Around Town: 2017 Venue of the Year @ MGM National Harbor

Deftones @ MGM National Harbor, 14/06/2017
The Deftones perform at MGM National Harbor on June 14, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

As 2017 closed, quite a few new concert venues opened their doors in the DC metropolitan area. So we got to thinking how concert venues are such invaluable friends to concert attendees (and bloggers)! With the close of the year, Parklife DC would like to start a tradition of recognizing great concert venues with our Venue of the Year Award.

We salute The Theater at MGM National Harbor as Parklife DC’s 2017 Venue of the Year for going above and beyond expectations in its first full year operating at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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Don’t Miss: The Zombies @ Birchmere, 7/17/17 (Perspective on a Very Good Year)

The Zombies at the 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. 3/23/17
The Zombies perform at 9:30 Club on March 23, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)

The Zombies Continue Banner Year

If the “Modfather” hands you one of his all-time favorite albums and tells you to listen, it would behoove you to do so.

Paul Weller helped transform the sound of British rock during the 1970s with his former punk rock-new wave band The Jam and later with The Style Council in the 1980s. When he’s not recording new music on his own (his 13th solo album “A Kind of Revolution” drops May 12) or performing live, you can find him at a record store collecting vinyl like it’s his job. His musical appetite is varied and oftentimes obscure, but always on point, so it’s no surprise a critically acclaimed commercial flop like Odessey and Oracle (misspelling courtesy artist Terry Quirk) is at the top of the tastemaker’s list.

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Stars and Bars: Grand Opening @ Buckeye + Bear, 6/21/16

Buckeye And Bear Interior 5 by Joy Asico
The Ballroom in Buckeye + Bear (Photo by Joy Asico)

A cool new rock and roll bar has opened up in an unlikely location, just south of Dupont Circle. In the spot that once housed the Huxley, you can now find the laidback Buckeye + Bear (1730 M St. NW, DC), a 280-person concert venue.

From the concert posters on the walls to the red and black decor, Buckeye + Bear gives off a good vibe. It’s almost like the place belongs in an ‘80s movie about an aspiring musician who alternates between solving his life problems at the bar and jumping up on stage to rock the night away.

You will be able to catch some bands at Buckeye + Bear, of course, including the ever-popular ‘90s cover band White Ford Bronco this Thursday, June 23 in an intimate show. (Tickets are available online! $15)  But Buckeye + Bear aims to provide a diverse range of entertainment, hosting comedy shows, trivia nights, and most importantly karaoke.

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Don’t Miss: The Concert for Valor @ The National Mall, 11/11/14

National Mall

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Hurst)

To honor our veterans this coming Tuesday (11/11/14), HBO, Starbucks and Chase have teamed together to present a free concert on the National Mall.

The lineup of The Concert for Valor looks impressive. The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, just to name a few.

There will also be appearances by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and more.

Admission if FREE and it starts at 7pm. The Mall will no doubt be packed and crazy. You might want to get there early. Plan ahead.

Hopefully DC has learned a thing or two about organizing big events on The Mall, especially after 2010’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear brought in far more people than expected.

 

The Concert for Valor

http://www.theconcertforvalor.com/

The National Mall
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Starts @7pm; The Mall opens to all @10am
Free
All ages