WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 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


5:00 PM   -♪-  

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For the past 25 years Brian has built a reputation and following in the DC vicinity and across the country. He has a total of five independently produced CDs to his credit. His 2006 solo project 'Inspirations Volume 1' showed off a decidedly spiritual side of his musical persona. 'A Saxy Christmas' followed in 2008 with a holiday flavor that is simply Brian. He stepped center stage and took the jazz world by storm with 'Eye Of The Storm,' which charted to number 14 on Billboard - unheard of for an independently-produced project.

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



6:45 PM   -♪-  

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Guitarist Geoff Reecer performs with guitarist Donato Soviero. Reecer earned his B.A. in Music from the University of Maryland in 1994. In 1993 he won first place in the Emerging Jazz Artist competition held at the East Coast Jazz Festival. In 2004 he won an audition to join The Airmen of Note (The U.S. Air Force’s premiere jazz band), and since then has not only continued to perform extensively throughout the DC area, but has also had opportunities to tour the country and to perform and/or record with multiple jazz luminaries.

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7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Noble Jolley, Jr., a Jazz Pianist, Composer, Producer and Rising Star won the “2013 Best Pianist” award by the Washington City Paper’s “Jazzies Award for D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2013.” Noble won for his “subtle but luminous tones.” The Jazz Times called him “fiercely talented,” and the Jazz Setlist said, “Noble Jolley, Jr’s. jazz styling’s seamlessly mesh the past and the future of jazz. He is as firmly entrenched in the jazz tradition as anyone you’ve ever heard.”

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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Straight-ahead jazz with Tedd Baker, Kris Funn, Quincy Phillips, and friends.

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8:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Firebird Trio plays a mix of funk, jazz, hip-hop, and blues, and is led by Shannon Gunn. Shannon received the Washington City Paper’s 2015 Jazzies Award for DC’s best trombonist. She is active in the DC jazz scene, performing with both the Firebird Trio and her all-female big band, “Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes.” She also produces “The JazzCast,” a podcast dedicated to curated listening sessions with jazz musicians.

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



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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VERONNEAU take their classic sound to another level as they continue their multi-lingual adventure in world and jazz music. Their third album Love & Surrender presents captivating originals and cherished standards. The band takes a deep look at love as a human condition; a mature reflection on infatuation, passion, lust, loss, betrayal, loneliness, and love of family. Lynn Veronneau brings a virtuoso vocal grace to the nylon string acoustic melodies of band-mates Ken Avis and David Rosenblatt and percussionist Bruno Lucini. ¤ Always eager to explore new sounds the VERONNEAU family grows on the new release to include the traditional Senegalese kora, French accordion, fusion violin and a touch of harmonica and electric guitar.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $22.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Quill in-house pianist, Peter Robinson.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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Madam’s Organ's Very Own All Star Jam Band!!! Featuring: Larry Miesse on Vocals & Guitar; Rico Amero, Sr. on Vocals & Acoustic Guitar; Pete Beck on Guitar; B.T. Richardson on Bass; Paul Dudley on Drums

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



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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VERONNEAU take their classic sound to another level as they continue their multi-lingual adventure in world and jazz music. Their third album Love & Surrender presents captivating originals and cherished standards. The band takes a deep look at love as a human condition; a mature reflection on infatuation, passion, lust, loss, betrayal, loneliness, and love of family. Lynn Veronneau brings a virtuoso vocal grace to the nylon string acoustic melodies of band-mates Ken Avis and David Rosenblatt and percussionist Bruno Lucini. ¤ Always eager to explore new sounds the VERONNEAU family grows on the new release to include the traditional Senegalese kora, French accordion, fusion violin and a touch of harmonica and electric guitar.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $22.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Classical


12:10 PM   -♪-  

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Natalia Kazaryan, piano, plays part of Olivier Messiaen’s remarkable and mystical piano cycle Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus.

  -♪-   $10 suggested donation



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Rock & Pop


6:00 PM   -♪-  

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Grand Tapestry—a band made up of Alam Khan on sarode (25-stringed fretless instrument), tabla master Salar Nader, and experimental rap artist Eligh—creates a cinematically beautiful blend of classical Indian music with Hip Hop.

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8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The new album, Escovedo's first solo endeavor since 2012's highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album's songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project's producers. Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo's soulful heart and voice at its core.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $25.00/ $30.00/ $45.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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CALICO the band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker (all caps, please) is shorthand for California country—as if that weren’t vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group’s resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. The sound of Under Blue Skies is informed by the duo’s shared love of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Eagles, the Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and, of course, the Beatles.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Advance $10/ Day of Show $10 + Fees   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Catonsville, MD-based Timmie Metz Band is a rock music trio. Timmie also plays 150 dates a year solo acoustic. He performs at Clydes every Tuesday at 10:00.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Americana


8:30 PM   -♪-  

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Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, this Boston based band can frequently be found performing across the country, playing alongside bands like The Ballroom Thieves, The David Grisman Sextet, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings and others. Honeysuckle was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist, and has been nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year, and Best Americana Artist of the Year three years in a row at the annual Boston Music Awards.

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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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Members of some of DC's most adventurous groups come together to create a one-night-only sonic experience at the brand-new Union Stage. Guests will sit in beautiful padded seats as they intake a multisensory feast, combining the art of American television with experimental live soundtracking in real-time. Presented by VoidLife Records and Uptown ArtHouse.

  -♪-   $12.00 - $20.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Vinyl Lounge Open Mic Night Sign up any time after 6pm Doors 5:30pm Show 8pm-12am Admission: Free Drink Special: $3 PBR and Bud Lt $5 rail drinks All performers get at least 3 songs; set times may vary

  -♪-   Free!   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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Washington DC’s resident griot, Cheick Hamala Diabate is The Real Deal: a storyteller, poet, historian, and – dare we say – rock ‘n’ roll star straight from Mali. With the griot tradition firmly nestled in his family tree – his cousin is kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate; and his uncle is Djelimady Tounkara, legendary guitarist for the Super Rail Band – his music evokes wisdom from the elders while maintaining an infectious beat, ideal for dancing.

...More artist info...   -♪-   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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