After being cooped up indoors for the past six months, it’s finally time to get out. If you’re sticking around D.C. this summer, take some time out to bask in the ultimate concert season. From big names to long rosters, here is a sneak peak at who’s playing the District’s largest venues.
Fleetwood Mac – Nissan Pavilion
The Rumors are true. Fleetwood Mac is back on the road. In 2003, the band with an ever-changing cast of characters rallied together to produce another hit record. Armed only with their infamous, bittersweet melodies, the band’s most commercially successful arrangement is back on tour. Tickets start at $28.50.
Lynyrd Skynyrd with .38 Special – Wolf Trap, Filene Center
It’s the one concert this summer where it’s appropriate to scream out a request for “Free Bird” all throughout. With its most recent album aptly titled Vicious Cycle, Skynyrd has proven itself to be the Southern rock group with more than nine lives. Despite the fact that they’ve dwindled to only two of the original band members, Skynyrd is close to releasing 30 albums in less than 30 years. Tickets start at $22.
The Moody Blues – Wolf Trap, Filene Center
They haven’t released an album in eight years. But after maintaining prominent status in the classic rock world through a legendary, four-decade career, the Moody Blues are welcome to perform anytime, anywhere. Tickets start at $25.
Capital Jazz Fest – Merriweather Post Pavilion
This weekend-long outdoor music festival features some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, including David Sanborn, BWB, Earl Klugh, Michael Franks, Dave Koz and India Arie. Tickets start at $33.50.
Blink 182 with No Doubt – Nissan Pavilion
Two of the pop punk scene’s hottest acts have joined forces for an energized summer tour. Hand-picking various openers during a month-long route, the two groups of So. Cal. natives have selected The Living End for the upcoming date in D.C. Tickets start at $37.50.
Jessica Simpson – Nissan Pavilion
Between variety shows and taping the second season of her hit MTV reality show “The Newlyweds,” Jessica Simpson is touring the country solo. In the past two years, the former teen icon has attempted to revamp her style, unveiling a mature, laid-back image in her recent release In this Skin. Tickets start at $28.50.
Styx and Peter Frampton – Nissan Pavilion
“Come sail away” with these classic rockers as they embark on the VH1 Classic Summer Hits concert tour. Frampton’s most recent endeavor, the album Now, is his first new studio album in nine years. And two days before they kick off the summer tour, Styx plan to summarize their career with the release of Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology. Tickets start at $15.