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Best Concerts in Washington DC

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Originally established at a different location in 1980, 9:30 Club is widely considered to be among the best live music clubs in the country, hosting notable acts like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bangles, Foo Fighters, R.E.M. and many more through the years. This club somewhat resembles Dr. Frankenfurter's laboratory in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The large, open space features a bar and a chest-high stage with an impressive sound and lighting system. Multiple bars are located throughout the venue, serving premium draft and bottled beer. Light snacks are also available for when those late night hunger pangs start kicking in.

The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a complete complex boasting theaters, studios, stages, dressing rooms, a café and a production space. With 60,000 square feet of space the center has its own theater and dance company, orchestra and choral group. It is housed in historic theater and is home to many art organizations too. It is definitely a place for performing arts to live and thrive in Washington DC.

Thrumming with the dreamy sounds of jazzy tunes, Blues Alley is one of the best-known venues in Washington for jazz and blues performances. Tucked away in lower Georgetown, the club is near the C&O Canal. Several national acts have serenaded patrons at this beloved establishment, and the atmosphere is sleek and sophisticated. The place bills itself as a "Jazz Supper Club," and the food is almost as good as the music, much of which is inspired from Creole cuisine. Munch on savory bites such as Crab Cakes and Stuffed Mushroom as you sway to the music that envelops the lively space.

The Kennedy Center is a lively space that hosts performing arts and events. The center offers three main theaters including, Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, and Opera House, which hosts different genres of performing arts: such as plays, operas, ballets, concerts, and films. Among the center's highlights include festivals of various genres. The center is also home to one of the few open-air rooftop terraces, open for visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Free tours introduce visitors to the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, and the main theaters. It is a must-see for any visitor.

Built in 1929 to serve as a meeting hall for the Daughters of the American Revolution, this neoclassical building is Washington's largest auditorium. Throughout the year, concerts and other cultural events are held here. Famous artists from all genres of the entertainment world from rap stars to pop singers to classical musicians perform here.

Built in 1924, the Warner has long been a respected part of downtown Washington’s bustling entertainment scene. Housed in an imposing building, the theatre draws Broadway enthusiasts from all around the country. The theatre’s intricately decorated vaulted ceilings and richly bedecked interiors contribute to its lavish rococo décor. A host of reputed theatrical productions add to the allure of the theatre, routinely inviting Washingtonians for a visual treat. Broadways, musicals, concerts and shows, no matter the event, Warner Theatre has got you covered for all.

Although its physical location makes Tropicalia easy to walk past, its reputation ensures that people search for the staircase beside the subway that leads to this entertaining space. There is none of the dinginess you would normally associate with a basement space; on the contrary, you will find psychedelic lights in pretty much any color you can think of. Situated in the U Street Corridor, this dance hall attempts to bring some Brazilian flavor to the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. The DJ ensures that you groove to the Brazilian beats on the dance floor, but there's more to come; you can also catch live Brazilian bands on Sunday nights.

Founded in 1910, the Howard Theatre was once the face of great and renowned musical performers and artists. Lauded for its exclusive design and classy interiors, this stage has hosted performances of popular artists like Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and Chuck Brown. However, this glorious period came to end in 1968 when the property was damaged. In 1974, Howard Theatre was re-opened and it hosted shows till 1980; in 2010, a project was undertaken to restore this oldest entertainment venue in the city. After the makeover, it once again features great gigs and has reclaimed its title of being one of the best music venues in the town.

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