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Live Music Venues

Perhaps one of the best ways to spend an evening in Washington, DC is with some live music. As the home of our nation’s capital, DC is regularly on the circuit for major concert headliners and performing artists.

9:30 Club is one of DC's most popular live music venues, featuring up-and-coming bands and established acts. Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys and Smashing Pumpkins have all graced the stage.


9:30 Club
Music lovers find refuge at this standing-room only hotspot featuring local bands and a funky atmosphere.

This DC staple is a popular concert venue on U Street featuring standing-room only access to local bands as well as today’s top artists. Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys and The Smashing Pumpkins, as well as a host of up-and-coming acts, have graced the stage. You’ll find a funky atmosphere here where music lovers appreciate DC’s thriving scene.

Located in the heart of Downtown DC, Verizon Center is the city's 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue, featuring the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics, plus plenty of high-profile concerts.


The Verizon Center
The world’s biggest musical headliners and artists find their way here for unforgettable concerts.

The Verizon Center is Washington, DC’s 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue. The venue has attracted entertainment’s biggest concert headliners including Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Coldplay and Madonna. Located in the heart of Penn Quarter, a night out can include a pre-concert meal and post-show cocktails.


The Black Cat
Be a cool cat at this haven for music lovers showcasing popular and up-and-comers on two stages.

This cool cat venue on 14th Street features local, national and international independent and alternative music on two stages. The main stage typically hosts hot ticket nationally acts, while the Backstage is home to up-and-coming local acts, independent film screenings and poetry readings. Any night of the week, stop into the (no cover charge) Red Room Bar where you’ll find music lovers hanging out for the night – or waiting for a show to start.