Concert Season Taking Shape

The 2017 concert season at Merriweather Post Pavilion is here and what a great line up.

MWDeadMaus starts things off on April 8th, followed by the Grounds for Celebration Festival on the brand new Chrysalis stage on Earth Day, the 22nd. The two-day M3 Rock Festival, April 28-29, brings an extra day to its lineup, adding a day of Southern Classic Rock, featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, on the 3oth.  Headlining the two days of rock are Kix, Loverboy and Ratt. They’ll be joined by more than fifteen other acts to keep the place rocking.

May will see the appearance of XX (May 6), the Ryan Adams Band (May 12), the annual DC 101 Kerfuffle show (May 14), featuring Kings Of Leon, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World among others, Dierk Bentley brings his What The Hell World Tour to Merriweather on the 19th. On May 24th, Bon Iver takes the stage, followed by Iceland’s Sigor Ros on the 25th and, to finish out the month, The Chainsmokers on the 26th.

June begins like we have known every June to begin in recent years, with the two-day Capital Jazz Fest. Saturday‘s line up: Corinne Bailey Rae, Jaheim, Incognito, The Whispers, West Coast Jam – featuring Rick Braun, Norman Brown, and Richard Elliot, El Debarge, Lee Ritenour, Avery*Sunshine, Pieces Of A Dream, Kelly Price, Candy Dulfer, Nathan East, Cayman Kelly, Marcus Miller; Sunday‘s: George Benson, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Botti, Sheila E, “After All”: A Capital Jazz Tribute to Al Jarreau, Loose Ends, Maysa, Tank, “Jazz Funk Soul” featuring Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, & Everette Harp, Algebra Blessett, Kirk Whalum, Lindsey Webster, Marcus Miller, and Cayman Kelly.

June continues with Paul Simon taking the stage on the 6th followed two days later by Jack Johnson. The Head and the Heart headline the following Thursday, leading into a weekend that features Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds on Sunday. John Legend performs on Tuesday the 20th and the Steve Miller Band with special guest Peter Frampton take the stage on Friday, 23rd. Huntin’ and fishin’ lovin’ Luke Bryan drops in on Sunday the 25th and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit finishes out the June line up on Friday, June 30. That is a great month of summer music.

July is just as hot, starting out with Dispatch: America, Location 12 Tour on the 7th, followed by Summer Lights  with MercyMe, featuring Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews, Jimi Cravity on the 13th. That Friday, My Morning Jacket is the headliner, then on Sunday, it’s the Vans Warped Tour and its full day line-up, and the month is only half over. The second half of July has Gorillaz (July 17), Hanz Zimmer Live (July 21), alt-J (July 27), Fleet Foxes with Animal Collective (July 29), and Belle and Sebastian with Spoon and Andrew Byrd (July 30). Not too shabby.

August brings the 2017 Summer Spirit Festival to town on the weekend of the 5th and 6th. This year’s festival features: Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Fantasia, De La Soul, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Common, Ro James, Experience Unlimited featuring Sugarbear, Moonchild, Wisdom Speeks, Bel Biv Devoe, SWV, The Internet, Guy featuring Teddy Riley, En Vogue, DJ Kool, Tish Hyman and maybe a yet to be announced special guest or two. Lady Antebellum is on stage on the 13th of August, followed two days later by Santana on Tuesday.

Late season acts are signing up now. So far in September, there’s Sturgill Simpson on the 15th and Young the Giant the very next day.

Get your tickets now and, as always, stay tuned as more acts are booked to fill out the months ahead with the sounds of music. Who is on your must see list?