Best Upcoming Summer Concerts In The DC Area

July 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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Music lovers, rejoice! Whether you prefer hip-hop, classical, country or anything in between, chances are there is a major musical act coming to a performing arts center near you.
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Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin and Yandel
Verizon Center

601 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-3200

Date: July 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: Starting at $40
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From their chart-topping tunes to their engaging stage shows, this trio of top Latin performers will definitely get you “on the floor.” Winsin and Yandel will get the party started right with some Puerto Rican reggaeton. The duo has performed together since 1998 and collaborated with many well-known singers, including R. Kelly and 50 Cent. Known for her role as a judge on “American Idol,” Jennifer Lopez has sold more than 55 million records worldwide thanks to popular hits like “Waiting for Tonight” and “If You Had My Love.” Enrique Iglesias, son of Latin superstar Julio Iglesias, has also experienced mucho success in his singing career, selling more than 100 million records worldwide thanks to popular hits like “Bailamos” and “Hero.”

Related: Best Live Latin Music in the DC Area

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DC Fest 2012
Patriot Center
4500 Patriot Cir
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-3000

Date: August 18, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Price: $25 to $80
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Featuring New Age and Christian bands MercyMe, Third Day, Sanctus Real and Building 429, DC Fest 2012 promises to bring everyone to their feet through songs of hope and love. The event also features gospel singers, including Brandon Heath, Kerrie Roberts and Lindsay McCaul, as well as Bob Lenz as the event’s speaker. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Compassion International, a non-profit organization that releases children from “spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty” and helps them grow to become responsible adults. Located in Fairfax, the Patriot Center is a 10,000-seat arena that features numerous food and drink stands, handicap-accessible seating and parking on the premises.

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Brad Paisley with the Band Perry and Easton Corbin
Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion)
7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400

Date: August 25, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Price: $38.95 and up
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Due to the huge popularity of the first leg of his Virtual Reality show, Brad Paisley added an additional 43 dates to his tour, including a stop at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow. Joining him is the Band Perry, recipient of the 2011 ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year award and Easton Corbin, recipient of the 2010 ACM New/Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. Jiffy Lube Live is an outdoor amphitheater that provides covered and lawn seating. The venue offers multiple food and drink vendors as well as allows tailgating in the parking lot before the show.

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Boyz II Men 
Howard Theatre
620 T St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 803-2899

Date: September 6 and 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Price: $59.50 in advance, $64 day of show
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If it’s “so hard to say goodbye to yesterday,” then consider buying ticket to see Boyz II Men at the Howard Theatre. The “boyz” will sing their most popular chart topping hits, like “I’ll Make Love To You” and “Motown Philly” as well as new songs. Some lucky audience members may even receive a red rose! The newly restored Howard Theatre features its original regal design combined with elements of Beaux Arts, neoclassical and Italian Renaissance designs. The facility features state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, balcony seating, a museum and gift shop. The theater also features a full-scale restaurant and bar that serves food and drinks throughout the show.

Related: Summer Tour Guide – From the Allman Brothers to ZZ Top

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287

Date: September 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: $68 to $98
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Although his concert features songs from his latest album, Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band may have a few surprises up their sleeves. At a tour stop in New Jersey, Springsteen busted out with the hit “Bishop Danced” for the first time in almost 40 years. Springsteen also covers his most popular hits, including “Glory Days” and “Dancing in the Dark.” Nationals Park features more than 41,000 seats, state-of-the-art audio and visual technology and a 4,500 square foot high-definition screen. The venue features numerous food and drink vendors as well as provides panoramic views of the Navy Yard, riverfront and surrounding historical landmarks including the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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