March 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm EST | by Chris Gerard
SPRING ARTS 2016: concerts
spring concerts dc 2016, gay news, Washington Blade

DJ/producer Diplo plays EchoStage in June. (Photo courtesy MokiMedia)

Club icon David Guetta will be doing a set at EchoStage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) on Friday, March 4.

On Saturday, March 5, don’t miss D.C. legend Rich Morel and Jason Barnes (aka Pussy Noir) in their new collaborative project Sistr Midn9t. They’re on a bill with Prince Rama at Comet Ping Pong located at 5037 Conn. Ave., N.W.

Gay pop superstar Adam Lambert performs at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Openly gay singer and actor Troye Sivan will appear with the hugely popular gender-neutral rapper Shamir at the 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on March 7-8.

The always-entertaining Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “Boots, Class & Sass” at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.), with shows beginning on Saturday, March 12 and running through Sunday, March 20. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8. Tickets range from $25-63.

The legendary lesbian folk duo Indigo Girls perform at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.), on Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Visit thelincolndc.com for information. The show is sold out.

Rihanna, one of pop music’s biggest stars, comes to D.C. for her “Anti World Tour” on Tuesday, March 22. She’ll perform at the Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.), at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30-515.

For a night of fierce diva realness, check out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Broadway Divas at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Divas from shows such as “Les Misérables,” “Dreamgirls,” “My Fair Lady,” “Annie,” and “Chicago” will perform and entertain under the direction of Jack Everly.

The world-renowned DJ TIËSTO will spin at EchoStage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) on March 25-26. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-over event. Visit echostage.com for information. Popular singer/songwriter Andrew Bird will perform at the 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the prevention of gun violence.

The legendary Patti LaBelle, best known for her smash “Lady Marmalade,” will perform on April 7-8 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets are $65-150.

Iconic ‘80s supergroup Duran Duran brings its tour in support of recent “Paper Gods” album to D.C. on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m., with disco legends Chic and Shamir opening. They’ll be at the Verizon Center. Tickets are $25-385.

Gay alternative rock legend Bob Mould returns to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. to support his new album “Patch the Sky.” Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 930.com. Ted Leo, half of The Both with Aimee Mann, will open for Mould. Pop superstar Justin Bieber brings his “Purpose World Tour” to the Verizon Center on Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.50-126.

The always-popular Animal Collective will be back at the 9:30 Club on May 10-11, with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith opening. Openly gay Kele Okereke and his band Bloc Party will be performing in support of their new album “Hymns” at EchoStage on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

The 9:30 Club hosts two terrific shows on Friday, May 13. At 6 p.m., acclaimed indie-pop vocalist Grimes will perform. Then at 10, Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) will deliver his high-energy electronic pop. Tickets to the two shows are sold separately.

You won’t want to miss “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons,” which will take place at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. There will be an opening DJ set by Pearl, and then host Michelle Visage will introduce the most popular queens to have appeared on RuPaul’s show, including Alaska Thunderfuck, Miss Fame, Phi Phi O’Hara and winner Violet Chachki. Tickets are $37.50-299.

Trans rapper Mykki Blanco plays the U Street Music hall (1115 U St., N.W.) on Thursday, May 19. Tickets are $25. Details at 930.com.

Current pop superstar Ellie Goulding will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.) on Monday, June 13 for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets range from $45-59.50. Three days later on Thursday, June 16, one of the most influential artists on the planet, Tame Impala, will also play a 7 p.m. show at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with acclaimed electronica group M83 opening.

Perhaps the highlight of the spring concert season is Beyoncé. She brings her Formation World Tour to M&T Bank Stadium (1101 Russell St.) in Baltimore on Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. Grammy winning producer and D.J. Diplo, known for such hits as “Where Are Ü Now” (featuring Justin Bieber) and “Boy Oh Boy” with GTA, will have EchoStage booming on Saturday, June 18.

Alternative rock titans The Cure will perform on Wednesday, June 22 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The next night, Thursday, June 23, brings openly gay folk-rocker Brandi Carlile, with Old Crow Medicine Show and special guest the Dawes.

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