Best Local County for Music

Prince George’s County
While Montgomery County is planning a “Task Force on the Night Time Economy” to study ways to reinvigorate its music and after-hours scenes, Prince George’s County has quietly become the best place to see live music outside of D.C.—without organizing a single committee meeting to serve that goal. The county’s liquor board has shut down establishments linked to violence, but the venues that remain offer a diverse, vital set of options. The large Hyattsville nightclub Cococabana has been booking a who’s-who in Latin entertainment, from the reggaeton of Zion & Lennox to the salsa music of El Gran Combo. In rock, DJs at the University of Maryland’s WMUC have been busy booking indie-pop gigs at a house in College Park called The Cottage. The intimate Harmony Hall in Fort Washington has featured old-school soul from the likes of local girl group The Jewels. The Crossroads in Bladensburg offers reggae dancehall, while go-go lives at the Tradewinds in Temple Hills and other spots. Not impressed by D.C.’s live music scene? Try crossing the city’s eastern border.