WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 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


6:00 PM   -♪-  

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Queen Aisha, vocals; Wes Biles, bass; Vince Smith, keyboard; Ron Compton, drums; Eddie Kornegay, sax; David Cole, guitar, vocals.

  -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:30 PM   -♪-  

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The Satin Doll Trio is an elegant ensemble that performs in the intimate "supper club" jazz style made popular during the early 1950's. They have appeared on the stages of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Corcoran Gallery’s Armand Hammer Auditorium, and have made television appearances on the BET Jazz channel programs "Jazz Central" and "Impressions".

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



6:45 PM   -♪-  

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Guitarist Steve Herberman performs with vocalist Lena Seikaly. Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music and has performed at venues such as Birdland in NYC, Spazio in L.A., the NAMM shows in Anaheim and Nashville, and recently at the North Wales jazz guitar weekend in the U.K. as a featured guest artist. Closer to home he has performed at Blues Alley, Strathmore Music Center, the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts and the the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe. Steve has performed with bassist Victor Dvoskin at The Tabard Inn since 1999.

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



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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"Unit 3 Deep" 's music is an eclectic blend of various genres sitting on top of one big hot plate of groove!

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



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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Heating up the place with the wicked licks of his saxophone, is D.C.'s own Walter Tates, Jr, the banging bass of B.T. Richardson, the hot strings of lead guitarist Tony Harrod, the irresistible beat of "Biscuit", on the drums. Audiences are inspired to move to the tantalizing groove of One Nite Stand and their Caribbean dance.

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



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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"Unit 3 Deep" 's music is an eclectic blend of various genres sitting on top of one big hot plate of groove!

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



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Rock & Pop


Doors: 7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Collie Buddz. With: Jo Mersa Marley, The Holdup.

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



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Potpourri


11:00 AM   -♪-  

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Enjoy music and hands-on activities to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Heritage Hall hear The House Band play music inspired by Dr. King. -11:30 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM. In Learn More! (L2) - Design a small flag and create a memorial button based on objects in the Museum’s Collection. Free; registration required.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-   Get Tickets



12:00 PM   -♪-  

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Come march with the Anacostia Community Museum! The museum invites you to be part of the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk & Parade, held annually on the federal MLK holiday and organized by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and non-profits dedicated to peace and positivity for the Washington DC metropolitan communities. Over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ join annually in the walk along MLK Ave in Southeast DC. Notable previous year attendees included actor and singer Nick Cannon, Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor and Current Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, radio personality Donnie Simpson, music virtuoso Blake Miles Hopkins, and the late civil rights legend Dick Gregory.

  -♪-   FREE



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the free, ticketed musical tribute Let Freedom Ring! The annual program, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features Grammy® and Tony®–nominated performer Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will present the 16th Annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Steve Park, Executive Director and Founder of Little Lights Urban Ministries. The line for the ticket giveaway will form on Monday, January 15 in the Hall of Nations, at the glass doors leading to the Grand Foyer. Patrons must be in line to receive tickets. Tickets will be distributed, up to two (2) per person, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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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!



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!



8:30 PM   -♪-  

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Enjoy an open mic night emceed by Alexandria-based Reed Appleseed. Oh, yeah, and $4 drafts, too.

  -♪-   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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