Sturgill Simpson performs at Farm Aid at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on September 22, 2018. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
Sturgill Simpson performs at Farm Aid at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on September 22, 2018. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
By Austa Somvichian-Clausen / January 9, 2020 8:44 am

It’s the start of a new year, and with that, the start of a new concert season. Whether you’ve been dying to see a favorite artist who’s finally coming into town or just looking to have a cold beer and listen to some good tunes while escaping the frigid temps, we’ve got your optimal winter concert lineup primed and ready.

From an actually enjoyable Valentine’s Day activity to the legendary Snoopy D-O-Double-G, here are all the best upcoming shows to add to your cart and then add to your calendar. 

Because ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from seeing a legend …

Diana Ross, The Kennedy Center, Jan. 11

Because you loved School of Rock and want to support some local aspiring talent …

Rock of Ages Music School Presents: Roamfest ‘20, Union Stage, Jan. 11

Because pop-punk is having a moment of nostalgic critical praise and this band is one of its greatest practitioners…

Motion City Soundtrack, The Fillmore, Jan. 12

Snoop Dogg performs at The Fillmore New Orleans (Erika Goldring/Getty)

Because you’re hoping his BFF Martha Stewart shows up…

Snoop Dogg, The Fillmore, Jan. 19

Because you’re celebrating Chinese New Year…

Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, The Kennedy Center, Jan. 22

Because you (or possibly your kids) want to see what all the hype is about…

Lil Baby, The Anthem, Jan. 23

Because he’s quietly been one of the best hip-hop artists of the last two decades, and he’s still at it…

Atmosphere, 9:30 Club, Jan. 27

Because it’s a celebration of some of the best young hip-hop, jazz and artistic talent in the region…

Broccoli City Festival Preview, The Kennedy Center, Feb. 1

Because you wanna dance all night and you’ve got a good sitter on speed dial

MSTRKRFT, U Street Music Hall, Feb. 6

Nathan Willett of the band Cold War Kids performs onstage in Anaheim, California (Scott Dudelson/Getty)

Because the glory days of early-aughts indie rock won’t be around forever…

Cold War Kids, 9:30 Club, Feb. 6

Because the guy’s gotta make rent, and you won’t be seeing him and Paul reunite anytime soon…

Art Garfunkel, Wolf Trap, Feb. 7

Because you’re in the mood for something moody…

Calexico and Iron & Wine, The Anthem, Feb. 7

Because it’s V-Day and you want to do something more fun than an overpriced dinner…

Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Warner Theatre, Feb. 14

Because her music is hypnotizing…

Bat for Lashes, Sixth & I, Feb. 18

Because “Lazy Eye” still bumps and always will…

Silversun Pickups, 9:30 Club, March 8

Celine Dion performs live at Hyde Park in London (Simone Joyner/Getty)

Because you bought these tickets as a Valentine’s Day and your day of reckoning has arrived…

Celine Dion, Capital One Arena, March 11

Because the sound of a thousand boots stomping along to outlaw country is a euphoric one…

Sturgill Simpson w/ special guest Tyler Childers, The Anthem, March 15

Because the solo on “Renegade” never gets old…

Styx, The Warner Theatre, March 17

Because he’s one of the greatest songwriters working today…

An Evening with Josh Ritter, Sixth & I, March 18

Because at one point in your life, these were your anthems…

Third Eye Blind, 9:30 Club, March 30