WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 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


10:00 AM   -♪-  

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Weekly Sunday brunch, accompanied by live jazz.

  -♪-   Free with brunch purchase



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!



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.

  -♪-   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



7:30 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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Soul roots - rocking New Orleans jazz and blues.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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...   -♪-   $30.00   -♪-   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.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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Born in D.C. and raised in L.A., B.T. Richardson returned to DC after graduating from high school in '79. He started playing electric bass (against his will) when his brother's band needed someone to play it. He is totally self-taught and has been playing ever since. He's now a bassist, composer, lyricist, and vocalist, and his band plays a mix of blues and funk.

  -♪-   Cover charge not indicated   -♪-  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...   -♪-   $30.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Classical


3:30 PM   -♪-  

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This thoughtful program explores Bach's legacy—how this masterly cornerstone of piano literature influenced composers from Viennese classicism through early and late romanticism. All of the works in the program finish with a brilliant fugue. Also included is a rarely played, baroque-inspired curiosity by Mozart.

  -♪-   FREE



4:00 PM   -♪-  

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The intoxicating rhythms and melodies of South America and Eastern Europe are brought to life by Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and French-born bandoneón player Julien Labro. The music of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla brought Vieaux and Labro together for their collaboration on the album Piazzolla, released in 2011. This concert also features the work of Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali, as well as a haunting work by American jazz musician Pat Metheny and a piece by Bulgarian composer and guitarist Rossen Balkanski.

  -♪-   $40.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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The 41st season of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the early 17th century to the early 21st, played on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments in this six-concert series. This season’s Masterworks of Five Centuries series commemorates the 190th anniversary of the death of Franz Schubert. Kenneth Slowik, artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, curates a series of pre-concert lectures (one hour prior to each program), shedding light on the glorious music and the life and times of the featured composers.

  -♪-   $35.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Rock & Pop


5:00 PM   -♪-  

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In 2009, Gina Chavez and Jodi Granado left their comfy lives in Central Texas for cold showers and chicken buses in Central America; to live out of a suitcase in El Salvador, where volcanoes and poverty loom large; to teach dramatic teenage girls in a gang-dominated barrio for eight months. They struggled, laughed, loved and received lots and lots of hugs. But the mission didn’t end when they landed stateside in the Summer of 2010. Gina & Jodi immediately established Niñas Arriba, a college fund that offers full scholarships to girls they lived with in Soyapango. Donations directly fund low-cost, high-quality education for young women in need.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $20.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



Doors: 5:30 PM   -♪-  

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Dorothy. DOROTHY is an LA-based band consisting of vocalist Dorothy, guitarists Nick Maybury & Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg. The traditional bluesy rock vibes that come from the band's high-energy performances makes them a force to be reckoned with on the music scene and a Band to Watch. Rolling Stone deemed them a "new artist you need to know" and compared their stomping, hard-rock sound to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Black Sabbath.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $17.50   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop in, no-commitment singing event in February 2011. Now happening twice weekly, and open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs, C!C!C! boasts a dedicated and passionate membership of inspired singers from in and around Toronto, Canada. They have performed live with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Tegan and Sara on the Juno Awards, at TEDx Toronto 2014, and the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Closing Gala at Roy Thompson Hall.

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



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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The Yacht Rock Revue is the Greatest Show on Surf and the finest tribute to '70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever. Their spot-on renditions of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, and the rest of the Time-Life Infomercial Catalog have enthralled fans across the United States. It goes without saying they have taken their act to the high seas, performing showcase sets on music cruises with Weezer, Kid Rock, Train, Zac Brown Band, Sister Hazel, and fitness guru Jillian Michaels. By blurring the lines between a tribute, an original act, and a comedic troupe, the Yacht Rock Revue has forged a unique niche market and a special bond with their fans. '

...More artist info...   -♪-   $20.50 - $25.50   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin' West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970's Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.Chopteeth's sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Chopteeth, the "Crazy Fools of Afrobeat", called for rhythmic regime change on the band's award-winnnig 2008 debut CD, with its dynamic original songs.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Advance $15/ Day of Show $18 + Fees   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Funktronics return to Bossa for their first gig of 2018, bringing a fresh interpretation of classic grooves and recent jams, all done in a tasteful fashion yet guaranteed to please the brain as well as the booty (to paraphrase Michael League). Much in the vein of Cory Henry, the quartet enjoys taking funk and jazz tunes from the past and giving their current spin on them – or sometimes a classic reinterpretation of a modern hit works as well.

  -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



Doors: 10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Revival. With: Def Mix DJ Quentin Harris, DC's Legendary Michele Miruski.

  -♪-   $35 in advance - $45 day of show   -♪-   Get Tickets



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Rare Essence, Washington's premier Go-Go band going on four decades, has built a devoted fan base that spans multiple generations. Originated in the mid-70s by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, Go-Go links songs together over percussion breakdowns - a raw, non-stop party groove fueled by congas, cowbells and timbales, with call and response interactions that obliterated divisions between a band that doesn't stop playing and audience that won't stop dancing. Rare Essence has been the city's most popular and enduring Go-Go band.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $25 - $65   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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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.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Pavel Urkiza is a Cuban musician, composer, producer, and arranger of great sensitivity and connection to world musical cultures. Well known for his duo "Gema y Pavel", he now creates and interprets as a solo-artist in collaboration with musicians from around the world. He has just completed and will soon release his new CD “Feelin’ Progresivo.” Recognized as a master musician for his contributions to contemporary Afro-cuban music he is considered one of Cuba’s most skilled and innovative composers and performers. His music is intimately rooted in traditional Cuban rhythms and melodies yet is distinguished by his own personal rhythmic style flavored by the Afro-Cuban, folk, jazz, flamenco, as well as Brazilian, Afro-beat, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Oriental and Indian rhythms.

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



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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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