 35 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, as well as an expansive Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion and live entertainment.Details
The Brew and Bourbon Classic held on Saturday, September 13 is a fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting, bourbon sipping and, of course, pulse-pounding Thoroughbred racing. Over 60 different beers and bourbons will be poured as the races unfold. Great food and music will round out the day.Tickets
Summer isn't quite yet over, so let's turn the heat back up with some Latin spice. Both Iglesias and Pitbull have drawn the attention and hearts of fans across the globe with their smooth, grooving tunes and irresistible charms. Iglesias will be your hero while Mr. 305 keeps the bodies rocking all night. This show comes with a warning of Beatlemania-like hysteria.
Despite being a band for only a year, Sylvan Esso is already obtaining the acclaim most bands get after slogging it for many years. The electronic, indie folk duo from North Caroline brings minimalist beats to the mix of sounds of the folk - from instruments to voices to everyday sounds. Surely they will be one of the most unique acts to grace the Howard Theatre this year.
A recognizable and credible band in American Music, these guys been winning the hearts and souls of fans for over three decades. Their sixth and latest studio album, Fun On Saturday Night (Rip Cat Records) follows through with the same spontaneity, power and grit that make their live performances into experiences not to be missed.Location
Acclaimed lyrical talent with infectious sound this 90s rock group continues to impress with his southwest inspired music with The Peacemakers. Together, the band has successfully built a passionate following and is the only independent band to have five consecutive albums debut in the top ten on Billboard’s Internet Sales chart.Location
Brownout is a mean band from Austin that plays a truly electrifying strand of Latin Jazz mixed with heavy funk. Inspired by a sting of club dates earlier this year, the members of Brownout are hitting the road as their alter ego, Brown Sabbath; a funk tribute to the Godfathers of Heavy Metal. Brown Sabbath delivers the menacing riffs and tight grooves of Black Sabbath with a brass flair and Afro-Cuban rhythmic bounce. Experience the power of Black Sabbath anew, along with the group’s own dynamite tunes, with Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath.
The 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival will take place Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11pm to 7 pm, on 18th Street NW between Columbia Rd. and Florida Ave. and related venues. Generally an average of more than 35,000 people from the metro area attended the festival, which features large music stages at each end of 18th Street. The festival will have the same excellent pedestrian flow & circulation, and maintain the popular mix of diverse retailers, food and craft vendors, nonprofits, specialty products, and artists.Details
Segall is best known as a sort of rock and roll mix DJ. He uses his records to explore fascinating combinations from the multitudes of rock's subgenres. Look for hints of everything from glam rock and heavy metal to the Grateful Dead and the Beatles. With a soundscape that ranges from biting, distorted riffs to mellow chords and melodies, Segall's performance promises to be incredibly dynamic.
Heralded as the "male Adele," Sam Smith has been burning cool on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK belter/songwriter's first LP, Only the Lonely, paints stark portraits of heartbreak that allow Smith to showcase his unrivaled vocal expressiveness. Sam Smith is not only a powerful vocalist, but one of the most dexterous and technically outstanding singers in popular music today.
SILVER SPRING, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring is teaming up with On Tap Magazine to present Local Brews Local Grooves on Friday, September 19th, 2014. This event will feature upwards of 20 beer tastings from 9 area breweries including Baying Hound Ales, Brewer's Art, DC Brau, Old Dominion, Flying Dog, Fordham, Port City, Pub Dog and Union Craft. Music will be provided by local bands PASADENA, Bumpin' Uglies, Billy Lyve, Mr. Mighty I, Knolly Moles, Higher Education and more.Tickets
It may be easy to think of The Wailin' Jennys as a Canadian incarnation of Pistol Annies; brunettes with less sass, but all the fire and spirit. The bluegrass/country vocal trio has been burning up American airwaves thanks to multiple appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, bringing a mixture of heavenly harmonies and fiery personalities. Take any chance you get to see these bluegrass balladeers in person.
As a celebrated voice in the Jazz world, Jane Monheit is using her talents to spotlight the works of one of early Jazz and film's iconic voices; Judy Garland. While we all know "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Ms. Monheit wants to share with audiences what happens beyond the rainbow, as she showcases the best of Ms. Garland's work in her musical program "Hello Bluebird: The Jazz of Judy Garland."
CLARENDON, VA. More than 150 of the finest artists in country will converge upon Highland Street in Clarendon for a two-day juried outdoor gallery style art exhibit. A wide variety of original artwork will be on display and for sale with prices set to suit all budgets.Details
NW, DC Take the metro to Chinatown and end up in Germany1 Enjoy 8 different Oktoberfest beers at 8 different venues in Chinatown.. Each beer is a 12-ounce serving size. You also receive: - special prices on food and liquor pairings - no cover at any venue - the most fun you can legally have in one day!Tickets
TYSONS CORNER, VA Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.Tickets
Brad Paisley has been producing Country chart toppers and touring American relentlessly for over 15 years and doesn't plan on stopping. With his tenth album Moonshine in the Trunk just released he'll have a plethora of songs old and new to bring a little southern class to Jiffy Lube Live. Help say goodbye to summer with is mix of cowboy sing-along and honky-tonk hootenanny.
NW, DC. Chris D'Elia is becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Recently named one of Variety's "Top 10 Comics to Watch," D'Elia can be seen in NBC's multi-camera comedy "Whitney" opposite Whitney Cummings. He plays Alex, an easy going, smart guy who sold his internet company and is happily unmarried to his longtime girlfriend.Tickets
Coheed and Cambria is one of the most visionary and imaginative bands in music today. The prog rock band combine flavors of metal, indie rock, funk, and acoustic rock into their melodic tunes and uses their lyrics to tell their own science fiction epic. With seven albums under their belts, Coheed and Cambira have proved their staying power in rock. Recommended for those looking for a great change of musical pace, and for some incredible and imaginative storytelling.
DC. Sept. 24 - 27. This festival will feature an exciting array of workshops taught by experienced instructors from participating troupes. This year, the festival will feature a headlining performance by the premier improv duo in the country: TJ and Dave.Infomation
The Black Keys is one of the biggest bands on the planet right now. The duo's latest LP, Turn Blue, saw the Ohio born Auerbach and Carney give their thundering blues/garage rock a psychedelic flair, bringing their music to new, mind-altering heights. With Cage the Elephant opening, it will be a night of foot-stomping blues and full-force rock and roll.
Hard Swimmin' Fish is a blues quartet that has been honing their unique sound for over twenty years. These dudes play a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans' second line.Location
NW, DC. Ansari has a knack for reading his audiences and tailoring his bits accordingly, making every night on tour a unique experience that's as full of surprises as it is laughs. For the Modern Romance Tour 2014 Ansari has set his sights on the state of dating in the digital age, taking aim at everything from texting to Twitter in a hilarious send-up fans won't want to miss.Tickets Location
Lane 8, a young house DJ originally from Leipzig, has been blowing up Soundcloud with his atmospheric, colorful remixes and compositions. Lane 8 brings an effervescent touch to his strikingly dynamic numbers; light and darkness fight a constant war of domination across his work. At U Street, his DJ will bring the floor to new heights and this young artist all the more acclaim.
ARLINGTON, VA The 17th Annual Clarendon Day has a more of everything in 2014! In the morning, runners of all ages can participate in the Pacer’s 10k/5k/Kids Dash. When the Clarendon Festival starts at 11am, Music and Dance Lovers can listen to great bands all day for free on our Five Stages each with its own Headline Artists and supporting local cast of bands and troupes!Details