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It’s summer and that means that all the cover bands are out and giving you an excuse to go outside, spend time with friends, drink, and hear some kind of music (it may be good, it may not be so great, it will be free). Maybe they’ll play your favorite 80s tunes or that 90s one-hit wonder you didn’t realize you needed to hear, so we’ve compiled a list of all the opportunities you’ll have to hear the oldies and get exposed to some new genres (cosmic Americana, anyone?) FOR FREE.

While we’re still waiting on some schedules like Fort Reno and Carter Barron, here’s the list of outdoor concerts ready for your enjoyment. It’s organized by day, with daily festivals and single performances at the bottom.

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Concerts on the Avenue

Deetz: U.S. Navy Memorial outdoor plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Dates: June 17-August 26
Time: 7:30 p.m.


  • June 10th- Commodores
  • June 17th- U.S. Navy Band
  • June 24th- U.S. Navy Band
  • July 1st- TBD
  • July 8th- Commodores
  • July 22nd- U.S. Navy Band
  • July 29th- U.S. Navy Band
  • August 4th- Navy Band Alumni Concert
  • August 5th- Coast Guard Concert
  • August 12th- U.S. Navy Band
  • August 19th- U.S. Navy Band
  • August 26th- Concert Band



Georgetown Waterfont Summer Concerts

Deetz: Georgetown Waterfront, K Street, Washington Harbor, Washington DC
Date: June 11 – September 24
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


  • June 11th- Kerry McCool
  • June 18th- Paul Pfau
  • June 25th- Josh Burgess
  • July 2nd- Lloyd Dobler Effect
  • July 9th- Mike Moniodis
  • July 16th- Julia Fanning
  • July 23rd- Josh Burgess
  • July 30th- Ken Fischer
  • August 6th- Hand Painted Swinger
  • August 13th- Stephen Heller
  • August 20th- Willem Dicke
  • August 27th- ilyAIMY
  • September 3rd- Brent Peterson
  • September 10th- Andrea Pais
  • September 17th- Shane Gamble
  • September 24: David Andrew Smith


Strathmore Free Summer Concerts

Deetz: Gudelsky Concert Pavilion Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD
Date: June 25 – August 20
Time: 7 p.m.


  • June 25th- Ben Sollee
  • July 2nd- Ester Rada
  • July 9th- Martha Redbone Roots Project
  • July 23rd- Conjunto Chappottín
  • July 30th- The Chuck Brown All Star Go-Go Band
  • August 6th- Cathy Ponton King
  • August 13th- UkeFest 2014
  • August 20th- Dakha Brakha



Bethesda Summer Concert Series

Deetz: Veterans Park, Norfolk and Woodmont Aves., Bethesda, MD
Dates: June 5 – August 6
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.


  • June 5th- Armand Ntep (African)
  • June 12th- Levi Stephens (Country Crossover)
  • June 19th- Built 4 Comfort (Blues/Classic Rock)
  • June 26th- Natty Beaux (Contemporary Swing)
  • July 3rd- I and I Riddim (Reggae)
  • July 10th- King Soul (Southern Soul)
  • July 17th- Speakers of the House (Variety Dance)
  • July 24th- Texas Chainsaw Horns (Classic R&B/Soul)
  • July 31st- Flo Anito (Rock/Pop)
  • August 6th- Gary and the Groove (Variety Rock)


Rhythm in NoMa: Lunchtime Concerts

Deetz: Union Center Plaza, between 810 and 840 First St. NE, Washington DC
Date: June 5 – July 17
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • June 12th: Levi Stephens (Funk/Blues)
  • June 19th: Annie Sidley (R&B)
  • June 26th: The Pantones (Steel Drums)
  • July 10th: Liz Biones (Jazz)
  • July 17th: Sam’O (Reggae)

Rock at the Row

Deetz: Pentagon Row, 1101 South Joyce St, Arlington VA, 22202
Dates: July 17 – August 21
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

July 17th – Kristen and the Noise (Pop)
July 24th – Uncle Jack Band (70s Tribute)
July 31st – Gonzo’s Nose (80s Tribute)
August 7th – Amish Outlaws (Amish Rock)
August 14th – THE NATURAL BORN THRILLER SHOW – A Tribute to Michael Jackson, starring Matt Macis
August 21st – Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute)


Live at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue

Deetz: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC
Date: June 6 – August 14
Time: Doors at 4 p.m., show at 5:30 p.m.


  • June 12th- Dave Jordan (featuring Duane Trucks)
  • June 19th- The Sons of Bluegrass
  • June 26th- Kenny Roby Band
  • June 26th- The Loudermilks
  • July 3rd- Grass Monkey
  • July 17th- The Belfries
  • July 31st- Mustered Courage
  • August 7th- Matuto
  • August 14th- Big Daddy Love




Friday Night Live

Deetz: Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD
Dates: May 2 – September 26
Time: 6:30 p.m.


  • June 13th – Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock)
  • June 20th – Unity Band (Reggae)
  • June 27th – White Ford Bronco (90s Cover Band)
  • July 11th – The Nighthawks (Blues)
  • July 18th – Rumba Club (Latin)
  • July 25th – Sons of Pirates (Key West Rock)
  • August 1st – The Shack Band (Southern Funk Rock ‘n’ Roll)
  • August 8th – Tom Principato (Blues)
  • August 15th – King Teddy  (Swing)
  • August 22nd – Dublin 5 (Irish Rock)
  • August 29th – Jeff from Accounting (Rock/Pop Cover Band)
  • September 5th – Ruthie & The Wranglers (Americana Country)
  • September 12th  – The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock and Zydeco)
  • September 19th  – Dreamstreet (Classic Cover Rock)
  • September 26th – TBA

Jazz In the Garden

Deetz: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Dates: June 6 – August 22
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.



Rockin’ on the Riverfront

Deetz: The Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE, Washington DC
Date: May 9 – September 12
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


  • June 13th- Texas Chainsaw Horns (Horn Driven Rock)
  • June 20th- Sin Miedo (Latin Salsa)
  • June 27th- DC Jazz Festival presents Frédéric Yonnet and Akua Allrich
  • July 11th- Scott’s New Band (Pop Hits)
  • July 18th- Framewerk (R&B)
  • July 25th- Jah Works (Reggae)
  • August 1st- White Ford Bronco (90s Cover)
  • August 8th- Back to Zero (Funk Party Covers)
  • August 15th- 19th Street Band (Americana)
  • August 22nd- Cazhmiere (Variety Party)
  • September 5th- Crowded Streets (Dave Matthews Tribute)
  • September 12th- Jeff From Accounting (Party Cover Band)


Live at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue

Deetz: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC
Date: June 6 – August 14
Time: Doors at 4:00 p.m., show at 5:30 p.m.


  • June 6th- Randy Thompson Band
  • June 13th- Jamie McLean Band
  • June 20th- House of Hats
  • June 27th- Hot Nut Riveters
  • July 11th- Sour Bridges
  • July 18th- The Giving Tree Band
  • August 1st- Reagan Boggs


Mt. Vernon Nights

Deetz: Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy
Alexandria, VA
Date: June 6 – August 29
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.


  • June 13th- Ted Garber
  • June 20th- Veronneau
  • June 27th- Squeeze Bayou
  • July 11th- The Annandale Brass
  • July 18th- Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
  • July 25th- Billy Coulter
  • August 1st- Pan Masters Steel Orchestra
  • August 8th- Ruthie & the Wranglers
  • August 15th- Mystic Warriors
  • August 22nd- Hang-Over Royale
  • August 29th- Seldom Scene


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Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Deetz: Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road Arlington, VA
Date: June 14 – September 6 (every other Saturday)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.


  • June 14th- Difficult Run String Band (Bluegrass)
  • June 21st- Stream & The Blue Dragons / Tom Teasley (Multi-Instrument Percussion)
  • July 12th- Skystone (Bluegrass)
  • July 26th- Local 12 (Rock/Blues)
  • August 9th- The Taters (Pop/Americana)
  • August 30th- Four Star Combo (Country Rock)
  • September 6th- Second Wind (Southern Rock)

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Flying Dog Summer Sessions

Deetz: Flying Dog Brewery, 4607 Wedgewood Blvd. Frederick, MD
Date: June 28 – September 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.

*NOTE: tickets are $25


  • June 28th- JJ Grey and Mofro
  • July 19th- Lucero with Bosley opening
  • August 23rd- J Roddy Walston and the Business with Old Indian opening
  • September 27th- Real Estate


Live at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue

Deetz: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC
Date: June 6 – August 14
Time: Doors at 4 p.m., show at 5:30 p.m.


  • June 7th- Amanda Cevallos
  • July 19th- Joe Firstman


The Petworth Jazz Project


Deetz: Lawn at 8th and Taylor Street NW, Washington DC
Date: June 28 – September 27


June 28th

  • 6 p.m.- Baba Ras D
  • 7 p.m.- Washington Bach Consort
  • 8:15 p.m.- Integriti Reeves

July 26th

  • 6 p.m.- Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres
  • 7 p.m.- Herb Scott and Friends

August 30th

  • 5:30 p.m.- The Singing Lizard
  • 6:30 p.m.- Braxton Cook

September 27th

  • 5 p.m.- Baba Ras D
  • 6 p.m. Frank Mitchell Trio
  • 7 p.m.- Nappy Riddem

Side Yards 2014


Music in the Yard

Deetz: Eastern Market, 7th Street & North Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington, DC
Date: June 8 – July 27
Time: 12 – 3:30 p.m.


  • June 15th – Blue Panamuse (Swing, Blues)
  • June 22nd – Gessfort Court Ensemble (Jazz & More)
  • June 29th – Ian Walters (Updated Classics)
  • July 6th – Gail Storm (Blues, Jazz)
  • July 13th – John Lewis (Jazz, R&B)
  • July 20th – O Street Band (American)
  • July 27th – Ian Walters (Updated Classics)

09 - daily

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Deetz: Columbia Pike, South Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, VA
Date: June 14
Time: 1 – 8:30 p.m.


  • 1:00 p.m. – Steve McWilliams & the Spectacles
  • 2:15 p.m. – Duffy Kane
  • 3:30 p.m. – Memphis Gold
  • 4:45 p.m. – Billy Thomson
  • 6:30 p.m. – Ana Popović

World on a String

Deetz: Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Date: June 15
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This concert features world-class string musicians and a Grammy-nominated hip hop artist, which is a weird mix, but hey, it’s free.

American Roots Music Series

Who: Honky Tonk Confidential
Deetz: Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Date: June 22
Time: 5 p.m.

Del Ray Music Festival

Deetz: 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Del Rey, Alexandria, VA
Date: June 28
Time: Noon – 9 p.m.

Main Stage Lineup: 

  • 12:00 p.m.- Rock of Ages Music (Kids Bands)
  • 1:00 p.m.-Andrea Pais (Pop)
  • 2:00 p.m.- Lauren Calve Band (American Roots)
  • 3:00 p.m.- Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray (Cosmic Americana)
  • 4:00 p.m.- Elroy Jenkins (Rock)
  • 5:00 p.m.- The Cowards Choirs (Rock)
  • 6:00 p.m.- Kate Morgan Band (Pop)
  • 6:45 p.m.- *SIDE STAGE* Classified Frequency (Power Pop)
  • 7:30 p.m.- The Pietasters (Ska)

National Museum of the American Indian Summer Showcase- Marty Stuart

Deetz: Natural Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC
Date: June 29
Time: 2 p.m.