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Best Fourth of July weekend concerts

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Fourth of July is a few days away, but there is still time to make fun plans. Cookouts, beach trips, picnics on The Mall, they are all fun, but live music is more fun. This weekend you have some great concerts to choose from. Including an Academy Award winner, American Idol winners, and some up-and-comers.

While there aren't many people willing to play on the big day, there is always the big Independence Day concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year's concert features Patti Labelle, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Phillip Phillips, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks, National Symphony Orchestra, Frankie Valli, and more. Here are the concerts you should consider adding to your Fourth of July weekend plans.

Thursday 07/03

Juicy J at Echostage: Expect to see lots of attempts at twerking, and prepare to get down and dirty.

Hundred Waters at DC9: A great alt-rock band, that will be great in this intimate space.

Humble Fire at the Black Cat: Support local bands, especially good ones like this band.

The Duskwhales at Velvet Lounge: Another good local band.

Friday 07/04

A Capitol Fourth at The U.S. Capitol

Saturday 07/05

Pleasurekraft at U Street Music Hall: A duo of tech-house DJs that will get U Street Music Hall bumping as always.

Will Duvall at Rock & Roll Hotel: Sometimes all you need is a guitar and a singing voice. Good thing he's good at both.

Kenny Latimore at Howard Theatre: If you like R&B, you probably remember his hit "For You."

Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry at Jiffy Lube Live: It's the Goo Goo Dolls, just do it.

Bosley at DC9: Another local worth your attention. Perhaps the most interesting show to see out of the lot.

Happy Independence Day! And go see some live music!

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