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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.

02 - tuesday

Concerts on the Avenue

Deetz: U.S. Navy Memorial outdoor plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Dates: June 2-August 25
Time: 7:30 p.m.


  • June 23rd- U.S. Navy Band
  • June 30th- U.S. Navy Band
  • July 7th- Commodores
  • July 14th- Country Current
  • July 21st- U.S. Navy Band
  • July 28th- U.S. Navy Band
  • August 11th- U.S. Navy Band
  • August 18th- Concert Band
  • August 25th- Concert Band



Georgetown Waterfont Summer Concerts

Deetz: Georgetown Waterfront, K Street, Washington Harbor, Washington DC
Date: June 3 – September 30
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


  • June 24th- The Bubbas
  • July 1st- Justin Trawick and the Common Good
  • July 8th- Phil Kominsky
  • July 15th- Taylor Carson
  • July 22nd- Dan Haas Duo
  • July 29th- The Suitors
  • August 5th- Ewabo Duo
  • August 12th- Project Natale
  • August 19th- Taylor Carson
  • August 26th- Damian Grasso
  • September 2rd- Justin Trawick and the Common Good
  • September 9th- Phil Kominsky
  • September 16th- The Suitors
  • September 23rd- Dan Haas Duo
  • September 30th- The Bubbas


Strathmore Free Summer Concerts

Deetz: Gudelsky Concert Pavilion Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD
Date: July 1 – August 19
Time: 7 p.m.


  • July 1st- Ten Strings and a Goatskin
  • July 8th- Las Cafeteras
  • July 15th- Team Familiar
  • July 22nd- No BS! Brass Band
  • July 29th- Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
  • August 5th- Cheick Hamala Diabate
  • August 12th- The Railsplitters
  • August 19th- Uke Fest



Bethesda Summer Concert Series

Deetz: Veterans Park, Norfolk and Woodmont Aves., Bethesda, MD
Dates: May 14 – July 16
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.


  • June 18th- Built 4 Comfort (Blues/Classic Rock)
  • June 25th- Urban Funk (70s Funk/R&B)
  • July 2nd- Oasis Island Sounds (Caribbean/Reggae)
  • July 9th- The Sidleys (Rock)
  • July 16th- The Crimestoppers (Blues/Classic Rock)


Rock at the Row

Deetz: Pentagon Row, 1101 South Joyce St, Arlington VA, 22202
Dates: July 16 – August 20
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

July 16th – Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute)
July 23rd – Kristen and The Noise
July 30th – White Ford Bronco
August 6th – The Reagan Years
August 13th – The Rockets
August 20th – Gonzo’s Noise (80’s Cover Band)






Friday Night Live

Deetz: Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD
Dates: May 1 – September 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.


  • June 19th – The Shack Band (Southern Funk)
  • June 26th – Jeff from Accounting (Rock/Pop Cover Band)
  • July 10th – The Dreamstreet (Classic Cover Rock)
  • July 17th – Tom Principato (Blues)
  • July 24th – 49¢ Dress (Rock & Roll Cover Band)
  • July 31st – Ruthie & The Wranglers (Americana Country)
  • August 7th – White Ford Bronco (90s Cover Band)
  • August 14th – Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock)
  • August 21st – The Crawdaddies (Zydeco)
  • August 28th – The Sandra Dean Band featuring Daryl Davis (Blues & Soul)
  • September 4th – Junkyard Saints (New Orleans R&B/Funk/Zydeco)

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.


  • June 19th – Deanna Bogart (“bluesion,” blues fusion)
  • June 26th – Marty Nau (jazz saxophonist)
  • July 3rd -Speakers of the House (old-school funk, boogaloo, and rock)
  • July 10th -Hendrik Meurkens (jazz xylophone and harmonica)
  • July 17th -Lao Tizer (jazz keyboardist)
  • July 24th – Sin Miedo (salsa)
  • August 7th – Miles Stiebel (jazz violinist)
  • August 14th – Origem (Brazilian jazz)
  • August 21st – Seth Kibel (jazz clarinetist)
  • August 28th -Afro Bop Alliance (Afro-Cuban jazz)


Rockin’ on the Riverfront

Deetz: The Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE, Washington DC
Date: May 15 – September 11
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


  • June 26th- Jah Works (Reggae)
  • July 3rd- Almost Journey (Journey Tribute)
  • July 10th- Hand Painted Swinger (Pop Hits)
  • July 17th- Wesley Spangler (Crossover Country)
  • July 24th- Justin Trawick (Indie Folk Rock)
  • July 31st- White Ford Bronco (90s Covers)
  • August 7th- Morrison Brothers (Alt Country)
  • August 14th- Jeff from Accounting (Pop Hits)
  • August 21st- Lloyd Dobler Effect (Party Covers)
  • September 4th- Crowded Streets (Dave Matthews Tribute)
  • September 11th- Sara Gray (Modern Country)


Live at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue

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


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Mt. Vernon Nights

Deetz: Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy
Alexandria, VA
Date: June 5 – August 28
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.


  • June 26th- The Quebe Sisters Band (Western Swing & Vintage Country)
  • July 3rd- The Tribe (R&B, Jazz/Blues)
  • July 10th- Barefoot Movement (Bluegrass)
  • July 17th- Seldom Scene (Bluegrass)
  • July 24th- David Cole and Main Street Blues (Blues)
  • July 31st- Moonlight Jazz Orchestra (Big Band)
  • August 7th- Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution (New Orleans/Party Music)
  • August 14th-The Annandale Brass (16 Century/Broadway Tunes)
  • August 21st- Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 (Roots-Rock, alt-Country)
  • August 28th-Brad and Ken Kolodner (Roots Music)

06 - saturday

Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Deetz: Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road Arlington, VA
Date: June 20 – September 12 (every other Saturday)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.


  • June 20th- Percussion Festival: Tom Teasley/Stream & the Blue Dragons
  • July 18th- Randy Barret (Country Folk)
  • August 8th- Project Natale (Jazz)
  • August 22nd- The New Mountain Fever Band (Bluegrass)
  • September 12th- Second Wind (Southern Rock)

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Flying Dog Summer Sessions

Deetz: Flying Dog Brewery, 4607 Wedgewood Blvd. Frederick, MD
Date: June 20 – August 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.

*NOTE: tickets are $25


  • June 20th- Hooray for the Riff Raff with Mechanical River
  • July 18th- Surfer Blood with Sun Club and People’s Blues of Richmond
  • August 22nd- of Montreal with Mothers and Old Indian



The Petworth Jazz Project

Deetz: Lawn at 8th and Taylor Street NW, Washington DC
Date: May 30- September 26


June 27th

  • 6 p.m.- (Kids Show)
  • 7 p.m.- Corey Wallace DUBtet

July 25th

  • 6 p.m.- (Kids Show)
  • 7 p.m.- Mark Meadows Quartet

August 29th

  • 5:30 p.m.- (Kids Show)
  • 6:30 p.m.- Butcher Brown

September 26th

  • 5 p.m.- (Kids Show)
  • 6 p.m.- Dave Kline Band

Side Yards 2014


Music in the Yard

Deetz: Eastern Market, 7th Street & C Street, SE
Washington, DC
Date: TBA
Time: 12 – 3:30 p.m.


  • TBA

09 - daily

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Deetz: Columbia Pike, South Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, VA
Date: June 20
Time: 1 – 8 p.m.


  • 1:00 p.m. – Lenny Burridge
  • 2:00 p.m. – Steve McWilliams and The Spectacles
  • 3:30 p.m. – Fat Liver Jenkins
  • 5:00 p.m. – Clarence “Bluesman” Turner
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sonny Landreth

Del Ray Music Festival

Deetz: 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Del Rey, Alexandria, VA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Main Stage Lineup: 

  • TBA

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