DC Fall Concert Guide

Skrillex, coming to DC this October, performing live on his Mothership tour this past summer. Courtesy: ThisSongIsSick.com


When the bars get old and parties become scarce, UMD students might want to start looking for alternate venues for fun and memorable times.

Luckily, being less than an hour out of DC, Terp students have the opportunity to check out the plethora of artists coming through the city this Fall, ranging from international superstars like Usher and Stevie Wonder to A+ performers like Porter Robinson and Skrillex.

In order to make your lives a little easier, however, I put together my Top Five Must See Concerts of the Fall 2014 season, as well as a bunch of others I truly recommend. So please enjoy my biased advice and come out to a show this semester.

5. RL Grime, October 31 @ The 9:30 Club in DC

While Grime may not be the biggest name in EDM right now, it is more the fact that this concert is on Halloween and that guarantees the show to be absolutely insane. Between the costumes, fog, lights, and the bass heavy trap music that is RL Grime, this is sure to be a night of complete pandemonium. And hearing RL Grime’s “Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)” in concert has got to be an awesome time as well.

4. Dillon Francis, November 21 @ Echostage in DC

Dillon Francis, a young DJ and producer from Los Angeles, California, just got off the Mothership tour with genre-god Skrillex and is now starting his own tour. You’d most likely know him for his 2014 hit “Get Low,” but I highly recommend his new track, “We Make It Bounce,” and my all-time favorite, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix),” (see link below). All in all, the man is sure to put on a crazy show, and just his own personal tracks should be enough to make you go.

3. Porter Robinson, October 13 @ The 9:30 Club in DC

In Porter Robinson we find one of the most innovative and young producers in the game right now, and another guy who is sure to put on something phenomenal.

Playing in DC a day and two months after the release of his new album, Worlds, Robinson will coming on stage with a deep library of enlightening house music that is made for bright lights and harmonic dance.

Between his classic track, “Language,” and the many masterpieces we find off Worlds such as “Lionhearted,” “Sad Machine,” and “Divinity”(link below), it is without a doubt in my mind that Porter Robinson will put on one of the most amazing and artistically developed shows of the season at The 9:30 Club this October.

2. Bob Dylan, November 25 @ The DAR Constitution Hall in DC

Though Bob Dylan may not be even an eighth as live of a concert as my past three recommendations, you gotta pay respect to one of the best musicians of the 20th century when he’s coming to town. Dylan’s music is timeless and respected across all genres, and he is still known to put on an outstanding show regardless of his slow tempo folk style music.

1. SkrillexOctober 24 & 25 @ Echostage in DC

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Above all acts coming to the area this Fall, there is nobody you could possibly see who will put on a better show than Skrillex. He not only brought dubstep and the idea of “a drop” to the mainstream, but four years later with his newest album, Recess, the man known as the “Ace of Bass” continues to expand his collection of some of the genre’s best music while also building on and recreating his own personal style.

He has two shows, one on Friday and the other on Saturday, and while their both bound to be an exhibit of mind-warping lights, visuals, and music, I personally recommend Friday’s concert as the best option.

Along with Skrillex on Friday night will be GTA, a Miami DJ-duo that is sure to put on an awesome performance on their own. Either way, the emotion that Skrillex displays on stage, jumping and climbing and dancing on what was this past summer his spaceship/DJ stand, is a spectacle on its own.

The way that Skrillex controls the energy of the crowd with his own personal energy and actions makes him the greatest live performer I have ever seen and in my opinion the best in his genre. If you’re planning on going to any concerts this Fall, this is the one, I promise you. Seeing this man live in concert changed the way I hear music, and it truly will be one of the best shows you’ll ever go to.

A couple other recommendations:

If those five shows don’t fit with your schedule, however, there is absolutely no reason to worry. There’s a wide variety of artists coming to the area this Fall. I personally recommend checking out:

  • The Chain Smokers on September 27
  • Ab-Soul on October 5
  • Bastille on October 11
  • Shwayze on October 17
  • Zeds Dead on November 7
  • Rusko on November 9

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