You don’t have to go to a music festival to enjoy live music outdoors. There are a number of outdoor concert venues in the Washington, D.C. area. From jazz, R&B and soul to country, rock and pop, there is an outdoor concert for almost every genre. Choose your favorite or get out and explore new types of music at any of these outdoor D.C. concerts this summer.
2015 Summer Spirit Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550
www.merriweathermusic.comDate: Aug. 8, 2015 at 3 p.m.

This is definitely going to be one of the best outdoor music experiences you will attend all year. Featuring some of the best in R&B and soul, the lineup sounds like a wish list. Erykah Badu, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and the recently reunited Floetry make for a heck of a festival. On top of that, you have local favorites and legends, Junkyard Band. The list doesn’t end there – there are plenty more acts, including special guests.

Tim McGraw
Jiffy Lube Live
7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400
www.thejiffylubelive.comDate: Aug. 28, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Jiffy Lube Live is where you are likely to find the biggest names in country in the DC area. This summer Tim McGraw stops by the outdoor venue on his Shotgun Rider Tour, in support of his hit album of the same name. Accompanying him on the tour are Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. Two generations of country music stars with three different aspects on the genre; there’s a little something for everyone.

Culture Club
Filene Center
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900
www.wolftrap.orgDate: Aug. 10, 2015 at 8 p.m

The ’80s were a magical time for music, especially for pop music. Culture Club emerged on the scene with a string of other Brit-pop bands. Lead singer Boy George became an icon for his style and attitude. Although the singer has has an infamous career and life, he has gotten back on track in the last few years. This has led to the band’s return to the stage. If you’re an ’80s music lover, this is the concert for you.

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Alabama Shakes
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550
www.merriweathermusic.comDate: Aug. 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Grammy Award-nominated southern rock band Alabama Shakes are on quite a roll. After a spectacular display on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year, the band’s sophomore album, “Sounds & Color,” debuted at No. 1. Certainly to garner the band more nominations and awards, the album is an exploration of music, traversing different genres, styles and inspirations. Their energetic, captivating live shows have put them on several lists. You should put them on yours and see them this August at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The Railsplitters
The Music Center at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethseda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.orgDate: Aug. 12, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Big name acts come through D.C. everyday. That is all well and good, but sometimes you want to see someone just play good music. The Railsplitters are a bluegrass band from Colorado who might change the way you feel about bluegrass, or make you remember why you love it. Catch the quintet at Strathmore this summer, and bring your dancing shoes.

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