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Rock and Roll Hotel

Remembering My Top 200 Concerts of the Year (So Far)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.16.2013 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

I couldn't have been more nervous for show No. 189 (Spiritualized). It wasn't a date. Actually, I was by myself.

LOOK: People Have Fake Sex On Stage

Posted 06.14.2013 | DC

If you're the kind of person that's comfortable going on stage with nothing but a healthy attitude towards sexual relations and the bravado to prove y...

DISPLACED

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 01.03.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Red Palace, the H Street home of burlesque, sideshow and circus acts, has shut its doors for good after six and a half years. While the ...

Pearl And The Beard Explain Their Influences

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 11.28.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Pearl and the Beard, a Brooklyn three-piece, returns to the nation's capital on Thursday with a headlining show at the Rock N Roll Hotel...

Concert Whereabouts (Sept. 24 - Sept. 30)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.25.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

I'll be missing out on our wonderful area's musical events this weekend in favor of a Pearl Jam show benefiting the campaign of Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Sincerest apologies to Crystal Castles, Crocodiles, David Byrne and St. Vincent -- Missoula calls.

The Eric Andre Show At Rock And Roll Hotel: HuffPost DC Top 5 For September 20

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 09.20.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 1. The Eric Andre Show At Rock And Roll Hotel Want to see alt-comedy at its finest? Are you OK with screaming? Fa...

Concert Whereabouts (Sept. 10 - Sept. 16)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 11.10.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

This weekend will not be devoted to live music, but rather celebrating the nuptials of my dear friends Mary Beth and Cristine. This is noteworthy, because the inability to go to shows on Friday and Saturday has turned my world on its ear.

Concert Whereabouts (July 30 - August 5)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 09.29.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

It's a week in the D.C.-area of familiar faces, old friends, and those who waited too long to visit. There aren't any headline-grabbing shows or tough tickets.

Mini Golf At National Building Museum: HuffPost DC Top 5 For July 5

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 07.05.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, JULY 5 1. Mini Golf At National Building Museum Beginning today the National Building Museum opens its architect-designed indo...

Off-The-Mall Spots To Watch The Fireworks

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 07.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Fourth of July in the nation's capital isn't much different than Independence Day in any small town. Groups of families share time l...

Concert Whereabouts (June 11 - June 17)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.11.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Since we don't get to bring people back from the dead, the Beach Boys' roster isn't perfect, but like with so many things, we take what we can get. And seeing the remaining members play together again is just about the best we can get.

Concert Whereabouts (June 4 - June 10)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.04.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

I end my week how it begins, with singers small in stature, but big in both range and personality.

Concert Whereabouts (May 28 - Jun. 3)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.29.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Overall, it's a generally light week for me, but between Miranda Lambert and Big Freedia, you'll at least see a nice cross section of what makes this country of ours so great.

A Prairie Home Companion, Zou Bisou Bisou, Afrika Bambaataa: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 25, 26, 27, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.25.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, MAY 25 1. A Prairie Home Companion At Wolf Trap Garrison Keillor is bringing a live version of his long running story telling va...

Concert Whereabouts (May 14 - May 20)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.15.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Joshua Tillman takes everything he learned from being in Fleet Foxes and makes it a whole lot less boring. As Father John Misty, Tillman doesn't stray far from what made his band so popular, but picks up the pace just enough.

Xiu Xiu at Rock and Roll Hotel: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 2, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.02.2012 | DC

TOP 5 PICKS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 1.) Xiu Xiu At Rock and Roll Hotel Jamie Stewart's band has been making noise/pop/something almost mainstream acc...

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 23 - Apr 29)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.23.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

They come from all around the globe to play in D.C. this week. There are those who are returning to a place they once called home, newcomers selling out this city's best club, and smaller shows. If you have a ticket, you can hear it all.

Concert Whereabouts (Mar. 19 - Mar. 25)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 05.19.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

So a very very large corporation's ticket distribution practices may or may have not prevented you from seeing everyone's favorite Maya Angelou devotee. I am here to tell you that all is not lost.

Concert Whereabouts (Feb 13. - Feb. 19)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 04.14.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

If the idea of seeing a boy-girl duo playing heartfelt and anxious love songs on Valentine's Day is your idea of a personal hell, Slow Club at DC9 is not for you.

Concert Whereabouts (Jan. 30 - Feb. 5)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 03.31.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Taking a few nights off this week, and unless I'm missing something, the alternative is not entirely tempting. The weekend is surprisingly bare, but there's also the Super Bowl with which to contend.

Concert Whereabouts

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 03.21.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

This is not, and will not be, a comprehensive concert calendar for D.C. and the surrounding area. This is my schedule. I do my best to go see the best shows our fair city has to offer.