the DC Music Rocks Festival
only at the 9:30 Club
August 18, 2018

Doors opened at 7pm
5 Bands & Several Singer-Songwriters
only $15

All ages welcome!

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Los Empresarios

Genre:  Alternative Latin Music with Hip-hop/Reggae/House/Cumbia/Dub/Salsa

Recommended if you like: Calle 13, Bomba Estereo, Bad Bunny, Ozuna

The Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well. Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians. Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house. The Empresarios' debut album title track “Sabor Tropical” was placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game. The Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul.



Iza Flo

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.

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Genre:  Indie/Pop/Pop-Rock

Recommended if you like: Walk The Moon, Maroon 5, Young The Giant

Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Their 2019 EP, produced by Dylan Bauld (flor, Halsey, LIGHTS) and mixed by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, COIN), bursts with joyful energy and creativity.


More am than fm

Genre:  Punk/Punk Rock

Recommended if you like: The Clash, The Foo Fighters, The Ramones, Joan Jett

The tightknit trio of Selena Benally, Mel Mast, and Anjalee Sharma revels in a locked in loyalty, chemistry, and a melding of minds. The bass and drums drive hard leaving the songs teetering on the edge of annihilation. Powerful hooks give way to complex and clever arrangements tinged with something a little darker and well worn, something that nods to the early days of American punk rock, worships at the altar of the crossroads, and nurtures a love of classic guitar rock.

The band released its debut EP, Off the Ground in 2015 followed by 2017’s Oh, The Places I Have Been…, which Glory In Sound called, “My favorite thing I have listened to in years.”

Attending a More AM Than FM live show is akin to awaking having accidentally hitched a ride on the back of one of the Valkyrie’s steeds just as they’re riding into battle. Just hang on and enjoy.


eli lev collective

Genre:  Indie/Folk/Pop

Recommended if you like: Mumford, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper

Global citizen and adventure folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time.

Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment— songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery.

Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Eli has been touring nationally and internationally after winning the 2019 WAMMIE Award for Best Country/America album for his latest release 'Way Out West.'

Eli is bringing a collective of star local musicians on stage with him to this very special 9:30 Club performance. He will be showcasing new songs and old favorites to a hometown crowd who have been supporting the indie artist's rapid rise from local songwriter to full-time international touring and recording artist in just the last two years.

“The most meaningful thing for me is being able to express through my music what I’ve always felt about humanity. I want to bring people in, make them feel special, and break down the walls that keep us apart.”



the DC Music Rocks
9:30 Club
Aug 18 2018

5 Bands

only $15

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.

  • Keep Up! Follow @dcmusicrocks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more details as this awesome event comes together!

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 DC Music Rocks Festival 930 Club

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. 


District Karaoke is DC's only social, team-based karaoke league! You can form a team, join a team, or register as a free agent. You can also check out any of our open karaoke nights to learn more.


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! 

Check out the bands on Spotify!