Live Music Venues in DC, Maryland, & Virginia

Do you have a favorite artist or band you want to see perform live? Well, chances are they will be stopping by one of the concert venues below so make sure to be on the lookout for lineups in your area.

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DC:

Black Cat– A hot spot for local, national, independent, and alternative music. With two stages and their famous Red Room Bar, there is no lack of entertainment. If you find yourself feeling a bit peckish from all of that then head over to the in-house Food For Thought Cafe which serves vegetarian, vegan, and natural meat dishes seven nights a week.

  • The Black Cat is located at 1811 14th St. NW.

9:30 Club– Consistently topping the “Best Venues in the Country” lists, the 9:30 club is one of the most popular spots in DC. It’s known for sold out shows and energetic crowds. This is an all-age venue so plan on having a valid form of identification if you chose to purchase a drink.

  • The 9:30 Club is located at 815 V St. NW.

U Street Music Hall– Self-described as a ” DJ owned and operated dance club and live music venue”, U-hall opened its doors to electronic music fans and artist collaborations from around the globe. Famous DJ’s from all over keep coming back to perform at this venue because they have an amazing sound system. It can hold huge crowds up to 500 people and has hosted big names such as Haim and Disclosure.

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  • U Street Music Hall is located at 1115 U St. NW. 

Bohemian Caverns– If you’re looking for some of the biggest jazz variety in DC, then Bohemian Caverns is calling your name. The establishment first opened its doors under a different name in 1926 and hosted legends like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. Those who are new to jazz can stop by on Monday nights, where the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra offers two sets of music for just $10 to check out what all the hype is about.

  • Bohemian Caverns is located in the basement at 2001 11th St. NW.

Blues Alley– More recently known for its line-up of smooth jazz music, this venue is literally tucked in an alley way. Dinner and a show doesn’t get any more applicable with this venue.

  • Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Howard Theater– A historic theater, The Howard was known for African-American patrons and artists in the early 20th century. Since its grand re-opening in the spring of 2012, it has been dubbed the “Theater of the People”. “Theater of the People” and has been re-branded as a theater, nightclub and restaurant.

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  •  Howard Theater is located at 620 T St. NW. 

Rock and Roll Hotel A hidden gem in DC but a must see in Washington DC.  The upstairs is more of a dance scene or lounge area depending on the night. There’s a unique vintage decor upstairs that captivates you and makes for long moments of pause. The shows here tend to get wild and bring in a broad range of acts and talents. Be sure to buy early, shows here often sell out.

  • The Rock and Roll Hotel is located at 1353 H Street N.E

Gypsy Sally’s – This is an intimate venue featuring a diverse bill of American roots music. With plenty of seats as well as a standing room, this location really caters to all types of concert-goers, whether you prefer to sit back and relax or jump up on stage. They also serve a variety of beers and sandwich-style foods if you need to refuel before the next act.

  • Gypsy Sally’s is located under the Whitehurst Freeway at 3401 K St. NW.

Echostage– One of the newest and largest night life concert venues in DC. Simply put, this place is huge! It’s know for attracting top 40 artists like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicci, and Tiesto. They boast about German imported sound systems and advanced LED visual displays. So if that sets your inner tech-geek on fire, then you should go check it out in person!

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  • Echostage is located at 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 

Hill Country Live– The owners say that this location honors the live music capital of Texas, after all, it was founded in Austin.  this venue features American roots music including western swing, roots rock, alternative country, blues, and honkey-tonk. Aside from the artists that take the stage here, this venue is also known for its authentic texas-style barbecue

  • Hill Country Live is located at 410 7th St. NW. 

DC 9– A bit smaller and more intimate than other venues in the area, DC 9 has an L-shaped stage with low ceilings creates an ideal atmosphere for crowd surfing. They book a pretty fair mix of both local and nationally recognized acts.

  • DC9 is located at 1940 9th St. NW.

Maryland:

8 x 10 Club– The self-proclaimed “best sounding and most intimate room in Baltimore”. Regardless, it’s safe to say that this is a major hub for Baltimore music. Complete with a balcony overlooking the artist below, you won’t have any trouble seeing your favorite local artist perform up on stage.

  • 8 x 10 Club is located at 10 E Cross St, Baltimore.

The Fillmore Silver Spring – This place has it all and tends to attract a vibrant and fun loving crowd. The admission here is always general seating but if you can snag a decent spot on the balcony you’re almost guaranteed to enjoy yourself.

  • The Fillmore Silver Spring is located at 8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring.

49 West Coffeehouse– This venue is for the more refined concert- goer, it’s also more than just a stage. They offer coffee, a full wine bar, art gallery, and a laid back atmosphere. As far as music goes, you wont find big names being hosted here. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a wide variety of musical acts.

  • 49 West Coffeehouse is located at 49 West St,  Annapolis. 

Cancun Cantina– A large nightclub with multiple bars, a restaurant, pool tables, and a large dance floor. Phew! That’s a lot to pack under one roof but you better bet this place is all inclusive. In addition to the live country and rock music performances, you can also go here for a salsa or swing dancing lesson.

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  • Cancun Cantina is located at 7501 Old Telegraph Rd, Hanover. 

Foundation Gallery and Live Room– This venue gives you the best of an art gallery and live music. It is quite a small performance area but that’s only because they display so much great art to study. According to their mission statement, their goal is to provide a space for the arts and focus on showcasing a wide varietyof the area’s rich live music and fine arts culture.

  • Foundation Gallery and Live Room is located at 3762A Howard Ave, Kensington. 

Rams Head Center Stage– This venue often referred to just as “Center Stage” is a 500 seat venue with a very intimate feel. Smaller venues don’t mean smaller acts for this place and considering it’s located in the Casino, be prepared to have fun before, after, and during the show.

  • Rams Head Center Stage is located at 7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover.

Merriweather Post Pavilion– This larger venue brings in large audiences and hosts multiple music festivals throughout the year. If you want to see a show with the energy of a massive audience this is the place to do it. Like any other bigger concert venue, make sure to plan your ride or parking in advance.

  • 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia 21044

 Virginia:

Jiffy Lube Live– This is an outdoor performance amphitheater in the suburbs. Formerly called Nissan Pavillion, this venue draws in heavy crowds for a wide range of performers from Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney, to Drake and Avicci. Both seating and general lawn tickets are sold.

  • Jiffy Lube Live is located at 77800 Cellar Door Dr, Bristow. 

Birchmere– The Birchmere is a concert hall known for hosting live bluegrass, country, jazz, and folk music. The space has a club-style main hall where they serve classic American food as well as a standing only band-stand area. One thing is for sure, there is plenty of room to dance your heart out.

  • Birchmere is located at 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria. 

Carlyle Club– An elegant “supper club” that features decco-style decor and a large bar area. It’s great if you love big jazz bands and swing dancing. The staff is said to be incredibly inviting and friendly so you won’t have to worry about judging eyes. This location is known for serving up a full scale entertainment experience and can be booked for private events.

  • Carlyle Club is located at 411 John Carlyle St, Alexandria.

Empire– One of the newer concert venues in Northern Virginia, this location promises a unique experience that you have to see to believe. We’re not sure what that means since we’ve never been, but what we do know is that they also have an “Alchemy Room” that features some mad-scientist-experiment-looking drinks and glassware.

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  • Empire is located at 6355 Rolling Rd, Springfield. 

Jammin Java– This is a coffee bar that doubles as a music club, or maybe it’s a music club that doubles as a coffee bar? The point is, they can satisfy your caffeine and entertainment needs all in one place! But don’t expect just your average sub-par-heartbroken-teenage-boy-wit-a-guitar performers at this joint, because this 200 seat venue has hosted big name artist like Bon Iver, Paramore, Meiko, and Ingrid Michaelson.

  • Jammin Java is located at 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna.

Iota Club and Cafe– This is a nightly live music venue with a wide selection of draught beer, it also has a daily restaurant and cafe lounge called ” iotaday”. The only catch to this location is that admission is on a first come, first serve basis. Which is great because you don’t have to worry about getting advanced tickets, but it also means that you should probably show up a little early if you are really stoked about a particular performance.

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  • Iota Club and Cafe is located at 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. 

George Mason University Patriot Center– The handicap accessible,  multi-purpose 10,000 seat venue hosts events year round in the main Northern Virginia campus. Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, and Enrique Iglesias as just a few of the past performers that have taken over the Patriot Center Stage.

  • The Patriot Center is located at 4400 University Dr, Fairfax. 

The State Theater -This concert hall has a colorful history and takes in a broad range of bands and is best known for its weekend shows.  Many people know the State Theater by its most popular and regular bands, “The Leg Warmers.” They’re an 80s cover band that plays once a month and has a cult following to boot.

  • The State Theater is located on 220 N Washington St., Falls Church.

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