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  • Washington has a variety of live music clubs featuring a wide range of music including rock, punk, hip-hop, jazz, country, gospel, and alternative. Our top picks will put you in the groove. Blues Alley in Georgetown has been Washington's top jazz club since 1965, featuring such artists as Karrin Allyson, Wynton Marsalis, and Maynard Ferguson. There are usually two shows nightly at 8 and 10pm; some performers also do midnight shows on weekends. For something more high-brow, the Emmanuel Music theater, housed in a gorgeous building, fills with equally exquisite music every Sunday from mid-September through mid-May. Bank of America Pavilion is one of the most pleasant venues in the area; this giant white tent encloses a 5,000-seat waterfront pavilion. A landmark space in Harvard's Memorial Hall, Sanders Theater schedules big names in classical, folk, and world music, as well as student performances. Just a couple of blocks from the Clarendon Metro Station, IOTA Club and Cafe is a great place to meet friends, have a bite, and listen to some great local live acts. Whatever you are looking for, from funk to metal to classical, the Washington music scene has something for you.

    Black Cat

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    1811 14th St. NW
    btw. S and T sts

    A little bit of rock-n-roll at one of the DC's most-loved venues... read more

    The Red & The Black

    1212 H St. NE
    Between 12th and 13th Streets

    A cool watering hole with live music most nights...
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    Nissan Pavilion

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    7800 Cellar Door Drive

    Different beats... read more

    Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

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    1645 Trap Road

    Outdoor music & theater... read more
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