Concerts to add to your calendar this spring

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Former American Idol semifinalist Briston Maroney is among the slate of artists scheduled to perform at Union Stage this spring.

Mark your calendars because a slew of concerts are happening in D.C. over the next several months.

For students curious about which artists to buy tickets for this semester, we’ve listed some of our most anticipated concerts this spring coming to our favorite venues in the District. Read on to hear more about the D.C. tour dates of everyone from huge stars like Kacey Musgraves and emerging voices on the music scene like soft pop artist Clinton Kane.

Be sure to have your vaccine card on hand, and bring a mask to be in compliance with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s COVID-19 regulations.

Capital One Arena
601 F St. NW

Although the 20,000-seat arena home to the Washington Capitals may not seem like an intimate space to attend a concert, this venue can feel surprisingly small depending on the artist’s stage setup and presence.

Kacey Musgraves | Feb. 3 with openers MUNA and King Princess
Six-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves will perform her new album “star-crossed,” which details Musgraves’ recent divorce from fellow country singer and songwriter Ruston Kelly. Fans can expect hits from her third album “Golden Hour” to be on the setlist as well. Tickets start at $60.50.

Dua Lipa | Mar. 2 with opener Caroline Polacheck
Pop singer Dua Lipa will headline her “Future Nostalgia” tour this spring. The album, which she released just weeks into the pandemic in March 2020, won best pop vocal album at the 63rd Grammy awards, along with five additional nominations. Tickets start at $94.

Union Stage
740 Water St. SW

Located just a few feet away from The Anthem, Union Stage is like the venue’s quirky younger sister. With a capacity of just 450, the venue is an intimate spot to grab a drink at its bar Taproom and enjoy less mainstream artists and bands. The venue is subject to Bowser’s mask and vaccine mandates.

Claire Rosinkraz | Feb. 21 with opener Aidan Bissett
Emerging pop singer Claire Rosinkraz will headline her first tour after racking up more than three million monthly listeners on Spotify. The California-born pop singer is just 16 but has been writing music since she was eight and has already experienced a great deal of success in the early stages of her career with her viral hit “Backyard Boy.” Tickets are $22.

Briston Maroney | March 12 with opener Jackie Hayes
Electric indie rock artist Briston Maroney got his start on American Idol in 2014 as one of the 30 semifinalists. Maroney racks up almost three million monthly listeners on Spotify with popular songs like “Freakin’ Out On The Interstate” and “Small Talk.” Tickets are $18.

9:30 Club
815 V St. NW

The 9:30 Club, which first opened in 1980 in Northwest D.C., has a rich history as one of the most popular night clubs in D.C. Although a nearly windowless exterior may lead you to think otherwise, the 1,200-person capacity, extensive lighting and sounds systems make the venue an ideal spot for wild and loud music events.

Fletcher | March 20 with openers Julia Wolf and Amelia Moore
Pop artist Fletcher will make a stop in D.C. on her headlining U.S. tour. The singer-songwriter reached great success in January 2019 with her hit single “Undrunk,” which reached more than 145 million streams on Spotify, followed up well by her more recent single “Bitter,” which became a certified Gold record. Tickets start at $154.

Beach Bunny | May 15 with opener Ky Voss
Chicago-based indie pop band Beach Bunny has achieved extreme success on social media, predominantly TikTok, with hits like “Cloud 9” and “Prom Queen.” The four-member group, led by singer Lili Trifilio, boasts over six million monthly listeners on Spotify. Tickets start at $37.

540 Penn St. NE
Located near Union Market, Songbyrd’s new location offers more space for concerts than its previous home in Adams Morgan with a capacity of 200 people. The front of the building looks like a garage door, painted white with the giant colorful Songbyrd logo. The inside kind of feels like a garage too with concrete floors, exposed brick walls and a dark intimate feel. In its short time being open, Songbyrd’s new location has attracted mainly indie and emerging artists for those who prefer a more laid back and interactive concert experience.

Clinton Kane | Feb. 27
Twenty-six-year-old soft pop singer Clinton Kane will perform his “I’m Not Toxic I Swear” tour, playing hit songs like “I Guess I’m in Love.” The Australian musician boasted a major single in 2021, reaching 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Tickets start at $57.

Luna Li | March 25
Up and coming Toronto-based indie bedroom-pop musician Luna Li gained prominence as an artist opening for Japanese Breakfast last year. This breakthrough earned Li her spot as a headliner this year. Tickets are $21.76.

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