Spring Concert Lineup for Hip-Hop Heads and Reggae Fiends

I attended my first festival as a 10-month-old chubby baby swinging on my mom’s hip in 1990. Aaron Neville even wrote me a note. From the moment after that New Orleans Jazz Festival, for as long as I can remember, music just seemed to move me. I can’t help but dance to it; my whole body rejoices. As a kid, I begged to see more live music than high school football games. As an adult? Forget the gym or happy hour, send me to a show on U st.

I need live music in my life—all different kinds, genres, and blends. Things tend to look a little dimmer when I don’t have an itinerary of concerts [or festivals] on the horizon. Although I adore many types of music, the soundtrack to my soul is definitely made up of the slow beats and lyrical finesse of 80s and 90s hip-hop. So, in effort to share my love, here’s a list of local shows I compiled from Baltimore to Falls Church, primarily consisting of rap and hip-hip, R&B, reggae, and other delicious soul-hugging ensembles.

Sunday, March 2 – Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & NaVon Smith
Howard Theatre: 620 T St. NW Washington DC; 202-803-2899; www.thehowardtheatre.com; 7 pm doors; $25 in advance, $30 day of show

Wednesday, March 5 – Ex Hex
Black Cat: 14 St. NW Washington DC; 202-667-4490; www.blackcatdc.com/; 8 pm doors; $10 in advance, $12 day of show

Friday, March 7 – ScHoolboy Q
The Fillmore: 8656 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD; 301-960-9999; fillmoresilverspring.com/; 8 pm doors; $25

Saturday, March 8 – Alvin Risk
9:30 Club: 815 V St. NW Washington, DC; 930.com; 10 pm doors; $20

Sunday, March 16 – Dwele
The Birchmere Music Hall: 701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA; 703-549-7500; www.birchmere.com; 7:30 pm; $45

Friday, March 28 – Nas
Concert Hall, Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW Washington, DC; 202-467-4600; www.kennedy-center.org; $20-$95

Friday, March 28 – Passafire
The State Theatre: 220 N Washington St. Falls Church, VA; 703-237-0300; www.thestatetheatre.com; 7 pm doors; $10

Sunday, March 30 – Mobb Deep (Also at the Howard Theatre on May 23)
Baltimore Soundstage: 124 Market Pl. Baltimore, MD; 410-244-0057; www.baltimoresoundstage.com; 7 pm doors; $20 in advance, $23 day of show

Sunday, March 30 – Mack Wilds
Howard Theatre: 620 T St. NW Washington DC; 202-803-2899; www.thehowardtheatre.com; 7:30 pm doors; $13 in advance, $15 day of show

Tuesday, April 1 – Childish Gambino
The Fillmore: 8656 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD; 301-960-9999; fillmoresilverspring.com/; SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 6 – Regina Carter
The Birchmere Music Hall: 701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA; 703-549-7500; www.birchmere.com; 7:30 pm; $39.50

Thursday, April 10 – The Hood Internet
U St. Music Hall: 1115 U St. NW Washington, DC; 202-588-1880; www.ustreetmusichall.com; 10 pm doors; $12

Friday, April 11 – Rick Ross with Fat Trel
Echo Stage: 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE Washington, DC; 202-503-2330; www.echostage.com; 9 pm; $46.40

Thursday, April 17 – Stephen Marley
Lincoln Theatre: 1215 U St. NW Washington, DC; 202-328-6000; www.thelincolndc.com/; 7 pm doors; $31

Wednesday, April 23 – Tech N9ne
Howard Theatre: 620 T St. NW Washington DC; 202-803-2899; www.thehowardtheatre.com; 6 pm doors; $30 in advance, $35 day of show

Wednesday, May 7 – Ozomatli
The State Theatre: 220 N Washington St. Falls Church, VA; 703-237-0300; www.thestatetheatre.com; 7 pm; $25

Thursday, May 8 – The Hackensaw Boys
The State Theatre: 220 N Washington St. Falls Church, VA; 703-237-0300; www.thestatetheatre.com; 7 pm; $13

Wednesday, June 11 – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Howard Theatre: 620 T St. NW Washington DC; 202-803-2899; www.thehowardtheatre.com; 6 pm doors; $25 in advance, $30 day of show

Tuesday, June 24 – Lindsey Stirling
Echo Stage: 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE Washington, DC; 202-503-2330; www.echostage.com; 7 pm; $43.45

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