- Miranda Lambert (Photo: Brianna Doyle Via Flickr)
The days are getting hotter-- and longer-- as we head into summer. Keep an eye on the weather (as of this writing, there's a chance of some storms on Saturday), but it feels like a perfect weekend to catch some music outdoors.
Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 in Downtown Herndon, FREE
Who knew the suburb of Herndon, VA, was so happening? According to the Festival's Facebook page, the Herndon Festival has been running since 1980; in addition to things like 5K & 10K races, arts & crafts, food, and fireworks, the festival also boasts a lengthy list of performing bands every day. Highlights include the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band (Thursday), a Coldplay tribute (Friday), local a cappella group Vox Pop (Saturday), Honor By August (Saturday), the Sweater Set (Saturday), Caravan of Thieves (Saturday), Delta Rae (Sunday), Red Molly (Sunday), and Kid Architect (Sunday).
Deanna Bogart Band
Friday, June 1 at the NGA Sculpture Garden, FREE
The "Jazz in the Garden" series at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden started its 12th season last week, and the weekly concert (starting at 5 PM every Friday afternoon through the end of August) is the perfect way to unwind after a long week. Bring a picnic and some friends and soak in the music of local blues singer/pianist Deanna Bogart.
There are always tons of outdoor festivals in the summer, and this weekend is the gigantic Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The three-day festival is jam-packed with performers; highlights include Anita Baker (Friday), Bill Cosby (Friday), Sing-Off stars Afro Blue Vocal Band (Saturday), Kirk Whalum (Saturday), Naturally 7 (Sunday), India Arie (Sunday), and Spyro Gyra (Sunday).
WMZQFest: Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and more
Sunday, June 3 at Jiffy Lube Live, $25-49
Jiffy Lube Live is the largest outdoor venue in the area (if you've lived here a while, you probably still call it Nissan Pavilion; the venue changed names in 2010), and the WMZQFest is held there every year in late May or early June. This year's fest includes country singer Miranda Lambert (whose career was launched on the reality show "Nashville Star"). Doors are at 4 PM, and remember that Jiffy Lube Live has lifted its tailgating ban this year, which means you can kick back in the parking lot with a cold brew and do some people-watching before rolling inside for a long lineup of country singers.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.