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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 06/21/2006

Unlikely Sites for Outdoor Music

By David Malitz

Everyone knows the usual spots to hear live music -- your clubs in the city, pavilions out in the 'burbs and arenas downtown. But during the summer that list of spots expands, and this weekend is a perfect chance to catch some quality music at some not-so-likely locales.

Ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket may be the main draws at the 14th annual National Capital Barbecue Battle, but there's a diverse lineup of musical performers set to take the stage over the course of the two-day event. Go-go legend Chuck Brown is a co-headliner on Saturday, and it's not often you can see him these days for as little as the $10 admission price. (His recent Carter Barron show was $20 and an upcoming performance as Zanzibar is $25.) Playing opposite Brown will be bar band faves the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who will surely trot out hits such as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up." Other acts worth checking out include singer-songwriter Janine Wilson, guitar ace Tom Principato and pop-rockers Lucky Day on Saturday and local jazz man Marcus Johnson, New Orleans vocal powerhouse Marva Wright and another guitar hotshot, Anders Osborne, on Sunday. There's enough good music that even if you drag your vegetarian friends there, they could still have a fun time. As long as you don't make them stand directly next to a pulled pork stand.

If you're a fan of roots rock and beer -- and the two do go well together -- the Old Dominion Beer Festival in Ashburn is a can't-miss event this weekend. While the fest has always had solid acts, this year's lineup is especially strong. Friday and Sunday are headlined by '90s college rock faves Emmet Swimming and zydeco/funk/rockers the Crawdaddies, but if you have to pick one day to attend, Saturday is your day. Two acts from Bloodshot Records, the Chicago label that it is the standard bearer for alt-country these days, are the highlights. Headliners the Waco Brothers, led by Mekons founder Jon Langford, are probably the most rambunctious of Langford's many side projects. His solo work can be more introspective and the Mekons run the gamut from soft to loud, but it's almost always full speed ahead with the Wacos. Preceeding them will be Robbie Fulks, one of the most clever and idiosyncratic songwriters working tody. As good as his material is, his between-song banter will likely be just as memorable; he's funnier than most people on "Last Comic Standing." Earlier in the day, local faves the Brindley Brothers and sorta-local faves Last Train Home will hit the stage. Throw in $1, six-ounce beer samples from more than 50 breweries and it's the best reason to head out to Ashburn since that time Clinton Portis dressed up as the Lone Ranger.


By David Malitz  | June 21, 2006; 11:29 AM ET
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There is a great music festival occuring in Annapolis this weekend - yes, I am one of the organizers, but I still think it is pretty cool. It's Eastport a Rockin' and this is the 10th year that it has brought live local music to the shores of Back Creek. 26 bands will perform on 3 stages, tons of food and beer, a kids area with a moon bounce and face painting and more - it's a great festival for all ages. And, best of all, entrance is only $10. Visit or for more information. The bands will play a range of music from rock to country to folk to blues to funk to... The site is right alongside Back Creek, and there is a beach right next to one of the stages, which draws many dogs, kids and hot adults. It's a great reason to daytrip to Annapolis!

Posted by: Jess | June 22, 2006 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sorry - important info - Eatsport a Rockin is on Saturday, 11am - 8pm.

Posted by: Jess | June 22, 2006 9:42 AM | Report abuse

This outdoor HOT! The event, hotter and just goes to show that the DC Met is bubbling! :)

Where: 1115 East-West Highway,
When: Saturday 4pm - 4am!

The summer event of the year keeps on going. 88 music is proud to present another daylight dub sessions party with a curated sound focused on providing the event goer with laid back summer vibes that tantalize the ear drums and evoke smiles on the best 4 speaker sound system money can buy.

We aim to toast the roots of dub and the musicians that are pushing the 'summer sound' envelope. Harking back to the early days of electronic music, the event will feature 3 DJs aimed at taking the listener on an extended journery. This week, come out and join area selectors: Deyv (4-7pm), with local reggae toaster Keith; The international sensation Nutty, spinning the sunset set from (7 - 10:30) and PMX legend, Steve kicking things off inside with an electro/breaks set (10:30 - 12) and then House legend Gene Farris mans the wheels (12 - 2:30).

The event will initially take place on the 10,000sqft. outdoor terrace of the Gallery Restaurant and Lounge located in SoPo Silver Spring. The terrace, with vistas of downtown Silver Spring and an environment surrounded by early 1900 chimney's provides the ultimate backdrop for an outdoor urban party serving exquisite Latin/Carribean dinning and drinks ($2 domestics, $6 Mojitos). Bring your sunglasses, tank tops, sketch books, cards, chess boards and lap tops. If it rains, we'll be taking things into Gallery's exquisite interior. Regardless, we're chillin all day, free wireless internet as you sip Gallery's famous Mojitos and await Gene Farris., coming on later in the night! Link up with David or Albert for a free desset card with the purchase of any entre. *..*

Posted by: David | June 29, 2006 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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