WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018

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


4:00 PM   -♪-  

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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.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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Kaleidoscope is a trio of DC musicians who explore sonic textures through improvisation with a diverse palate spanning jazz, latin, funk, and contemporary grooves. Their unique group sound is a product of original compositions and electronic experimentation set in the spirit of the moment.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



6:30 PM   -♪-  

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Enjoy fine dining set to the sweet sounds of live piano by local jazz artist Gary Rowe. Gary performs until 9:30.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Rico Amero is one of the mainstays of Madam's Organ, almost as iconic as the bar itself. A guitarist and vocalist, he plays soulful blues and jazz. On most nights at least a couple of his children perform as back-up singers for much of the evening, and a guest artist typically fills in between sets.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Howard University alum Shacara Rogers has been performing since the age of five. She was awarded a DownBeat Award for Graduate College Outstanding Performance: Vocal Soloist, and was selected for the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center. Shacara captured first place in the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and was first runner up in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition. At Howard, she was a lead soloist in Afro Blue, the university's premier vocal jazz ensemble.

...More artist info...   -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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In a career that took flight with immediate commercial success and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected. ¤ Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $35.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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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

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Quill in-house pianist, Peter Robinson.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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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!



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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In a career that took flight with immediate commercial success and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected. ¤ Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $35.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   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!

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Rock & Pop


Doors: 7:00 PM   -♪-  

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While being so heavily influenced by your surroundings could hamper one’s sound as an artist, Prince uses it to his advantage. From his earliest work to his studio debut Until Then, Beau has personified versatility. You are as likely to hear BYP rap about falling in and out of love, as you are to hear him croon about getting a Half & Half from the carry-out joint down the street. Above everything else, Beau Young Prince's music is a reflection of his upbringing in DC. The southeast native clearly studied his city's musical roots and implemented them into his music. Traces of jazz, hip-hop, and perhaps most notably, go-go music are all present in Beau's work.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10.00 - $12.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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herMajesty's rock music scales thematic preoccupations with love, loss, surrender, chaos, and hope, over a brooding wall of sound. Their proclivities are well-captured on record and pack a wallop in their live performances. Sound is just one part of herMajesty's experience. Their name draws references to royalty, luxury, London, and is based on the phrase "His Majesty, the baby" by Sigmund Freud. Track for track herMajesty communicate complex human emotional experiences and grapple with themes that convey loss, sadness, detachment, and anger.

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



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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TAUK is heavy instrumental rock fusion created by Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric "A.C." Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums). The transcendent instrumental band seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, gritty funk, progressive rock, ambient, classic rock, hip hop and jazz. The Oyster Bay, New York-based quartet has received accolades from a number of tastemaking authorities, including an “On The Verge” feature in Relix Magazine and frequent rotation for the singles “Mindshift”, “Sweet Revenge”, “Dead Signal” and “In the Basement of the Alamo” on Sirius XM Jam On. Despite their years of experience as a musical unit, the quartet is a young promising band that Jambase calls “a guaranteed quickly-ascend band.” The Washington Post describes the band by saying: “TAUK's instrumental music melds genres and styles, creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that - thanks to a penchant for improv - offers limitless possibilities" and The Deli Magazine singles out the band’s compelling melodic sense through explaining: “the quartet has a rare ability to channel emotional melodic leads, and all without a lead singer." The band’s latest album, Collisions, is a breakthrough in that it finally captures the essence of TAUK’s entrancing live shows.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $40.00 - $95.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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The Baltimore based band has two releases so far, with another on the way within the year. The Herd's songs seem to tap into some of the magic that was so ever-present in the seventies. Back when Van Morrison, The Band, The Allman Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band were borrowing from all genres to create their unique sound." - Baltimore Nightlife Examiner

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



Doors: 8:00 PM   -♪-  

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RJD2. With: Photay. Dame Fortune is the deliciously eclectic sixth album from veteran producer and crate digger extraordinaire RJD2, out March 25th on RJ's Electrical Connections. It's a wondrous beast, recorded over the past year while living in Philadelphia, before returning to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Streaked with Philly's rep for deeply felt soul music while maintaining a playful sense of adventurousness, Dame Fortune features guest vocalists Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston) and frequent collaborator Phonte, while also presenting the bombastic hip-hop sound that marked RJD2's breakthrough album, Deadringer, and even an orchestral composition for the societal unrest experienced in this day and age (called "PF Day One."..the PF standing for "Post Ferguson").

...More artist info...   -♪-   $25.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Bleach Bones. Formed in 2014 in Washington, D.C., Bleach Bones is Nico Jansen, Enrique Dominguez, Andrew Mina, and Rich Seymour. Bleach Bones has played acclaimed shows all over D.C., including headlining at Rock & Roll Hotel and DC9, and has been featured in City Paper. Bleach Bones’ debut EP, “Aid to Navigation,” which was recorded at Inner Ear Studios with the legendary Don Zientara, blends atmospheric guitar melodies with brooding vocals and indie pop hooks to create a haunting, yet accessible post-punk sound. You can hear Aid to Navigation at https://bleachbonesdc.bandcamp.com/releases or on any major music service, and you can read about the EP at http://local.washingtoncitypaper.com/event/dc9/bleach-bones-cl.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $12.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Better Off Dead is inspired by and pays tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead and The Jerry Garcia Band. We create music for those fans who are touched by this music as much as we are. We will jam anytime, anywhere and for anyone, so please contact us for available gigs and/or private parties in the Baltimore MD, DC and surrounding areas.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Advance $15/ Day of Show $15 + Fees   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Well known in the Mid-Atlantic region for their fun-loving brand of R&B and Rock & Roll, the Johnny Artis Band has been entertaining audiences with its current lineup for years, showing the professionalism and expertise that only comes from the experience of working together to provide the best entertainment possible. Johnny brings everything together with his engaging stage presence, establishing a comfortable rapport with any audience, and keeping them entertained without exception.

  -♪-   Cover charge not indicated   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:30 PM   -♪-  

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Many have credited Dimitri Max for giving his music the "French touch" and naturally it runs through his blood. Moving to the States from France in the mid 90's, he was quickly influenced by the music coming out of Chicago and Detroit. He soon began DJ'ing and quickly garnered some attention in the DC area, eventually landing him a spot on XM's The Move. It wasn't long until he would dive into production and create the underground hit "Lazy Afternoon". Gaining attention from Josh Wink to Laurent Garnier, he soon after got the opportunity to remix legend Juan Atkins.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



11:00 PM   -♪-  

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Kique's Band - Steve, Jose, and Kique - plays South American pop rock.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Americana


8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin rock. Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition meld with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multi-cultural world. Their second album, Volcán, was released in 2017 and has been hailed as "a bilingual folk album for the resistance” by the Washington City Paper

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



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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The 19th Street Band serves up an eclectic mix of both modern and classic tunes that is sure to please the masses! Their style can best be described as an acoustic mix of popular Rock, Country, Celtic, and Bluegrass songs. Moreover, each member of the band is classically trained in music and offers their vocal talents to create a great mix of styles and perfectly blended harmonies!

...More artist info...   -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



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Potpourri


7:00 PM   -♪-  

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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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7:30 PM   -♪-  

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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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9:00 PM   -♪-  

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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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10:00 PM   -♪-  

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

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:30 PM   -♪-  

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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. Armed with the area’s best of the best in the biz, Tumbao gets the joint jumping weekly with hot rhythms from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, and more (sometimes they even throw in a Brazilian song in homage to the house!).

  -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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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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