Looking for some great local bands to check out? The Rock & Roll Hotel has you covered! The next couple weeks bring the iconic The Who, as well as the famous Vans Warped Tour to your local venues.
On The Hill:
Darkest Hour is straight out of the 90s hardcore and metal music scenes of DC. Darkest Hour recently released their ninth full-length studio album, Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora, which hit #1 on Billboard Heatseekers’ and #4 in Hard Music upon its release. This album was largely crowd-funded as well. Don’t miss local rockers Darkest Hour at the Rock & Roll Hotel on July 14. Pick up your tickets now.
This Wild Life, a California pop punk band turned acoustic duo, has crossed genre lines with ease. Their debut full-length, Clouded, saw incredible success upon its release as Billboard’s #1 Top New Artist and #1 Top Alternative New Artist, and received rave reviews from music enthusiasts everywhere. This melodic, heartfelt, acoustic pop-punk duo has put in an astounding amount of work to get to where they are today, and it is well deserved. The first time I heard them, I was immediately drawn in and now they are one of my favorite bands. Catch This Wild Life on July 21 at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Get your tickets here.
The Rock & Roll Hotel hosts Aztec Sun, a D.C. based 5-piece touring in support of their debut EP Set You Free, and to get ready for the release of their first full-length album this year. This self-proclaimed “Funk with soul” band brings a live show filled with their upbeat and energetic mix of retro 70s funk, soul, and jazz. They were even named the Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper. Check out Aztec Sun on July 22 Get your tickets now.
Since its first show in 1995, Vans Warped Tour has become a staple to teens (and adults) around the country. This touring music festival brings a full day of punk rock to attendees in over 40 cities in just one summer! Performers this year include American Authors, Save Ferris, Stick To Your Guns, Carnifex, Anti-Flag, and many more. If you go, be sure to check out your more local bands such as Municipal Waste, Stacked Like Pancakes, and War On Women. Warped Tour will take over Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 16. For more information, the full lineup, and to purchase tickets, click here.
Formed in 1964 in England, The Who are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century with their chart-topping hits, over 100 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive tours around the world. This is your chance to see a legendary band with a reputation for an incredible live show just a short drive from the city. The Who will perform at MGM National Harbor on July 18. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets now!
Lively St. Petersburg, Florida is home to the unique and energetic The Hip Abduction. THA mixes West African traditions, rock, and reggae vibes to create a sound unlike any other. Strong bass lines, funky percussion, and a horn section turn every concert into an incredibly energetic night. Their album Gold Under the Glow brought them tons of attention and spots on festivals around the country. The Hip Abduction will play July 20 at U Street Music Hall. Pick up your tickets here.
Rock & Roll Hotel
U Street Music Hall
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Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD
- 8/12-8/13: Moonrise Festival
Don’t miss these incredible shows coming to DC!