9:30 INTERVIEW: Guster
Guster is a band on the move. They’ve been working on their seventh studio record, releasing numerous live albums, and getting ready for their very own retreat, Camp Guster, in the woods of Maine. The 9:30 Club sat down to talk Guster’s Luke Reynolds about the new album and what they’ve got in the works.
Asher [9:30]: First and foremost, Camp Guster, September 14th, sounds like it’s going to be great. You’re pulling a pretty bold move, keeping it very intimate, limiting the tickets. What is this, if not a music festival? What is the idea for Camp Guster?
Luke Reynolds [Guster]: Camp Guster is something the band’s been wanting to put together for quite a while. We’ve got a new record that’s coming out, and promotion for it, so we’re trying to think of ways to help turn fans on to the music and create a real experience. So holding something in Maine, where everyone could come together and be a family for three days, was the best way that could happen.
And you won’t just be playing up onstage – you’ll be hanging out, doing some archery with the people that are there.
Yeah, we’re gonna be paddleboarding, kayaking, art, hanging, cooking. Especially Maine in the summertime, it doesn’t get much better than that.
You have some dedicated fans by now, who you probably expect to make the trek up there.
Exactly. I’m the new guy in the band, I’ve only been with them for four years. These guys have been a band for twenty years; it’s pretty awesome seeing some familiar faces in the crowd. Especially in the first few rows, those are the diehards, you know, people who are teachers and spend all their teacher vacations traveling around, seeing music, friends we’ve gotten to know over the years. It’ll be cool. To put myself in a fan’s shoes, if one of my favorite bands was holding this really cool retreat in Maine, in the summer, something with no walls, between the hang and the band, that would be something I’d be really excited to experience. We’re hoping we can make it really cool and enjoyable for anyone who’s making the effort to come.
You guys have a fairly active community of people who tape your shows, and you’ve always been pretty gung-ho about that. Having tapers is usually something that goes along with the jam band community, more than what you guys do. Do you have any thoughts on that?
I mean, to be honest, technology has changed so much that I don’t feel like there’s that many tapers at a show anymore. What I think is important is that people get to hear the music; they should be able to hear any different version of whatever song they’re looking for. They should be able to find it quickly and easily, whether that’s a bootleg off the board, or an unreleased b-side. Whatever it takes for people to find music easily, that’s where it’s at these days. Like I said before, Guster’s been around for twenty years, so earlier on, when it was harder to trade music, live taping was a way for fans to spread music around the community. Nowadays, everyone’s got an iPhone, shooting videos and putting them on YouTube; it’s like the iPhone is the new taper.
Sure. So you want to make sure music comes out to everyone, for the right reasons. Does that kind of tie in to the new album and its connection to Pledge?
For one, our new record Every Motion, is the most exciting Guster record I’ve ever heard. Everyone is confident that this is the best music the band has made it its career. We’re very ready to share it. That said, we want to make it easy for people to engage in the music as early on as possible, so we use Pledge Music. We’ve already paid for the record ourselves; this is just a way for the long-term fans to support the band, champion the album, giving back and engaging them. For us, it was really just a rallying point to help turn fans on to the music. We’re really, really stoked about the new record. It feels like the most adventurous, spontaneous sound, very new, very exciting.
That’s great! We all heard “Long Night,” and it’s different. Guster has definitely made their own territory musically over their career, and “Long Night” isn’t just the comfort zone – it’s continually looking forward, trying new things. It sounds very fresh, very alive.
Thanks man. Yeah, everyone always wants to feel that you make a record because you have something to say. The way I think about it is that every time you make a record, it should be the last record you’re ever gonna make. So make it count. So for us, part of making it count was facing the fear, stepping out of our comfort zone, really experimenting in the studio. The producer that we worked with in the studio, Richard Swift, was a perfect fit for that. He’s very free. It was pretty unconventional, in terms of the recording process, compared to early Guster albums. This one was very spontaneous, the whole thing happened very fast, and it was directly through working with Richard Swift and the environment he helped us create.

It shows a lot of focus, especially when you consider that this is Guster’s first new studio album in four years.
That’s the thing, man. I met these guys in 2003, over ten years ago, when we were recording across the hall from each other and we had the same booking agent. Keep It Together was my first with Guster, and then Ganging Up On The Sun was a new development, and Easy Wonderful felt real cool. I was joining the band, and felt real good about making new music, but a record takes a long time to write. We wrote it for almost three years, started writing it in the fall of 2011. It was a very long process, longer than we expected, but you can’t rush a record – all you can do is show up and keep chipping away. We just kept chipping away until we had a body of work we felt very confident about. Then we took that body of work and we brought it to the producer that was very inspiring to us, and worked it out very fast, not thinking too much. Not overthinking it was really good, and made it exciting to work that way with everyone.
It’s very cool that you’re continually moving forward, you know, with the new record, the multiple live albums, the Camp, you’re constantly busy. You’re not just resting on your laurels, which is very respectable.
Well, it’s like David Bowie always says, as musicians get older, the focus becomes more on finding ways to stay hungry, stay creative, and not live in comfortable territory. All of us have projects and lives outside of Guster, and we’re all creative people, and we all work really hard to fill up our lives, so when we get together to play music, we have something to say.
What are you all listening to these days? What are you listening to when you’re not listening to Guster?
We all listen to a lot of different music. There’s the FKA twigs record that just came out that I really like a lot. I was up in Vermont raising a barn this summer, and my girlfriend and I spent the whole summer listening to Deerhunter and Clams Casino. We wore those records out.
So you’re all over the place.
Sure. I listen to a lot of music, doing research about records, old bands, discovering music, learning about it… there’s a lot of listening constantly.
The day before Camp Guster, September 13th, is the show that we’re covering. It’s the Route 29 Revue, and you’re playing with a bunch of other artists – Trombone Shorty, Trampled By Turtles, a lot of big names next to yours. If you could share a bill with any artist, who would it be?
You mean at this festival?
Any festival, any time in the world, ever.
If I could put a festival together, it’d be with bands I was excited to see… Let’s see, Stephen Reich would be really exciting to play with, Thurston Moore, I would love to play a festival with him. Beyonce, that would be rad. Why not, dude? And then the Cocteau Twins. That sounds like a pretty great festival to me.
I mean, I would go!
[Laughs.] Me too, man, let’s do it!
So when the album comes out, will there be a support tour?
Yeah, man, I’m looking at our tour schedule and getting scared, I mean, we’re gonna be gone, not coming home for a long time. North America, Europe, we’re gonna be working really hard.
It shows. It’s coming out great.
Thanks, man. Thanks for taking the time. I’ll see you at the Revue!
-Asher Meerovich (@Bummertime)
Guster plays the Route 29 Revue at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, September 13th, along with Trampled By Turtles, Trombone Shorty, and Iron & Wine. Get tickets here!

9:30 INTERVIEW: Guster

Guster is a band on the move. They’ve been working on their seventh studio record, releasing numerous live albums, and getting ready for their very own retreat, Camp Guster, in the woods of Maine. The 9:30 Club sat down to talk Guster’s Luke Reynolds about the new album and what they’ve got in the works.

Asher [9:30]: First and foremost, Camp Guster, September 14th, sounds like it’s going to be great. You’re pulling a pretty bold move, keeping it very intimate, limiting the tickets. What is this, if not a music festival? What is the idea for Camp Guster?

Luke Reynolds [Guster]: Camp Guster is something the band’s been wanting to put together for quite a while. We’ve got a new record that’s coming out, and promotion for it, so we’re trying to think of ways to help turn fans on to the music and create a real experience. So holding something in Maine, where everyone could come together and be a family for three days, was the best way that could happen.

And you won’t just be playing up onstage – you’ll be hanging out, doing some archery with the people that are there.

Yeah, we’re gonna be paddleboarding, kayaking, art, hanging, cooking. Especially Maine in the summertime, it doesn’t get much better than that.

You have some dedicated fans by now, who you probably expect to make the trek up there.

Exactly. I’m the new guy in the band, I’ve only been with them for four years. These guys have been a band for twenty years; it’s pretty awesome seeing some familiar faces in the crowd. Especially in the first few rows, those are the diehards, you know, people who are teachers and spend all their teacher vacations traveling around, seeing music, friends we’ve gotten to know over the years. It’ll be cool. To put myself in a fan’s shoes, if one of my favorite bands was holding this really cool retreat in Maine, in the summer, something with no walls, between the hang and the band, that would be something I’d be really excited to experience. We’re hoping we can make it really cool and enjoyable for anyone who’s making the effort to come.

You guys have a fairly active community of people who tape your shows, and you’ve always been pretty gung-ho about that. Having tapers is usually something that goes along with the jam band community, more than what you guys do. Do you have any thoughts on that?

I mean, to be honest, technology has changed so much that I don’t feel like there’s that many tapers at a show anymore. What I think is important is that people get to hear the music; they should be able to hear any different version of whatever song they’re looking for. They should be able to find it quickly and easily, whether that’s a bootleg off the board, or an unreleased b-side. Whatever it takes for people to find music easily, that’s where it’s at these days. Like I said before, Guster’s been around for twenty years, so earlier on, when it was harder to trade music, live taping was a way for fans to spread music around the community. Nowadays, everyone’s got an iPhone, shooting videos and putting them on YouTube; it’s like the iPhone is the new taper.

Sure. So you want to make sure music comes out to everyone, for the right reasons. Does that kind of tie in to the new album and its connection to Pledge?

For one, our new record Every Motion, is the most exciting Guster record I’ve ever heard. Everyone is confident that this is the best music the band has made it its career. We’re very ready to share it. That said, we want to make it easy for people to engage in the music as early on as possible, so we use Pledge Music. We’ve already paid for the record ourselves; this is just a way for the long-term fans to support the band, champion the album, giving back and engaging them. For us, it was really just a rallying point to help turn fans on to the music. We’re really, really stoked about the new record. It feels like the most adventurous, spontaneous sound, very new, very exciting.

That’s great! We all heard “Long Night,” and it’s different. Guster has definitely made their own territory musically over their career, and “Long Night” isn’t just the comfort zone – it’s continually looking forward, trying new things. It sounds very fresh, very alive.

Thanks man. Yeah, everyone always wants to feel that you make a record because you have something to say. The way I think about it is that every time you make a record, it should be the last record you’re ever gonna make. So make it count. So for us, part of making it count was facing the fear, stepping out of our comfort zone, really experimenting in the studio. The producer that we worked with in the studio, Richard Swift, was a perfect fit for that. He’s very free. It was pretty unconventional, in terms of the recording process, compared to early Guster albums. This one was very spontaneous, the whole thing happened very fast, and it was directly through working with Richard Swift and the environment he helped us create.

It shows a lot of focus, especially when you consider that this is Guster’s first new studio album in four years.

That’s the thing, man. I met these guys in 2003, over ten years ago, when we were recording across the hall from each other and we had the same booking agent. Keep It Together was my first with Guster, and then Ganging Up On The Sun was a new development, and Easy Wonderful felt real cool. I was joining the band, and felt real good about making new music, but a record takes a long time to write. We wrote it for almost three years, started writing it in the fall of 2011. It was a very long process, longer than we expected, but you can’t rush a record – all you can do is show up and keep chipping away. We just kept chipping away until we had a body of work we felt very confident about. Then we took that body of work and we brought it to the producer that was very inspiring to us, and worked it out very fast, not thinking too much. Not overthinking it was really good, and made it exciting to work that way with everyone.

It’s very cool that you’re continually moving forward, you know, with the new record, the multiple live albums, the Camp, you’re constantly busy. You’re not just resting on your laurels, which is very respectable.

Well, it’s like David Bowie always says, as musicians get older, the focus becomes more on finding ways to stay hungry, stay creative, and not live in comfortable territory. All of us have projects and lives outside of Guster, and we’re all creative people, and we all work really hard to fill up our lives, so when we get together to play music, we have something to say.

What are you all listening to these days? What are you listening to when you’re not listening to Guster?

We all listen to a lot of different music. There’s the FKA twigs record that just came out that I really like a lot. I was up in Vermont raising a barn this summer, and my girlfriend and I spent the whole summer listening to Deerhunter and Clams Casino. We wore those records out.

So you’re all over the place.

Sure. I listen to a lot of music, doing research about records, old bands, discovering music, learning about it… there’s a lot of listening constantly.

The day before Camp Guster, September 13th, is the show that we’re covering. It’s the Route 29 Revue, and you’re playing with a bunch of other artists – Trombone Shorty, Trampled By Turtles, a lot of big names next to yours. If you could share a bill with any artist, who would it be?

You mean at this festival?

Any festival, any time in the world, ever.

If I could put a festival together, it’d be with bands I was excited to see… Let’s see, Stephen Reich would be really exciting to play with, Thurston Moore, I would love to play a festival with him. Beyonce, that would be rad. Why not, dude? And then the Cocteau Twins. That sounds like a pretty great festival to me.

I mean, I would go!

[Laughs.] Me too, man, let’s do it!

So when the album comes out, will there be a support tour?

Yeah, man, I’m looking at our tour schedule and getting scared, I mean, we’re gonna be gone, not coming home for a long time. North America, Europe, we’re gonna be working really hard.

It shows. It’s coming out great.

Thanks, man. Thanks for taking the time. I’ll see you at the Revue!

-Asher Meerovich (@Bummertime)

Guster plays the Route 29 Revue at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, September 13th, along with Trampled By Turtles, Trombone Shorty, and Iron & Wine. Get tickets here!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Rock & Bus
Thanks to extensive public transportation options, having a car in D.C. and surrounding areas isn’t a necessity. However, there are some trips that are just impossible - like that to Merriweather - without your own set of wheels. Enter Rock & Bus, the solution for all your Merriweather-going needs! The luxury charter bus service offers roundtrip service for our Columbia, MD venue from a variety of departure points in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Rock & Bus includes fun amenities, such as TVs and DVD players, to enjoy with your friends on the ride, all while getting you to Merriweather in plenty of time to enjoy the show!
Rock & Bus is currently offering $35 roundtrip Merriweather rides from its Foggy Bottom stop for the Honda Civic Tour with Grouplove and Portugal. The Man! Rides to and from the show on Friday, September 12 are also available from other locations in the District, MD, and VA. Transportation problems: solved! 
Follow Rock & Bus on Facebook and Twitter for information on rides for future Merriweather shows! 

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Rock & Bus

Thanks to extensive public transportation options, having a car in D.C. and surrounding areas isn’t a necessity. However, there are some trips that are just impossible - like that to Merriweather - without your own set of wheels. 

Enter Rock & Bus, the solution for all your Merriweather-going needs! The luxury charter bus service offers roundtrip service for our Columbia, MD venue from a variety of departure points in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Rock & Bus includes fun amenities, such as TVs and DVD players, to enjoy with your friends on the ride, all while getting you to Merriweather in plenty of time to enjoy the show!

Rock & Bus is currently offering $35 roundtrip Merriweather rides from its Foggy Bottom stop for the Honda Civic Tour with Grouplove and Portugal. The Man! Rides to and from the show on Friday, September 12 are also available from other locations in the District, MD, and VA. Transportation problems: solved! 

Follow Rock & Bus on Facebook and Twitter for information on rides for future Merriweather shows! 

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Victoria Gastro Pub
Need a place to grub and imbibe (if you’re of age) before your next Merriweather show? Look no further than Columbia’s own Victoria Gastro Pub!
Located thirteen minutes from Merriweather on Snowden River Parkway, Victoria Gastro Pub offers innovative twists on classic pub fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Its dinner menu features, for example, duck fat fries with roasted aioli and truffle sea salt, which serve as the perfect precursor to Victoria’s own Allagash-White-beer-battered fish and chips. Wash it all down with your pick from this fresh, intoxicating draft list. 
Be sure to follow Victoria Gastro Pub on Facebook and Twitter by Monday, when they’ll be announcing a giveaway for a pair of Route 29 lawn tickets! Doesn’t brunch at Victoria’s, followed by a day at Merriweather with Trampled by Turtles, Trombone Shorty, Iron & Wine, and more sounds just perfect?
-Madelyn Dutt

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Victoria Gastro Pub

Need a place to grub and imbibe (if you’re of age) before your next Merriweather show? Look no further than Columbia’s own Victoria Gastro Pub!

Located thirteen minutes from Merriweather on Snowden River Parkway, Victoria Gastro Pub offers innovative twists on classic pub fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Its dinner menu features, for example, duck fat fries with roasted aioli and truffle sea salt, which serve as the perfect precursor to Victoria’s own Allagash-White-beer-battered fish and chips. Wash it all down with your pick from this fresh, intoxicating draft list

Be sure to follow Victoria Gastro Pub on Facebook and Twitter by Monday, when they’ll be announcing a giveaway for a pair of Route 29 lawn tickets! Doesn’t brunch at Victoria’s, followed by a day at Merriweather with Trampled by Turtles, Trombone Shorty, Iron & Wine, and more sounds just perfect?

-Madelyn Dutt

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Big 100.3
Billed as “Washington, DC’s bigger, better classic rock station,” Big 100.3 plays late ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s hits. From AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” to Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House,” the station’s DJs consistently have us reaching to turn up the volume dial and rock out. 
Big 100.3’s celebrating one of our favorite classic rock bands, ZZ Top, by giving twenty lucky listeners an awesome, ZZ-themed prize package. Winners and their guests will attend the “Chrome, Smoke, and BBQ” VIP experience at Merriweather the day of our ZZ Top & Jeff Beck with Gary Clark, Jr. show. The experience includes: a pre-show barbecue with food catered by Urban BBQ; the chance to snag an autographed Chrome, Smoke & BBQ boxset; and tickets to the show. Pretty rockin’, no?
Tune in to Big 100.3 from August 19 to August 29 for your chance to win this unforgettable VIP experience! 
See ZZ Top & Jeff Beck with Gary Clark, Jr. at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 3!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Big 100.3

Billed as “Washington, DC’s bigger, better classic rock station,” Big 100.3 plays late ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s hits. From AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” to Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House,” the station’s DJs consistently have us reaching to turn up the volume dial and rock out. 

Big 100.3’s celebrating one of our favorite classic rock bands, ZZ Top, by giving twenty lucky listeners an awesome, ZZ-themed prize package. Winners and their guests will attend the “Chrome, Smoke, and BBQ” VIP experience at Merriweather the day of our ZZ Top & Jeff Beck with Gary Clark, Jr. show. The experience includes: a pre-show barbecue with food catered by Urban BBQ; the chance to snag an autographed Chrome, Smoke & BBQ boxset; and tickets to the show. Pretty rockin’, no?

Tune in to Big 100.3 from August 19 to August 29 for your chance to win this unforgettable VIP experience! 

See ZZ Top & Jeff Beck with Gary Clark, Jr. at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 3!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: California Tortilla
You love burritos. We love burritos. Ed Sheeran loves burritos. And, boy, does our partner California Tortilla make delicious ones! 
Given the unanimous appreciation, we’ve teamed up with the masters of fast-casual Mexican to give you free tickets to see burrito enthusiast Ed Sheeran at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 6! Check out California Tortilla’s latest edition of Taco Talk for all the deets and your chance to win.
While we’re on the subject of free things, get a load of this: On Tuesday, August 12, California Tortilla is giving away free tacos. All you’ve got to do is say “Cal Tort Rocks” at the register. We’ll see you in line.

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: California Tortilla

You love burritos. We love burritos. Ed Sheeran loves burritos. And, boy, does our partner California Tortilla make delicious ones! 

Given the unanimous appreciation, we’ve teamed up with the masters of fast-casual Mexican to give you free tickets to see burrito enthusiast Ed Sheeran at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 6! Check out California Tortilla’s latest edition of Taco Talk for all the deets and your chance to win.

While we’re on the subject of free things, get a load of this: On Tuesday, August 12, California Tortilla is giving away free tacos. All you’ve got to do is say “Cal Tort Rocks” at the register. We’ll see you in line.

SHOW PREVIEW: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man
Indie rock labelmates Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, both under Atlantic Records, are making their way to Merriweather Post Pavillion this September. Now, in Grouplove’s case, that is rather impressive since, under a year ago, they played a set at U Street Music Hall. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a difference in capacity of almost 19,000 people! Both Grouplove and Portugal. The Man having been hitting festivals across the U.S. the last few summers and growing to play larger venues, such as Merriweather.
Even if you think you’ve never heard of Grouplove, you’ve probably heard Grouplove. Their song, “Tongue Tied,” among others, has been all over TV and other mediums, and is too catchy for you not to remember at least the hook. Lead vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi wow audiences with their remarkable dynamics that perfectly compliment each other, luring everyone to sing along. You’re sure to be enthralled by their vigorous, energetic live performance. 
Portugal. The Man’s latest album, released last June, was produced by Danger Mouse, a Grammy-nominated producer who is a member of Broken Bells, was a past member of Gnarls Barkley, and has produced albums for Beck, Black Keys, and Gorillaz. They are led by their frontman, John Gourley, and there’s usually one thing that people notice about him right off the bat - he is almost always singing in falsetto. What really amazes people about this is how badass he is able to make falsetto sound. Overall, many of their songs are lots of fun and easy to dance to, especially in concert. But also, as they get down into the deeper tracks of any of their seven studio albums, the audience will be blown away by the amount of serious power they can bring.
-Alec Moss
Catch Grouplove and Portugal. The Man at Merriweather on September 12th.

SHOW PREVIEW: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man

Indie rock labelmates Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, both under Atlantic Records, are making their way to Merriweather Post Pavillion this September. Now, in Grouplove’s case, that is rather impressive since, under a year ago, they played a set at U Street Music Hall. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a difference in capacity of almost 19,000 people! Both Grouplove and Portugal. The Man having been hitting festivals across the U.S. the last few summers and growing to play larger venues, such as Merriweather.

Even if you think you’ve never heard of Grouplove, you’ve probably heard Grouplove. Their song, “Tongue Tied,” among others, has been all over TV and other mediums, and is too catchy for you not to remember at least the hook. Lead vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi wow audiences with their remarkable dynamics that perfectly compliment each other, luring everyone to sing along. You’re sure to be enthralled by their vigorous, energetic live performance. 

Portugal. The Man’s latest album, released last June, was produced by Danger Mouse, a Grammy-nominated producer who is a member of Broken Bells, was a past member of Gnarls Barkley, and has produced albums for Beck, Black Keys, and Gorillaz. They are led by their frontman, John Gourley, and there’s usually one thing that people notice about him right off the bat - he is almost always singing in falsetto. What really amazes people about this is how badass he is able to make falsetto sound. Overall, many of their songs are lots of fun and easy to dance to, especially in concert. But also, as they get down into the deeper tracks of any of their seven studio albums, the audience will be blown away by the amount of serious power they can bring.

-Alec Moss

Catch Grouplove and Portugal. The Man at Merriweather on September 12th.

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: HBO Screen on the Green
Summers in the District mean three things - heat, humidity, and heaps of free, fun cultural events. One of our favorites is HBO’s Screen on the Green, an outdoor movie series on the National Mall. Every Monday night from July 21 to August 11, bring your friends, blankets, and picnic baskets to stake your spot on “America’s front yard” for a monumental movie-going experience.
Since this summer’s series spotlights classic films like The Karate Kid and Lover Come Back, we’ve partnered with HBO to give you tickets to see two classic singer-songwriters - Beck and David Gray! Stay tuned to HBO’s Facebook page and the #HBOScreenontheGreen Twitter hashtag on July 21 and 28 for your chance to attend these Merriweather Post Pavilion shows for free. 
-Madelyn Dutt (@MaddyDutt)
Beck will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 24.
David Gray will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 7. 

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: HBO Screen on the Green

Summers in the District mean three things - heat, humidity, and heaps of free, fun cultural events. One of our favorites is HBO’s Screen on the Green, an outdoor movie series on the National Mall. Every Monday night from July 21 to August 11, bring your friends, blankets, and picnic baskets to stake your spot on “America’s front yard” for a monumental movie-going experience.

Since this summer’s series spotlights classic films like The Karate Kid and Lover Come Back, we’ve partnered with HBO to give you tickets to see two classic singer-songwriters - Beck and David Gray! Stay tuned to HBO’s Facebook page and the #HBOScreenontheGreen Twitter hashtag on July 21 and 28 for your chance to attend these Merriweather Post Pavilion shows for free. 

-Madelyn Dutt (@MaddyDutt)

Beck will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 24.

David Gray will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 7

CONTEST: Premiere Beard Competition 
Check out those beards. Think you can compete, or are you a little too big for your britches? Let our followers decide! Show us what you got by sending us a photo of your beard to contests@930.com OR post to our social networks tagging Merriweather Post Pavilion. We’ll collect them all and put them in a Facebook photo album, and the photo with the greatest number of likes and comments wins! You’ll win a pair of pavilion tickets to the show, and a badass prize package including a signed ZZ Top vinyl and a bottle of bourbon from a local DC distillery! Now, let the burliest beard win!
We will be accepting submissions through July 25. Winner will be selected August 1.

CONTEST: Premiere Beard Competition 

Check out those beards. Think you can compete, or are you a little too big for your britches? Let our followers decide! Show us what you got by sending us a photo of your beard to contests@930.com OR post to our social networks tagging Merriweather Post Pavilion. We’ll collect them all and put them in a Facebook photo album, and the photo with the greatest number of likes and comments wins! You’ll win a pair of pavilion tickets to the show, and a badass prize package including a signed ZZ Top vinyl and a bottle of bourbon from a local DC distillery! Now, let the burliest beard win!

We will be accepting submissions through July 25. Winner will be selected August 1.

As those of you who attended already know, Thank You Fest rocked Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 26. For those of you who didn’t, these photos should be evidence enough. Don’t miss another chance to let the bass take you over at Mad Decent Block Party on August 1!

Thank you to house photographer Joseph Schaefer for capturing the evening—check out the rest of the photos here!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: All Things Go
If you love all things music, go straight to our friendly neighborhood music blog, All Things Go. What began as a locally based entity has since expanded to New York City as well, with ties to Neon Gold Records and involvement in artist development, management, and promotion. Pretty cool, right? We love to see the little guys succeed. Keep up with them for the latest and greatest in all genres of music, as well as killer ticket giveaways from us! Right now you can snag a pair of lawn tickets to Thursday’s Queens of the Stone Age show at Merriweather Post Pavilion—don’t snooze on it!
-Mandy Brownholtz
Queens of the Stone Age will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17.

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: All Things Go

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Queens of the Stone Age will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17.