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    9:30 Club
    815 V Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    An Alternative/Rock presenter of both national and local acts. Contact Lisa White for booking.

    Afterwords at Kramer Books
    1517 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    One of the places where Mary Chapin Carpenter started her career. A small stage set up in a balcony area overlooking the bookstore below, seats about 50 people. Acoustic acts mainly with some light jazz trios. Call Pete Darich for bookings or email

    Black Cat
    1811 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    An Alternative music venue of the same ilk as the 9:30 Club, we've heard it's partly owned by David Grohl of Foo Fighters fame. Concert line 202-667-7960. Vicki is the person in charge of booking. 202.667.4527 Mon-Thu noon-4. They suggest mailing a kit in lieu of meeting with them personally. PO Box 700038, Wash., DC 20056.

    The Blue Bar Lounge
    at the Henley Park Hotel
    926 Massachusetts Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    has live music every Saturday night.
    Music beings at 7:30 pm, runs through 11:30 pm.
    Vocalist Nancy Scimone performs with top DC jazz pianists. Jazz standards, some Latin-influenced and French songs. There is NO COVER charge, no minimum.

    Blues Alley
    1073 Rear Wisconsin Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    The premiere Blues/Jazz club in Washington. They present mainly national acts. Local acts usually on Monday and Tuesdays. Booking by Ralph Camilli.

    Brother's Coffee Bar
    3238 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    Coffee and a little Jazz here on the weekends.

    Cafe Japone
    2032 P Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    Live music on Wednesdays.

    Capitol City Pavilion
    3401 Georgia Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20010
    Presents bands of various genres on the weekends.

    Sabores @
    Club Soda
    3433 Connecticut Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Sun-Thurs : 5pm - 1am
    Fri-Sat : 5pm - 3am

    Coco Loco
    810 7th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Presents latin music Thurs - Fri from 4-7pm. It is located near China Town.

    DAR Constitution Hall
    18th & D Streets, NW
    Washington, DC 200
    3600 seat hall that presents a variety of events.

    1940 9th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 483-5000
    Booking Steve Lambert.
    Great music venue; many different genres showcased.

    Marc Barnes'
    1350 Okie Street NE
    Washington DC 20002

    4 F Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    With a name like the Dubliner you know it's going to be Irish folk music. Mon - Sat from 9pm, Sun. from 7:30pm

    Dumbarton Church
    3133 Dumbarton St NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Church doubles as a concert venue presenting Classical, Jazz & Folk. Call Connie Zimmer for booking.

    Ellington's on Eighth
    Restaurant and Lounge
    424A 8th Street, SE
    Washington, DC 20003
    Ellington's on Eighth is a Restaurant / Jazz and Poetry Lounge. Check website for schedule.

    Garden Terrace Lounge
    Four Seasons Hotel
    2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    A Sunday brunch Jazz with some of the best performers in town. If you can afford to go there maybe you'd like to take us with you?

    Georgia Brown's
    950 15th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    Southern cooking and a Sunday brunch Jazz thing.
    General Manager Martin Weldon is booking manager

    Gypsy Sally's
    3401 K Street NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    PH: 202-333-7700
    Gypsy Sallyís is the music venue for serious music lovers who donít take themselves too seriously.

    HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz
    1426 9th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    A performance space that can be rented out. They present anything from Jazz jam sessions to theater.

    The Hamilton
    600 14th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005
    near Metro Center
    Located just two blocks from the White House, the District's newest destination for envelope- pushing, visionary music and talent defies convention, much like Hamilton himself.

    Hard Rock Cafe
    10th & E Streets NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    Stop by to see the WAMA Hall of Fame arch at the Hard Rock.

    Ireland's Four Provences
    3412 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Located in the Cleveland Park area near the Uptown Theater. Presents Irishmusic. Contact Andy Duffy for booking information.

    Irish Times
    14 F Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    A friendly bar with Acoustic/Folk acts Friday - Sunday. Pete Papageorge is a regular performer. Brad and Brendan Kelly book the music.

    Lisner Auditorium
    G.W. University
    730 21st Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    University presents cultural events and rents to nonprofits. Contact Rosanna Ruscetti.

    Madam's Organ
    2461 18th St. NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Nightly entertainment of blues, r&b, soul, and funk in the Adams Morgan area. Contact Bill Duggan for booking

    Mimi's American Bistro
    2120 P Street NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (202) 464 - 6464
    Washington's only cabaret restaurant, employs singers/actors/ dancers/performers as servers. They perform throughout the night while serving their guests.

    Potter's House
    1658 Columbia Road NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    A coffeehouse in the 60s tradition with a smokefree restaurant, bookstore, art gallery and music venue. Every Friday night we host Sounds of Hope: Good Food, Good Music, for a Good Cause! Performers team up with a local charity to raise FUNds and awareness. 4th Fridays are open mics (both poetry and music and it's FREE for appreciative ears). Off street parking is available. For bookings or questions contact Mary Shapiro at

    3239 M Street NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Another bar on the Georgetown strip presenting Jazz, R&B and Soul, Tuesday - Sunday.

    Takoma Station
    6914 4th St NW
    Washington, DC 20012
    One of the top Jazz clubs in the area presents both national and local straight-ahead and progressive jazz acts, most every night. Call David Boyd for booking information.

    Tom Tom
    2333 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Located in Adams Morgan. Has a Sunday Jazz brunch.

    Twins Lounge
    1334 U Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Just moved to a new much nicer location. Has Jazz throughout the week. Call Kelly, the owner, for booking information.

    1418 U Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Live Jazz, Blues, Swing and Brazilian Jazz Thursday - Sunday.

    Velvet Lounge
    915 U Street N.W.
    Washington, DC 20001
    Booking: 202-462-3213
    An eclectic performance space that serves up a wide variety of music ranging from punk rock to alt folk. Located around the corner from the Nightclub 9:30 and across the street from the U Street/Cordoza stop on Metro's Green Line.

    Warner Theatre
    13th & E NW
    Washington, DC
    202-783-4000 (theatre info)
    or 301-808-6900 (ticketmaster)

    The Warehouse
    1021 7th St. NW
    Washington DC
    By the convention center
    Cafe/bar/theater/art gallery/music venue
    Live music from 1-3pm on Saturdays, generally accoustic

    Warehouse Next Door
    1017 7th St. NW
    Washington DC
    Live bands throughout the week (check website for schedule), variety of genres Sunday nights open mic followed by live bands

    West End Cafe
    1 Washington Circle NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    Near the George Washington University campus they present a classical pianist Thursday - Saturday and show tunes on Tuesday & Wednesday.

    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    400 I Street, SW
    Wash., DC, 20024
    6-9 pm, $5, dinner available. Near Arena Stage. Friday night jazz concerts are very popular. Monday night blues concerts are catching on. Great downhome-style food. It's in the church, but you can eat during the show. Dancing encouraged.

    Wonderland Ballroom
    1101 Kenyon St. NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Neighborhood bar in Columbia Heights. This friendly Washington DC bar is a great place to meet up with old friends or make new ones, have some drinks and enjoy great food, listen to live music, and dance the night away. Two floors, two full bars. Free wireless Internet access.

    700 Water Street, S.W.
    Washington, D.C.
    Tel. No. 202-554-9100, FAX: 202-554-9103
    The club features R&B and Jazz nightly

    3000 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    They book blues. The owner, Steve, is in charge of booking. DC's only blues-only venue. Home of the Thursday night open blues jam hosted by Big Boy Little Band with Bret Littlehales and Rusty Bogart. Great food, across from the Zoo.

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