Catching a live show is one of the best ways to blow off steam in the pressure cooker we call Washington, DC. And thankfully, there are plenty of spots to indulge in your favorite form, from EDM to jazz to alternative. Here, we share 8 of the best live music venues in the nation’s capital.
As the District’s biggest concert venue, Echostage clocks in at a whopping 30,000 square feet, and is the place EDM fans flock to for a full sensory, high energy experience. An imported German D&B Audiotechnik V system – it’s the only one on the east coast – ensures supreme bass and beats, while cutting-edge LED displays flash gripping visuals. No wonder it’s attracted the biggest names in the industry like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex.
For 35 years, 9:30 upheld its longstanding reputation as a institution by consistently booking top acts across genres, from hip hop to punk to country – the likes of Nas, Iggy Pop and Willie Nelson. Even though it’s standing room only, you’re guaranteed a clear view, no matter where you’re hanging out. And the four bars ensure you’ll never be thirsty or empty-handed.