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Best concerts to see in June

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It's starting to feel like summer outside and that means lots of hot concerts and festivals. From international stars to American legends, this summer is bringing out the best. Here are the June concerts you need to see.

06/04 Smokey Robinson at Strathmore
06/04 Smokey Robinson at Strathmore Valerie Macon/Getty Images

06/04 Smokey Robinson at Strathmore

Smokey Robinson wrote and sang some of the most classic R&B songs of the 60's and 70's, both solo and as a part of The Miracles. A living legend, Robinson is still performing and recording. His new duets album "Smokey & Friends," will be released in September, and will feature Elton John, James Taylor, and more of his famous friends. Spend a night at Strathmore with one of the artist who made Motown what it was.

06/07 Phoenix at Echostage
06/07 Phoenix at Echostage Ethan Miller

06/07 Phoenix at Echostage

It is never a bad idea to see Phoenix live. The french band puts on a great show that you will dance, sway, and bob your head to. From fan favorites like "Too Young" and "1901" to new tracks off of their latest album Bankrupt, you will have a good night with Phoenix. And maybe they will bring R. Kelly out to do "Trying To Be Cool." It's highly unlikely, but you never know.

06/08 The Lone Bellow at The Birchmere
06/08 The Lone Bellow at The Birchmere Karl Walter

06/08 The Lone Bellow at The Birchmere

Folk and bluegrass have been seeing a resurgence over the past few years. And one of the best groups to breakout is The Lone Bellow. Their harmonies alone are worth going to see them. Don't miss them at The Birchmere this Sunday.

06/11 Romeo Santos at the Patriot Center
06/11 Romeo Santos at the Patriot Center Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images

06/11 Romeo Santos at the Patriot Center

Bachata is making big waves because of Romeo Santos. Usher and Drake have featured on tracks with the Latin music superstar, and he shows no signs of slowing down. The Billboard Latin Music Award winner has embarked on a huge arena tour, that brings him to the DC area this month. Grab your dancing shoes and prepare for a fun night.

06/19 A-Trak at 930 Club
06/19 A-Trak at 930 Club Natalie Cass

06/19 A-Trak at 930 Club

As half of Duck Sauce, A-Trak had a hit with the infectious "Barbara Streisand." But that's not the best he has to offer. The DJ and producer is one of the best out right now, with a seal of approval from other DJs like Questlove. You are guaranteed to move your feet and feel the beat. 

06/20 & 06/21 Alice Smith at Howard Theatre
06/20 & 06/21 Alice Smith at Howard Theatre Brian Ach/Getty Images

06/20 & 06/21 Alice Smith at Howard Theatre

If you have yet to see Alice Smith live, you need to remedy that. The songstress has a vocal range that will make you cry, and a down to earth presence that will make you wish she was your friend. It doesn't matter if you've never seen her before or if you've seen her a hundred times, she should always be on your list. 

06/21 Steve Aoki at Echostage
06/21 Steve Aoki at Echostage Mike Pont/Getty Images

06/21 Steve Aoki at Echostage

Steve Aoki is just as fun as his music. He clearly loves to make music and it shows. Aoki has worked with numerous artists, and has remixed everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Eminem. Wherever Steve Aoki is DJing you want to be there. 

06/24 & 06/25 Katy Perry at Verizon Center
06/24 & 06/25 Katy Perry at Verizon Center Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for MOCA

06/24 & 06/25 Katy Perry at Verizon Center

Katy Perry has carved out a niche for herself that few saw coming. She has broken and matched records held by icons like Michael Jackson. And she wants everyone to know that she is more than just a California girl. Perry's colorful, over the top tour rivals Miley Cyrus's. Catch her on one of her two shows at the Verizon Center.

06/24 to 06/29 DC Jazz Festival
06/24 to 06/29 DC Jazz Festival Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

06/24 to 06/29 DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival is one of the best music festivals in DC. This year features Grammy Award winners and local favorites. Including Snarky Puppy, Rochelle Rice Quartet, Gregory Porter Jr., Rock Creek Jazz, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and many more. It's going to be a jazzy June. 

06/08 The Lone Bellow at The Birchmere
06/08 The Lone Bellow at The Birchmere Karl Walter

06/08 The Lone Bellow at The Birchmere

Folk and bluegrass have been seeing a resurgence over the past few years. And one of the best groups to breakout is The Lone Bellow. Their harmonies alone are worth going to see them. Don't miss them at The Birchmere this Sunday.

06/27 The White Panda at The Fillmore Silver Spring
06/27 The White Panda at The Fillmore Silver Spring Robin Marchant/Getty Images

06/27 The White Panda at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Sometimes you just have to dance. The White Panda is a DJ duo that makes great mashups of everything from Naughty Boy to Passion Pit. You won't have to worry about packing on the pounds from that summer cookout, because you will dance it off at the show.

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