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Where to Hear Live Music
With so many area clubs and concert halls, you can always find someone who’s playing your song. By Cristina Daglas, Matt Carr
Photograph of Broken Social Scene by Norman Wong.
Comments () | Published October 1, 2008

There are so many places in the area to hear live music that you could see a different act every night of the month and not hit the same club or concert hall twice. Here are some favorite Washington music venues—and highlights of their season—where you can be sure the acoustics will be good, the acts will be first-rate, and the joint will be jumpin’.

Rock

Don’t miss:Vienna’s Luke Brindley Band, a local favorite, shares the stage with singer/songwriter Ari Hest at the Barns at Wolf Trap November 20. 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna; 703-255-1900; wolf-trap.org.

Other venues for rockers:

9:30 Club: Top-of-the-line acoustics and a nightly slate of established and up-and-coming acts make 9:30 one of DC’s busiest venues. The acclaimed Chicago band Umphrey’s McGee sets up shop November 21 and 22 with its energetic progressive rock. 815 V St., NW; 202-265-0930; 930.com.

Rock and Roll Hotel: This H Street Corridor staple delivers music with a pitch-perfect selection of promising young talent, including Justin Jones & the Driving Rain October 16, Ben Kweller October 21, and Nicole Atkins & the Sea November 7. 1353 H St., NE; 202-388-7625; rockandrollhoteldc.com.

State Theatre: There’s no bad seat in this former movie theater, which features a mix of rock, reggae, and top-tier cover bands. Try out Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene’s multiple-guitar attack October 22. 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; 703-237-0300; thestatetheatre.com.

DAR Constitution Hall: Rock stars in the making Kings of Leon are worth the trip November 10. 1776 D St., NW; 202-628-1776; dar.org/conthall.

Opera

Don’t miss: The Washington National Opera brings Wagner’s Siegfried to the Kennedy Center Opera House May 2, 5, 9, 14, and 17. Featuring Pär Lindskog as the lead, the epic 4½-hour experience should be one of this season’s highlights. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org.

Other venues for opera buffs:

La Maison Française: Opera Lafayette’s new season debuts November 2 at the French Embassy with “Armida Abbandonata: Cantatas and Other Chamber Works by Handel and Haydn.” The embassy’s eight acres have become a cultural hub, with a variety of jazz, classical, and contemporary performances. 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW; 202-546-9332 (Opera Lafayette); operalafayette.org.

Lisner Auditorium: George Washington University hosts the Washington Concert Opera this season, beginning with Donizetti’s Maria Padilla November 9. 730 21st St., NW; 202-994-6800; lisner.org.

Classical

Don’t miss: The National Symphony Orchestra’s principal conductor, Iván Fischer, leads a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 October 16 through 18, featuring mezzo-soprano Birgit Remmert, the University of Maryland Concert Choir, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington at the Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org.

Other venues for classical fans:

National Gallery of Art, West Building courtyard: The museum’s free concert series schedules a good lineup of trios, quartets, and ensembles. Pianist Till Fellner plays Beethoven’s Sonata Cycle December 7. Sixth St. and Constitution Ave., NW; 202-842-6941; nga.gov.

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