Performing Arts: Outdoor Listening

by Catherine Trifiletti

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

Greensky Bluegrass (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

FLOYDFEST | Floyd, Va. | July 26-30

Thievery Corporation’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 St. Paul and the Broken Bones, reggae rockers Steel Pulse and others will whet your musical appetite. Single day passes start at $95. Visit 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 Old Crow Medicine Show perform their cult classic tune “Wagon Wheel” is enough of a reason to attend. Other headliners include The Infamous Stringdusters and Cabinet. Doors open at 11 a.m. Passes start at $66. Visit Don’t Miss: Lettuce  Don’t Miss: Lettuce

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

Phil Lesh (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 Widespread Panic and The Avett Brothers. Single day passes start at $64; visit Don’t Miss: Phil Lesh & Friends


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

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

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

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

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