Best Free Concerts in Washington, D.C.

July 14, 2014 8:00 AM

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If you want to enjoy some great music and entertainment, but you’re on a budget, you can’t get any cheaper than free. Here’s an update on some upcoming free concerts that are sure to be right up your alley.

Jazz In The Garden
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
7th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 289-3360

Date: Fridays through Aug. 29, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you like listening to interesting fusions of musical styles, you can enjoy it every Friday evening. This free concert series showcases jazz artists who mix their jazz roots with musical genres like Afrofunk, salsa, blues, xylophone and big band swing. The result is a truly unique and entertaining sound. The lively music is enhanced by the beautiful backdrop of the six-acre sculpture garden which is punctuated by impressive sculptures and adorned with canopy and flowering trees, along with shrubs, ground cover and perennials. At the center of this beautiful, yet informal, space is a dramatic fountain which doubles as an ice rink during the winter.

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The Morrison Brothers Band
U.S. Botanic Garden
National Garden Lawn Terrace
100 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 225-8333

Date: Aug. 21, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This free outdoor concert put on by The Morrison Brothers Band is part of The Sounds of Summer Concert Series hosted by the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG). Attendees will be able to enjoy the musical stylings of this DC-based modern country/rock group who has opened for country greats like Tim McGraw, and performed alongside stars like Alan Jackson and Alison Krauss. Formed in 2007, The Morrison Brothers Band has completed three full-length records. Their performance takes place in the USBG’s outdoor garden.

Conjunto Chappottin Cuban Band
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5200

Date: July 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.

If you have a taste for some smooth Latin jazz and sultry salsa, this free summer outdoor concert should satisfy your appetite. Jazz group Conjunto Chappotin will deliver a night of traditional Cuban music. The band was originally founded back in the 1940s by Arsenio Rodriquez who was one of the first of his time to incorporate reed and brass instruments into a Latin band. Today, the band is led by Jesus Angel Chappottin Coto and Miguelito Cuni, Jr. The band’s Latin flavor is sure to get you moving.

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Comedy At The Kennedy Center: James Adomian
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: July 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Here’s a chance to get in a few free laughs. Actor and comedian James Adomian is a TV pro and funny man who has established a name for himself through his creative characters and impressions. With this free concert, you’ll get a chance to see just what everybody’s been laughing about. Adomian has appeared on TV shows such as Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” as well as “John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show” on Comedy Central. One of his latest projects includes the development of a new show for IFC called “The Embassy” where he’ll play multiple characters in the pilot episode–which he’s also writing.

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Visit his website at

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