Although the end of summer is swiftly approaching and festival season is coming to a close, the DC concert scene is showing no signs of slowing down. To help make the difficult challenge of choosing which shows are worth the splurge, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 concerts that will certainly give you the best bang for your buck.
Critics and fans alike agree there is no live performer that compares to Bruce Springsteen. If you’ve always wanted to see him live, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet – this is the tour to do it. During the second leg of his tour, Bruce typically eliminates most of his newer songs and focuses solely on the classics. Although tickets range anywhere from $150 to $500, Springsteen will surely put on a show that justifies every last penny. The rock legend’s concerts usually eclipse the three-hour mark, (he recently played a four-hour show in Europe.) Bottom line? Wear comfortable shoes!
Fresh off her memorable halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI and a series of headline-grabbing shows abroad, the undisputed Queen of Pop is finally bringing her MDNA tour to the the U.S., and the District is one of her first stops. The 53-year-old superstar still knows how to put on a show, and critics have hailed this tour is her most elaborate and entertaining to date. Expect lots of dancing, pyrotechnics, a state-of-the-art light show, and of course — a time-warping medley of her eighties classics. Based on her recent performances, you may even witness an intentional wardrobe malfunction. Madge will headline two nights at the Verizon Center and there are very few tickets remaining for both shows, so nab one before they’re gone! (Tickets range from $100-$400.)
Indie rockers Dr. Dog have generated quite a buzz after the release of their sixth album, “Be the Void.” Known for combining psychedelic rock elements with Beatles-esque hooks and intricate vocal harmonies, Dr. Dog’s unique but familiar style will appeal to a variety of music lovers. The Philadelphia natives are all veteran performers, and their authentic eccentricity and charm makes for an entertaining live performance. These guys are quickly becoming the ‘next big thing’ in alternative music, so be sure to catch them at the intimate 9:30 Club, (tickets are $25,) while you still have the chance. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
The Who, one of the most iconic, influential rock bands of all-time are back on the road for what many expect to be the final tour of their career. The surviving members of the band – singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend — will perform the entirety of their classic 1973 album “Quadrophenia,” along with a selection of their most memorable hits. Tickets are still available and range anywhere between $50-$350. Don’t miss the legendary British rockers take the stage in what may be one of their final live performances.
Bob Dylan is an essential live experience for music lovers of every generation. With the impending release of his 35th studio album, “Tempest,” due out in September, the folk icon recently embarked on a massive, 84-city nationwide tour, and DC will be one of the final stops of The Never Ending Tour 2012. Dylan will be joined on stage by former Dire Straits frontman, Mark Knopfler. The musical duo, who collaborated on 1979′s “Slow Train Coming,” and 1983′s “Infidels,” were well received by fans after touring Europe together last year and decided to perform side-by-side in the States for the second leg of the tour. Although it seems like Dylan has no interest in ceasing his live performances anytime soon, there will eventually come a day when the 71-year-old singer/songwriter lifts a guitar pick for the final time. Tickets go on sale later this month and will surely sell out quickly. Don’t miss out on the chance to see a living legend live in concert right here in the District.