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The Summer Sessions

DC’s live music scene turns up the heat in the summer. From jazz to bluegrass to swing, the music at these five venues will get you on your feet.

Bohemian Caverns

BOHEMIAN CAVERNS
This U Street Corridor club has been around in one form or another since 1926, not far from where jazz great Duke Ellington grew up. Order one of their many Belgian beers from the bar while you take in performances by nationally renowned jazz artists. DON’T MISS The Afro-Caribbean jazz of the Etienne Charles Quintet on July 19 and 20. $20 online, $25 at the door, bohemiancaverns.com

THE MANSION ON O STREET
This “mansion” is more of an eclectic hotel-art gallery-museum combo. Visitors can search for the 32 secret doors dispersed throughout the circa-1892 mansion and browse its archival music collection and charming vintage collection of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink tchotchkes. The mansion opens its doors nearly every weekend for a raucous performance on the first floor. DON’T MISS The afternoon (11am to 2pm) bluegrass jams on the first and third Sundays of every month (including this Sunday, July 21), when some of the top pickers in the mid-Atlantic come out to strut their stuff. Free, but advance tickets required, omansion.com

GLEN ECHO PARK
Nestled in the woods overlooking the Potomac River, this former amusement park—complete with a carousel and a bumper-car pavilion—is now a national park. And its large Spanish-style ballroom is the place for all manner of old-school social dances on weekends, from square dancing to swing. DON’T MISS The good ol’ contra and square dances every Sunday evening (7-10:30pm) put on by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Get there early for free dance lessons! $13, glenechopark.org/social-dances

BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB
This 1938 art deco theater in Bethesda’s main commercial district has just been restored to an old-school supper club. And, despite the name, you can catch everything from country to gospel acts here, as well as regular big-band dancing. DON’T MISS Guitar virtuoso and Berklee College of Music professor Steve Rochinski, who kicks off the weekend-long Maryland Summer Jazz festival, on July 23. $20, bethesdabluesjazz.com

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART SCULPTURE GARDEN
Every Friday at 5pm during the summer, the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden turns into a sunny open-air jazz club with its Jazz in the Garden series. Amid the great 20th century works of art, you can hear everything from Latin jazz to blusion jazz, while sampling food from the outdoor grill and gelato cart. DON’T MISS Euphonasia, a quartet specializing in all manner of euphonium jazz-rock fusion, on July 19. Free, nga.gov