Top 20 Concerts for January/February 2022

The War on Drugs play at The Anthem on Feb. 2nd! (Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill)
The War on Drugs play at The Anthem on Feb. 2nd! (Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill)

Concerts to start 2022. Yes, please.

Let’s assume that the world doesn’t go pear-shaped, and we continue to have live concerts in the coming weeks and months. With that needful assurance, how should you spent your time and to which artists and venues should you open your wallet wide for?

Here are some shows and scenarios that should get you on the right path!

(Editor’s Note: Updated 1/19/22. Changes are afoot.)

The Wombats @ 9:30 Club (1/20 & 1/21/22) 1/20 Tickets available! (Pro Tip: I am listening to “Jump Into the Fog” right now.)

Justin Trawick @ Pearl Street Warehouse (1/21/22) (Pro Tip: Local singer/songwriter celebrates his 11th annual 29th birthday!)

Best Coast @ 9:30 Club (1/28/22) (Pro Tip: West Coast is the best coast.) CANCELLED

The Weather Station @ Union Stage (1/30/22) (Pro Tip: Canadian folk music coming to The Wharf. And scene.) RESCHEDULED to 4/25/22

Brian Fallon and the Howling Weather @ Lincoln Theatre (2/1/22) (Pro Tip: See our most recent review.)

The War on Drugs @ The Anthem (2/2/22) (Pro Tip: The #1 concert I’m looking forward to in 2022 so far.)

Courtney Barnett @ 9:30 Club (2/2 & 2/3/22) Both Sold Out 

Greensky Bluegrass @ The Anthem (2/4 & 2/5/22)

Bonney Light Horseman @ Strathmore (2/11/22)

Outerloop @ Slash Run (2/12/22) (Pro Tip: A local post-punk band from Virginia you should see. Buy your tickets at the door.) RESCHEDULED

Wild Rivers @ 8×10 (Baltimore) (2/14/22) (Trip Alert! Head up to Baltimore for some fine folk music.)

The Marías @ 9:30 Club (2/14/22) Sold Out

Sara Evans @ The Birchmere (2/17/22)

The Staves @ 9:30 Club (2/18/22) CANCELLED

Exposé @ Howard Theatre (2/18/22) (Pro Tip: As long as you can dream, here’s your sugary pop fix.)

Magdalena Bay @ Black Cat (2/19/22)

Sun June @ Songbyrd Music House (2/19/22)

Mavis Staples @ Wolf Trap (2/21, 2/22 & 2/23/22)

Sleigh Bells @ 9:30 Club (2/23/22) RESCHEDULED to 8/23/22

Marina @ The Anthem (2/24/22) (Pro Tip: Returning to The Anthem, Marina was amazing last time.)


(Don’t think for a second that we’re done!)

A Shrewdness of Apes @ Jammin Java (1/26/22)

Karen Jonas @ Pearl Street Warehouse (2/4/22)

The Regrettes @ The Broadbery (Richmond) (2/9/22) (Trip Alert! Hit up some Richmond breweries, go see a concert, and a fine evening will have been had by all.)

Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways @ Songbyrd Music House (2/13/22) RESCHEDULED

Tool @ Capital One Arena (2/22/22) (Pro Tip: I mean, might as well?)

The Beths @ Black Cat (2/25/22) Sold Out (Pro Tip: We’ve seen them twice before, definitely try to get tickets.) RESCHEDULED

AFI @ 9:30 Club (2/25 & 2/26/22) Both Sold Out

Mattiel @ Union Stage (2/28/22)

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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