DC Headliners

Old Favorites and Headliners Come to D.C. This Summer

Another summer is here, and the major acts are gearing up or continuing North American tours. In this year’s mix of touring acts, there’s something for everyone so buy concert tickets online with ease for your favorite artist/act.

Notables like Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Arcade Fire, and Drake and Lil Wayne are set to perform at area venues. Ticket prices are down from last year in the hope that the fans will come in and that the tours will be more profitable.

Arcade Fire’s last release, “Reflektor,” alienated some fans with its experimental feel, but the Canadian band will be bringing their high-concept, performance art production to the Verizon Center on August 17. Their arena-friendly anthems should play well at the Center. With material that runs the gamut from soulful punk rock to haunting hard rock, the band’s ethereal sound is hard to pin down. But they play and perform in the tradition of U2, David Bowie, and The Smiths.

The “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour is set to be the most expensive hip-hop tour of the summer, and probably the most popular for the D.C. metro area, especially since Beyonce and JayZ won’t be stopping by. Ever since becoming a headliner, Drake has talked about his debt to Lil Wayne. And Wayne has tried to make up for lost time (prison time, that is), by working overtime producing new material. Wayne will feature prime cuts form recent releases, including his upcoming “The Carter V.” Their show is scheduled at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA on 8/29.

Country favorites Toby Keith and Darius Rucker will also make their way to metro area venues with Rucker presenting his heartfelt ballads and country-folk favorites at Wolf Trap Farms on 7/27. Rucker will feature songs from his 2013 release “Wagon Wheel.” Keith plays Jiffy Lube Live this Saturday (6/28) and continues to promote last year’s “Drinks After Work.” Another fan favorite, Keith Urban, plays the Delaware State Fair in Harrington on 7/22.

Old favorites ensure that there will be something for everyone in the Washington area this summer. While the kids flock to Arcade Fire, Neon Trees (playing the 9:30 Club on 7/13), and Camera Obscura (also at the Club, 7/18), their parents will want to dust off their old vinyls to prepare for the likes of Billy Joel, Tori Amos, and Crosby Stills and Nash.

Billy Joel continues his rebirth with admittedly rusty voice but renewed musical chops. Though he hasn’t released an album of new material in over 20 years, he plays old favorites as if they are new, playing some songs from his earliest 1970s works. His recent knee replacement allows him some flexibility on stage, and his sell-out shows are bringing in young and old alike. He plays Nationals Park on 7/26. Tori Amos is promoting her newest work, “Unrepentant Geraldines.” Like Joel, her shows feature her virtuosity on the piano. Unlike Joel, her songs tend to be dark and richly-nuanced with obscure, but haunting lyrics. And fans are already trying to decipher the songs on “Geraldines.” She plays the DAR Constitution Center on 8/16. And for all you hippies past and present: Crosby, Stills and Nash is set to play Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on 7/3. Their catalog is too vast to mention, but they’re still up to performing fan favorites like “Ohio” and “Judy Blue Eyes” with their familiar harmonies largely intact. The trio is celebrating nearly 50 years as a recording and performing group.

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