Top 15 Concerts for December 2022

FOALS want you at their Dec. 13th show at The Anthem! (Photo Credit: Alex Knowles)

What concerts are you excited about in December?

2022 is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Go to concerts! Support local music! Retweet this post while you still can! Buy music and merch to support your favorite artists!

Curated for your pleasure, take a peek at the most promising live music options you have in DC for the month of December. 

Note: If you need a nudge towards local music, we’ve highlighted local artists in bright red.

Top 15 Concerts for November

Catalytic Sound Festival 2022 @ Rhizome DC (12/3 & 12/4/22) (Pro Tip: Two days of DC and East Coast musicians, the Catalytic Sound Festival is designed to help create economic sustainability for its artists through patron support. Made possible by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.)

Dazy @ Comet Ping Pong (12/4/22) (Pro Tip: Dazy is a pop-friendly project from Jame Goodson, based in Richmond. Check out his new album OUTOFBODY (via Lame-O Records). Also, two local DC bands will open.)

Kelsey Waldon @ Jammin Java (12/5/22) (Pro Tip: If there is one thing you can expect from this list, we need a little country now and again.)

DC101-derland 2022 @ The Anthem (12/7/2) (Pro Tip: This fantastic line-up includes The Struts, Silversun Pickups, Spoon and more! Damn.)

Stars @ 9:30 Club (12/9/22) (Pro Tip: This indie rock band from Montreal returns to DC for the annual holiday show! $1 from each ticket sold goes to the PLUS1 x NOISE FOR NOW Reproductive Health Access Fund. Also, check out our review of a previous show.)

Bonny Light Horseman @ Howard Theatre (12/10/22) (Pro Tip: A folk super group featuring Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (The Shins), and Josh Kaufman (The National). We also saw Anaïs Mitchell earlier this year.)

Venray and The Meer (opening for Classless Act) @ Songbyrd Music House (12/11/22) (Pro Tip: Both of the opening bands are local DC mainstays! Definitely give them a listen, I saw both bands earlier this year.)

Modest Mouse @ 9:30 Club (12/13, 12/15, & 12/20/22) All Sold Out

FOALS @ The Anthem (12/13/22) (Pro Tip: British rockers from Oxford, I suggest you get tickets before they are gone!)

The Happy Fits w/Daisy the Great @ Howard Theatre (12/14/22)

Slothrust @ DC9 (12/15/22) Sold Out

They Might Be Giants @ Lincoln Theatre (12/16 & 12/17/22) Both Sold Out (Pro Tip: They have three shows in DC in December, they are also performing at the 9:30 Club on 12/15.)

Grady (opening for Dear Spring) @ Pie Shop (12/17/22)

The 9 Songwriter Series Holiday Show @ Pearl Street Warehouse (12/23/22) (Pro Tip: Organized by Justin Trawick, this showcase of local artists has been around since 2008, moving from venue to venue. The nine artists selected for this holiday show will play music and tell stories.) Note: Postponed to January 5th due to weather.

The Owners @ Black Cat (12/30/22) (Pro Tip: Local funk band comprised of the owners of the Black Cat and two employees will be having their self-titled record release show, with support from a bunch of other bands. If there are two things you should do to end the wacky year of 2022, one is to attend this show. The other is to invite friends!)


Nikki Lane @ Black Cat (12/1/22)

New Rules w/Haley Joelle @ Songbyrd Music House (12/3/22)

Kinda Evil w/ Cherub Tree @ The Runaway (12/9/22) (Pro Tip: Local music alert, and a kinda cool new moniker for the band formerly known as Dad Legs.)

The Greeting Committee @ Black Cat (12/9/22)

Karen Jonas @ Jammin Java (12/11/22) (Pro Tip: More country? Check. More local music? Check.)

BAILEN @ Comet Ping Pong (12/16/22)

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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