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30+ Concerts to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

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Score tickets for these awesome acts performing at concert venues across the District this fall

Alright, so, summer is over (or almost, anyway). We’re disappointed. You’re disappointed. But have no fear! Many of Washington, DC’s music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages this fall.

Among these venues: The Anthem, a 6,000-seat masterpiece that is part of The Wharf, DC’s exciting new development in the Southwest Waterfront. The venue opened on Oct. 12 with a Foo Fighters show that sold out in minutes…but do not fret. There are plenty of other great concerts to see at The Anthem, and all over DC, during the upcoming season.

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Capital One Arena
601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

 

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Arcade Fire – Sept. 16
Arcade Fire have gone from indie rock darlings to worldwide megastars. Their albums are journeys, from coping with loss to finding spirituality to dwindling in the suburbs to dancing through the night. The group’s latest release, Everything Now, dropped this summer, and now the group embark on an international tour that will touch down at Capital One Arena on Sept. 16. Their live shows are life-affirming experiences, so don’t miss what promises to be a riveting performance.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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Katy Perry – Sept. 25
One of pop music’s brightest stars brings her fall tour to the nation’s capital. Katy Perry has reached heights that few other singers ever have, an outstanding performer who is not afraid to incorporate numerous genres into her wildly successful albums, a list that now includes this summer’s Witness. Her concerts are spectacular productions (she has performed at a Super Bowl halftime show, after all), so prepare to have your jaw drop inside one of the city’s largest venues.
7 p.m. |  Tickets

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Bruno Mars – Sept. 29-30
It’s fitting that Bruno Mars’ new tour is entitled 24K Magic. Everything that the multi-platinum selling artist touches seems to turn to gold, and his performances are indeed magical. Bruno is a wondrous mix of Michael Jackson, Prince and Motown, equally adept at dazzling with his dance moves or hitting the perfect high note. You will have two chances to catch this superstar in action at Capital One Arena this September.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Janet Jackson – Nov. 16
An icon of pop music, Janet Jackson is still going strong in a career that now spans more than 30 years. Since 1986’s Control redefined R&B music, Jackson has consistently released albums that test the boundaries of the genre, and her tours have amazed audiences around the world. From “Nasty” to “That’s the Way Love Goes” to “All For You,” she has performed some of the biggest songs in pop’s long history, so don’t miss this living legend when she comes to the District.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Lady Gaga – Nov. 19
Grammy winner. Golden Globe winner. More than 30 million albums sold around the world. Lady Gaga’s credentials speak for themselves, but her music must be heard and witnessed in live performance to truly grasp the artist’s mastery of her craft. No fear: Gaga and plenty of Little Monsters (a nickname for her diehard fans) will take over Capital One Arena for a night of revelry, featuring dancing, pyrotechnics and one of the best voices pop music has ever known.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

2 Chainz – Sept. 9
One of hip-hop’s most prominent artists comes to the DC area for what will be a raucous Saturday night show at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 2 Chainz rose to superstardom with the release of Based on a T.R.U. Story in 2012 and has rarely been off the Billboard charts since. His distinctive style has led to monster hits like “Champions,” “Watch Out” and “We Own It”. Expect a set list packed with singalongs and anthems.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

 

 

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A$AP Mob – Sept. 27
Echostage, one of DC’s liveliest music venues, hosts rap music’s liveliest collective on Sept. 27. Headlined by A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, the A$AP Mob showcases a range of personalities and rapping styles, and the group even dabbles in fashion and video production. With two studio albums and a mixtape to its name, plus a range of great songs from its individual members, expect a concert filled with bangers at Echostage.
7 p.m. |  Tickets

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Jiffy Lube Live
7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

 

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Ms. Lauryn Hill & Nas – Sept. 15
Two hip-hop titans come together for a night of rap classics at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. Ms. Lauryn Hill is most well-known for her work with The Fugees and her solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which remains one of the genre’s greatest albums ever. Nas has a legendary career of his own; in fact, one of his most famous tracks features none other than Lauryn Hill. The two artists will also be accompanied by special guests Hannibal Buress and Chronixx, along with others.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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9:30 Club
815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Broken Social Scene – Sept. 20
Every few years, the Canadian indie rock ensemble known as Broken Social Scene (which once counted singer Feist as a member) emerges with an epic album and tour. Mark 2017 down as one of those years, as the acclaimed Hug of Thunder is currently making a home in headphones and the group is taking to the road. The legendary 9:30 Club will feature the mega group for two shows this September – the first has already sold out, so grab tickets for Sept. 20 quickly!
7 p.m. |  Tickets

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Thundercat – Sept. 29
As idiosyncratic as any artist currently working, Thundercat is a bassist by trade, but a revolutionary in his approach to music. His songs incorporate jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, funk and everything in-between – on his most recent album, he welcomed two 1980s pop stars (Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins) into the fold. Thundercat is not afraid to go….just about anywhere. Prepare for a dizzying concert that only this California-bred musical wizard could bring you.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Beach Fossils – Oct. 24
Beach Fossils turned heads with their self-titled debut in 2010, which was packed with post-punk riffs and memorable melodies, forecasting a bright career ahead. This year’s Somersault seems to complete the group’s evolution: frontman Dustin Payseur has mastered pop songwriting, and the group incorporated string arrangements, piano, saxophone and flute into their ever-expanding sound. Catch them in action at 9:30 Club this October.
10 p.m. |  Tickets

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Ariel Pink – Nov. 5
Ariel Pink is the king of weird, a prolific artist known just as much for controversial comments and outfits as he is for his zany, but breathtaking, musical oeuvre. His new album, set for release on Sept. 15, is dedicated to a fellow L.A. musician presumed dead for 35 years, if that gives you any indication of Pink’s artistic leanings (purchasing a ticket to the show gets you a free digital download of the album!). However, one listen to “Put Your Number In My Phone,” and we’re sure you’ll want to catch this savant at 9:30 Club in early November.
7 p.m. |  Tickets

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The Anthem
901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

 

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Phoenix – Oct. 16
Phoenix was a relatively well-known French indie pop group before 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. After its release, which included two hit singles in “1901” and “Lisztomania,” the group became a household name, going from playing smaller venues to packing stadiums. DC’s newest venue, The Anthem (which seats 6,000, if you were wondering) will host these pop stars for one night only this October, as the group tours their newest album, Ti Amo.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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LCD Soundsystem – Oct. 17-18
Someone great is no longer gone. LCD Soundsystem is back. James Murphy’s super-group has been responsible for three incredible LPs - and a new one is on the way, which should make any rock fan jump for joy. After calling it quits in 2011 with an epic Madison Square Garden show, the group reunited in 2015, and is now embarking on a U.S. tour that starts at DC’s The Anthem in promotion of the release of American Dream. In turn, expect an incredible evening, in which the group will shut up and play the hits (and some new songs, too). Oct. 17’s show sold out, so get tickets to the second night while you still can.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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The War on Drugs – Oct. 23
With a signature sound (and a great name), The War on Drugs have become one of rock music’s most revered acts. Combining the reflective Americana of Springsteen with ambient guitars and krautrock-inspired rhythms, the group crafts adventures in the form of song, great for listening while you watch the sun set or during a cruise down the highway. Don’t miss it all come together in a live setting at The Anthem in October.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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The Shins – Nov. 2
Did you listen to indie rock in the 2000s? Then you listened to The Shins. The brainchild of James Mercer (also of Broken Bells with Danger Mouse), the group rose to indie stardom with the ‘60s-indebted bedroom pop of 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, which featured the classic track, “New Slang”. After receiving healthy exposure in Zach Braff’s 2004 film Garden State, The Shins became essential listening, a necessity on any stereo in a college dorm room. Mercer takes the act back on the road this fall, and fortunately makes a stop in the nation’s capital.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Nov. 7
One from Australia, one from Philadelphia, both outstanding songwriters and performers. Courtney Barnett is a rock and roll treasure, with songs that address elevator operators, awkward encounters at swimming pools, trouble breathing and lots more, all with striking wit and wordplay, not to mention a fantastic backing band. Kurt Vile is rock’s favorite slacker…who in fact does not slack at all, releasing album after album of acclaimed material. The two will perform together at The Anthem, a double bill not to be missed by any rock fan.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Grizzly Bear – Nov. 8
This Brooklyn four-piece is responsible for some of the most creative and breathtaking indie pop of the past decade. Grizzly Bear began as a solo project of lead singer Ed Droste, then quickly grew into a four-piece band, with the group’s breakthrough coming in 2009 with the release of Veckatimest, which featured the unforgettable “Two Weeks”. Now, the band is touring its new album, Painted Ruins, its first release in five years. Expect glorious harmonies and sublime playing at this show at The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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St. Vincent – Nov. 27
Equally capable of writing a heart-wrenching ballad, a pulsing rock song or a beautiful pop melody, St. Vincent (the stage name of Annie Clark) is an artist that demands to be heard. Her bold songs and albums, catapulted by her incredible guitar heroics, translate into searing live performances. 2014’s St. Vincent was showered with awards and accolades, and new track “New York” is enough to make you not want to miss this concert at The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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The Hamilton Live
600 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

 

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The Funky Meters – Sept. 14
Originally known as The Meters, some iteration of this group has been laying down funk grooves since the late 1960s. Original members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. are still a part of the act, and they’ll be on stage when The Funky Meters take the stage at The Hamilton Live this September. Get a taste of the funkiness that will be on display with this playlist.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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Rebirth Brass Band – Nov. 3
With a sound that will transport you to the French Quarter, the Rebirth Brass Band is sure to pack the dance floor at the Hamilton Live this November. Founded in 1983, the group has gone from playing street gigs in New Orleans to bringing their signature sound to venues all over the world. Join in this Saturday night party that is sure to liven up a fall night.
10:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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The Black Cat
1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Shabazz Palaces – Sept. 8
Shabazz Palaces is an inventive hip-hop duo that hails from Seattle, Wash. Ishmael Butler a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai “Baba” Maraire make jazz-influenced rap, far from radio-ready but thoroughly mind-expanding. Their experimental approach will be on full display at The Black Cat this September as the group tours for its two albums released this year.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Sept. 15-16
Ted Leo has been a fixture in punk rock since the early 1990s, when he rose to prominence with New York band Citizens Arrest. Leo went on to form Ted Leo & The Pharmacists right here in DC, releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums that combined punk and power pop to maximum effect. Just a week before these shows at The Black Cat, the group will have released The Hanged Man, their first album in seven years. Leo is a local favorite, so prepare for packed crowds at one of the city’s best venues.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Frankie Cosmos – Sept. 22
Born out of a bedroom, Greta Kline’s work as Frankie Cosmos is intimate, soothing, revelatory, simple. Her endearing pop songs have led to two critically acclaimed gems, 2014’s Zentropy and 2016’s Next Thing, that are prone to getting stuck in your head and not leaving. Her sincere songs cover a range of emotions, but never grow too large. Her voice is quiet, but gets loud when it must. She will be joined by her tight backing band for this September show at The Black Cat.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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Wolf Parade – Oct. 22
Led by co-frontmen Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug (who both have acclaimed solo projects of their own), Wolf Parade are a powerhouse rock band. After going on hiatus in 2010, the group reunited last year to play the festival circuit and select shows. The four-piece will now bring their international tour to The Black Cat for one night only in promotion of the release of their new album, Cry Cry Cry (out Oct. 6). You’ll hear inspiring anthems, dueling guitars, thundering drums, cinematic keyboards – all the elements that make rock music great – at this performance by one of the most essential groups of the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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Rock & Roll Hotel
1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Protomartyr – Oct. 26
Protomartyr hail from Detroit, and it’s evident from the moment you turn on any of their albums (start with the first and rawest, No Passion All Technique). Singer Joe Casey’s lyrics deal with the seedier elements of life, but still resonate as beautiful and complex. Gods of Detroit’s rock past like MC5 and The Stooges can be heard in Protomartyr’s proto-punk stomp, tied together by the singer’s baritone howl (and, in the live setting, ominous stage presence). In support of their new album, Relatives In Descent (out Sept. 29), the group will perform at DC’s Rock & Roll Hotel in late October.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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AJJ – Nov. 8
AJJ (short for Andrew Jackson Jihad) are about as forthright and political as bands get, which makes them a perfect fit to perform in DC. In recent years, the group has expanded their folk-punk sound from acoustic guitars and stand-up bass to full-fledged rock instruments, and they haven’t missed a beat. Don’t miss out on their healthy dose of realism (with messages of love and protest scattered throughout) inside the intimate Rock & Roll Hotel.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

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DC9
1940 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Downtown Boys – Sept. 4
Downtown Boys have been proclaimed as “America’s most exciting punk band” by Rolling Stone, which is no surprise – their extremely energetic and empowering stage show features a fantastic backing band (including two saxophones!) and frontwoman Victoria Ruiz, who is equal parts singer and rally leader on stage. Virulently political, strikingly intelligent and surprisingly poignant – Downtown Boys are all you could want in a rock show. Make sure to check out their new album, Cost of Living, before you go.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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Big Ups – Sept. 26
Big Ups have been likened to numerous hard rock bands, including Fugazi, The Jesus Lizard, Nirvana and The Descendents. However, the Brooklyn-based group manages to coalesce all these influences into a distinctive sound, one that not many current indie groups can conjure. DC9 will host their manic energy and head-banging songs in late September.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets

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WAND – Oct. 8
A little over two weeks after their new album Plum is released, WAND will power their way through a set at DC9. The band, which recently added two new members to expand to a five-piece, play rip-roaring psychedelic metal that recalls Black Sabbath and hardcore punk in equal measure, much like fellow California rockers Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall. Bask in their sonic assault inside one of DC’s most intimate venues.
9 p.m. |  Tickets

For more concerts, events, festivals and things to do in Washington, DC, check out our events calendar.