Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton And The Go-Go’s Lead DC Jam Festival Line-up

After two years, Foo Fighters are bringing the Jam Fest back from California to Grohl’s formative stomping ground, DC.

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The Foo Fighters have revealed the line-up for their inaugural DC Jam Festival that includes Pharrell Williams, Chris Stapleton, The Go-Go’s, Band of Horses and more on 4 July at Landover, MD’s FedExField.

The one-day event – which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Foo Fighter’s debut album – has something for everyone, with an artist billing that not only spans the US but also a variety of genres. Joining the Foo Fighters will be power-pop pioneers The Go-Go’s, the award-winning tour-de-force Pharrell Williams, Nashville superstar Chris Stapleton and indie rockers Band of Horses.

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The stage will also play host to indie-pop act Beach Bunny, riot grrrls The Regrettes, soul quintet Durand Jones & The Indications and the punk-rock trio of brothers, Radkey. In addition to a day full of music, DC Jam will offer a variety of Independence Day-worthy activities, including a barbeque competition, a tailgate party, rides, games and more.

On 4 July 1995, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl unleashed the self-titled debut album from his new band, Foo Fighters, onto the world. 10 months prior, Grohl wrote and recorded a demo at his home studio, playing nearly all of the instrumental parts himself.

Initially intended as a therapeutic project to recover from the untimely death of his former bandmate, Kurt Cobain, the demo was shared among Grohl’s friends, under the anonymous name of “Foo Fighters”. The music was too good to stay underground, and the album was eventually released by Capitol Records. With encouragement from his friend Tom Petty, Grohl decided to put together a full-fledged band, and take his songs on the road.

Following its release, Foo Fighters became an alt.rock sensation around the globe. The album was certified platinum in the US, and produced several popular singles, including ‘This Is A Call’, ‘I’ll Stick Around’, and ‘Big Me’.

The group – whose current line-up consists of Grohl, the energetic drummer Taylor Hawkins, bassist Nate Mendel, keyboardist Rami Jaffee and guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett – have since released eight more studio albums, won a dozen Grammy Awards and sold millions of records worldwide. Late last year, the group announced that they are gearing up to release album number 10 this summer.

After two years, Foo Fighters are bringing the Jam Fest back from California to Grohl’s formative stomping ground, Washington DC.

Foo Fighters fan pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, 3 March at 12pm ET, while Chris Stapleton’s fan pre-sale will begin on Thursday, 5 March at 12pm ET.

Tickets for DC Jam Festival will go on sale to the public Friday 6 March at 10am ET. For pre-sales and other information, go to DCJamFest.com.

Visit the official festival site for ticket details.

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