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The Best Outdoor Concerts in the DC Area This Summer

Published On 04/14/2016 Published On 04/14/2016

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May 24 Wed

Bon Iver Justin Vernon and the band’s acoustic and folktronica sounds are best enjoyed outdoors, making the Pavilion the perfect place to see him.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Bon Iver Merriweather Post Pavilion Justin Vernon and the band’s acoustic and folktronica sounds are best enjoyed outdoors, making the Pavilion the perfect place to see him.

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May 25 Thu

Mary J. Blige The queen of '90s hip-hop soul brings you the hits, like "Not Gon’ Cry" and "Family Affair."

Wolf Trap

Mary J. Blige Wolf Trap The queen of '90s hip-hop soul brings you the hits, like "Not Gon’ Cry" and "Family Affair."

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May 28 Sun

National Memorial Day Concert On the eve of Memorial Day, enjoy a free performance from the National Symphony Orchestra, Vanessa Williams, Five for Fighting, Scotty McCreery, and more on the Capitol’s west lawn.

The US Capitol

National Memorial Day Concert The US Capitol On the eve of Memorial Day, enjoy a free performance from the National Symphony Orchestra, Vanessa Williams, Five for Fighting, Scotty McCreery, and more on the Capitol’s west lawn.

John Legend | JStone/Shutterstock

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Jun 2-4

Capital Jazz Fest The 25th edition of the annual fete features nearly dozens of acts on two grand stages throughout the weekend, including Robin Thicke, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sheila E, and George Benson.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Capital Jazz Fest Merriweather Post Pavilion The 25th edition of the annual fete features nearly dozens of acts on two grand stages throughout the weekend, including Robin Thicke, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sheila E, and George Benson.

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Jun 3 Sat

Iron Maiden The metal legends are touring in support of 2015’s The Book of Souls with support from Sweden’s Ghost. Bring earplugs.

Jiffy Lube Live

Iron Maiden Jiffy Lube Live The metal legends are touring in support of 2015’s The Book of Souls with support from Sweden’s Ghost. Bring earplugs.

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Jun 4 Sun

Chance the Rapper A favorite of Barack Obama and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and unofficial “nephew” to Beyoncé, the Chicago rapper is one of the greatest MCs working today.

Jiffy Lube Live

Chance the Rapper Jiffy Lube Live A favorite of Barack Obama and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and unofficial “nephew” to Beyoncé, the Chicago rapper is one of the greatest MCs working today.

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Jun 9-18

DC Jazzfest DC Jazz Fest brings 125 performances to 40-plus venues with an amazing array of talent that includes Pat Metheny, the Kenny Garrett Quintet, and Robert Glasper.

Various locations

DC Jazzfest Various locations DC Jazz Fest brings 125 performances to 40-plus venues with an amazing array of talent that includes Pat Metheny, the Kenny Garrett Quintet, and Robert Glasper.

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Jun 9 Fri

Wilco The indie rock stalwarts are still out on the road after releasing Schmilco last year, and they sound as good as ever.

Wolf Trap

Wilco Wolf Trap The indie rock stalwarts are still out on the road after releasing Schmilco last year, and they sound as good as ever.

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Jun 9 Fri

Dierks Bentley Bentley’s What the Hell Tour rolls into Virginia, and you can bet the beer will be flowing.

Jiffy Lube Live

Dierks Bentley Jiffy Lube Live Bentley’s What the Hell Tour rolls into Virginia, and you can bet the beer will be flowing.

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Jun 11 Sun

Jack Johnson Where better to hear the Hawaiian singer’s surfing songs than outdoors? Boston roots rockers Lake Street Dive open.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jack Johnson Merriweather Post Pavilion Where better to hear the Hawaiian singer’s surfing songs than outdoors? Boston roots rockers Lake Street Dive open.

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Jun 14 Wed

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt This is one of four baseball stadium concerts Taylor and Raitt will play this summer, so you know it’ll be special.

Nationals Park

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt Nationals Park This is one of four baseball stadium concerts Taylor and Raitt will play this summer, so you know it’ll be special.

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Jun 18 Sun

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds With the Dave Matthews Band on hiatus, Matthews and Tim Reynolds are out on an extensive North American Tour to perform acoustic renditions of the jam act’s hits.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Merriweather Post Pavilion With the Dave Matthews Band on hiatus, Matthews and Tim Reynolds are out on an extensive North American Tour to perform acoustic renditions of the jam act’s hits.

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Jun 20 Tue

John Legend Mr. Chrissy Teigen unleashes his baby-making vocals on the Merriweather crowd, with local R&B singer Gallant opening.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

John Legend Merriweather Post Pavilion Mr. Chrissy Teigen unleashes his baby-making vocals on the Merriweather crowd, with local R&B singer Gallant opening.

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Jun 22 Thu

Elvis Costello and the Imposters The rock legend and his band will perform songs from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom, as well as other hits from his lengthy career.

Wolf Trap

Elvis Costello and the Imposters Wolf Trap The rock legend and his band will perform songs from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom, as well as other hits from his lengthy career.

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Jun 25 Sun

Luke Bryan His tour is called the "Huntin' Fishin' & Lovin'" so put on your cowboy boots and dance the night away to "Country Girl," "Drunk on You," and "Crash My Party."

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Luke Bryan Merriweather Post Pavilion His tour is called the "Huntin' Fishin' & Lovin'" so put on your cowboy boots and dance the night away to "Country Girl," "Drunk on You," and "Crash My Party."

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Jun 27 Tue

Lionel Richie Enjoy a sweet dose of nostalgia as the Motown legend plays his from his solo career and Commodores era.

Filene Center

Lionel Richie Filene Center Enjoy a sweet dose of nostalgia as the Motown legend plays his from his solo career and Commodores era.

Aretha Franklin | Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

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Jul 16 Sun

Warped Tour Over 60 punk, hardcore, and metal acts take over the Pavilion, including Gwar, the Ataris, and Hawthorne Heights.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Warped Tour Merriweather Post Pavilion Over 60 punk, hardcore, and metal acts take over the Pavilion, including Gwar, the Ataris, and Hawthorne Heights.

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Location

Jul 17 Mon

Gorillaz If you have to see one virtual animated band this summer, make it Gorillaz, who are touring in support of their fifth album, Humanz.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Gorillaz Merriweather Post Pavilion If you have to see one virtual animated band this summer, make it Gorillaz, who are touring in support of their fifth album, Humanz.

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Jul 19 Wed

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper It’s not the most obvious pairing, but we complain about hearing “Maggie May,” “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “Time After Time” in the same night.

Jiffy Lube Live

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper Jiffy Lube Live It’s not the most obvious pairing, but we complain about hearing “Maggie May,” “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “Time After Time” in the same night.

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Jul 25 Tue

Diana Ross Miss Ross brings her Supremes and solo hits, as well as a bunch of gorgeous covers to Wolf Trap.

Wolf Trap

Diana Ross Wolf Trap Miss Ross brings her Supremes and solo hits, as well as a bunch of gorgeous covers to Wolf Trap.

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Event

Location

Jul 29 Sat

Aretha Franklin At 75, the Queen of Soul can still belt out the hits with power.

Wolf Trap

Aretha Franklin Wolf Trap At 75, the Queen of Soul can still belt out the hits with power.

Coldplay | Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock

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Location

Aug 3 Thu

Blondie and Garbage You’d be a “Stupid Girl” (or guy) to miss Blondie and Garbage’s co-headlining “Rage and Rapture Tour.”

Wolf Trap

Blondie and Garbage Wolf Trap You’d be a “Stupid Girl” (or guy) to miss Blondie and Garbage’s co-headlining “Rage and Rapture Tour.”

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Aug 6 Sun

Coldplay Coldplay’s "A Head Full of Dreams" Tour is massive, utilizing three stages and plenty of lasers and pyrotechnics.

FedExField

Coldplay FedExField Coldplay’s "A Head Full of Dreams" Tour is massive, utilizing three stages and plenty of lasers and pyrotechnics.

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Aug 8 Tue

Goo Goo Dolls So why don’t you slide into Wolf Trap for a night with Johnny Rzeznik and the boys?

Wolf Trap

Goo Goo Dolls Wolf Trap So why don’t you slide into Wolf Trap for a night with Johnny Rzeznik and the boys?

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Aug 10 Thu

Dashboard Confessional Don’t forget to bring some tissues.

Wolf Trap

Dashboard Confessional Wolf Trap Don’t forget to bring some tissues.

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Aug 13 Sun

Lady Antebellum The “Need You Now” chart-toppers are back at Merriweather, this time in support of their new album Heart Break.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Lady Antebellum Merriweather Post Pavilion The “Need You Now” chart-toppers are back at Merriweather, this time in support of their new album Heart Break.

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Location

Aug 15 Tue

Santana Carlos Santana continues to shred, mixing his set lists with his ‘60s classics, Supernatural hits, and a bunch of covers that veer into some wild jams.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Santana Merriweather Post Pavilion Carlos Santana continues to shred, mixing his set lists with his ‘60s classics, Supernatural hits, and a bunch of covers that veer into some wild jams.

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Location

Aug 16 Wed

Regina Spektor and Ben Folds The pop pianists teamed up before on Folds’ 2008 single “You Don’t Know Me” and, most recently, on a cover of “Dear Theodosia” for The Hamilton Mixtape, so there’s a good chance you’ll see some duets at this show.

Wolf Trap

Regina Spektor and Ben Folds Wolf Trap The pop pianists teamed up before on Folds’ 2008 single “You Don’t Know Me” and, most recently, on a cover of “Dear Theodosia” for The Hamilton Mixtape, so there’s a good chance you’ll see some duets at this show.

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Event

Location

Aug 25 Fri

Chris Isaak A true entertainer, Isaak brings plenty of humor into his sets, which usually include plenty of old rock covers and his hits “Wicked Game” and “Two Hearts.”

Wolf Trap

Chris Isaak Wolf Trap A true entertainer, Isaak brings plenty of humor into his sets, which usually include plenty of old rock covers and his hits “Wicked Game” and “Two Hearts.”

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Event

Location

Aug 25 Fri

John Mayer Pop hits, acoustic ballads, and blues jams are all parts of Mayer’s sets these days, so there’s a little something for every type of Mayer fan.

Jiffy Lube Live

John Mayer Jiffy Lube Live Pop hits, acoustic ballads, and blues jams are all parts of Mayer’s sets these days, so there’s a little something for every type of Mayer fan.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 26 Sat

Jason Aldean Late August is the perfect time for an outdoor sing-along of “A Little More Summertime” and the country star’s many other hits.

Jiffy Lube Live

Jason Aldean Jiffy Lube Live Late August is the perfect time for an outdoor sing-along of “A Little More Summertime” and the country star’s many other hits.

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Event

Location

Sep 5 Tue

Sting Sting is finally back to playing his rock hits after all those years of symphonies and experimental albums.

Wolf Trap

Sting Wolf Trap Sting is finally back to playing his rock hits after all those years of symphonies and experimental albums.

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Event

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Sep 9 Sat

Brad Paisley Close out your summer with the Grammy-winning country star and his pals Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell.

Jiffy Lube Live

Brad Paisley Jiffy Lube Live Close out your summer with the Grammy-winning country star and his pals Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell.

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