Top 25 Concerts for August/September 2022

Franz Ferdinand descends on DC on August 10th! (Photo courtesy of Domino Records)

What concerts are you excited about in August and September?

August felt a bit light with concert options, so let’s combine August and September into one healthy, breathing list of awesomeness.

Find below our curated list of the top concerts you should check out. Click the names to buy tickets. And when you can, support local music! I’ve also added a couple shows at local breweries.

Note: We’ve highlighted local artists in bright red.

Top 20 Concerts for August/September

DC Funk Parade @ U Street NW (8/6/22) (Pro Tip: The 8th annual Funk Parade is back as a festival. There will be four sites along U Street with music between 11am and 5pm and is FREE to the public.)

The Nine Songwriter Series @ 9:30 Club (8/6/22) (Pro Tip: Organized by Justin Trawick, this showcase of local artists has been around since 2008, moving from venue to venue. Nice to see its back and at the 9:30 Club! The nine artists selected for this show will play music and tell stories.)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ Black Cat (8/8/22) (Pro Tip: This Melbourne indie rock band just released their third album, Endless Rooms (via Sub Pop), which has garnered a lot of positive reviews and listed on the ‘Top Albums of 2022’ by SPIN, Stereogum and Uproxx. Check out our review of a show they played in DC.)

Franz Ferdinand @ 9:30 Club (8/10/22) (Pro Tip: Franz Ferdinand recently released a greatest hits album, Hits to the Head, so you can buy it and get pumped while listening to these 20 songs.)

Elizabeth Lane @ Jammin Java (8/14/22) (Pro Tip: Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter from Alexandria, VA.)

Calista Garcia (opening for The Dales) @ Pearl Street Warehouse (8/17/22)

The Shins w/Joseph @ The Anthem (8/19/22) (Pro Tip: Joseph is a three sister folk band from Portland, OR. Get there early.)

Mystery Friends w/Flowerbomb @ Pearl Street Warehouse (8/20/22)

Blondie @ The Anthem (8/21/22) 

Sleigh Bells @ 9:30 Club (8/23/22) (Pro Tip: NYC’s noise pop duo put out their fifth album, Texis (via Mom + Pop), late last year. Don’t miss this show!)

Duran Duran @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (8/23/22)

Jack White @ Pier Six Pavilion (8/24/22) (Pro Tip: If you missed him at The Anthem, head up to Baltimore and let him melt your face off with his guitar riffs and licks.)

Petite Amie @ Pie Shop (8/26/22)

A Shrewdness of Apes @ The Public Option (8/30/22) (Pro Tip: Local band playing at local brewpub. Win/win.)

Red Hot Chili Peppers + The Strokes @ Nationals Park (9/8/22)

Amanda Shires @ 9:30 Club (9/9/22)

Neko Case and She & Him @ Wolf Trap (9/9/22)

The Joy Formidable @ Union Stage (9/12/22) (Pro Tip: We’ve seen this Welsh alt rock band five times, and can’t wait for more! Check out our last review when they played at the Rock and Roll Hotel.)

IDLES @ The Anthem (9/14/22)

Julia Jacklin @ 9:30 Club (9/15/22)

Phoenix @ The Anthem (9/16/22)

Pale Waves @ Howard Theatre (9/18/22) (Pro Tip: After an opening gig at The Anthem last month, these Manchester, UK indie rockers are headlining on the strength of their upcoming third album, Unwanted (via Dirty Hit).)

Michelle Branch @ 9:30 Club (9/19/22)

Firefly Music Festival (9/22-25/22) (Pro Tip: Tickets are selling out fast! Expect to see headliners Halsey, My Chemical Romance, Green Day and Dua Lipa, and a ton of other artists.)

Laufey @ Union Stage (9/23/22) 


(Nobody said I could count, so let’s keep going…)

Valkyrie and Caustic Casanova @ DC Brau (8/6/22) (Pro Tip: The local metal shows that used to be at Atlas Brew Works in Ivy City have moved to DC Brau!)

Jimmy Buffett @ Jiffy Lube Live (8/6/22) (Pro Tip: He’s back! Jimmy played at Merriweather in July, now he’s up to the usual shenanigans at Jiffy Lube,)

Jamie Drake @ Pie Shop (8/11/22) (Pro Tip: LA’s folk-pop singer/songwriter Jamie Drake is touring for her second album, New Girl (via Antifragile Music). Should be a fine show!) CANCELLED

Florist @ DC9 (8/24/22)

Jordana (opening for Local Natives) @ 9:30 Club (8/25/22)

Wild Rivers @ 9:30 Club (9/7/22) 

Spiritualized @ 9:30 Club (9/8/22)

shame @ Black Cat (9/9/22) (Pro Tip: This is the British post-punk band’s first tour since before the pandemic, and they will be showcasing last year’s Drunk Tank Pink (via Dead Oceans), their second album.)

Snail Mail @ The Fillmore Silver Spring (9/9/22)

MARO @ Songbyrd Music House (9/15/22) 

Porcupine Tree @ The Anthem (9/18/22) (Pro Tip: English progressive rock band touring for their 11th album, Closure/Continuation (via Music For Nations). This will be a seated show.)

MUNA @ 9:30 Club (9/20/22) Sold Out (Pro Tip: They also play on 9/26, but both shows are sold out.)

Iceage @ Black Cat (9/23/22) (Pro Tip: This Copenhagen punk rock band is touring for last year’s acclaimed album, Seek Shelter (via Mexican Summer), their fifth, and for an upcoming compilation album. Don’t miss it!)

The Crystal Casino Band @ DC9 (9/24/22) (Pro Tip: Check out some songs we’ve featured from these DC indie rockers, “More Than Fine” and “Waste My Time”.)

Porridge Radio @ DC9 (9/25/22) 

Michaela Anne @ Jammin Java (9/25/22) (Pro Tip: Check out our review of a recent show of Michaela’s at Capital Turnaround.)

Death Cab for Cutie @ The Anthem (9/27/22)

Spill Tab @ DC9 (9/27/22)

Sigrid @ Lincoln Theatre (9/28/22)

MAITA @ Quarry House Tavern (9/29/22) (Pro Tip: A Portland, OR artist, touring for her latest album, I Just Want To Be Wild For You.)

Sophie B. Hawkins @ Jammin Java (9/30/22)

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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