Performing Arts: Outdoor Listening

Where to see live music outside this summer.

Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts (Courtesy Photo)

CHRYSALIS AT MERRIWEATHER | Columbia, Md. | Opens July 22

(Photo by Dylan Langille/ On the DL)

This new $6.6 million green sculpture exemplifies functional art while nestled among the trees at Merriweather Park’s Symphony Woods. Its inaugural concert will feature Greensky Bluegrass, a five piece string band that has earned acclaim for powerhouse improvisational live performances. Ticket prices vary; visit merriweathermusic.com

FLOYDFEST | Floyd, Va. | July 26-30

’s Rob Garza and Eric Hilton (Photo by Jen Maler)

Headlined by Washington’s prized homegrown talent Thievery Corporation, this festival promises a diverse lineup to match its headliner’s versatility. Southern soul group , reggae rockers Steel Pulse and others will whet your musical appetite. Single day passes start at $95. Visit floydfest.com Don’t Miss: Thievery Corporation

HOT AUGUST MUSIC FESTIVAL | Cockeysville, Md. | August 19

Folk, string and funk bands will rule all three stages at this annual festival 20 minutes north of Baltimore.The chance to see perform their cult classic tune “Wagon Wheel” is enough of a reason to attend. Other headliners include The and Cabinet. Doors open at 11 a.m. Passes start at $66. Visit hotaugustmusicfestival.com Don’t Miss:   Don’t Miss: Lettuce

LOCKN’ FESTIVAL | Arrington, Va. | August 24-27

(Photo by Jay Blakesberg)

In its fifth year, the festival changes from barren farmland to a bustling town tucked away on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 45 minutes south of Charlottesville. A revolving main stage ensures that there is no lag time between shows. Expect epic sunsets and unforgettable performances from the likes of and The . Single day passes start at $64; visit locknfestival.com Don’t Miss: Phil Lesh & Friends

TRIED & TRUE VENUES:

Merriweather Post Pavilion Don’t Miss:  (July 14)

Jiffy Lube Live Don’t Miss:  (July 29)

Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts Don’t Miss:  & (August 6)

This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Washington Life Magazine. 

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