April 21 Concerts and Live Music Events in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

This day's live music events are listed below. If you would like more information about how we describe the concerts, an explanation is at the bottom of the page, as is a description of our live music categories. You can scroll through this page or click on the following links to jump to a specific music category:  Jazz & Blues,   Classical,   Rock & Pop,   Americana,   Potpourri  (note that not every day has music in every category).

Jazz & Blues


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“Diggin’ Up My Roots” (CD Release) - Greg Hatza, organ; Peter Fraize, sax; Brian Kooken, guitar; Robert Shahid, drums. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Greg Hatza’s musical instincts came to him as early and as naturally as the ability to walk, and he was picking out blues and boogie woogie tunes on the piano around age four before starting formal lessons shortly thereafter. The Hammond B-3 became his life’s obsession as a teenager, when a friend turned him on to records by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Ray Charles, and Johnny Hammond Smith. His first professional gig on the instrument came when he was 16, with the Frankie Scott Trio, where he played around small towns in central Pennsylvania.

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Enjoy the lovely sounds of pianist Michael Price, DC's own jazz phenom.

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Cabasa - Brazilian Jazz

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Avram Fefer is a distinctive voice on the three major jazz reeds, as well as Bb and bass clarinet. West African, electro-acoustic and trip-hop, all inform Fefer’s sense of movement and swing. West-coast born, Fefer has lived abroad in Sweden and Paris, followed by residences in Pittsburgh and Washington DC and Seattle. Fefer’s musical associations are many, and include Archie Shepp, Kirk Lightsey, Sunny Murray, Adam Rudolph's Organic Orchestra, David Murray Big Band, Butch Morris Orchestra, Joseph Bowie Big Band,Mingus Big Band, among others. Michael Bisio is a seasoned improviser and leader in his own right, and helped to inaugurate TransP in its first performance in July of 1997, in duet with reedist Joe McPhee at the now closed ‘Food for Thought’. Bisio also extends the traditional jazz piano-bass-drums trio via ‘Art of the Improvisers’, with pianist Matthew Shipp. Michael and Avram have been playing together off and on for 25 years. Their musical rapport is unmistakable!

  -♪-   $20.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Enjoy fine dining set to the sweet sounds of live piano and bass by local jazz artists Gary Rowe and Eddie Eatmon. Gary and Eddie perform until 11:00.

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Saxophonist Herb Scott takes the stage.

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Katie Kuffel is singer-songwriter based in Seattle, Washington. With a contemporary sound that draws from blues, jazz and folk music, she writes her own innovative and thoughtful material. Her background in classical cello and jazz piano helps her to merge complex lyrics with a wholly unique sound.

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Lizz Wright has been the recipient of nonstop critical acclaim and ever-increasing audiences ever since her Verve debut. Like so many vocal greats, Lizz began her singing in the church. For her it was a small church in Hahira, Georgia where her father served as musical director and where she soaked up the sounds of songs of faith. She was also surrounded by varied types of secular music at home especially jazz and soul. Wright moved to Atlanta in the late 90s to attend Georgia State University and began singing classical repertoire under Dr. Dwight Coleman. She also began singing jazz, both solo and as part of the popular local group In The Spirit. She made a name for herself in other parts of the country in 2002 as part of a touring concert tribute to Billie Holiday, where her poised, emotive performance stole the show.

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Barely 2 weeks after setting foot on American soil for the 1st time, Roberta surprised the Jazz world by finishing 3rd in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. With this recognition as a springboard, and the assistance of some of the Greatest musicians of the world, who immediately appreciated her talent, and invited her to perform with them, she quickly became a fixture on the International Jazz circuit, appearing in Major Concert Halls, Festivals, & Clubs around the globe.( Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl etc.) As a result Roberta has had the good fortune to appear in concert & record with such Giants as Dave Brubeck, James Moody, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock and many more! ¤

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Anna Webber (reeds), one of the most exciting new musicians in the avant-garde jazz scene, leads a trio featuring John Hollenbeck (drums) and Matt Mitchell (piano) in the debut of her latest album, SIMPLE, described as her best work yet by the New York Times.

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For the past 25 years Brian has built a reputation and following in the Washington DC vicinity and across the country. He has a total of five independently produced CDs to his credit It was back in 2006 that his solo project 'Inspirations Volume 1' hit the streets to show off a decidedly spiritual side of his musical persona and although a seasonal offering, 'A Saxy Christmas', followed in 2008 with a holiday flavor that is simply Brian! Brian stepped center stage and took the jazz world storm, literally with 'Eye Of The Storm' that unlocked his undoubted flair for R & B tinged contemporary jazz. “Eye of the Storm” charted to number 14 on Billboard, which is unheard of for an independently produced project.

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Peter Edelman, bandleader and pianist, accompanied by bass and drums, forms the nucleus of jam sessions at Columbia Station. They feature the finest local and national musicians, some of whom have performed with such greats as Butch Warren, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Roland Kirk, Barney Kessel, Bobby Timmons, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo, Shirley Horn, and Philly Joe Jones. Peter Edelman Trio performs a repertoire of jazz and American standards, Latin, originals, jazz/rock and blues, and regularly features guest horn players, guitarists, jazz vocalists, and percussionists.

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Quill in-house pianist, Peter Robinson.

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Luis Faife Quartet ¤ An Afro-Cuban saxophonist of acrid panache and fierce volatility, Faife is a regular presence on the clubs scene in both D.C. and New York, and he has put together an impressive résumé. He’s played at international festivals in the United States, Cuba, France, Switzerland and elsewhere, while always retaining a personal artistic conception that unites his upbringing in Holguin, Cuba, with the American jazz that’s always captured his imagination. ¤ Luis Faife " Tribute to Ancestors " An Exploration of Afrocuban Rythms in Jazz Music... Luis Faife - saxophones, flute, Bandleader  Evan Samuels - electric guitar Taurus Mateen - bass Allen Jones - drums Rafael Monteagudo - batá drums, percussion

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In operation for nearly 50 years, the New Vegas Lounge is a DC institution preceded by its reputation for great music. The Out of Town Blues Band is comprised of lead vocalists Jimmy Johnson and the venerable Dr. Blues as well as a 7-piece rhythm and blues band that includes a saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboardist, percussionist, and a bass & lead guitarist. It is comprised of an eclectic group of professional road musicians who have worked in the past with the likes of the late great Wilson Pickett, Gene Chandler, The Delfonics, Solomon Burke, Heat Wave, and Johnny Taylor, just to name a few.

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Jojo offers blues and Motown every Friday night, from 10:00pm to 2:00am.

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Bandleader Eric Culberson has been playing music virtually all his life. Growing up in a family of musicians, he was drawn to his father’s acoustic guitar at the age of six — and before he’d even finished First Grade, had discovered a love for public performance: at a holiday party he entertained his classmates with a rendition of the Christmas classic “Silent Night,” and has never looked back. Before too long, this Southeast Ga. native had been turned on to such legendary rock acts as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and found that what thrilled and inspired him the most was also the common denominator between them all: the blues. With guidance from friends and family, Culberson traced the artistic roots of his rock and roll heroes, and found himself immersed in the recordings and histories of such fabled guitar-slinging bluesmen as Son Seals, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and –perhaps most notably– the three Kings: B.B., Albert and Freddy.

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Barely 2 weeks after setting foot on American soil for the 1st time, Roberta surprised the Jazz world by finishing 3rd in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. With this recognition as a springboard, and the assistance of some of the Greatest musicians of the world, who immediately appreciated her talent, and invited her to perform with them, she quickly became a fixture on the International Jazz circuit, appearing in Major Concert Halls, Festivals, & Clubs around the globe.( Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl etc.) As a result Roberta has had the good fortune to appear in concert & record with such Giants as Dave Brubeck, James Moody, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock and many more! ¤

  -♪-   $35.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



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The Donvonte McCoy Quintet is a DC-based music group with roots deeply influenced by hard-bop jazz. Headed by trumpeter Donvonte McCoy, the band plays all styles that groove!

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Joe Falero's mind is full of new ideas. The clave, rhythms and melodies provide him with the musical ingredients to take any tune and apply his personal touch. "Innovator" is the word that better describe this musician. You can feel it in every performance where his band delivers an electrifying show. Their music makes you dance and enjoy every single tune that they play. On his new CD you will hear the magic of his original tunes and his way to take a classic tune and put it on the next level. Joe uses all the Latin flavor's to create his own mix of Salsa and Jazz. That it is why he is !Mr. SalsaJazz!

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Luis Faife Quartet ¤ An Afro-Cuban saxophonist of acrid panache and fierce volatility, Faife is a regular presence on the clubs scene in both D.C. and New York, and he has put together an impressive résumé. He’s played at international festivals in the United States, Cuba, France, Switzerland and elsewhere, while always retaining a personal artistic conception that unites his upbringing in Holguin, Cuba, with the American jazz that’s always captured his imagination. ¤ Luis Faife " Tribute to Ancestors " An Exploration of Afrocuban Rythms in Jazz Music... Luis Faife - saxophones, flute, Bandleader  Evan Samuels - electric guitar Taurus Mateen - bass Allen Jones - drums Rafael Monteagudo - batá drums, percussion

  -♪-   $15.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Classical


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The Friday Morning Music Club presents another free concert in the Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series. Program TBA.

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In a return engagement, Levine's most dedicated and talented students in the Honors Program present a Chamber Recital at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Each year Honors students ages 8-18 are selected through an application, audition, and interview process to represent Levine as the school's "Musical Ambassadors." Throughout the year, Honors students perform together throughout the DC area, participate in workshops and theory classes together, go on field trips, and rehearse together in chamber ensembles. This recital showcases their hard work in their chamber ensembles throughout the 2016-2017 school year, and concludes with a reception. Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Please bring a photo ID to enter the embassy.

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This AU Workshop concert focuses on one of Amy Williams’ newest large ensemble works and a number of chamber works. Williams writes with a modern aesthetic that borrows from a variety of musical styles in a uniquely American way. Her music is informed by her work as an active contemporary pianist.

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Who is ready for a Fauré foray by legendary cellist Steven Isserlis and Canadian artist Connie Shih? The program is filled with gems from the familiar to the Martin-new, including a work composed by Thomas Adès for Isserlis. Program: SHOSTAKOVICH - Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, op. 40; MARTINŮ - Sonata no. 1 for cello and piano, H. 277; HAHN - Deux improvisations sur des airs irlandais; FAURÉ - Romance, op. 69, Sérénade, op. 98, Élégie, op. 24; ADÈS - Lieux retrouvés

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Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Zakir Hussain performs his new concerto Peshkar with the NSO conducted by Cristian Macelaru . The program also features santoor player Rahul Sharma , who joins Hussain for a unique world music duet . The evening also includes a wide and worldly array of pre- and post-show entertainment. Arrive early for a 6 p.m. Millennium Stage raga concert with Brooklyn Raga Massive featuring pure classical ragas from India and contemporary adaptations in America. While standing on the shoulders of giants like Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, BRM will present original visions of raga music, reflective of the group's experiences with communities and cultures from across the world.

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Rock & Pop


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A three piece out of DC, Calm and Crisis delivers wild, dynamic live performances with an in your face attitude coupled with introspective lyrics and relatable stories. A perfect mix of punk and indie rock, this group doesn't shy away from stripping their music down to it's bare bones. Calm and Crisis never hesitates to push themselves or their audiences, embracing the spirit of what live music can be.

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Suttle Thoughts, which plays a mix of jazz, funk, gospel, neo soul, go-go, hip-hop, and rap, performs at 11:00; TBA opens at 7:00.

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Surfer Blood's fourth album, Snowdonia, (in stores Feb 3, 2017) is a return to their DIY recording roots, and at the same time, an ambitious step forward, musically and lyrically. Along with plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature catchy pop hooks, the band also concocted several epic and more complex songs with enormous attention to sonic detail. John Paul Pitts wrote and mixed the album alone, for the first time since their debut Astro Coast. The immediacy is intoxicating and the results are fantastic. Surfer Blood get better and better with each album, and we’re betting that they’ll be making great records for many years to come. Surfer Blood are a magnificent indie rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida that formed when guitarist/vocalist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz started playing better-than-great musical notes together in Dreyfoos High School.

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Chris Brown comes to DC in his "The Party Tour"

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Drive-By Truckers. With: Hiss Golden Messenger. Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with AMERICAN BAND, they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. A powerful and legitimately provocative work, hard edged and finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band – a Southern American band – speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers’ own anger, discontent, and frustration with societal disintegration and the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century.

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Parachute’s Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Christopher “Kit” French (saxophone, keyboards) spent nearly every afternoon in Anderson’s basement, dreaming up songs showing a deep affinity for classic pop, heart-felt rock, and tuneful blue-eyed soul. Now, after a decade of touring internationally and turning out smash singles like “She is Love” (#1 at iTunes) and “Can’t Help” (the first single from the band’s 2013 album Overnight, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 chart), Parachute are set to deliver a new album that reclaims the spirit that first sparked their love of music. “Making this record felt just like that one hour after school when we were kids,” says Anderson of Wide Awake, the band’s fourth full-length album.

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Frank & Tony are a pair we in the DC dance music community are very familiar with, as their ongoing love-affair with the District is well documented. Co-founders of the Scissor and Thread label, they are true connoisseurs of the deep house tradition, as well as talented curators from behind the DJ booth with a knack for seamlessly combining disparate sounds to satisfy even the most discerning of heads. We are honored to host them Friday, April 21st for Punch Drunk Love.

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T & J. Composed of Jose Garcia-Paine and Tony Molina, T&J is a live acoustic world pop duo driven by Jose’s power vocals and Tony’s guitar/percussive style. When it comes to pop melodies, it will be difficult to find anything similar to what T & J have created in the mountains of Colorado. Unique guitar riffs and powerful vocals combine to create a musical style as unique as it is powerful. Lyrically, T & J inherit from the vast pop music tradition to send a variety of messages full of personal and universal meaning. They just released this EP titled “Moon Over Corona.”

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Choose Your Own Adventure features a rotating cast of badass rock wizards and funk preachers, fabricating new and unexpected grooves around every turn. They also take requests - turn to page 46 or 32, but choose wisely...

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Happy Abandon is an orchestral indie rock band based in Chapel Hill and consisting of Peter Vance, Jake Waits, Alex Thompson, and Justin Ellis. Although the four members met as students at UNC in 2010, Happy Abandon didn’t form until early 2015. After significant legwork on the road and at home in 2016, the band is currently touring throughout the U.S. Toma and DC-based Bleach Bones open.

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When Nicholas Bortz & Seba Yuri played their first back to back set in April of 2015, something clicked. The in-booth chemistry between them was palpable, so they shortly created what is now known as Savage Patch. Since then, they've played all over the DC area, including the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, and Echostage, as well as their own headlining set in August of 2016 at Soundcheck. Savage Patch has also spread out past the DC area, appearing at Rams Head Live & Baltimore Soundstage, as well as numerous sets at Moonrise Festival.

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Sounding somewhere between Bob Schneider, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray, Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC Area and the East Coast since 2006 both solo and with his band “Justin Trawick and the Common Good.” Trawick has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Bob Schneider, Edwin McCain and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. Founder of “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast," Trawick has built a brand that extends beyond just being a musician local to DC. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his song “All the Places That I’ve Been," which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other records and EPs.

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Starting as an Acoustic Duo, Matthew Collins and Jason Pierce met at an Open Mic hosted in Pasadena, Maryland. The two went from jamming together to writing flawlessly. No longer than two weeks after, they met Brother Asa Tafari at The Depot in Baltimore. Since that day the seeds were planted and the uprising began. Troll Tribe made their first mark on February 21, 2014 at Rams Head Live. With the momentum of that first show the tribe grew and added the angelic voice of Amanda Hale. They have been playing constantly ever since.

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Americana


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Rob Flax is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Evanston, IL with a playful heart and an open mind. He has performed nationally and internationally with groups of many different styles, including opening for B.B. King and Tower of Power; collaborating with dancers and filmmakers; and working on several original projects. Rob is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory (M.M. 2012 – Contemporary Improvisation, Music In Education) and a dance accompanist at the Boston Conservatory. Round About is an original Washington, D.C.-area pop/rock band that has been performing locally since 2010. Their melodic pop combines quirky, perceptive lyrics with catchy, upbeat melodies to create a unique and accessible sound. Both of their albums feature songs that earned awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington. While Round About is typically a four-piece rock band, Patrick Garrity (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Aaron Lowenberger (lead guitar and vocals) are delighted to bring an acoustic duo format to Carroll Café.

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Chris Cassaday is a folk-funk singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Over the past 8 years, Chris has performed at hundreds of different venues in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida and even Hawaii. He attended James Madison University where he regularly performed as a solo acoustic act, as well as with several different bands. Chris also sang and played guitar for the popular Arlington based funk-blues-fusion band Micro Massive, who played over 60 shows at some of the best venues DC has to offer, including but not limited to: Gypsy Sally's, The Bullpen at National's Park, IOTA, and The Velvet Lounge. He released his first EP, "Split Decisions", on November 29th, 2014 available free for your downloading convenience at soundcloud.com/chriscassaday. Chris then independently released his second professionally recorded album "The Savannah Sessions" on May 25th, 2015 to widespread support and great reviews on iTunes and google play.

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Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years. Produced by Larry Campbell–who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others–Charismo sees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs.

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Known for the marble facades, majestic domes and white mansions comprising its landmarks, Washington, DC is nonetheless a gritty, hardscrabble city built on a hot marshland and swamped in confrontational politics. Like their home turf, the Highballers are as sharp dressed as any modern country act -- but go down more like Jim Beam than the Diet Pepsi flowing through today’s tame, corporate country scene. In the tradition of outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, not to mention mystics like Gram Parsons and the Knitters, the Highballers spin a web of country gold rooted the in the diverse backgrounds of their members and the free-spirited abandon of the fiercest gunslinger in the Wild West.

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Potpourri


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Josh Quillen has forged a unique identity in the contemporary music world as all-around percussionist, expert steel drum performer (praised as “softly sophisticated” by the New York Times), and composer. A member of the acclaimed ensemble So Percussion since 2006, Josh has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Lincoln Center Festival, Stanford Lively Arts, and dozens of other venues in the United States. An avid educator, Josh is a performer-in-residence at Princeton University with So Percussion, co-director of the percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and director of the New York University Steel Band. Composer and arranger Kendall Williams was born around the Trinidadian culture and adopted the country's national instrument, the steel pan. He received a Masters of Music Degree in Music Theory & Composition at NYU Steinhardt, where he also actively participated in the NYU Steel band under the leadership of Artist Faculty member Josh Quillen. (For directions to McNeir Hall, click on the "Georgetown University - McNeir Hall" link.)

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Indian Classical Music has touched the hearts of people from around the world. In Tradition to Innovation, Brooklyn Raga Massive takes you on a raga-music journey presenting pure classical ragas from India to contemporary adaptations in America. While standing on the shoulders of giants like Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, BRM will present their original visions of raga music, reflective of their experiences with communities and cultures from across the world.

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SAAM is excited to bring to DC an incredible collaboration, titled /’entrepē/, between artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas and Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington. Thomas is known for her work that explores notions of beauty, sexuality, and black female identity (may not be appropriate for all ages). Carrington will perform original music to accompany a video by Thomas, followed by a conversation and a Q&A.

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Hunter Lang is a singer/songwriter and pianist and has performed for senators, governors, and even the presidential family. Guests can look forward to Hunter’s interactive show, which delivers an emotional and physical performance. He and a guest pianist will "duel" at 9:00.

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The Dubliner offers live Irish music 7 nights a week. This night's artist is TBA, but is likely to be one of the Dubliner's "house musicians" - singer/songwriter Brian Gaffney; singer and member of Smoke and Mirrors Conor Malone; fiddler Morris Minor; former member of The Gaels and Brendan's Voyage Pat Garvey; or guitarist and sound-artist John McGrath.

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Since releasing their debut album on fort knox recordings in 2011, nappy riddemhas been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dance floor. Started by mustafa akbar and rex riddem, nappy riddem has expanded into a six-piece band, whose live show is engaging and compelling, getting the crowd moving and grooving with a smile on their faces. In 2013 nappy riddem released "the rock steady ep" and was awarded "best reggae recording" by the washington area music association, in 2014. Nappy riddem stepped out of the studio to focus on touring. They've toured up and down the east coast as well as texas, colorado and california. Nappy riddem has headlined world famous venues like the 9:30 club and brooklyn bowl.

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College Night Open Mic! A Busboys and Poetry Event Every third Friday of the month. For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of college students voices and a vast array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, comedians and other talents from freshmen to graduate students. Each month, we feature a different college/university or an individual alumni artist. A great alternative to the college night life! Audience is open to all, college students are encouraged to share their work!

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Penn Social offers live music on most Friday and Saturday nights, but rarely offers much advance notice about who's playing. So... if you wanna roll the dice, head on down. Otherwise, you might wanna see if they've provided some last-minute info via social (click on "TBA" for their Facebook page) before you pop over.

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"Twirly Whirly Burly-Q is a touring burlesque troupe bringing you a burlesque extravaganza straight out of the days of old New York! Experience the nostalgia of old burlesque and the excitement of avant-garde theater. Brought to you by an entirely female creative team, this show celebrates sensuality, sexuality, the female form and good old-fashioned girl-power. *This event is 21+* "

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Join Mr. Smith's superstar "Piano Man" Jon Adelson for a sing-along piano bar.

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DC reggae! IRITS is a band that moves with the teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.

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Sauf Haus generally offers live music on Fridays at 10:00. Most shows are free, but occasionally there is a cover charge. Updates of the Sauf Haus music calendar are unreliable, however, so...

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Alfredo Mojica is a cornerstone of the DC salsa community. Born in Central America, he is a consummate percussionist and vocalist who began performing at a tender age with such legends in the field as Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, El Gran Combo, Ray Barretto, and others. Watching Alfredo move flawlessly between timbales, congas, or bongos while belting out salsa classics in his own amorous and heart-jolting style is quite a thing to behold.

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We all have that one outfit buried somewhere in our closet or in our imagination. You know what i'm talking about: that regal fur coat, that statement gown, that neck-breaking suit. That crazy, over-the-top fit that you know in your soul you would absolutely stop the show in. . . If only there were a worthy show to come out to stop. This is that show; this is that party. And you'll be in good company. Four hours of obnoxious opulence, extreme extravagance, and just doing the fucking most. But make no mistake, this is not a sophisticated affair. We ‘bout to be lit. Get flossy. The interdimensional player's ball is here. The djs: mane squeeze as "tropicana playagetta paycheck" little bacon bear as "el tocino oso" the host: sugg savage as "shoshana aka sho' nuff" the special guests: moody as "samn saddy" notkosi as "dr. .

...read more...   -♪-   $15 - $20   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Map of Today’s Live Music

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Our Music Categories:

Each day’s concerts are broken down into five categories – “jazz and blues,” “classical,” “rock and pop,” “Americana,” and “potpourri.”  Now and then we’ll probably accidentally toss stuff into the wrong category (sorry about that!) – some acts are hard to categorize, and some acts will be new to us and we’ll simply mislabel them.  So if you aren’t finding anything to your liking in your category of choice, be sure to look in all of the categories.   Our categories are as follows:

  • “Jazz and Blues” includes all styles of jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and gospel.
  • “Classical” includes orchestral music, chamber music, opera, etc.
  • “Rock and Pop” is a pretty wide-ranging category, covering everything from lite rock to heavy metal – rock, pop, punk, ska, alternative, hip-hop, rap, grunge, funk, metal, etc., etc. – it’s all in here.
  • “Americana” includes Americana (duh), bluegrass, folk, country, etc.
  • “Potpourri” is our polite way of saying “other.”  It’s music that isn’t prevalent enough in the District to warrant its own category, and that doesn’t really fit in any of the other categories.  This includes world music, holiday music, marches, sing-alongs, throat singing, etc., as well as open mic nights (since open mic nights are like a box of chocolate).  Some incredible music falls into this category, so don’t skip over it.

Some notes about the listings:

  • "Free" ain't necessarily free! Naturally, if you're seeing a band at a bar or restaurant, there's an expectation that you buy something (and some venues do have minimums). And if the band has a tip jar, PLEASE TIP GENEROUSLY!!!!
  • The prices that are listed are the base prices. For some large events, the prices for the premium seats may be quite a bit higher.  Occasionally, fees will be added to the ticket price that is listed.  On the other hand, some venues may offer discounts for seniors, youths, students, military, and/or members of the organization, or may offer a lower price if tickets are pre-purchased.
  • "Local musicians" means that at least one of the acts on the bill is from the DC metro area. It's not always the headline act.
  • If we become aware that a concert is sold out, we’ll update our information (we usually just remove the event), BUT – some of these events are added to our calendar weeks ahead of time, so for popular performers you should check to make sure that the event is not sold out.
  • ALL of the listings are in Washington, DC, itself – at this point we are not listing events that take place outside of the District.
  • We only list live music events – this can get a bit fuzzy with DJs. If we know that DJs are creating something new and unique with their mixing, we'll list them; if we know that the DJs are playing the music of others without significant reinvention, we won't list them; if we're clueless (which is too often the case), we'll usually default to listing them.
  • Not all of the live music events that we list are solely concerts. If there is an activity, such as a festival, that includes live music as one of its components, we're gonna toss it into the mix, even if the music is not the primary focus of the activity.
  • Each listing includes a link to an artist or event page, and most include a link to either the venue's website or the venue’s description on the District Concerts site.  Some events include links to external sites for buying tickets or music by the artist.  WE NEVER ADD ANY FEES VIA THESE LINKS - any additional fees that are added are added by the venue or the ticket vendor and are inescapable unless you buy the tickets at the box office.  Please note that we try to link to an artist’s most recent album, but it’s not always the music that will be performed at the event.  For classical music, the link may be to either music by the artist or to one of the pieces that is to be played that night.
  • Some musicians aren’t really clock-watchers.  For some concerts, a “7:00” start time means that the first note is played at 7:00 or 7:01.  For other concerts, a “7:00” start time could mean 8:00 or later.  If a venue lists both a "doors open" time and a "music starts" time, we'll list the latter.  If a venue lists only a "doors open" time, we'll list that, even though it could be a while before the music actually starts.
  • We rely on the information that is provided by the venues – if a venue makes a mistake, we’ll probably pass that mistake along to you.  (Oh, boy!)

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