Best Intimate-Concert Provider

Sofar Sounds
Those tired of big-name bands, prices, and crowds at 9:30 Club or Verizon Center need not leave D.C. to have a memorable music experience. In fact, they may not even need to leave their neighborhoods. Promising live local gigs and talent, Sofar Sounds organizes intimate gatherings in more than 300 cities worldwide, including the District. People apply to attend shows and Sofar determines who gets to attend. Once accepted, each person can buy up to three tickets for shows that typically feature three artists. The venues tend to be small—think of it like a house show organized online. A recent concert, for example, was hosted at &pizza’s support office in Capitol Hill. (There wasn’t pizza, sadly.) Adding to the house-show feel, shows are normally BYOB.