Georgetown is fortunately situated in the nation’s capital, a global epicenter of live music. Not only has the city inspired innumerable up-and-coming artists, but it also regularly plays host to the world’s top acts and most popular tours. This summer is no exception. For those looking to spend an evening with a favorite band at one of D.C.’s storied venues, we have compiled a short list of the biggest acts gracing D.C. stages this summer.
Drake — Aug. 19 to 20, Verizon Center
In support of his latest album, “Views,” Toronto-based rapper Drake will play two consecutive nights at the Verizon Center prior to the start of the fall semester for his “Summer Sixteen” tour. After “Views” met mixed reviews, Drake needs an outstanding tour to retain his status as one of hip-hop’s foremost artists. On the back of new singles including “One Dance” and “Pop Style,” new material will almost certainly hold its own against past hits including “Marvin’s Room,” “Worst Behavior” and “Started From the Bottom” on a tour that is sure to delight.
Paul McCartney — Aug. 9 to 10, Verizon Center
Paul McCartney remains one of the biggest names in music, a title he has held for more than 50 years, and continues to attract universal respect from artists of all genres. The ex-Beatle will play two nights at the Verizon Center as part of his “One on One” world tour. After appealing to the younger generation with the release of “FourFiveSeconds” in 2015, a collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, McCartney shows no signs of slowing down. Fans will pay witness to a combination of Beatles favorites and selections from his extensive solo career.
Rodrigo y Gabriela — June 29, Kennedy Center
Rodrigo y Gabriela, one of the most eclectic acoustic guitar duos in contemporary music, will come to D.C. in support of its latest album, 2014’s “9 Dead Alive.” Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero met at the age of 15 and have since produced music inspired by flamenco, jazz, rock and heavy metal. They have become successful around the world, contributed music to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and performed at The White House in 2010 for President Barack Obama.
Beach Boys — July 19, Kennedy Center
What better way is there to celebrate the summer and one of D.C.’s most storied venues than to see the band that almost single-handedly idealized the American summer? The Beach Boys retain three of its original five members following the deaths of Dennis and Carl Wilson. Its members may have aged, but its tunes are timeless. Lending their voices to some of the most iconic harmonies in music, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine will continue a tradition that has lasted half a century as they play some of their catchiest and most memorable tunes.
Diplo — June 18, Echostage
American DJ, record producer, rapper and songwriter Diplo has had a busy year co-producing Madonna’s album “Rebel Heart.” However, he comes to EchoStage in support of his own music, including numerous projects with some of the world’s biggest names. Under his own record label Mad Decent, he has collaborated with contemporary music’s hottest artists, including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Usher. The show at one of the world’s premier electronic dance music venues will feature a set full of chart-topping tracks.