Southern rock, dance rock, a jazz duo, and some charitable makeshift bands are all on the lineup for your local music venues to get you through these (kinda) hot August days.
On The Hill:
Rock & Roll Hotel is bringing some more local music to your ears. Mystery Friends is a DC-based independent band ready to bring dance rock to the listeners. This quartet draws influence from new wave, electronic, and post-punk music to create an eclectic sound all of their own. The instrumentals are powerful and exciting, and front-woman Abby Sevcik brings an incredible range of vocals. You can catch Mystery Friends on August 17 at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Get your tickets here.
Lee Fields has had a wild music career spanning almost 50 years. Lee Fields and the Expressions have toured all over the world in support of their albums and continues to do so today. Their sound, filled with immense, genre-defying soul, is unmistakable. The band is touring in support of their album Special Night, released late last year. This is also one of Rock & Roll Hotel’s 11 Year Anniversary shows, so come out to support a great venue and a legendary musician. Lee Fields and the Expressions will perform at the Rock & Roll Hotel on August 18. Buy your tickets now.
By the way: Don’t miss our post on R&R’s 11th anniversary! Click here to read all about it.
Behold the Brave’s impressive, unforgettable sound combines Southern rock, blues, and psychedelic melodies. Every song brings a different vibe to the stage with the wide range of influences that span across decades of music. The Howling Tongues will also be performing with Behold the Brave. With classic rock influences such as The Stooges, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, you can be sure that this set will be powerful. Raspy vocals and fuzzy tones are this band’s signature. Don’t miss out on this show at Songbyrd on August 9. Pick up your tickets here.
Run for Cover is an extremely unique show. Makeshift, single-performance bands made up of rockers in the community prepare for months for this show. These bands come out for a night of tributes and covers to benefit Girls Rock! DC. Girls Rock is a rock camp for girls aged 8-18. This camp, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, helps develop self-confidence and build a community through collaborative music. Black Cat will host Run for Cover 2017 on August 12. This event has sold out in past years, so get your tickets now!
Does Santana even need an introduction? In case you need a refresher, Santana is an American Latin Rock band, formed in 1966 and fronted by legendary Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana. They first hit the public eye with their Woodstock performance during the Summer of Love and took over the music world from there on. Santana have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, won nine Grammys and three Latin Grammys, and sold more that 90 million records worldwide. The band released Santana IV in April 2016. This record included the 1970s classic lineup and was the first time the original five had recorded together in 45 years. Don’t miss this incredible show on August 15 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Buy your tickets here.
The Mattson 2 is a guitar-and-drums duo, comprised of identical twins Jared and Jonathan Mattson. This duo is the epitome of jazz-rock orchestration with layered, rhythmic guitars and jazz-y drumming. The music is colorful, exciting, and transcending. The Mattson 2 has toured extensively across Europe and the US, and collaborated with a number of different artists. They will perform in DC at Songbyrd on August 23. Get your tickets now.
Rock & Roll Hotel
- 11/14 Silversun Pickups and Minus the Bear
- 11/20: Echosmith and BANNERS (each online ticket purchase comes with a physical or digital copy of Echosmith’s new album)
- 12/10: Mogwai and Xander Harris
U Street Music Hall
Finish out the summer months with the featured shows coming to you on the next Set List!