One of the newest additions to DC’s vibrant live music scene, this part record store, part coffee shop and bar, and part music venue is trying to position itself as Adams Morgan’s music hub. They’ve got some seriously good acts coming through, and their low-ceilinged live performance space in the basement gives each show an intimate, garage-show feel with high-quality sound.
Built in what used to be the Showboat Lounge, the venue was home base to jazz musician Charlie Byrd, and featured performances by many famous musicians over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie and Bob Dylan. Rumor has it that Jimi Hendrix popped by in 1967, although we can’t confirm that he performed there.
With shows several days a week, as well as listening parties for new releases and their “Classic Album Sundays” brunch series, there’s always something worth checking out at the Songbyrd Music House.