Ticket prices for chart-topping acts who headline the big award shows are expensive. Not to mention the fact that tour stops at gigantic commercial venues like the Verizon Center take all the fun out of what a concert is supposed to be — an opportunity to hear quality live music. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule (like Muse at the Patriot Center last week), but whatever happened to showing the homegrown groups some sweet, sweet lovin’ by attending their hometown gigs? We’ve got 5 shows slated in March that deserve an audience. So spring something new on yourself this month and check ’em out.
If you’re into roots-based blends of folk, blues and rock, the Kalob Griffin Band can get you your fix of Wilco meets Ryan Adams meets Neil Young alt-country goodness.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 8 pm
Here We Go Magic have played the festival circuit main stage and are about to release their second album. They’ve come a long way since recording tracks in a basement just two years ago.
Ebeneezer’s Coffee House, 7:30 pm
Nothing says intimate like an evening spent with a singer-songwriter live at a small, dimly lit venue. Join Taylor Carson for his album release party to hear heartfelt tunes from a man with nothing than a guitar.
Asylum, 9 pm
Feel like chilling out and having a drink? Local Reggae Rockers GroundScore take the stage at Asylum in Adams Morgan for a night of drinks and tunes reminiscent of Sublime circa 1992.
Jammin’ Java, 10 pm
Supporting a good cause is always a valid excuse for a night of live music. Take the trip to Vienna’s Jammin’ Java for this benefit show featuring three acts from around the DC metropolitan area.