Washington, DC's Live Music - Saturday, January 12, 2019

This day's live music events are listed below. A MAP of the day's concerts is at the bottom of the page. If you would like more information about how we describe the concerts, an explanation is also 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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Jazz Jam - Columbia Station offers jazz six days a week, featuring a variety of artists. Saturday afternoons feature a jazz jam, usually led by the Peter Edelman Trio - Peter Edelman, piano; Bill "Magic" Lavendar-Bey, bass; Patrick Tiglao, drums. Musicians and vocalists are welcome. The jam session runs until 8:00.

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Saxophonist Darryl Yokley came onto the New York scene in 2009 and has established himself as a unique voice that sounds like no other. Whether he is performing locally or internationally, he is always looking to communicate to audiences through his playing no matter what genre it is. Yokley has performed for music legend Quincy Jones as well playing with motown legends The Four Tops, The Temptations, The O’ Jays and singer songwriter Rhonda Ross. He performs as a classical soloist and chamber music and leads his own jazz quartet, Sound Reformation, which is comprised of Zaccai Curtis on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and Wayne Smith Jr. on drums. He has also worked with many great jazz musicians such as Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits, Ralph Peterson, Jack Walrath, Frank Lacy, Valery Ponomarev, Eddie Allen, and Camille Gainer Jones to name a few. His most recent recording Pictures at an African Exhibition has received favorable reviews from the New York Times, Downbeat magazine, and was a top 10 jazz album on BandCamp the month it was released.

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On Saturday nights, JoJo hosts a variety of the area's top jazz and blues artists.

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Latin jazz group Conjunto Bomba returns to Adams Morgan to bring you lively rhythms! Drawing on music from around Latin America, with a healthy dose of salsa and timba cubana, Bomba will make you dance and groove the night away.

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films ranging from the documentary 4 Little Girls to the epic Malcolm X, as well as his own discography of recordings such as A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), 2018 USA Fellow and five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. With his current quintet E-Collective he addresses the staggering cyclical epidemic of gun violence in this country with his new album Live, 7 powerful songs recorded live in concert that both reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses while also providing a balm of emotional healing.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $45   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Downbeat Magazine says Elin's debut CD "has all the wonder of a magical discovery." One of DC's leading performers of Brazilian music, Elin has twice sold out Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center and toured worldwide. She also collaborates with the renowned Thievery Corporation. Elin appears with Dani Cortaza, guitar, and Michael Bowie, bass.

...More artist info...   -♪-   No cover; $20 minimum purchase. Reservations recommended.   -♪-  Local Musician!



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In commemoration of the seminal events of 1968, the In Series celebrates the spirit and significance of Washington DC’s Black Broadway. “Take the A-Train” from DC’s thriving music scene on U St. to the roaring nightlife of the most famous of Harlem clubs — from the revolutionary home of the True Reformers to New York’s famed Cotton Club – this joint will most definitely be jumpin’! Playwright Sybil Williams brings us stories of courageous people in turbulent times, told in a musical journey across immortal songs from gospel to the jazz age: songs by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, others. KenYatta Rogers returns to direct this toe tapping In Series hit from 2009.

  -♪-   $20 to $45   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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The Future Band was created by the three founding members (JamesPoet, EY, Stephan "Truck" Naylor) in 2010. Since then the alternative band has thrilled audiences across DC, Virginia, and Maryland with their tremendous energy and proven ability to entertain audiences of all ages. Melding the essence of Hip Hop, Soul, and GoGo; and in the styles of The Roots, Earth Wind & Fire, and Rare Essence. The Future Band combines the very best of many genres of music, while entertaining and captivating audiences with their sincerity and power.

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Imani-Grace Cooper is a jazz vocalist with idiom versatility and knowledge from experiences including collegiate studies under the main instruction of 2013 DownBEAT Magazine’s Jazz Education Achievement Award recipient, Connaitre Miller. Her enthusiasm for jazz fueled the cultivation of a jazz series at Sankofa Cafe in Washington, D.C., titled Sounds at Sankofa which features a variety of DC jazz legends like Allyn Johnson and Fred Foss. Imani-Grace debuted as a solo artist as the Apollo Theate’'s guest artist during the Annual Harlem Jazz Week. Imani-Grace Cooper, as a solo artist and ensemble singer, has shared band stands with Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, the late George Duke, Al Jarreau, and many more! Imani-Grace services fellow enthusiasts of singing in private voice lessons and can be found singing regularly in Washington, D.C., and surrounding cities.

  -♪-   $15 adv, $20 door   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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D.C.-based Jeff Weintraub is a versatile baritone jazz vocalist who performs not only American Songbook standards but also material by artists such as Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson, the Beatles, and even Johnny Cash. He has performed in a variety of Washington-area jazz venues. He performs a mix of jazz, folk, country and Jewish music.

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Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser.

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Guitarist James Benson’s Quartet plays a mix of standards, hard bop, Latin jazz, funk, and blues. "What we play at Columbia Station is different every week. My goal is to respect the music that the jazz greats made for us, while energizing it with what we have learned since then, and what we are experiencing in the present tense. Every musical situation and every night is different... what I try to bring is consistent passion for the music." - James Benson

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Quill in-house pianist, Peter Robinson.

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DC's top-flight jazz vocalists perform every Saturday night, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

  -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films ranging from the documentary 4 Little Girls to the epic Malcolm X, as well as his own discography of recordings such as A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), 2018 USA Fellow and five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. With his current quintet E-Collective he addresses the staggering cyclical epidemic of gun violence in this country with his new album Live, 7 powerful songs recorded live in concert that both reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses while also providing a balm of emotional healing.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $45   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Imani-Grace Cooper is a jazz vocalist with idiom versatility and knowledge from experiences including collegiate studies under the main instruction of 2013 DownBEAT Magazine’s Jazz Education Achievement Award recipient, Connaitre Miller. Her enthusiasm for jazz fueled the cultivation of a jazz series at Sankofa Cafe in Washington, D.C., titled Sounds at Sankofa which features a variety of DC jazz legends like Allyn Johnson and Fred Foss. Imani-Grace debuted as a solo artist as the Apollo Theate’'s guest artist during the Annual Harlem Jazz Week. Imani-Grace Cooper, as a solo artist and ensemble singer, has shared band stands with Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, the late George Duke, Al Jarreau, and many more! Imani-Grace services fellow enthusiasts of singing in private voice lessons and can be found singing regularly in Washington, D.C., and surrounding cities.

  -♪-   $15 adv, $20 door   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi. He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar one Christmas morning. He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70's, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright's band director. After Wright's death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.

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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.

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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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!

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



11:00 PM   -♪-  

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Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $15   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Classical


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Bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green take a break from the NSO to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Stay after the program for a musical instrument “petting zoo”.

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1:00 PM   -♪-  

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Sip a beverage as NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne (violin) and Rachel Young (cello) perform solos and duets from 1-2 pm. Beginning at 2pm, join bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green upstairs for a family-friendly performance as they introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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For 2019, NSO In Your Neighborhood returns to the Columbia Heights, U Street, and Shaw areas of our nation’s capital. For this performance, Thrive DC hosts NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Vijeta Sathyaraj (violin), Tsuna Sakamoto (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) as they perform a program of string quartet music in the church’s sanctuary.

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For 2019, NSO In Your Neighborhood returns to the Columbia Heights, U Street, and Shaw areas of our nation’s capital. For this performance, NSO bassists Jeffrey Weisner, Charles Nilles, Alexander Jacobsen, and William Wasson perform a casual concert featuring a mix of popular and classical tunes.

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Catch a glimpse into the future of opera! Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, directed by Andrea Dorf McGray and accompanied by a small chamber orchestra conducted by Steven Osgood. The evening will conclude with a Q&A with the artists and creative team. Each opera will be performed in English and highlight a very different aspect of American life and culture. Among the casts will be WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. “Short-form chamber opera appears to be the wave of operatic future,” said the Washington Post about our 2015 world premiere presentations.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $19.00 - $35.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Catch a glimpse into the future of opera! Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, directed by Andrea Dorf McGray and accompanied by a small chamber orchestra conducted by Steven Osgood. The evening will conclude with a Q&A with the artists and creative team. Each opera will be performed in English and highlight a very different aspect of American life and culture. Among the casts will be WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. “Short-form chamber opera appears to be the wave of operatic future,” said the Washington Post about our 2015 world premiere presentations.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $19.00 - $35.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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For 2019, NSO In Your Neighborhood returns to the Columbia Heights, U Street, and Shaw areas of our nation’s capital. For this performance, the full National Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Christian Reif, and featuring guest artist Ted Hearne, the National Symphony Orchestra performs a program of dance music, featuring selections by Marquez, Ginastera, Frank, Holland, Bates, Perkins, Bernstein, and Hearne. Doors open at 8:30pm.

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Rock & Pop


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Rock of Ages Music, founded by Alexandria native John Patrick, opened its doors in September of 2011. ROAM was created to be an all inclusive music center to provide the area with all of its musical needs. ROAM offers private and group instruction for all ages and all levels of experience, Rock School (10yrs and up), group lessons, retail, and rehearsal space. ROAM is conveniently located in the heart of Alexandria's vibrant Del Ray neighborhood just outside of our Nation's Capital.

  -♪-   GA $20 | Premier Plus $35   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Rock of Ages Music, founded by Alexandria native John Patrick, opened its doors in September of 2011. ROAM was created to be an all inclusive music center to provide the area with all of its musical needs. ROAM offers private and group instruction for all ages and all levels of experience, Rock School (10yrs and up), group lessons, retail, and rehearsal space. ROAM is conveniently located in the heart of Alexandria's vibrant Del Ray neighborhood just outside of our Nation's Capital.

  -♪-   GA $20 | Premier Plus $35   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Sail On with The Love Boat: An All-Star 70s Yacht Rock Tribute featuring members of Psycho Kill

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This fall, Arc Iris releases Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. Overcoming rebuffs and rejections, Arc Iris has become an unstoppable force out of necessity. On Icon of Ego, they deliver heavily and ask nothing in return. This fall, Arc Iris releases Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. Overcoming rebuffs and rejections, Arc Iris has become an unstoppable force out of necessity. On Icon of Ego, they deliver heavily and ask nothing in return.

  -♪-   $12 / $14   -♪-   Get Tickets



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EagleMania – The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band. That isn’t their slogan by mistake! EagleMania has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music of The Eagles. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the country with their stunning five part harmony and their uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of The Eagles. Their show consists of the Eagles’ greatest hits, as well as some of the solo work of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.EagleMania has spent countless hours breaking down everything The Eagles recorded on their albums, and faithfully reproducing those unforgettable songs in the most authentic way possible.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $25 to $35   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Spencer sings the hits! jon spencer, the blues explosion man who put the bellbottoms on baby driver! the top cat who spread the secret sauce in boss hog! the rockabilly right-hook from heavyweight outlaws heavy trash! the swank-fucking master of pussy galore! jon spencer is back! often imitated, never duplicated, the original nyc underground-rock legend returns from the wilderness with twelve red-hot hits, each more powerful than the last! this is garage punk for now people! a wizard's brew of rhythm & blues and subversive dance grooves, weaponized with sci-fi skronk and industrial attitude, calibrated for the revolution, a ball-peen hammer of sound guaranteed to destroy any post-modern hangover! pulsing with energy, clanging with excitement, and dripping with radioactive soul and raw emotion, jon spencer opens up his heart like never before.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $18 in advance, $20 D.O.S.   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Jumpin' Jupiter and The Grandsons. With: Virginia & The Blue Dots, Dingleberry Dynasty. Jumpin' Jupiter, long hailed by many as one of Virginia's premiere rockin' and rollin' rockabilly outfits, landed in the Falls Church area sometime in the summer of '92. Since then, they have played from N.Y.C. to North Carolina, unleashing some of the most powerful and energetic performances ever seen on the East Coast! This four-piece outfit has pulled up rock + roll by its roots and propelled it far into orbit with fuel to spare! Louie Newmeyer (Rockville, MD) on upright bass and Doug Hoekstra (San Antonio, TX) on drums lay down a solid rhythm that'll make any average human get to slammin', swingin', or just fhufflin' around the room.

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Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced. “I packed everything in my van and moved to Franklin for three months,” says Baxter. “It was the first time I ever got to be alone and focus solely on songs like that.”

...More artist info...   -♪-   $15.00 - $20.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Skydog was the nick name given to Duane Allman during his years as a Muscle Shoals session musician. In the wake of the 40th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band, Skydog returns. This Richmond, VA powerhouse is quickly becoming one of the most sought after ABB tributes in the nation. These six seasoned musicians rekindle the spirit of the original ABB line up. Driven by their passion to pay homage to Duane and Berry, Skydog revisits the early years with classic Fillmore East arrangements and unbridled grit. The members of Skydog share a long history performing together in other ensembles and after several years of talking about how much fun this would be, it was high time for Skydog to be unleashed.

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The headlining act is Afloat. The opening acts are Super Chargers, Orange Tuxedo, and The Invisibles. "'Sad girl rock' trio, Afloat, has made their debut with their five song, self-titled EP that was released earlier this year. The band is consistent of Gabby Relos on lead guitar and vocals, Josh Rubeo on bass, and Max Bizerak on drums. The trio was formed when Relos needed a band to get together for her final senior project at Rowan University, but the three decided to continue on even after her graduation, and have been playing local shows in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area throughout the summer." - Sera Snyder, i99 Music Radio.

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So. Dakota is a D.C. -based duo originally hailing from Rapid City, South Dakota. Siri and Stephen, the band members, attended High School together in South Dakota and are now students in the Washington, D.C. area. They have played bars, restaurants, and a variety of other venues in both South Dakota and Washington, D.C. So. Dakota write and perform their own music which encompasses a wide array of genres including blues and indie. So. Dakota also covers songs from well known artists such as John Mayer, Kaleo, Johnny Cash, and Etta James. Follow them on Instagram: so.dakota Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge So.

  -♪-   Free ($5 suggested donation)!   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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“Got My Own Sound” band with Cane and Dave James is a live instrument, fusion band that consists of a mix of soul, jazz, hip-hop & R&B. While the collaboration is fairly new, GMOS, Cane and Dave James, individually, are not new to the music scene. Each member has multiple solo projects, including Got My Own Sound band’s album, titled “Welcome To Our World”, which topped the iTunes Jazz charts consecutive weeks in a row. Collaboratively they have played many local hotspots, including Blues Alley D.C. and SoBe’s in MD.

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A group of DC's finest local musicians getting together to recreate the Allman Brothers experience. The Allman Others Band: Lee Feinberg - Keyboards; Doug Hartnett - Lead Vocals; Coleman O'Donoghue - Drums; Tom Helf - Drums; Dave Reuben - Guitar; Erik Richardson - Guitar, Vocals; Sandy Scott - Harmonica; Alan Sultan - Bass.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10 to $30   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Deep Sugar is a Baltimore based event formerly at the seminal Paradox venue (10 years). DS as it is lovingly called also holds residency in the District (Washington, DC) at U Street Music Hall periodically throughout the year. A Deep Sugar party is a multicultural and extremely diverse coming together of like minded people! They come to dance and celebrate the music in a pure underground experience that takes you back to the fundamentals of clubbing. For Deep Sugar heads - this is not just a lifestyle..it's church. The story began in 2013 when international dance music recording artist Ultra Naté along with DJ Lisa Moody and key friends, artists & DJs from Baltimore made a commitment to give something back to the scene and keep it thriving.

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Swampcandy is the aggressive Stomping Mississippi Blues and Roots influenced duo that won the 2014 Floydfestival On The Rise competition coming in first place out of 35 bands that preformed at the festival. They preform around 250 gigs a year at venues, festivals and coffee houses around the U.S. and U.K. — They have also received an award as "Best Opening Act 2014" at the #1 venue in the world under 500 seats, The Rams Head On Stage — Ruben Dobbs and the incredible upright bass player / kick drummer, Joey Mitchell, to become a duo that has no lack of rhythm or stage presence! Swampcandy tours relentlessly. When not touring they are working on new material and gigging in the Mid Atlantic Region. Their music is raw and yet subtle. They have a sound that a band can only achieve after performing over 1000 gigs.

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Americana


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Peace Run is an acoustic Americana duo based in the Washington, D.C. area.  The band consists of two friends – banjo master, Keith Arneson, and vocalist, Shannon Leigh Reynolds – who formally established their musical partnership in 2017 after Keith’s retirement from the U.S. Navy.  With a strong emphasis on banjo, fingerpicking guitar, and vocal harmony, their music is a dynamic mix of bluegrass, folk, and country that is spare and rustic, yet fresh and powerful.  Keith and Shannon are also a strong songwriting team, and their debut album released in February 2018, Everything Is Just All Right, features seven originals, three co-written by Keith and Shannon.

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Louise Wise and Steve Patterson make up this duo from Washington, D.C., performing an eclectic mix of folk, rock, bluegrass, with a unique blend of harmonies. Find them at a variety of music venues, including restaurants, parties, weddings, and other commercial and charitable events in and around the Washington, D.C., area.

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Peace Run is an acoustic Americana duo based in the Washington, D.C. area.  The band consists of two friends – banjo master, Keith Arneson, and vocalist, Shannon Leigh Reynolds – who formally established their musical partnership in 2017 after Keith’s retirement from the U.S. Navy.  With a strong emphasis on banjo, fingerpicking guitar, and vocal harmony, their music is a dynamic mix of bluegrass, folk, and country that is spare and rustic, yet fresh and powerful.  Keith and Shannon are also a strong songwriting team, and their debut album released in February 2018, Everything Is Just All Right, features seven originals, three co-written by Keith and Shannon.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Potpourri


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Robmar Albin Marrero St’Rose es músico autodidacta, compositor y cantante de origen cubano, nacido el 18 de diciembre de 1986 en la ciudad de Camagüey, Cuba. Su principal referente musical fue su padre, ya que en la mayoría de sus encuentros, la música era lo que más compartían. Su padre, de profesión médico, dedicaba gran parte de su tiempo libre a la música tocando la guitarra y cantando, por lo general, canciones tradicionales cubanas. Desde este entonces, Albin St' Rose compone, toca la guitarra, canta y realiza shows de forma independiente, acompañado por otros excelentes músicos destacados en percusión y vientos.

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The Georgetown Piano Bar offers live piano from 7pm until closing 7 days a week. The primary performers are DC-based Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates, but a host of guest pianists/singers also take turns on the stage. A piano duel begins 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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Bad Luck (Seattle WA) performs in another cosmos from most bands. With more than a decade of collaboration, Neil Welch (saxophone + live electronics) and Christopher Icasiano (drums) “bear down on you like a cyclone of fire” (The Stranger). Based out of Seattle, Bad Luck is a genre-defying supernova of electronics, metal, folk and jazz. "...an avant garde jazz duo known for its near-omnipotence on the scene..." Seattle Magazine. Jordan Perry (Charlottesville VA) - “Although there are some basic völk sonorities in his playing, guitiarist Jordan Perry combines these with more avant garde note selections and compositional gambits, as well as a string attack with classical qualities. While there’s a gentleness to the melodies at which he eventually arrives, Perry’s journey crosses prickly patches of tone clusters, and has a circular logic that defies pop logic." -Byron Coley. Jax Deluca (DC) - Voice, signal processing, and other tinkerings. One half of horror drone duo, Flat3arther$, Jax will perform here with Mattson Ogg (Dura).

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Come see DC's best cover bands perform every Friday & Saturday night at the Mug!

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Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, Kirwans's stage is home to fantastic local bands and musicians.

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Join Mr. Smith's superstar piano players Jon Adelson and/or Jesse Rifkin for a sing-along piano bar.

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Roofers Union offers live music almost every Friday and Saturday night. However, they are website-challenged, typically waiting until the last minute to update their music calendar. If you visit their site on the day of the event, though, you might be able to find the band name and a VERY brief description in the calendar (warning - the calendar is a bit squirrelly).

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Starring a pan-American assortment of fiery and consummate musicians, Tumbao – headed by the incomparable Jorge Martinez (Cuba) on keyboard; and featuring Manuel Hernandez (El Salvador) on bass, Adam Tafur (Peru) on congas, and Ralph Esquenazy (U.S.) on timbales – is the epitome of the quintessential Latin band. Raul Morel (aka Raul Raul) is a Dominican-born singer-songwriter renowned for his sensual and sturdy vocals. A salsero through and through, Raul is a star in the DMV Latin music circuit and an even bigger sensation back home where news of his upcoming singles hit airwaves and billboards across the country.

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Map of Today’s Live Music

Click on a map pin to get information about that event.

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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 daily map:

  • If you click on one of the map "pins," it will pull up information about that event.
  • The title for each pin is the event name or headlining artist's name.
  • Sometimes HTML formatting that looks fine on a webpage winds up in the map table & looks funny.  So if strange text pops up in the map table, it's probably HTML coding.  Sorry about that.

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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