Washington, D.C. is a major cultural hub, always buzzing with artistic and musical talent. From local bands just starting out to mainstream performers who have already carved out a name, you can find a wide range of musicians in the area at any given time. What’s more, there are numerous venues and sites around D.C. that host such varying musical performances. If you’d like to know where to go to catch the best in local musicians D.C. has to offer, here are a couple of places to check out.
Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-3922

Located in the heart of Dupont, this cozy venue serves as a popular lounge and nightclub scene that attracts both patrons and eager performers alike. Previously standing as a townhouse, the venue was converted into the bustling nightlife scene it is known for today back in 1995 as a place for musicians and music lovers to flock to. The venue features a variety of different rooms, including a main bar, jazz bar, studio bar, deck bar and a relaxing lounge in the gold room. There is plenty of space for dancing, unwinding and enjoying the best in local performance entertainment, including world-class D.J. talent and live band performances.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
7719 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 330-4500

Always open and ready for entertainment, this venue is the perfect place to come to see local favorites in musical talent. Located within the historic Bethesda Theater, the supper club’s concert hall offers great acoustic accompaniment as you enjoy marvelous food, drink and live performances. Though the name denotes the club’s popularity in offering blues and jazz styles, musicians of other genres also frequent the entertainment scene on a regular basis. The club also welcomes in guest speakers, one-man shows and comedy entertainers.

IOTA Club & Café
2832 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-8340

IOTA Club & Café opens nightly with live entertainment performances offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Discover some of the area’s greatest local musicians in a wide range of genres, instrument presentations and vocals, as well as other diverse talent acts. In addition to performances from local musicians, the club also presents special open mic events and poetry readings, among other open activities. As you take in the entertainment scene, you can pamper your palette with delicious dining options, or just unwind with a drink at one of the site’s two bars, featuring 12 taps at each. The café also boasts a wide selection of coffees, teas and other specialty café drinks.

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DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 483-5000

DC9 Nightclub is a great place to come for food, drink and checking out the latest and greatest the local music scene has to offer. The three-level club features three full bars, a rooftop deck, a stage for musical performances and endless opportunities for enjoyment. Menu options include classic favorites in food offerings, while the bars cater to stronger tastes. Local musicians just starting out, as well as those who are already well known, frequently flock to this hopping club in order to perform.

The Hamilton
600 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 787-1000

The Hamilton knows how to cater to visitors through great food and live musical entertainment. With an objective to celebrate and showcase the artistic attributes of some of the nation’s most talented performers, the site provides ample space at its venue to welcome in acts of all varieties. Here, local musicians, bands and entertainers are given the opportunity to lead quality performances sure to get them discovered. In addition to the best up-and-coming musicians, national and international musicians often perform at the venue as well.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.