Renowned jazz musicians, legendary metal rockers, up-and-coming artists and the perfect way to spend your St. Patrick’s Day are in store at your local venues!
On The Hill:
Jazz guitarist and composer Julian Lage has really done it all –so to speak– at this point. He was a child prodigy musician and the focus of a documentary by age 10, performed at the Grammy Awards at 13, became a faculty member of the Stanford University Jazz Workshop by age 15 and has been nominated for multiple Grammy at just 30 years old. Lage’s smooth and captivating work has captured the attention of music lovers everywhere. Don’t miss Julian Lage at the Library of Congress tomorrow, Thursday, March 8. There may be just a few free tickets left here, so act fast and snag them while you can!
Skinny Lister takes folk-punk to a whole new level. Guitar, bass, and accordion combine to create a sound uniquely their own. Think Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly mixed with a little bit of pop influence to really tie things together. The band is known for their energetic and extremely entertaining live shows, so it should be a good one in such an intimate DC venue. Head out for Skinny Lister on March 13 at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Pick up your tickets here.
ShamrockFest is back! Deemed the largest St. Paddy’s Day festival in America, ShamrockFest brings current and nostalgic rock bands right to the Hill. This year’s lineup includes Sum 41 and Less Than Jake as well as some Irish dancers and bagpipers. Head out for a massive St. Patrick’s Day fest at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds on Saturday, March 17. As the fest says, “We’ll bring the bands and beer, you bring the party!” For the full lineup, ticket options, and an overview of the festival experience head to their website. (For an exposé about Shamrock attendees and where they like to relieve themselves, click here. –MHC)
Though K. Flay, aka Kristine Flaherty, debuted back in 2010, she really became recognized just a few years ago with her 2016 single “Blood In The Cut.” It took over the top spots of alternative radio, brought the name K. Flay into the spotlight, and earned her a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. Her most recent album, Every Where Is Some Where, once again brings a textured, dynamic sound to her intricate and passion-fueled lyrics. The album is filled with fantastic pop gems and some somber, vulnerable tracks straight from the heart. Check out K. Flay’s mix of indie, hip-hop, and electronica at the 9:30 Club on March 12. Buy your tickets now!
Judas Priest is bringing metal to The Wharf this month as they head out on the road in support of their eighteenth studio album! Famous metal anthems such as “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” and “Living After Midnight” have allowed the band to be cited as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. The careers of these English rockers have spanned nearly 50 years and they don’t don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Dig out your leather jacket and studded boots and don’t miss Judas Priest on March 18 at The Anthem. Tickets are available here.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more low-key for your Sunday night on the 18th, head on over to the 9:30 Club and check out English pop-punk band Moose Blood. Supporting acts include the indie band Lydia and the punk rockers of McCafferty. Get to know Moose Blood and Lydia better before the show and check out The Set List’s exclusive interview with them here!
Rock & Roll Hotel
U Street Music Hall
- 5/10: Moon Boots
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Keep an eye out for more newly announced shows that are sure to fill your summer with fantastic music!