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Top Choice Live Music in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Black Cat

The Black Cat is the go-to venue for music that's loud and grungy with a punk edge. The White Stripes, Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters have all thrashed here. The action divides between tiny and intimate Backstage, dow…
Live Music in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

9:30 Club

The 9:30, which can pack 1200 people into a surprisingly compact venue, is the granddaddy of the live-music scene in DC. Pretty much every big name that comes through town ends up on this stage at some point. Headli…
Live Music in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

DC9

DC9 is as intimate as DC’s live music venues get, and about as divey as well. Not that we’re complaining; there’s always a good edge on in this spot. Up-and-coming local bands, with an emphasis on indie rockers, pla…
Live Music in Capitol Hill & South DC

Rock & Roll Hotel

The R&R Hotel is a great, grotty spot to catch rockin’ live sets from the likes of Thurston Moore, St Vincent and the Dead Kennedys. Don’t let the name fool you; the venue hosts all kinds of genres besides rock,…
Live Music in Adams Morgan

Madam's Organ

Playboy magazine once named Madam's Organ one of its favorite bars in America. The ramshackle place has been around forever, and its nightly blues, rock and bluegrass shows can be downright riot-inducing. There's a …
Jazz in Georgetown

Blues Alley

Greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan played this venerable club back in the day. The talent remains just as sterling now, and the setting just as sophisticated. Reserve a ticket in advance if a big name is …
Live Music in Adams Morgan

Bukom Cafe

Reggae and highlife bands take the stage nightly at Bukom. Be prepared for sore but happy hips as you join the mix of West African immigrants and ex–Peace Corps types who've earned their dancing chops on the contine…
Live Music in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Hamilton

There's lots on offer here. On the ground floor there's a popular restaurant and three bars, one of which offers free live music most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. In the basement is Hamilton LIVE, a 700-per…
Live Music in National Mall

Jazz in the Garden

Lots of locals show up for these free outdoor jazz, blues and world-music concerts at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Bring a blanket and picnic food, and supplement with beverages from the on-site Pav…
Jazz in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Twins Jazz

Twin sisters own this long, narrow, red-walled club, and they've been staging hot jazz acts here for some 20 years. It's a jazz enthusiasts', keep-your-voice-down kind of scene, awash in cool atmosphere. Shows begin…