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Live Music Venues, What You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

April 24, 2019

By Sophie Gorshenin

A few weeks ago, our incredible Mason Grad Insider writer Sydney Glass wrote an insightful blog post, “Why Your Life Needs More Live Music”. Before reading any further I highly recommend checking out her article first before reading any further!

In the blog post mentioned above, Sydney discussed why you need more live music in your life. I cannot advocate enough how the arts can help bring so much positivity into your life! Live music is a great way to experience new culture, connect with new people, and in my opinion, it’s the BEST way to de-stress! With finals coming up, I think you deserve that study break. So, if you keep looking out the window of the library, jamming to your favorite song, and wishing you could have one night off, this is your universal sign. Check out the music venues listed below, pick your favorite show, and have fun with your study break. This is your chance to experience firsthand how music can affect your life positively!

Jammin’ Java

This local music venue is a beloved Vienna favorite. Located just 20 minutes from the Fairfax campus, the concert venue has something to offer for everyone! Jammin’ Java’s extremely popular kids’ music concert series, Tot Rock, can allow you and your family with the opportunity to have a great live music experience together. Also, their chili is world famous.

Jiffy Lube Live

Jiffy Lube Live is located about 30 minutes away from the Fairfax campus in Bristow, Virginia. This amphitheater styled venue is an incredible outdoor venue. Tickets range in price depending on seating, but most shows provide lawn seating. This venue is famous for big headliners – so if you’re a country music fan, they have a great lineup for 2019!

Mason Grad Insider Tip: The lawn is the best spot! You get the best view, plus the venue allows you bring in your own lawn chair and blankets to make your experience more comfortable.

National Gallery of Art Concert Series

If you’re looking to experience classical music concerts, the National Gallery of Art Concert Series is the place for you! All concerts are open to the public and are free. DC’s most beloved summer tradition, Jazz in the Garden Concert Series, returns Friday, May 17th. Every Friday, 5:00 – 8:30 PM, the National Gallery of Art invites visitors to spend their evening enjoying multicultural folk and jazz music.

Mason Grad Insider Tip: There are many ways to get to the National Gallery of Art, but don’t forget that the Mason shuttle can always take you to the Vienna Metro. Click here to learn more about Mason’s shuttle service.

The State Theatre

This historic building was built in 1936 and used to operate as a movie theater until 1988. The venue reopened as a music theater in 1999 and since then has been a Falls Church staple! The State Theatre is an easy drive and is located about 25 minutes from the Fairfax campus. The venue not only presents great performers, but also has incredible decade dance parties such as Saved by the 90’s and That 70’s Party with Superflydisco. Don’t miss this chance to break out your best pair of bellbottoms or wear your clothes backwards for one night!

Center for Arts

Located right on the Fairfax campus, the Center for the Arts is a venue that provides a wide range of performances. Anywhere from magic shows, ballet, to stand-up comedy shows, there is something for everyone at the Center for the Arts. The best thing about this venue is Mason students get free tickets to up to 100 performances each year! Click here to see how you can get your free tickets today.

The Anthem

DC’s newest concert venue is located in the new Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, also known as the Wharf. The Wharf is DC’s hottest new neighborhood with restaurants, shops, and a fun outdoor area that gives you a perfect view of the waterfront. Don’t miss out on experiencing the Wharf and all the live music opportunities The Anthem has to offer!

These venues listed are a just a small fraction of what the DC area has to offer, but we promise wherever you pick to see your next show, you’re going to have a blast! We always want to hear from you — if the ideas in this blog post inspired you, don’t forget to tag us on social media at @MasonGradLife when you’re at your next concert!

Rock on, Mason Grad Insiders! We’ll see you next week!



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