WNO Opera in the Outfield - September 24 at Nats Park - photo Scott Suchman
Photo credit: Scott Suchman

From a press release:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates the return of free opera simulcasts to Nationals Park with title sponsor Mars, Incorporated with the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Mozart’s classic romantic comedy The Marriage of Figaro on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pregame” activities, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available in the stands, while access to the outfield grass will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis when gates open at 5 p.m. More information, including a chance to RSVP to win prizes, is available at OperaintheOutfield.org.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark atmosphere. Beginning at 5 p.m., the special pre-show entertainment will include: (more…)

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Photo by by Doug Van Sant

From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2016) — This Saturday, September 24, D.C.’s famed concert and nightlife venue Echostage will celebrate its four-year anniversary in style with a free concert and party for fans. Internationally acclaimed DJs Deorro and MAKJ will provide the soundtrack for the night-long bash while party-goers enjoy a complimentary open bar to get the bash started from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Washingtonians 18+ can reserve free tickets to the event on Echostage’s website.

Since its inception in 2012, Echostage has attracted industry EDM and hip hop heavyweights such as Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Jay-Z, and Hardwell. (more…)

From a press release:

“Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., with tickets on sale to the public on Monday, June 27.

“Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown—they’re hungry for the truth,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. “Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers.”

Farm Aid 2016, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs Robots. (more…)

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“Hey PoPville,

This is going to sound Press-Releas-y, sorry, but I’m a real fan I promise. There’s a show tomorrow at 9:30 I’m really excited about and wanted to share with everyone, I think it could be special– This small band Atlas Road Crew from Charleston, SC that basically calls DC a second home (Their drummer, Patrick Drohan, is from the area). Over the past three years, they’ve grown in venue size from the Fairgrounds, to the Bayou, to selling out Gypsy Sally’s twice, and then selling out the Hamilton this past winter. It’s amazing to see them grow to 9:30, and yes, they get how big of an opportunity headlining the place is! Their sound is rooted in 70s-era southern rock, and luckily don’t get too jammy. Plus the shows are a party. Come out!

The song “Voices”

Tickets: All Good presents: Atlas Road Crew w/ The Southern Belles, Bencoolen

South Carolina rock ‘n’ roll shot with southern soul accents. Formed in fall of 2011, Atlas Road Crew is rapidly building one of the most loyal fan bases on the East Coast, packing venues to capacity from South Carolina to New York City, and expanding quickly to major US cities in between. (more…)

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Favorite time of year volume 16. From the National Gallery of Art:

“The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 16th season in May. The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, xylophone, Afrofunk, and more—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

Guests may purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden or bring their own picnics. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought to the premises from outside and are subject to confiscation. Security officers reserve the right to inspect all items brought into the Sculpture Garden.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Laura_Grageda

19th Street Band

May 27 from 5:00 to 8:30
Sculpture Garden (more…)

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From a press release:

“The United States Botanic Garden is pleased to announce their popular American Roots Music Concert Series will be returning for 2016. The summer concert series, which the USBG first offered in 2015, celebrates American roots music – Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco.

Concerts June through August will be held outdoors on the USBG Conservatory Terrace to enjoy the USBG’s summer garden exhibit Flourish Inside and Out (rain location inside the Conservatory in the Garden Court). September and October concerts will move indoors into the Conservatory’s Garden Court. All concerts are free of charge. Provided seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own blanket or chair.

2016 Roots Concerts Series schedule: (more…)

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Good news for Fort Reno fans:

“Hello everyone.

Things are moving along in preparation for the coming summer. Here is hoping that we are getting all the rain out of the way now!

Many of you have written about playing this year. I have done my best to keep track of the emails but Gmail sometimes has a mind of its own so feel free to get back in touch. Submissions can be mailed or dropped off between now and May 31. If you have any difficulty with getting in a physical demo package, let me know.

Fort Reno Concerts
c/o Amanda MacKaye
2215 N. Culepeper St.
Arlington, VA 22207

Shows will be happening in July once again this year and as always on Mondays and Thursdays. Music is 7 to 9:30 PM but the park is open for folks to be present for the pre-show festivities which will include cleaning the park and loading gear; the perfect backdrop for your dining experience. (more…)

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Custom artwork created by Rockets Are Red.

From an email:

“Phoenix. Bon Iver. Vampire Weekend. Vashti Bunyan. St. Vincent. Refused. Will Butler of Arcade Fire. Odd Future. Ellie Goulding. Mudhoney. Jason Isbell. Dawes. Philip Selway of Radiohead. Thurston Moore. Father John Misty.

No, this is not a new festival lineup; these are artists who have graced our stage over the span of one decade.

For 10 years, Rock & Roll Hotel, an independently owned and operated venue and nightclub in Washington, DC, has hosted on-the-cusp breakthrough artists and legends alike. An original, integral member of the H St Northeast neighborhood revitalization, Rock & Roll Hotel continues to be a major influence in DC’s music scene. It has garnered a reputation as a music venue dedicated to developing and renewing the ever diverse independent music scene and history of Washington, DC; the choices behind the anniversary lineup are a reflection of this.

We are very excited to celebrate a full 10 years in our city, and look forward to many more to come supporting and celebrating the independent music community.

Tickets for all anniversary shows go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10am.”