Music lovers may be familiar with the large crowds that are drawn to the Verizon Center for concerts in Washington, DC, but the city has many lesser known indoor venues that provide the fan everything they desire from a performance at a lower cost. Check out some of the places below to find your favorite artist at a place near you, and keep an eye out for DC Music Fest in mid-May.
Blues Alley Club: Known as the original DC jazz club, this restaurant and lounge offers live jazz and blues music every week for less than $40 a ticket. A place that Dizzy Gillespie once frequented, the Blues Alley Club is one of the few Jazz Supper Clubs left in the DC area, and a great place to catch some mellow live music. Check out www.bluesalley.com for a list of upcoming performers.
The 9:30 Club: A small venue by the U Street Metro, the 9:30 Club offers an eclectic mix of rap, hip-hop, pop, and house music with concerts nearly every night of the week. It’s low-cost tickets offer the fan an inexpensive way to see their favorite artist, however due to its size tickets sell out early. Keep an eye out for your favorite artists and be sure to get your tickets early and directly from www.930.com to save money.
Rock and Roll Hotel: This elegant site boasts its multi-floor venue to people of all ages. While mainly a location to see your favorite rock artists, the Rock and Roll Hotel also offers Rock and Roll trivia nights and karaoke to anyone interested. With tickets ranging from $10-$20 on average, this is a low-cost and easy entertainment option for a weekend in the city. Visit www.rockandrollhoteldc.com for details.
U Street Music Hall: With live shows running from 7pm to 10pm almost every night, and DJs that normally follow, there is always something going on at U Street Music Hall. Not far from the 9:30 Club, this location offers a similar mix of artists and music styles to its audience. A great place to catch lesser-known artists before they’re famous, check www.ustreetmusichall.com to see a calendar of upcoming shows.