WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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


7:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Hot Club of DC celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli as it was played before and as it has evolved today, more than 100 years later. Their repertoire covers some of the 1920s ~ 1950s American Jazz Standards, Django's tunes and some of his contemporaries, Classic French songs and a few Eastern European traditional tunes.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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In two decades of music Kenny has gained the love of many listeners across the country. This Maryland native is heavily connected to the DMV music scene, deeply rooted in the R&B, Funk and Go-Go styles so prevalent in the area. Though he may not have yet gained national recognition for his work, he has gained an immeasurable amount of love from those who know his music intimately and those who are just becoming familiar.

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



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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The Loungers is an ambient jazz trio of saxophone, electric guitar and bass.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Weekly jazz jam hosted by Herbert Scott and Aaron Myers.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Joseph Brotherton is a jazz trumpeter and plays with his quintet and special guests.

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



8:00 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!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Hard-rocking blues-soaked guitarist/vocalist/song-writer Tinsley Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. Ellis attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, following in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. His live shows feature extended fretwork filled with melodic and rhythmic experimentation, in the spirit of jam bands like his friends Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis "the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell." Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut, GEORGIA BLUE, in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another.

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



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Quill in-house pianist, Peter Robinson.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Hard-rocking blues-soaked guitarist/vocalist/song-writer Tinsley Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. Ellis attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, following in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. His live shows feature extended fretwork filled with melodic and rhythmic experimentation, in the spirit of jam bands like his friends Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis "the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell." Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut, GEORGIA BLUE, in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another.

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



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Rock & Pop


6:00 PM   -♪-  

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A Brazilian singer, songwriter, and filmmaker, Ava Rocha was listed by The New York Times as one of the finest artists of 2015. Rocha plays classic Tropicália with a punk rock twist, psychedelia, and pop.

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7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Vanny is an 20-year-old singer/songwriter and musician from Silver Spring, Maryland. Her music is influenced by a wide variety of genres including Pop, Indie Pop, R&B, Classic Rock, Reggae, and Jazz Fusion. She has been playing guitar since the age of eleven and singing since the age of eight. She has grown very fond of the art and loves to write music and perform. Over the years as a kid she has been experimenting with different styles of music to come up with the unique sound she has today.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



Doors: 7:00 PM   -♪-  

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American singer, songwriter and spoken word artist. Born May 3, 1989.

  -♪-   $20.00 - $22.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Fans of Suzanne Vega, Julien Baker, Elliot Smith and Waxahatchee will fall in love with deer scout. Before transferring to Oberlin College, Dena Miller spent the first week of her freshman year in her dorm room, writing her first EP. Finding a home in the Philly music scene, she released Customs, titled after the college orientation program she skipped. The songs on Customs are introspective, haunting and melodic, reflections on childhood and growing up. “We could see Miller taking her career in a pop goddess route just as easily as an indie rock queen – and it’ll be a journey to keep your eyes on in either case," wrote WXPN's The Key. Customs reflects the influence of an upbringing around traditional folk music, while her newest single, 'Sad Boy, takes a step in the synth pop direction, painting a portrait of the liberal arts bro in the digital age of aestheticized emotion.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10/adv $10/dos   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:30 PM   -♪-  

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The Grateful Dead and their music have had a significant influence on all of our lives. Through the brotherhood of Deadheads we have gotten to know so many people and have made so many really good friends. And it is thanks to these friends that we offer this tribute to a band that means so much to so many people. The Dead never failed to please and the thousands of Deadheads that keep the music alive are a tribute to a band that has a never ending story. Beggars Tomb recreates the music from different eras in a faithful representation to the original artist. We play accurate renditions of all the classic Grateful Dead tunes. Their spirit lives on at our shows and in the musical renditions by Beggars Tomb.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $8 + Fee at the Door   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Brent Peterson, of Brent & Co., performs every Wednesday night at Clyde's. Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul. Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences nationwide. After touring on the 2012 release Not How We Dream EP, Brent & Co. are eager to unleash their new music on the world and continue bringing their live show to fans far and wide. The strength of their live show, naturally, starts with the band members themselves. Theirs is a brotherhood forged on the road - in a station wagon - with over 250 acoustic & full band shows a year. Vocalist/guitarist Brent Peterson is joined on stage by drummer Dominic Fragman, saxophonist Derrick Michaels, and bassist Joe Martone. While the members of Brent & Co. come from varied musical backgrounds, their strong musicianship ties their sound together seamlessly.

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



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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See-I was founded by brothers Arthur “Rootz” Steele and Archie “Zeebo” Steele, who have toured and performed for over 15 years as frontmen for the Thievery Corporation live band. See-I is comprised of Rob Myers on guitar, Ashish Vyas on bass, Jeff Franca on drums, Frank Mitchell on saxophone and Salem Steele on keyboards, all of whom live within the Nation’s Capital. From humble beginnings in North Carolina, the Steele Brothers got their start singing in the church choir and were soon transfixed by the funk, soul and rock sounds they heard on the radio in the 1970s. Decades of musical depth and experience are the secret weapons they bring to the table, both live and in the studio.

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



Doors: 10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Aaron Velasquez aka Flamingosis creates sample-based musical compositions from the inner depths of his mind.

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



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Americana


8:30 PM   -♪-  

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Washington DC's best Live Band Karaoke - Once you go live you won't go back! You sing, the HariKaraoke Band backs you up in style.

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



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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A taste of Texas in the nation’s capital, a bit of Dixie in the District, The Human Country Jukebox plays the best classic country and western songs by the likes of Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and more.

  -♪-   Cover charge not indicated   -♪-  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.

  -♪-   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!



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Rico Amero, who plays soulful jazz and blues, hosts the Madam's Organ open mic night. Performers are generally given 15-minute sets, though that could change given the number of performers. Performers can play up to 3 sets. Mics and cables are provided, and there is a house guitar. Madams Organ is open until 2:00 a.m.; all genres and spoken word are welcome; no vulgar language.

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



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Jill Parsons brings New York-style piano bar to Shaw.

  -♪-   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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