Top 20 Concerts for August/September 2021

What concerts should you enjoy in August and September?

The concert options in the DC area ramp up significantly starting in August. Let’s pare it down and peek at the shows you should consider.

Despite DC losing some music venues in 2020 (like Rock & Roll Hotel and U Street Music Hall), we will gain a new one in the Capital Turnaround.

August 2021

Green Day and Weezer @ Nationals Park (8/8/21) (Pro Tip: If you have lots of extra cash laying around, take the plunge.)

Appaloosa Ultra (8/12-8/14/21) (Pro Tip: Roots and Americana festival, featuring and organized by your local band Scythian.)

Ann Wilson @ The Birchmere (8/14/21)

PVRIS @ Rams Head Live (8/17/21) (Pro Tip: Spend some time in Baltimore. It feels good.)

The Districts (opening for Modest Mouse) @ The Anthem (8/17/21) (Review from 2020)

One Way Out @ Union Stage (8/20/21) (Pro Tip: You need to rock with these local rockers. See the Preview.)

Karen Jonas @ Pie Shop (8/29/21) (Pro Tip: Country music in an intimate setting! See our review from Karen’s show in 2020.)

September 2021

The Struts @ Lincoln Theatre (9/7/21) (Pro Tip: They are awesome live.)

Blue Oyster Cult @ The Birchmere (9/8/21)

Black Cat 28th Anniversary Party @ Black Cat (9/11/21) (w/ Algiers, Ted Leo, and Teen Cobra)

Lindsay Buckingham @ Warner Theatre (9/14/21)

The Sounds @ Black Cat (9/15/21)

Soccer Mommy @ 9:30 Club (9/19/21) SOLD OUT

Middle Kids @ 9:30 Club (9/22/21) 

Firefly Music Festival (Dover, Delaware) (9/23-9/26/21)

Faye Webster @ Capital Turnaround (9/24/21) (Pro Tip: Good time to check out the new Capital Turnaround, if you haven’t at this point.) (Review from 2019)

Violent Femmes @ The Anthem (9/26/21)

Deep Sea Diver @ Union Stage (9/27/21) (Pro Tip: Their “Impossible Weight” is the best song of 2020? Fight me. Also, go check them out.) (Review from 2019)

The Killers @ Capital One Arena (9/29/21)

Dead Sara @ Black Cat (9/30/21)


(Hint: Even I can’t limit this list to 20.)

Indigo Boulevard @ Mr. Brown’s Park (Falls Church City, VA) (8/10/21) (Pro Tip: Free Concert alert!) (Interview)

You and Me and You @ DC9 (8/13/21) (Pro Tip: A new, DC folk rock band.)

Andrea von Kampen @ DC9 (9/1/21)

Natural Velvet with Outerloop @ Pie Shop (9/2/21)

Julian Baker @ 9:30 Club (9/13/21) SOLD OUT

Lauren Calve @ Songbyrd Music House (9/17/21) (Review from 2020)

Indigo De Souza @ Songbyrd Music House (9/21/21) SOLD OUT

Walk the Moon @ 9:30 Club (9/24/21)

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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