How do you stay warm during the cold winter blast of the DMV Winter? Gather together and huddle up with like-minded fans of music you love! Post-Thanksgiving, the show schedule around here picks up pretty fast. Here’s a short list of the ones we’ll be looking out for.
When: Friday, November 27
Tickets: Ticketmaster – 80 bucks a pop
Yup, you read that correctly: the glittery, always-half-naked-for-no-reason tongue twister is coming to DC’s Echostage – an intimate venue considering her nationwide fame and recent stint on the 2015 VMAs. Tickets obviously already sold out for this one (in less than 30 seconds), but if you have a friend or some kind of connection with an extra stub or two, it’s time to make nice: this show will be historic.
When: Friday, December 4
Where: Baltimore Sound Stage
Tickets: Ticketfy – just $15!
YOUUUUUU, YOU GOT WHAT I NEE-EEEED. I’ll stop. But not before I see the man in person for an epic 80s vs 90s dance party.
When: Monday, December 14
Where: Verizon Center
Tickets: Ticketmaster – $45-200 depending on where you sit, but most attendees attest to the closer more expensive seats being totally worth the extra dinero.
As of right now, the roster for the 2015 Jingle Ball includes 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Zedd, Tove Lo, and more. But that’s not it – they announce new acts weekly leading up to the big event, so the lineup is only going to get bigger. Keep an eye on it on the HOT 99.5 website.
When: Thursday December 17 – Friday, December 18
Where: 9:30 Club
Tickets: Ticketfly – $45 for Thursday night, the Friday show already sold out.
The DC natives (Yes! Founding members Rob Garza and Eric Hilton created the group at the 18th Street Lounge!) are bringing their groovy bossa nova, dub, and jazz vibes to 9:30 club mid December. If you haven’t heard of them before, you are missing out. Check out the Garden State soundtrack they made it on that launched them into stardom.
When: Saturday, December 19
Tickets: Wantickets – $25
The trance Dutchman is paying yet another visit to the mega club that is Echostage. The #15 DJ in the world (according to DJ Mag’s Top 100 list) always packs the place and puts on an insane show.
When: Tuesday, December 29
Where: The Fillmore Silver Spring
Tickets: LiveNation – $65
Most recently notorious for being Jimmy Fallon’s band, the Roots are playing an intimate show at the Fillmore for one night only. Come see the hip-hop/neo soul group play their Philadelphia-born hearts out on the small stage in downtown Silver Spring. Photo courtesy of mtv.com, credit: Ben Watts
When: Thursday, December 31
Tickets: Wantickets – $40
Our friends at Glow DC say it best: “We’ve reached 16 years of providing the best dance music events in the DC-Metro area. We’ve put on over 70 shows this year, 20 of those shows including artists that we’ve brought to DC for the first time. We even managed to get ranked once again as the #1 best place to dance at on the East Coast by DJ Mag. To celebrate all this and more, we’ve enlisted the talents of one of the biggest names in dance music: Krewella!”
When: Friday, January 1
The recently dethroned reigning EDM champ returns for another round of insanity at Echostage on New Year’s Day. Tickets go on sale Friday 11/6 at noon and will promptly sell out. Best bet if you miss the window? Table service – totally worth it for a show of this caliber.
When: Monday, February 1
Where: Verizon Center
Tickets: Ticketmaster – $60-80, depending on where you snag a seat
Muse is one of the all-time greatest stage performing bands out there.
When: Sunday, February 7
Where: DAR Constitution Hall
Tickets: Ticketmaster – $53
Generally categorized as alternative rock and alternative country, Wilco’s name has been steadily rising for a number of years. Rolling Stone has consistently named them as “one of America’s most interesting bands” and they’ve also been regarded as “America’s Radiohead” due to their music’s wide range of stylistic variations. In fact, they have so much to offer that suggesting a single song to listen to would almost be pointless. The best thing to do? Go to this show and experience their talent and range for yourself. Photo credit: Austin Nelson
When: Wednesday, February 17
Where: DAR Constitution Hall
Tickets: Ticketmaster – $43-90
It may be far from the Summer of 69, but Bryan Adams will make you forget about that. One of the OG rock/pop artists, Adams has performed with everyone from The Who to Nelly Furtado – his range in his genre is amazing, and definitely worth checking out.
When: Monday, February 29 – Tuesday, March 1
Where: Monday in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena, Tuesday at the Verizon Center
Tickets: Ticketmaster for either, about $40 for the Bmore show, $50-100 for the DC one
If you don’t know, you don’t know. See the boss lady herself in either Baltimore or DC (or both!) for her 2015 Unbreakable World Tour.
Not sure about you, but Winter doesn’t seem so bad to us anymore.