Friday Groove: Dave Grohl Announces D.C. Jam Festival for July 4

This article was originally published in The UB Post on March 6, 2020.

Poster for the upcoming D.C. Jam. Photo: Washington Redskins

Earlier this week, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl announced plans for D.C. Jam, a new one-day music festival to be held at FedEx Field in Landover, MD on the Fourth of July.

In 2017, Grohl revived Cal Jam, a short lived music festival from the mid-1970’s. The revival was a major success, and it had been long-speculated that Grohl, a DC native, might bring a similar festival to the east coast. The inaugural festival included acts like Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant and Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame. The second festival in 2018 included Iggy Pop, Tenacious D and a Nirvana reunion, including surviving Nirvana members Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as touring guitarist Pat Smear, who later became a guitarist with Foo Fighters.

Chris Stapleton (Left), Dave Grohl (Center) and Pharrell (Right) are all set to play at D.C. Jam. Photo: Rolling Stone

The festival is set to include a number of acts, including Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Pharrell and Band of Horses. In addition to the many music performances, there will be a world-class barbecue competition, rides, games and tailgating.

July 4, 2020 is also a special anniversary for Grohl and Foo Fighters: it is the 25th anniversary of their debut self-titled album. That first record started as a one-man (Grohl) solo project in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s suicide and the breakup of Nirvana, where Grohl was a drummer. 25 years later, Foo Fighters have turned into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

Pre-sale tickets went on sale earlier this week, with public sale beginning today. Ticket pricesseem affordable, starting at only $50, which is cheap compared to most other concerts and music festivals these days. 

Tony Sheaffer is a staff writer at the UB Post who writes a weekly music column, Friday Groove.

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