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Dave Matthews, Chaka Khan, and Nick Lowe: Get Your Tickets

Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to.

The Dave Matthews Band play the Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday, June 16. Image courtesy of

The Dave Matthews Band will swing through the area this summer, playing the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in Bristow, Virginia, on Saturday, June 16. The band formed in nearby Charlottesville in 1990 and have had five number one album debuts. They’ll be playing with saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Tickets ($40.50 to $75) go on sale Friday, March 9, at 10 AM through Live Nation.

Queen of Funk Chaka Khan will play two shows at the Howard Theatre on Saturday, May 5, at 8 and 11 PM. A onetime frontwoman for the iconic 1970s funk-soul group Rufus, Khan has won ten Grammys and has landed several songs on Billboard’s Top 100, including her excellent cover of Prince’s “I Feel for You.” Tickets ($75) are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe comes to the Birchmere on Monday, April 30. Lowe’s solo albums have been well received, but he is probably best known for writing Elvis Costello’s hit single “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?” and for producing Costello’s first five albums. Tickets ($45) go on sale Friday, March 2, at noon through Ticketmaster.

On Saturday, April 21, hear one of Brooklyn’s hottest indie pop groups, the Drums, at the Black Cat. The Smiths-influenced band was selected for BBC’s Sound of 2010 shortlist and released its second studio album, Portamento, in 2011. Tickets ($15) go on sale Friday, March 2, through the Black Cat’s box office.

R&B legend Brian McKnight also brings two shows to the Howard Theatre on Sunday, May 20. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist plays at 7 and 10 PM. Tickets ($55) are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

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