the DC Music Rocks Festival
only at the 9:30 Club
August 17, 2019
The 2019 festival is confirmed. Subscribe to our mailing list and stay tuned for updates on the performers and when tickets go on sale!
To get an idea of what this year’s festival will be like, we’ve left the information from last year in tact below. Take a look! Can’t wait to see you again in August this year!
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the five FEATURED BANDS!
Genre: Hip Hop/Funk/Jazz/Indie
Recommended if you like: The Flaming Lips, The Notorious BIG
What do you get when you cross indie pop rock with introspective uplifting vocals, funky bass lines, a horn section, and a splash of absolutely radiant loving energy? It's Allthebestkids!
Hailing from DC, Allthebestkids are pioneering their own hip pop psych rock sound. It must be seen and experienced to truly understand.This 10-person band brings an abundance of brilliantly powerful energy and awareness. The name helps to heal the the listener. They remind us that we are ALL Best Kids at heart.
Black Dog Prowl
Genre: Hard Rock
Recommended if you like: Soundgarden, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age
Black Dog Prowl is considered one of DC's hardest hitting rock bands. The four-piece showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable area venues over the past decade and sharing the stage with renowned acts like Steel Panther, Candlebox, The Parlor Mob, The Answer, and A Thousand Horses. In 2016, the band recorded and released the EP Have a Little, featuring the single "Shame," and marking the band's first new release since the 2013 single, "No Robots," and their fourth studio effort. In March 2017, as the band embarked on a tour through Mexico, they also released The Voice Memo Bootlegs, an EP compilation of tracks from the band's live and acoustic sets, including the debut of the unreleased track "Salt the Earth," set to be released in Summer 2018.
Recommended if you like: Modest Mouse, Muse, Portugal. The man, Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids
Kid Brother is an independent band from Northern Virginia, founded when the celestial space gods called upon Richard, Dylan, Lindsey, Sam, and Christian to go forth and create a band in the spring of the year of our lords, 2016. Focused on originality and genuine lyricism, Kid Brother fuses together elements from rock and roll, indie, folk and blues to create a sound that is their own.
Recommended if you like: Foo Fighters, Jet, AC/DC, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fellowcraft is an original grunge-blues trio from DC whose sound has been described as Alice in Chains meets the Black Keys. All three members favor a minimalistic approach to rock and roll that allows each instrument to be featured prominently. They released their debut EP in March of 2015 and followed it with their first full length record Get Up Young Phoenix on New Year’s Day in 2016. Their 3rd release Three is due out in summer 2018.
Pebble to pearl
Recommended if you like: A mix of Prince, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Tina Turner
Pebble to Pearl (P2P) creates a unique blend of funk, rock, fierce and powerful blues fused and delivered with soulful grooves and incomparable vocals. They display a tapestry of sound that will truly captivate, mesmerize, and send chills down your spine, while undeniably keeping you entertained and dancing. Their self-entitled EP debuted in March 2018, and holds no bounds in blending a combination of funky blues rock with hard hitting and flawless vocals. If you haven't seen them in action, you are missing a key note in the chromatic scale. They throw in everything but the kitchen sink into their show and leave a lasting impression and the need for wanting more.
the DC Music Rocks
Aug 18 2018
Singer-Songwriters Just Added July 31!
We accepted nominations on facebook for singer-songwriters, and then held a vote and YOU decided! We can't wait to see them!
Here's the deets
This is our favorite annual event, bringing five of DC's incredible local bands from various genres together for one night of amazing music -- in one of the area's best local music venues!
Five Bands Ready to Rock You - No matter the music style, these bands are going to make you true believers!
It's Local - Just like the bands, the people you meet at this show will all be local, and you'll definitely see them again at other shows around town or at these bands' shows. Come meet your neighbors, make new friends, and celebrate local music!
Supports "Girls Rock! DC" - A portion of the proceeds will go to support this local music education organization for girls that does great work. Do you know about this incredible organization?
There's a Hashtag, a Photobooth and Giveaways! - We have a photo booth! We love seeing and sharing your photos on the big screen at the event and online, so we'll have a slideshow going to share these great photos all night. Favorite photos get free giveaways!
And Even More Surprises! - In between the acts we're planning on having a DJ from Girls Rock! DC spinning tunes, and possible performances by the winners of July's singer-songwriter contest, and more.
our event Sponsors
Arlington Independent Media provides comprehensive basic & advanced instruction to anyone who wants to learn digital media from a fully equipped digital production facility. They also feature a cable television channel and FM radio station. They make people into producers, not just consumers, of media.
Bias Studios is one of the premier recording facilities in the DC area, serving the music community for over 40 years. It’s hard to beat our track record: in business since 1973; dozens of Grammy-winning and nominated projects; Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum sellers. Our greatest pride is hearing musicians tell us how thrilled they are with their project, having them come back time and again to create with us.
The MusicianShip is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities. While our mission is not exclusive to any one particular group, we are focused on at-risk youth as they benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship preparation. We are an official After-School service provider, allowing us to deliver free music instruction to students who may not otherwise have such opportunities.
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center is celebrating its 60th Anniversary as DC’s only full line musical instrument and equipment store. Started in 1958 and still family owned and operated, “Chuck’s” strives to be more than a store, but a resource for the DC music community.
Petworth News is a DC blog that shares news and information about Petworth and the surrounding neighborhoods in Washington DC, supporting local music and artists, encouraging pride of place and helping to keep readers informed and engaged.
Since 2002, roXplosion has been assembling a photographic chronicle of rock and roll happenings in and around the nation's capital. The roXplosion goal is much more modest — to depict how much the audience enjoyed the show.
Alchemical Records is an indie Washington DC area record label specializing in artist development, branding, and marketing.
7DrumCity is DC's hub for musicians to learn, rehearse, and perform: Offering drum, guitar, and voice lessons for adults and children, band rehearsal space equipped with full backline, and solo practice rooms.
we're proud to support GirlsRock! DC
With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds; abilities; identities; and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out through music!