July Is Officially ’90s Month in Washington

Break out the flannel shirts—the area’s live music venues are bringing you a blast from the past.

By: Tanya Pai

July is the official/unofficial month of superstorms, oppressive heat, hot dogs, ice cream—oh, yeah, and America’s birth. But now we’re adding another item to that list and declaring July ’90s Flashback Month in Washington.

Just take a look at this week’s Music Picks: Robyn opens for Coldplay at the Verizon Center Sunday and Monday. Seal (!) performs Tuesday with Macy Gray (!!) at Wolf Trap, which is also presenting the previously ubiquitous, still Canadian Barenaked Ladies Wednesday—as well as Summerland on July 25, a concert with a roster of reuniting bands (Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground) that makes our inner 14-year-old want to squeal with glee. And if that isn’t enough, the 9:30 Club welcomes Our Lady Peace (remember them from the Armageddon soundtrack? Remember Armageddon?) and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to Washington next month.

So if we’re going to dive back into the Doc Martened past, allow us to suggest a few more dream acts we’d like to see live.


Even though they are apparently still touring, they will not be gracing Washington with their dulcet Oklahoman tones. But if they did, we’d pay for tix—as long as they promise to leave the wives and kids at home. We feel old enough already.

Ace of Base

I saw the sign—and it pointed to a reunion tour. While we’re on the subject, can someone come out with a musical based on their songs already?

Meredith Brooks

Sure, it would be a one-song concert. Good thing it’s a song we miraculously still know all the words to.

No Doubt

Their first new album in a decade drops its first single July 16! But seriously, no “Spiderwebs,” no deal.


We know the technology exists (sort of). Now make it happen, powers that be.

What ’90s act are you dying to see? Let us know in the comments.