Blast from the Past, at a Venue Near You

Over the next five months, DC is giving music heads good reason to make a nostalgic journey into the past, with performances from bands whose popularity peaked when it was cool to own a virtual pet, when Rubik’s cubes were a hit and even when 8-tracks were were all the rage. In fact, some upcoming shows have headline acts that started their careers during Beatlemania.

These days, I’m continuously amazed by the longevity of so many great musicians. Some disappear and resurface years later. Some loose fame quickly but never stop performing. And others seem to be immortal stars (ex: Rolling Stones are on tour–AGAIN–and no, they did not stop in DC).


To learn more about what’s to come, download the app Bands In Town, an incredibly useful aggregator of music that will be coming to a venue near you. Meanwhile, I’ve done my own “manual” search to bring you some of the most throw-back-tastic shows coming soon to DC:

Loretta Lynn

Catch the original coal miner’s daughter as she sings about life in the holler at Lincoln Theater on September 27th. Lynn’s career goes so far back that she made her debut at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry when Eisenhower was in the Oval Office. And she’s still got plenty of verve, but you ought to catch her now if you can. She is a living legend, an amazing person and one of the very best songwriters of our time.


My father remembers D’Angelo as the guy I had plastered to my wall in high school. I think of D’Angelo as one of the most creative musicians of our time. His albums Brown Sugar and Voodoo came out in 1995 and 2000, respectively, and they were spectacular. After a nearly 15-year absence, D’Angelo returned with Black Messiah. This album is everything, and D’Angelo has not lost his edge. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch him at The Filmore (Silver Spring) on June 25th.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Composers of classics like “1st of tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads,” Bone Thugs will be performing at The Filmore (Silver Spring) on July 31st. It should be an awesome throwback of a show—so long as it’s nothing like the time Crazy Bone visited my high school for a “pep talk” that involved very little talking, and no pep.

The Who

The British rock group is turning 50 this year and is celebrating with a 2015 tour of North America—and they’ll be making their way to DC’s Verizon Center on November 1st. I don’t really think this band needs an introduction. If you know “Baba O’Riley,” you know everything you need to know.

Do Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend still perform this way? God, I hope so.

The Mighty Mighty Bostones

Ska may have felt like a flash in the pan to many of us who came of age in the 90’s, but the ska scene is still very much alive here in the States—and in Japan, I hear. Pull out your zoot suits, pocket chains and mosh pit shoes for the band’s July 12th show at the 9:30 Club.

Veruca Salt

The band that once toured with both Bush (swoon) and Hole (double swoon) is coming to town. The band has been through some epic break ups and several iterations over the last two decades, but in 2014 Veruca Salt announced via Facebook “for now let’s just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed.” Catch the original line up at 9:30 Club on August 1st.

Stiff Little Fingers

Coming to the Black Cat on July 11th, Stiff Little Fingers debuted in mid-1970s Belfast, Northern Ireland, during The Troubles. They are a punk force to rival Sex Pistols and The Clash. They are still going strong and just produced their 10th album in 2014.


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