Washington, DC's Live Music - Sunday, January 13, 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


10:00 AM   -♪-  

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Weekly Sunday brunch, accompanied by live jazz.

  -♪-   Free with brunch purchase



11:30 AM   -♪-  

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Enjoy the magical combination of the Capital’s quintessential Sunday Brunch, in a historical setting complemented by soothing Live Jazz.

  -♪-   Included with brunch purchase   -♪-  Local Musician!



12:00 PM   -♪-  

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JoJo Brunch Singers Jam; noon to 3:00. Hosted by singer Maija Rejman and Anthony Compton, the weekly DC Jazz Singers' Jam doubles as a gathering post for local jazz musicians and an enlivening backdrop to your Sunday brunch.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



2:00 PM   -♪-  

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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



4:00 PM   -♪-  

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Jazz Jam - Columbia Station offers jazz six days a week, featuring a variety of artists. Sunday 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.

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



5:00 PM   -♪-  

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Every second Sunday, cap off brunch with two hours of incredible music and poetry! Audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and more on the mic open, featuring the sounds of a professional Jazz Band to groove us into the night. All are welcomed to perform, or enjoy a night of Jazz & Verse!

  -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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Since his trio’s last U.S. performances five years ago, pianist, composer, and improviser André Mehmari has given acclaimed solo performances throughout the country, taking audiences on journeys drawn from three continents of music – Europe, North and South America – and from his own catalog of compositions as well as those of masters from Monteverdi to Gershwin and Jobim. As scintillating as these performances have been, there is something special about the sound of the piano trio that propels master pianists to another level. The trios of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau – to whom Mehmari is often likened – provide evidence of the power of piano trio alchemy. For his January 2019 U.S. tour, Mehmari brings forth his piano trio with a new recording, Na esquina do Clube com o Sol na Cabeça / Sunbakeheaded at Clube da Esquina, devoted to the Brazilian artists who became known by the name of the 1972 album Clube da Esquina.

  -♪-   FREE



6:30 PM   -♪-  

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Jazz Jam featuring Monthly Master Jazz Artist Chris Barrick (vibes), with Oren Levine (keys), Mark Caruso (guitar), Steve Arnold (bass), and Will Stephens (drums).

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Bassist Victor Dvoskin performs with guitarist Donato Soviero. One of the Soviet Union's top bass players of the '70s and '80s, Dvoskin has continued to make his presence felt on the global stage since relocating to the U.S. in 1993. In addition to leading his own band, the Viktor Dvoskin Quartet, Dvoskin has been a member of the international ensemble Partners of Crime and the Louis Scherr-led Russian-American band, Jazznost. Featuring six of his original compositions, Jazznost's album, Joint Venture, received four stars in Downbeat magazine. Dvoskin has performed every Sunday at the Tabard Inn since the mid-'90s.

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



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Afton Shows presents: Soulful Sundays.

  -♪-   Cover charge not disclosed.



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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Granny and the Boys, a.k.a. Granny's Ball of Odds, is a funk fusion band that likes to call itself "...an 'old school' band. Emphasis on the old." The youngster in the group will soon turn 60; the band's namesake is Alice Donahue, an 83-year-old keyboard player. Alice's main squeeze is drummer Richard Lynch; the rest of the boys are guitarist Kenny Williams, bassist Roberto (Berimbau) Santos, and saxist and keyboardist Joe Brown. Granny's Ball Of Odds will take you from Led Zeppelin to Burt Bacharah. Sprinkle some originals here and there, and it makes for a fun evening.

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



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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Sol Roots is a fierce guitarist and singer who creates a blend of energetic rock, raw blues, reggae, and funk, all delivered with deep soul. Sol has toured with many roots, funk, and blues legends around the world as a part of Music Maker Revue.

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



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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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...   -♪-   $40   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:30 PM   -♪-  

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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.

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



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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Dubbed DC's "Queen of the Blues" by "Dr. Nick," this multiple award winner has been providing toe-tapping, head-bobbing music since 2007.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Cover charge not indicated   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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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...   -♪-   $40   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Jonny Grave is a Bluesman from Washington DC. Growing up in a musical family, Grave was introduced to the sound of American traditional folk music early on. At age fifteen he found himself learning slide guitar techniques from old blues records. The distinc sound that Jonny Grave's music conjures is a resurrection of sorts - The music of R.L. Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson and Bukka White all find a way into Grave's playing style. His repertoire of sound is made up of new arrangements of older blues and deeply rooted originals.

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



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Classical


2:00 PM   -♪-  

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Catch a glimpse into the future of opera! For their second operatic collaboration, “strikingly original” ( The New York Times ) composer Kamala Sankaram and award-winning librettist Jerre Dye reunite to create an engrossing tale exploring the controversial world of religious snake-handling. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya , Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater, makes her WNO debut. Directing the production is Alison Moritz, who returns to WNO after her highly successful staging of last year’s AOI premiere, Proving Up . In Taking Up Serpents , 25-year-old Kayla is the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $35.00 - $45.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



2:00 PM   -♪-  

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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 musician James Nickel and Robert Rearden (horn), and guest musicians Julianna Nickel (flute), and Sophia Kim Cook (piano) perform in Pierce Hall.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



4:00 PM   -♪-  

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Join the National Symphony Orchestra and the African American Civil War Museum for an immersive experience! This event features NSO musicians Jennifer Mondie (viola), Alexander Jacobsen (bass), and Nicholas Stovall (oboe) as they perform music from 1750-1950, as well as an historian from the Museum who will speak about the Museum’s exhibits.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



4:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Calidore String Quartet—violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi—won the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2016 inaugural M-Prize Competition sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music. Founded in 2010, the Calidore Quartet served as Resident Quartet at Stony Brook University from 2014–16. It has given concerts in major European, Asian, and American cities, and in 2018 the Quartet makes its debuts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms. The Quartet has worked closely with composer Caroline Shaw, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013, and her work co-commissioned by The Phillips Collection will be featured in their program.

  -♪-   $45.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



5:00 PM   -♪-  

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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 musicians Craig Mulcahy, David Murray, and Jeremy Buckler (trombone) and Matthew Guilford (bass trombone) perform near the back bar. All ages are welcome.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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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 musicians Mark Evans (cello) and Charles Nilles (bass) perform for the dinner crowd in the main dining area at this neighborhood favorite.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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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 musicians Natasha Bogachek (violin), Eric deWaardt (viola), Eugana Chang (cello), and guest musician Zinovy Bogachek (violin) perform a chamber concert featuring Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for “one piano four hands.” The Grammy-nominated ensemble - one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets - is blazing a bold new path for four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. The duo makes its Dumbarton Oaks debut playing works by Franz Schubert, Samuel Barber, Urmas Sisask, and Terry Riley.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $54.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Rock & Pop


7:30 PM   -♪-  

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After a decades-long friendship born of unlikely coincidence and mutual fandom, best selling author Lee Child and songwriters/recording artists Jen & Scott Smith (Naked Blue) recently spent some quality time exploring their favorite character, Jack Reacher. The result is a full length album, Just the Clothes on My Back, coming November 2, 2018.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $20.00 | $35.00 | $50.00 | $ 75.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Come join the DMV’s very own Eddie Vanz as he releases his debut EP “I CHOOSE ME”!  Eddie will be taking you on a intimate listening experience through the project’s many melodies and themes. Whether you’re a Day-1 Eddie Vanz fan or a new ear to his music, this is one night you don’t want to miss!

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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As a Founding Member of THE MOODY BLUES and a Founding Member of WINGS, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® Inductee DENNY LAINE along with his new group The Moody Wing Band will be touring America throughout 2019 and 2020.As a premier English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Denny is best known for his roles as the original Guitarist and Lead Singer of THE MOODY BLUES from 1964 through 1966 and as the co-founder of WINGS with Paul McCartney. Denny was one of three constants in WINGS, along with Paul and Linda McCartney from 1971 through 1981.The incomparable WINGS album Band on the Run reached #1 in the Billboard® Hot 100 Charts three different times and eventually the album went triple platinum.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $20 to $35   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Musha Kusha was formed in 1997 by Ikeda who plays a four string guitar and provides vocals, and Umehara who writes lyrics and dances as an expression from Kochi, Japan, where the last Samurai died out. The lyrics - based the idea of punk spirit as literature and old-fashioned melodies influenced by Japanese traditional music- were composed by the current members, who gathered in 2016. They are very well known and popular in the Japanese live houses, as they have played more than 2200 times in venues and live house all across Japan, and they are considered a very important band of the Japanese underground music culture.

  -♪-   Free ($7 suggested donation)   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Potpourri


2:00 PM   -♪-  

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Join pianist Andrew E. Simpson as he accompanies one of Yasujiro Ozu's most popular films. The charming comedy I Was Born, But . . . is a blithe portrait of one family’s toils from the rascally perspective of stubborn little boys. Before the screening, Simpson will demonstrate his process for creating live scores for classic silent movies. (Dir.: Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1932, 90 min., B&W, 35mm, silent with English intertitles)

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3:00 PM   -♪-  

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Every Sunday, Kirwans hosts a “Trad” session of Irish Traditional Music that will have you stomping and clapping along, no matter which side of the Atlantic you were raised.

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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.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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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.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  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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