In what was once a classic movie theater, The State Theatre in D.C. is now a beacon for some of the best concerts and shows in D.C. Built in 1936, The State Theatre operated as a popular movie theatre until the late 1980’s, but a multi-million dollar restoration in the late 1990’s turned The State into the Washington Metro area’s favorite venue for live music and private events. The full theatrical stage is original, as are the 200 balcony seats and both lobbies. The theatre seats on the main floor were removed to allow for the re-design of the auditorium which now accommodates full service dining, standing and dancing areas and two full service bars. The restoration also added a full service restaurant for dining and catering private events.
These days, The State Theatre hosts a bevy of cover and tribute bands, among other shows, that keep the vintage feel of the venue fully in tact and adds a bit of modern spice. We thought we’d shed a little light on the artists and bands to breathe new life into the music from the past.
2U (U2 Tribute) and Almost Journey (Journey Tribute) on 8/8
There’s definitely something to be said about tribute bands; to love a band’s entire discography so much that it becomes the basis of forming your own outfit. This is true of almost any cover band and it’s certainly no less true for 2U and Almost Journey. The band members of both groups are the same, but the style and glamour they bring to the originals couldn’t be more unique. Both bands display an obvious dedication and devotion to the bands they cover and it’s clear that they don’t intend to stop believin’ in what they do.
42: A Tribute to Coldplay on 8/15
42 isn’t just another tribute band or an act of pure imitation. 42 pours themselves into every song and performance out of genuine love for Coldplay and their music. The raw energy and emotion they devote to each song is sincere; leaving no stone unturned in an effort to provide a well-rounded experience in covering Coldplay’s extensive collection. 42 brings the greatest glimpse into the Coldplay discography and effortlessly translates to their audiences the elation it gives them to play such amazing work.
The Legwarmers on 8/23
The Legwarmers are D.C.’s premier 80’s tribute band and retro dance party and judging from the huge response they get every time they play, many of you find the same guilty pleasure we do in reliving the 80’s: the big hair, the lacy ankle socks, and of course the music! The Legwarmers (great accessory, great band name) have taken the D.C. area by storm and their shows have become events for those in search of a simpler time when everybody was just working for the weekend and it was hip to be square. With more moves than a Rubik’s Cube, the Legwarmers take the stage like it’s prom night in a John Hughes movie. So get out there and Safety Dance like it’s 1985.
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience on 9/6
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it’s much more than just being a tribute to a great band; it’s about reaching back to a golden era in music. Zoso succeeds in embodying Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity. Each band member was carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts and, in eighteen successful years of touring, they have certainly perfected their art.
Lez Zeppelin on 10/17
Lez Zeppelin is a New York City-based all-female tribute band that has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion, and gender-bending audacity they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin. It sounds like too much of a gimmick to be any good; four women get together and form a Led Zeppelin cover band. Maybe good for a laugh or two, but that’s about it. Except these girls rock. They play Zeppelin’s music with a force beyond anyone’s expectations and have attracted major interest from press and industry for their unique take on a classic musical outfit.
You can get tickets for these and tons of other shows at The State Theatre here.