Bye-bye July: Free outdoor concerts this weekend

By Karthick Boomirajan

Frugal doesn’t always mean free, but when it is, why fight? Take advantage of the outdoors. Remember January of 2010? Okay, then, get your blanket, some water and get moving to one of these venues for some mellow sounds.

Quick listing. Gotta go, musicians are expecting me,



8:00 p.m., Saturdays, July and August Randle Circle & Minnesota Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series is held each year in Fort Dupont Park, an area of 376 rolling, wooded acres located east of the Anacostia River. Shows begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and are held rain or shine. We encourage music lovers to come out, bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy some of the finest rhythm & blues music in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. . For a list of performers and additional information call 202-426-7723 . All shows are FREE and open to the public. The first concert is scheduled for July 17, 2010. Performances are subject to change.

July 31
Motown Philly Fantasy

The National Harbor, in Maryland
Free concerts are held on Fridays from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 - 4 p.m.
July 30 - Roosevelt Smith Duo (Pop/Adult Contemporary)

July 31 - Savoir Faire (Cajun)
ALSO- at Gaylord National Resort on Friday, July 30, 2010, join their Tasting event where you can sample food in all their restaurants, including beer and wine, for only $15.


7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sundays, June 6 –August 29

The park is located approximately 6 miles south of Old Town Alexandria in Virginia along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Exit at the sign marked “Fort Hunt Road/Fort Hunt Park.”

Come out and relax to the sounds of jazz, the rhythm of rock, or folk. Enjoy community bands at Fort Hunt Park. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Parking is available inside the park. For a listing of concerts call 202-439-7325 . For the most up to date concert listing visit

The National Gallery of Art
Free “ Jazz in the Garden” at outdoor café every Friday evening, 5 to 8:30 PM, through September 10, 2010. Visitors can enjoy cocktails and a light dinner while listening to great music in a natural, beautiful environment. Concerts are held inside the Pavilion Café during bad weather. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, DC. The nearest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and Judiciary Square. You may bring your own picnic or purchase food from the Pavilion Cafe. See the menu. Phone: (202) 289-3360 July 30 - John Jensen (jazz trombonist)

Baltimore Harbor

Through Labor Day, Harborplace at the Inner Harbor offers performances at the amphitheater near Pratt and Light streets on Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 5 PM

8:45 p.m., Friday evenings, May 7 – August 27
Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets SE, Washington, D.C.

The Evening Parade, held Friday evening during the summer. Come out to enjoy a concert by the U.S. Marine Band, Silent Drill Team &Bugle Corps. Reservations must be made in writing three weeks in advance to: The adjutant, Marine Barracks, 8th & Eye Streets, SE, Washington, D.C. 20390-5000. (Unclaimed seating will be available at 8:15 p.m. for non-tickets holders). General public seating is available starting at 8 p.m. Guests may park at Maritime Plaza, where a free shuttle service is provided to and from the Barracks. There are no public parking spaces available at the Barracks. For additional information call (202) 433-4073 or 202-433-6060.

Military Band Performances
Through August 26 8 p.m. Sylvan Theatre (a unit of National Mall and Memorial Parks)
National Mall, monument grounds
Thursday-----------U.S. Marine Band (there will be no concert on July 1)

Weekdays Through August 31
8 p.m. U.S. Capitol (West Front)
Monday-----------U.S. Navy Band
Tuesday-----------U.S. Air Force Band
Wednesday------U.S. Marine Band
Thursday----------NO CONCERTS
Friday--------------U.S. Army Band
For information Army Band (703)-696-3718 , Marine Band (202) 433-4011 , Navy Band (202)433-2525 , Air Force Band (202)767-5658 . Weather cancellation, “Listen to WTOP Radio.”