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Free Outdoor Summer Concerts

Rock out to free outdoor concerts this summer! Check out these family friendly performances and listen to a variety of local bands and musicians. Free concerts are held in Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Gaithersburg.

Friday Night Live Concerts in Rockville Town Square

Kick off your weekend with live entertainment, great company, and fantastic food, wine and beer from the restaurants at Rockville Town Square.
When: 6:30-9pm
Where: On the Dawson’s Market Stage
2015 Friday Night Live Schedule:

May 1st – The Nighthawks (Blues) July 10th – The Dreamstreet (Classic Cover Rock)
May 8th –  Dan Haas Band (Pop Rock) July 10th – The Dreamstreet (Classic Cover Rock)
May 15th – 8 Ohms Band (Funk & Soul) July 17th – Tom Principato (Blues)
May 22nd – Mambo Combo (Latin, Samba & Soca) July 24th – 49¢ Dress (Rock & Roll Cover Band)
May 29th – King Teddy Band (Swing) July 31st – Ruthie & The Wranglers (Americana Country)
June 5th – Lloyd Dobler Effect (80s & 90s Cover Band) August 7th – White Ford Bronco (90s Cover Band)
June 12th – Rumba Club (Latin Jazz & Salsa) August 14th – Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock)
June 19th – The Shack Band (Southern Funk) August 21st – The Crawdaddies (Zydeco)
June 26th – Jeff from Accounting (Rock/Pop Cover Band) August 28th – The Sandra Dean Band featuring Daryl Davis (Blues & Soul)
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY September 4th – Junkyard Saints (New Orleans R&B/Funk/Zydeco)

RIO Washingtonian 2015 Summer Concert Series

Live music every Friday and Saturday night from 6-9pm on RIO Patio near the paddle boats and Union Jacks! The summer concert series kicks off Friday May 1st!
July 2015 Schedule:

July 17 – The Crawdaddies (cajun, zydeco) August 1 – Rock & Roll Relics (oldies)
July 18 – Jesse Garon (Elvis tribute) August 7 – Bad Influence (blues)
July 24 – Bobby & The Believers (Motown) August 8 – Sons of Pirates (Jimmy Buffet style)
July 25 – Fabulous Exaggerations (classic rock, pop, Motown) August 14 – Gringo Jingo (Santana Tribute, Latin)
July 31 – Ro Cube & Friends (R&B, Funk, Pop) August 15 – Bobby & The Believers (Motown)

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Friday on the Plaza

Free concerts every Friday at 3 Bethesda Metro Center on the Metro Plaza. Times vary

July 17 – Flea Bops (Rockabily) August 14 – Built 4 Comfort (Blues & Classic Rock) 6-9 pm
July 24 – Retrospect (Best of Yesterday & Today) 6-9 pm August 21 – I and I Riddim (Reggae Band) 6-9 pm
July 31 – The Rise Band (Soul & Motown) 6-9 pm August 28 – Swing Shift (Swing) 6-9 pm
August 7 – Oasis Island Sounds (Caribbean) 12-2 pm September 4 – Bad Influence (Blues) 12 – 2 pm

Veterans Park Summer Concert Series, Bethesda

Join us Thursday evenings from May to July for live music that rocks the downtown!
When: 6 – 8pm
Where: Veterans Park, Corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Ave.
2015 Schedule:

May 14 – Chuggalug
Rock/Top 40
June 18 – Built 4 Comfort
Blues/Classic Rock
May 21 – Kings of Crownsville
June 25 – Urban Funk
70’s Funk/R&B
May 28 – King Soul
Southern Soul
July 2 – Oasis Island Sounds
June 4 – Adrian Duke
New Orleans Funk
July 9 – The Sidleys
June 11 – Los Caribbeat
July 16 – The Crimestoppers
Blues/Classic Rock

Downtown Live!

Come out to Downtown Silver Spring on Friday nights for live music on the Fountain Plaza from 6:30 – 8:30 pm!

May 15 – King Teddy – New Swing July 10 – Ruben Montoya – Blues, R&B
May 22 – Lloyd Dobler Effect – Pop, rock July 17 – Scott Paddock Group – Jazz/funk
May 29 – Ro Cube & Friends – R&B, Motown, Pop July 24 – Fabulous Exaggerations -R&B, Classic Rock, Pop
June 5 – The Crawdaddies – New Orleans, Cajun, Zydeco July 31 – Debonaire – R&B, Old School funk, Motown
June 12 – Unity – Reggae August 7- Diamond Alley – Classic Rock, Motown, Pop
June 19 – Bad Influence – Blues August 14 – 8 Ohms – R&B
June 26 – Fake Flowers, Real Dirt – R&B, Funk August 21 – Dixie Power Trio – New Orleans R&B, Zydeco
July 3 – Forty Nine Cent Dress – Pop, Rock August 28 – Gringo Jingo – Santana Tribute

Acoustic Thursday in Rockville Town Square

RTS-SummerRelax and unwind after work at Rockville Town Square on Thursday Nights. Listen to live acoustic music and wine & dine at Rockville Town Square restaurants
When: Thursday Nights, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: On the Dawson’s Market Stage
2015 Schedule of Performances:

June 4th – Taylor Carson (Acoustic Rock) June 18th – The Howlin’ Mudbugs (Acoustic version of The Crawdaddies)
June 11th – Tony Denikos (Roots, Country) June 25th – 3 West (Acoustic Pop & Rock)

Silver Spring Summer Concert Series at Veterans Plaza

Silver Spring’s long running and popular Thursday Night Concerts kickoff on June 18th.  The concert series features a raffle that gives away prizes for adults as well as toys and gifts for kids. The Silver Spring Thursday Concerts are free and take place on Thursdays from 7-9p.m.  The outdoor performances are presented at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place.  Performances are canceled due to weather only if it is raining at 7:00pm.

2015 Silver Spring Summer Concert Series LINEUP

June 18 – Ocho de Bastos (Latin Rock) July 16 – Moxie Blues Band (Blues)
June 25 – Elliot Levine (Jazz, Funk) July 23 – Appaloosa (Classic Rock)
July 2 – Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark & the Blues Allstars (Blues, Funk) July 30 – Little Red and the Renegades (Zydeco)
July 9 – RoadDog (R&B) August 6 – Rock & Roll Relics (’50’s ’60’s & ’70’s oldies)

Strathmore’s Free Outdoor Summer Concerts

Soak in the long days of summer and create long-lasting memories at Strathmore’s Free Outdoor Summer Concerts. Pack a picnic and join us on the lawn!
Wednesdays in July & August
2015 Schedule:

Ten Strings and A Goatskin, July 1 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, July 29
Las Cafeteras, July 8 Cheick Hamala Diabate, August 5
Team Familiar, July 15 The Railsplitters, August 12
No BS! Brass Band, July 22 Uke Fest, August 19


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4 thoughts on “Free Outdoor Summer Concerts

  1. Melody +

    Festival . Live music dancing or any event

  2. Ginger +

    Bring back Still Surfin’ (Beach Boys tribute band). Check ’em out. They are AWESOME!!!

  3. Shelly. Snowden-Moore +

    I always have a great time. Especially when my daughter, son in law and grandson come too. Rockville has really become a great place to live. All of the activities in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Gaithersburg are great for family and friends gathering together.

  4. Homepage +

    Way cool.  Love it!

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