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FALL ARTS 2019: CONCERTS — Chely, Chaka and (OMG!) Cher

Regional concert stages brimming with queer and ally talent of all genres



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Kim Petras is here Nov. 20, Chely Wright is here Oct. 13 and Cher returns to D.C. in early December. (File photos courtesy Fillmore, Birchmere and KC respectively)

This fall sees a number of great acts coming to the District. Country vocalists Carrie Underwood and Chely Wright, DJs Diplo and Martin Garrix, pop acts like The Chainsmokers and Kim Petras, as well as Todrick Hall and Cher(!) are just a few of the acts coming to D.C. in the coming months.

DJ and producer Diplo will perform at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) this Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40-50 and are available at

On Tuesday, Sept. 17 The B-52s bring their “40th Anniversary Tour” show to the Anthem (901 Wharf St, S.W.) at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at, and range between $55-95.

Pop singer Lizzo will be gracing the District with her presence on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at The Anthem. The tickets, ranging from $45-75, are currently sold out.

Out punk pioneer Bob Mould is touring following the release of his most recent album “Sunshine Rock,” and will be making a stop at City Winery (1350 Okie Street, N.W.) on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $35-45 directly from City Winery at

DJ Martin Garrix is at Echostage Oct. 2-3 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available directly at Prices range from $40-50.

Carrie Underwood will be in town with her “The Cry Pretty Tour 360” at the Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $49-99 and up at

Country music star Phil Vassar plays The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.) on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Alexandria, Va. Tickets for the show are $45 and can be purchased at

The acclaimed Chicago-based artist Chance The Rapper will appear at Capital One Arena on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range between $59-129 and up, and can be purchased via

The following evening, on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., rapper Post Malone is coming to Capital One Arena as part of his “Runaway Tour.” Prices range from $99-503 and can be acquired at

Also on Oct. 12, American rock group The Black Keys will be in town for a show at The Anthem at 7 p.m. Tickets ranging from $125-250 are available at

Chely Wright, one of the few out artists in country music, will take the stage at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E.) in Vienna, Va., on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets for her show are available through and range between $37-67.

Also on the 13th, lesbian former gospel singer Jennifer Knapp plays City Winery at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 at

On Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., the pop-rock group Augustana will have a concert at U Street Musical Hall (1115 U St., N.W.). Tickets for general admission can be purchased for $20 and are available at

The Chainsmokers will be bringing their “World War Joy Tour” to Capital One Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. They will be joined by the Australian boyband 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella. Tickets are available for $29-159 and up at

The indie rock group Bon Iver is coming to The Anthem on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The tickets, which range from $55-75, are available at

Country singer Lee Ann Womack is taking her “Solitary Thinkin’ Acoustic Tour” to The Birchmere on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $35 from

Capital Pride vet/LGBT ally Alessia Cara brings her “The Pains of Growing Tour” to The Anthem on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 through

“American Idol” winner Fantasia plays EagleBank Arena (4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Va.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $59-125 and may be purchased at

Also on the 27th, out twins Tegan and Sara have a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) in Washington for their “Hey, I’m Just Like You Tour.” Tickets may open up later at

On Saturday, Nov. 2 Logic’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour” lands at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the tickets, ranging from $29-250 and up, can be purchased at

Chris Thile of the Punch Brothers and host of the public radio program “Live From Here” plays the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which range from $33-79, are available from Strathmore directly at

Todrick Hall is coming to Baltimore with his “House Party Tour” on Sunday, Nov. 10. The concert will be held at the Baltimore Soundstage (124 Market Place, Baltimore) at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $30 and meet-and-greet packages for $129 at

Fresh off of her new album “Hello Happiness,” Chaka Khan comes to the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets prices are available at and start at $72.

Country music singer Eric Church is bringing his “Double Down Tour” to The Anthem on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

German-born trans pop princess Kim Petras’ “The Clarity Tour” arrives in Silver Spring on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m. at the Fillmore (8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.). Tickets start at $38 for general admission and can be found at

Cher is finally bringing the tour spawned by her “Dancing Queen” album of ABBA covers to the District. The beloved singer will be at Capital One Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $67-341 and can be purchased at


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New dance single pays tribute to Town Danceboutique

Local musicians pen ‘Town’ in honor of shuttered club



Bryce Bowyn (Photo by Clarissa Villondo)

The closing of the LGBTQ nightclub Town Danceboutique in the summer of 2017 was heartbreaking to local musician Bryce Bowyn. He and his Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter friend Lexie Martin decided to honor its legacy in their new single, “Town.”

For Bowyn, who moved to the District about a decade ago to attend school at American University, the memories he has from Town Danceboutique are endless. And when it closed, it was a massive loss to Bowyn and many others. 

“It was such a cool space,” Bowyn said. “It was just disappointing to see a place that brought so many people together become part of the landscape again.” The building Town Danceboutique used to be housed in is now home to upscale apartments and a CVS. 

Town Danceboutique was a formative place for Bowyn and Martin, and it was Bowyn’s first experience in an open and accepting LGBTQ environment. His favorite memories at the club were always on Halloween, he said. Patrons, including Bowyn, would go all out with their costumes to look their very best. 

Bowyn and Martin met while they were both in the musical theater program at American University. Despite their years-long friendship, “Town” is the first song they have written together. They sat down over FaceTime and got to work. It was Martin’s idea to pay homage to Town Danceboutique, and the song follows the story of pre-gaming, going out, and hitting the dance floor. 

But the single also serves as a hype song for going out in any city, at any place. 

“It was important to me for the song to remain relatable and accessible,” Bowyn said. “So the whole foundation of the chorus, ‘Let’s go to town,’ can either mean Town Danceboutique, or painting the town red and having the night of your life.”

Bowyn started writing and producing his own music in 2018. He released an EP titled “A Rosy Retrospect” in 2022, and most recently released a single “A Bridge Burned Down” in June. His music is inspired by late 2000s pop and ‘80s synthpop, influenced by stars like Madonna and Charli XCX. Lexie Martin released her self-titled EP in 2019 and most recently came out with her single “SUPERPOWER” in 2021. 

Bowyn has been a lifelong pop music enthusiast. He distinctly remembers watching Britney Spears perform “Oops!…I Did It Again” at the MTV Video Music Awards when he was a kid and thinking “That was what I wanted and what I was set to do in life.”

“My heart was always with pop music,” Bowyn said. 

“Town” is available now for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud.

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From Monáe to Madonna, fall will rock in D.C.

Local venues hosting array of queer artists in coming months



Madonna’s delayed tour is slated to hit D.C. Dec. 18 and 19. (Screen capture via YouTube)

The D.C. area has many LGBTQ musical acts to look forward to this fall. Starting with pansexual and nonbinary actor and R&B singer Janelle Monáe, performing at the Anthem on Sept. 24-25 with ticket prices ranging from $135 to $301 on StubHub.

Janelle Monáe comes to the Anthem later this month. (Screen capture via YouTube)

Singer Hozier’s “Unreal Unearth Tour” is coming to the Anthem on Sept. 26-27. Tickets are available on StubHub starting at $324.

On Sept. 28 the CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore will see lesbian pop artist SZA’s “SOS Tour” with tickets starting at $165 on Ticketmaster. 

Queer indie pop singer Ashnikko is coming to the Anthem on Sept. 29 to perform their “Weedkiller Tour.” Tickets available on StubHub range from $49 to $279.

Coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., is the All Things Go Festival. Performing are lesbian singers Tegan and Sara, alt-pop singer Lana Del Rey, pop singer Carly Rae Jepson, and more. The festival will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 1 with two day passes starting at $397 on SeatGeek.  

Rock band Queen will perform “The Rhapsody Tour” at the CFG Bank Arena along with Adam Lambert on Oct. 4-5. Tickets are starting at $181 on Ticketmaster. 

Pop star and trans woman Kim Petras’ “Feed the Beast World Tour” will reach the Anthem on Oct 12. Tickets range from $72 to $817 on StubHub. 

Kim Petras brings the ‘Feed the Beast World Tour’ to the Anthem in October. (Photo by Thom Kerr)

Queer pop singer Kesha is coming to the Anthem on Oct. 29 to support her new album, “Gag Order.” Tickets go from $86 to $261 on Event Ticket Center. 

Queer pop rapper Shygirl is co-headlining with bisexual singer Tinashe for the “Nymph” tour at the Anthem on Nov. 5. Tickets range from $45 to $145 on Ticketmaster.

Indie band Men I Trust is performing at Echostage on Nov. 15. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster for $30. 

Nonbinary rapper Lil Uzi Vert’s “PINK TAPE TOUR” will be at the Anthem on Nov. 21. Tickets start at $90 on StubHub. 

Doja Cat’s “The Scarlett Tour” will reach Capital One Arena on Nov. 27. Tickets start at $100 on Ticketmaster. 

Madonna will bring her highly anticipated and delayed “The Celebration Tour” to the Capital One Arena Dec. 18 and 19. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster starting at $110.

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Tom Goss to perform at Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend

Out singer entertains at the Sands Hotel



Tom Goss (Photo by Dusti Cunningham)

Out singer Tom Goss will perform at the Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Sands Hotel. 

He will sing his memorable songs like “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Bears,” as well as tracks from his new album, “Remember What It Feels Like,” where he sings about being a 42-year-old gay man still reeling from his husband’s infidelity who was recently conned by a lover with a secret life now serving time in prison. 

Tickets to Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend start at $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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