What are the best places to hear live music in Washington D.C.?

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McLean Robbins

Washington, DC isn’t known as a music city, but the area surely has a wide variety of locations for hearing your favorite well-known and under-the-radar bands play.

The best venue for live shows is the 9:30 Club. Small and intimate with just a balcony and floor room (standing only), you’ll see big names and indie artists alike take the stage at this often remarkably affordable venue. Tickets to shows are usually $45 and under, the bar is relatively cheap, and you can get as close to the artists as you want – provided you show up early.  From tribute bands to dance parties to rap to folk, you’ll see everything under the sun performing here.

If you prefer outdoor entertainment, head just outside the city to Wolftrap, near Tysons Corner in Virginia. You'll enjoy a large stage with a massive grassy knoll, perfect for setting up a picnic and taking in a show. 

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