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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.


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.


Get your go-go on to a mix of bass, snare and conga drums. We’re going to need more cowbell.

When it comes to music, Washington, DC is perhaps best known as the birthplace of go-go music, a subgenre of funk which originated in the area in the 1960s. DC native Chuck Brown, known as the “Godfather of go-go,” had a tremendous influence on this signature sound which blends bass, snare, conga drums and cowbells with call-and-response vocals from a live audience. Go-go music can still be found in clubs throughout the region including at The Velvet Lounge on U Street.

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 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.


This legendary jazz club is a historical gem known for its jazz orchestra and top performers.

Bohemian Caverns is DC’s legendary jazz club, established in 1926. It became a hot spot for the vibrant African American arts scene and showcased top performers including Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Throughout the 1960s, artists such as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane performed here. Today the venue is known for its jazz orchestra as well as a host of other modern day jazz musicians.


Plenty of liquid courage is available at this sultry blues bar in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

The big-busted mural on the side of the building gives some hint of what you’re in store for in this Adams Morgan institution. The sultry blues bar serves up plenty of liquid courage as patrons are known to dance on the bar as they listen to everything from rock and soul to blues, jazz and funk.


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.