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7 Concerts and Music Festivals to Put on Your Calendar Now

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7 Concerts and Music Festivals to Put on Your Calendar Now

Home / CULTURE / 7 Concerts and Music Festivals to Put on Your Calendar Now
Seriously, pencil these in.

Clear your calendar for some of the most anticipated music festivals and concerts in DC this year. From intimate and soulful to electrifying and fun, these events will quench your thirst for art through music.

Vince Staples

February 23, 2019 | 9:30 Club

Score a concert ticket to see Vince Staples at the iconic 9:30 Club. The Smile, You’re on Camera Tour launched February 1st, making its way to Washington on the 22nd. Staples will be joined by Buddy and JPEGMAFIA. Like Staples, Buddy and JPEGMAFIA are known for their brilliant lyrics and layered beats.

Vince Staples balances hip-hop perfectly placed over skillful production is sure to leave you spellbound this February. Moreover, the 9:30 Club’s intimate venue will make you feel with one with both the crowd and performers. This is a concert you do not want to miss out on.

Blood Orange

March 1, 2019 | Rams Head Live!

Now is your opportunity to see Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange live at Rams Head Live! Hynes first made his splash on the music scene in early 2007 under the name Lightspeed Champion and has quickly risen to fame as a groundbreaking producer and songwriter. Hynes' fourth album, Negro Swan, deals with themes of sexual and racial identity that shine through poignantly in his live performances.

If you enjoy electronica, indie rock, funk, or all of the above, do not forget to see Blood Orange in concert at Rams Head Live! The spacious venue houses an open bar with both pre- and post-show drink specials that will be sure to make the evening even more captivating. Hynes is expected to unite the crowd with an emotional and groundbreaking performance.

Mitski

April 19, 2019 | Rams Head Live!

Mitski first broke into the indie scene with 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek, a melodic record comprised of a mix of guitar-rock, pop-punk, and folk. Since then, Mitski has been praised as the best rising indie star, creating hits like 2016’s LP, Puberty 2. Recently, Mitski announced her ongoing Be the Cowboy tour, which will be joined by indie star, Jay Som.

Her nostalgic lyricism and artistic on-stage presence makes for an exquisite night on the town. Mitski’s whimsical and relatable charm makes this a concert you do not want to miss. Mark your calendars to see Mitski on April 19 at Rams Head Live!

Tash Sultana

May 18, 2019 | Mecu Pavilion

Tash Sultana is a one-person powerhouse, poetic lyricist, and brilliant multi-instrumentalist. In 2016, Sultana shared her self-made video featuring her song Jungle.” Within five days it had received a million views. Now, Tash Sultana is selling out nearly every headline show, from venues across the globe.

If you enjoy psychedelic rock, alternative rock, and/or lo-fi music be sure to check out Tash Sultana live. Her love for music shines through both her discography and her live performances. Do not bypass Tash Sultana’s Flow State World Tour this May at the spacious Mecu Pavilion.

DC Jazz Festival

June 7-16, 2019

For decades, the nation’s capital was the epicenter of jazz culture, and the DC Jazz Festival aims to commemorate this history. The fifteenth annual DC Jazz Festival will be kick off June 7th and run through June 16th, providing the wider metropolitan area with all things jazz. 

The DC Jazz Festival will host numerous musicians, including Sean Jones Dizzy Spellz and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Discover a combination of heritage, culture, and music to maximize your music festival repertoire this summer.  

Mac DeMarco

September 20, 2019 | The Anthem

Mac DeMarco’s harmonious instrumentals and heartfelt lyrics command your attention. This year he will be releasing a new album (currently untitled) as well as touring North America. His charismatic and quirky stage presence will certainly make for a memorable concert.

If you enjoy indie rock, jangle pop, and/or lo-fi music, make sure you're in attendance at Mac DeMarco’s concert. Grab your tickets for Mac DeMarco at The Anthem before they sell out!

Trillectro

September 2019 (TBA) | Merriweather Post Pavillion

Join the Trillectro Music Festival for its seventh annual event this fall. Trillectro unifies hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music fans during this one-day unforgettable event. Several big-name musicians have performed at Trillector over the years; including 2 Chainz, SZA, and The Internet.

The festival aims to bring together DC natives in a celebration of music, food, and good vibes. Dates are currently TBD so mark your calendar and get ready for an epic time.


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Ayana F. Christie
Ayana F. Christie
Ayana Christie works as a consultant and project manager for a major international corporation. Most importantly, she is a self-proclaimed foodie.