D.C. Punk Archive Shows Return this Summer…on a Rooftop!


After the MLK Library closed in March for a three-year renovation, the excellent punk shows that took place in the basement have been on hiatus. But that break will come to an end sooner rather than later, as the library will bring back its Punk Archive concert series to a sweet new rooftop spot.

The newly-opened Woodridge Neighborhood Library in Northeast D.C. will host the first show of the summer on June 14. It’s the first library in the city to have a rooftop terrace, a prime spot to watch some of D.C.’s finest bands perform. Kicking off the rooftop series is Elliott Levin Quartet–featuring David Hotep (Sun Ra Arkestra), Luke Stewart and Nate Scheible–along with weed tree.

According to librarian Maggie Gilmore, who helps organize the D.C. Public Library’s concert programming, the Punk Archive shows will be held at Woodridge through Aug. 9 before moving to another location.

If you plan on going to the June 14 show, make sure to get there early–the capacity for this one is only 70 people, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, it’s a free, all-ages event.

Woodridge Neighborhood Library is located at 1801 Hamlin Street NE, D.C. Doors 6 p.m./FREE