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Which Dad-Rock Show Should You See This Month?

Take our quiz and find out.

Photograph of Dave Matthews by WENN/Alamy

With the weather warming up, the sun setting later, and the kids winding down the school year, spring is a great time to take in a rock concert with your family at one of Washington’s outdoor amphitheaters. But why slog through the EDM-heavy lineup of a Sweetlife Festival or a millennial siren like Lana Del Rey if there’s nothing in it for you? If you’ve got to take your kids to a concert, make it someone everyone will like, or at least someone you like and can berate the little ingrates for not enjoying on the car ride home.

Tickets are running low for two upcoming shows at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow. On Saturday, May 23, Gen-Xers who were more laid-back in high school than their Corgan-worshipping contemporaries can see Dave Matthews Band. A week later, aging free-soilers can trek out for Rush, with the Canadian prog gods on what they claim is their retirement tour.

But which show should you go to? If you can only drag your kids to one of them, you’ll want to choose wisely. Take our quiz and figure it out:

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.