Lauren G.

Lauren G.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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  • Verizon Center

    Washington, DC
    Arena / Concert Venue
    Verizon Center - Arena | Concert Venue in Washington, DC.
    Jan 4, 2013 Come Here Depending on the Type of Concert "The Verizon Center is great for big name concerts. It's right next to the metro station, so if you have access to the metro, your trip is made so much easier! Not to mention, there are so many places to eat beforehand, like Chipotle, McDonalds, or even restaurants in Chinatown. There's even an Urban Outfitters and other shops nearby to kill time before hand. I love planning my DC trips largely, so I typically leave really early and find a place to eat and shop a little beforehand. When walking in, the workers are very helpful in checking you in quickly and helping you find your seats. Although the venue is huge, the lack of intimacy is balanced out by the extravagance of the show. There are always great stage designs for unique performances, as well as insane lights to get everyone involved in the show, even if you're in the nosebleed seats up top. I prefer intimate concerts where you can see the musicians up close and personal, but I was pleasantly surprised that even from not that great of a location, I still had an amazing time and felt involved in the show. I can't even imagine what the experience would be like in close up floor seats! Tickets are usually pretty expensive, especially if you want good seats. Not to mention, tickets for big name artists sell out extremely quickly - sometimes in the matter of just seconds or minutes, like Coldplay did. Sometimes the Verizon Center adds another concert date for big artists who sold out quickly, which is pretty cool. Depending on the type of music, I would thoroughly consider whether or not to buy a ticket. Think of how involved the musician is in making a great performance because it you go for a quiet, mellow band, I'm not sure if the experience will be quite worth it. I've never been to a game before but I would love to see how the Verizon Center transforms for sporting events!" hide
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  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA)

    Washington, DC
    Concert Venue / Performing Arts Center
    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA) - Concert Venue | Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.
    Jan 4, 2013 Plan a Picnic for your Summer Concert! "Wolf Trap is much like Merriweather Post Pavillion - very laid bad and fun for a summer night, although a little bit smaller. I saw the Counting Crows here and Adam Duritz's unique voice was still impeccably heard from the lawn. I brought blankets and a cooler full of drinks and food which really made the night all the more intimate. I could lay back with my friends and look at the stars in between acts while sipping on a drink or stand up during the acts and have a great time. The lawn is sloped so it makes it easier when you stand for you to not be directly blocked by someone's head. The lineups are pretty sporadic though - some bigger names like Counting Crows, Michelle Branch, or Parachute came when I went. I would say parking is horrible, like most concert venues. Expect to wait at least an hour in the parking lot if you stay until the end of the show. Overall, I've had fun nights. One of the performers even ran out to the sidewalk separating the lawn and the pavilion seats, which was awesome! I would say parking though is Wolf Trap's biggest downfall, the worst I've experienced in comparison to Merriweather, 1st Mariner, or Jiffy Lube (all outdoor concerts I went to). I saw there were shuttle buses to take you from the Metro for a $5 roundtrip but you just have to plan everything out meticulously if you want to go that route for transportation, seeing as it comes in 20 minute intervals and also runs no later than 11pm. The biggest plus was being able to pack your own food for your own intimate, picnic. I recommend trying this venue for sure for a great summer night!" hide
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  • Jammin Java (Vienna, VA)

    Washington, DC
    Live Music Venue / Live Music Venue
    Jammin Java (Vienna, VA) - Live Music Venue | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.
    Jan 4, 2013 Very Intimate - Underground Experiences "Jammin' Java is such an intimate location - smaller than the 9:30 Club - which results in an even closer, up-front experience. Many of the artists who perform are not as well known so it's a great place to go to search for underground bands and musicians. I wouldn't say there were more than 40 people at the show I was at so meeting new people was even easier since the space was small. Tickets are really cheap (cheapest I've gotten for a concert around DC) and parking was great. The location is in a shopping center area so parking wasn't difficult at all. There's also a bar where you can also mingle with people too and two of my three times there, the performers came out after the show to meet people which was awesome! Also, I love the surrounding posters and artwork that makes the venue cozy and artsy. If you're on the hunt for an interesting experience with a new band, it's great but if not, make sure you know the band well before you come or else you might want to leave early. Also, the Jammin' Java has great opportunities for private events if you are hoping to host a benefit concert or another event of some kind. My community hosted a benefit concert where the venue was very generous with help and the event planner was very easy to work with." hide
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