There are countless performances to look forward to this summer in the D.C. area. Do something nice for your ears and check out a concert from our hand-picked list of artists coming to town who you won't want to miss.
There are countless performances to look forward to this summer in the D.C. area. Do something nice for your ears and check out a concert from our is a hand-picked list of artists coming to town who you won't want to miss this June.
JULY 3: Ever been through the desert on a horse with no name? Love the soundtrack for the animated movie "The Last Unicorn"? Then you don’t want to miss rock band America’s performance at
the Event Center at Hollywood Casino (750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, West Virginia). GET TICKETS: $80.40+.
JULY 5: Sam Smith crooned his way into our hearts with his heartfelt ballads like "Stay With Me" and "I'm Not the Only One." Now you can weep along to his songs live when he performs at
Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland). GET TICKETS: $62+.
JULY 6: Imagine Dragons is heading to the
Verizon Center (601 F St. NW) with their Smoke + Mirror Tour. Their success, however, is certainly not shrouded by smoke and mirrors; in 2013 MTV called them "the year's biggest breakout band." GET TICKETS: $70+.
JULY 9: Goapele has fused hip-hop and R&B in her love songs, setting the tone for the neo-soul genre, and she's bringing her sound to
Howard Theater (601 T St. NW). GET TICKETS: $29.50-$60.
JULY 11: Maybe this summer you're trying to cool down with come classic R&B with Stokley Williams and crew. Mint Condition is bringing its soothing melodies to
The Fillmore (8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland). TICKETS: $43.
JULY 13-14: Taylor Swift is coming to
Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St. SE) to share her heartbreaks and revenge plots in person. We've all connected with her songs, so this is the perfect chance to connect with her in person. TICKETS: $134 +.
JULY 17: Ballad legends Boys II Men captured hearts in the early '90s with songs such as "End of the Road" and "I'’ll Make Love to You." Don't miss the live show at the
Event Center at Hollywood Casino (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia). GET TICKETS: $55+.
JULY 18: Acclaimed singer, model and actress Jill Scott will return to her musical roots and perform live at the
Pier Six Concert Pavilion (731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Maryland). GET TICKETS: $45-$150.
JULY 18: One of the first-ever all-female rap groups is back. Five-time Grammy winning Salt-N-Pepa will push its way onto the stage at
Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) to perform classics from the '80s and '90s. GET TICKETS: $49.70.
JULY 22: Barbie fans, prepare your pink apparel. Nicki Minaj (or maybe her alter ego Roman) will land at
Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia), performing songs from from "The PinkPrint" with special appearances by Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd and Dej Loaf. GET TICKETS: $25+.
JULY 31 & AUG. 1: When she's not being transported in an egg or sporting 7-inch heels and fake shoulder points, Lady Gaga is performing classic jazz tunes with legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett at the
Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St. NW). GET TICKETS: $236 +
AUG. 8: Erykah Badu and an all-star neo-soul lineup will celebrate 10 years of the Summer Spirit Festival at
Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland). Prepare to hear the smooth sounds of Anthony Hamilton, Estelle, Floetry and more. GET TICKETS: $48-$125.
AUG. 8: Calling all Directioners! The new wave of the British Invasion will hit M&T Bank Stadium (1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, Maryland), as One Direction takes the stage. Following the
highly publicized departure of Zayn Malik from the band, Louis, Harry, Liam and Niall will continue to melt hearts everywhere as a four-man group. GET TICKETS: $50+.
AUG. 9: J. Cole's Forest Hills Drive Tour and album were named after his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, which he repurchased in 2014. The tour, featuring Big Sean, YG and Jeremih, will be arriving in the DMV at
Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia). GET TICKETS: $25 +.
AUG. 14: Get ready to tap your foot along to the sound of the banjo as wildly successful Zac Brown Band takes over
Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St. SE). Joined by fellow country-folk stars the Avett Brothers, ZBB will continue their JEKYLL+HYDE tour with a stop here in D.C. GET TICKETS: $79.82+.
AUG. 14: These two timeless bands have a combined 45 studio albums. Earth, Wind and Fire and Chicago will team up at
Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia) and surely serve you rock n' roll, funk and horns galore. GET TICKETS: $25 +.
AUG 19: No one can belt out a soulful country tune like Willie Nelson. He'll take the stage at the
Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland), joined by Old Crow Medicine Show. Braid your hair and bring your bandana to hear songs of heartbreak and good times atl the rustic pavilion. GET TICKETS: $45-$75.
AUG. 23: Earl Sweatshirt is an LA native hip-hop sensation. The 21-year-old former Odd Future member will hit the stage solo at
The Fillmore (8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland). GET TICKETS: $25+.
AUG. 28: Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider Tour featuring Billy Currington and Chase Bryant is heading straight to
Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia). McGraw, Faith Hill's hubby, has been country rocking since his first album in 1990. GET TICKETS: $37+.
AUG. 29: Trillectro returns! Last year's show at RFK Stadium had some electrifying performances that captivated thousands of 20-somethings in the crowd. Stay tuned for
details about performances and tickets for this years edition of the "trillest" concert ever.
Check back soon for our picks for August! In the meantime, tell us what you're up to this summer by using
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