Play at the Cafe!


The New Deal Cafe is a multiple award-winning, not-for-profit, community-owned cooperative in the heart Old Greenbelt, Maryland. We have live performances six nights a week. Performers are compensated with tips, a complimentary meal (soup/chili and a side) and 2 drinks.

Only bands that can provide audio or video recordings, from a live performance or recording session, can be booked at New Deal. We need to hear ya first, so we can learn more about your band!

*Please note that we receive many applications and the music coordinator thoroughly researches each band to make sure they will be successful at the Cafe. Applying does not guarantee a show at New Deal Cafe. Due to the volume of applications, the time it takes to thoroughly vet each application, and the advanced nature of scheduling, the music coordinator may not have show times to offer for weeks or months once the application is received.* Please do not call the cafe regarding booking requests. To follow up on an application, please reach out to .

Recent Awards:

2023 – WAMMIE (The DMV Region’s Premiere Music Awards) Finalist for Best Music Venue 

2022 – Voted 1st Place in The Washington City Paper’s “Reader’s Choice – Best Place to Experience Local Music“, 1st Place in The Washington City Paper’s “Reader’s Choice – Best Place to Have Dinner with Live Music”, Third Place in The Washington City Paper’s “Reader’s Choice – Best Jazz/Blues Venue”, Third Place in The Washington City Paper’s “Reader’s Choice – Best Music Venue”

2020 – Voted 1st Place in The Washington City Paper’s “Reader’s Choice – Best Place to Experience Local Music”; Runner Up in “Reader’s Choice – Best Music Venue”; Runner Up in “Reader’s Choice – Best Place to Have Dinner With Live Music”.

2019 – Voted Runner Up in The Washington City Paper’s  “Reader’s Choice – Best Place To Experience Local Music”

2017 –  Selected as one of The Best 35 Folk Music Venues in the U.S.

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