Music played a large role in both the Civil War and the civil rights era. Hear how music made an impact at these ten melodious attractions.
1. HR-57: Named for the House Resolution that made jazz an American treasure, this U Street club hosts concerts, jam sessions and activist programs.
2. Blues Alley : Georgetown lays claim to the nation’s oldest continuously operating jazz supper club.
3. KC Jazz Club: The Kennedy Center pays tribute to DC’s proud jazz traditions with this ongoing series of performances by leading artists.
4. Concerts at Library of Congress: The stunning venue steeped in Civil War history also hosts regular concerts.
5. Willard Hotel: It’s here that Julia Ward Howe wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
6. National Museum of American History: Jazz greats and classic American tunes have a place in this museum, known as “America’s Attic.”
7. National Museum of Civil War Medicine: While the collection may not seem particularly musical, the museum’s director makes Civil War-era banjoes using 19th-century materials and implements.
8. National Theatre: Now a popular spot to catch a touring musical, John Wilkes Booth (better know as President Lincoln's assasin) performed here regularly in his heyday.
9. Ford’s Theatre: The most infamous theater in the nation, this museum also remains a working theater. Musical theater fans can always count on a family-friendly musical or two each season at Ford’s.
10. Fort Reno: One of the circle forts erected to defend DC now plays host to one of the summer’s most popular free concert series.