There are tons of festivals and concerts to enjoy this fall

The Black Cat will celebrate its 25th anniversary on September 14 and 15. Photo courtesy of

By: Ville Iso-Ahola

As summer winds down and Autumn begins to set in, there still are plenty of festivals and concerts happening in town that music fans won’t want to miss.

Summer 2018 is almost over. However, cooler weather doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy live music and events. This fall, the District will host numerous concerts and festivals. Here are a few of the best concerts and festivals happening in Northwest over the next few months:

The Black Cat’s 25th Anniversary on September 14 and 15

Since opening in 1993, The Black Cat has been a prime location to find new music. On Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 — the 14th street nightclub/concert hall will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Over a dozen bands will rock the venue Friday and Saturday night. The doors for both shows will open at 7 p.m., and tickets to each show are $25 apiece.

Photo courtesy of The Black Cat.

Subhumans, Ocampo Ocampo & Watt (featuring Mike Watt and Devin Ocampo), Ted Leo, Des Demonas, Dagger Moon, Scanners, and Honey are all scheduled to perform on Friday.

The lineup for September 15th is full of great bands, too. Ex Hex, Gray Matter, Hurry Up (featuring Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of The Thermals), and Algiers are scheduled to perform. Hammered Hulls (featuring Alec MacKaye, Mary Timony, Mark Cisneros and Chris Wilson), Wanted Man, and Foul Swoops are also expected to rock the crowd, too.

Art All Night: Made in DC on September 29

The annual Art All Night: Made in DC festival will take place in eight separate D.C. neighborhoods from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29. This event is also free to attend. Three Northwest neighborhoods —  Dupont Circle, Shaw, and Tenleytown — will provide a wide array of entertainment and performances.

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Moreover, those performances include body painting, live mural graffiti, live painting, and visual installations to live music. There will also be theatre, poetry, dance performances, and DJs. For more information, visit Art All Night’s website.

DJ Mark Farina comes to U Street Music Hall Friday, October 19

If you love dancing and funky house music, U Street Music Hall will be the place to be on Friday, October 19. San Francisco’s own Mark Farina will come through to rock the house. Farina, a popular DJ who spins at the hottest clubs worldwide, usually comes to U Street Music Hall once or twice a year. And every time he decides to visit, there’s always a party.

Photo Courtesy of Asheville House Music Society.

If you are 21 years or older, you can get in for free before 11:00 p.m. Advance tickets and general admission tickets are $10-$15.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood will perform at The 9:30 Club on Friday, November 9

Furthermore, Chris Robinson Brotherhood will travel to D.C. to perform at The 9:30 Club on Friday, November 9. The performance will start at 8:00 p.m., and tickets are only $25 apiece.

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Chris Robinson, the former front man for the The Black Crowes, formed this band in 2012. While Chris Robinson Brotherhood may cover a few of The Black Crowes’ songs during a set, the group’s original material is more psychedelic and jam-band-oriented.