WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 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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Mike Davis and his quintet pay tribute to Cal Massey, one of the greatest jazz composers of the twentieth century. Davis (on trumpet) and his quartet interpret Massey’s compelling compositions and celebrate what would have been Massey’s 90th birthday.

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Tarus Mateen is one of the more sought-after acoustic and electric bassists on the jazz scene. He has also made his mark with a variety of R&B and hip-hop artists, as both a bassist and a producer. A graduate of Atlanta's Morehouse College, Mateen worked for several years down South. Relocating to New York in 1988, he scored the dream gig of many young jazz musicians: a spot in Betty Carter's band. Tamika Love Jones was discovered when a classmate heard her singing (at age 11) and stated she could no longer keep her voice hidden. From then on, Ms. Jones began singing everywhere. Tamika soon caught the attention of Grammy nominated producer Chucky Thompson. The DC native worked with home bred Tamika for several years mentoring her on songwriting, recording and the music business.

  -♪-   $10 in advance; $15 at door   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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“Marshall Keys’ dulcet tones and earthy compositions conjure the spirits of jazzmen past and future.” From mainstream to contemporary, from bebop to hip-hop, he plays the saxophone with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché. Saxophonist Marshall Keys represents as high a level of musicianship as can be found anywhere, and his versatility and strong sense of melody have made him somewhat of an icon in his native Washington, DC. He interprets improvisational music in its many forms and his performance schedule reflects this diversity.

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



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon leads his jazz trio.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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In operation for nearly 50 years, the New Vegas Lounge is a DC institution preceded by its reputation for great music. On the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, they host a special guest band.

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Touring in support of his new release on Mack Avenue Records, Project Freedom , DeFrancesco’s new quartet, features him on the Hammond B-3 — plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist. Accompanying DeFrancesco are drummer Jason Brown, guitarist Dan Wilson and saxophonist Troy Roberts — collectively billed as the People.  Joey DeFrancesco's emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation from the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s until DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie speaker cabinet. The son of "Papa" John DeFrancesco, an organist himself, the younger DeFrancesco remembers playing as early as four-years-old.

...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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The Latin Jazz Ensemble, featuring Orquesta Melao. Orquesta Melao is one of the hottest salsa bands in DC, bringing you Latin sounds for all occasions.

  -♪-   FREE



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Touring in support of his new release on Mack Avenue Records, Project Freedom , DeFrancesco’s new quartet, features him on the Hammond B-3 — plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist. Accompanying DeFrancesco are drummer Jason Brown, guitarist Dan Wilson and saxophonist Troy Roberts — collectively billed as the People.  Joey DeFrancesco's emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation from the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s until DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie speaker cabinet. The son of "Papa" John DeFrancesco, an organist himself, the younger DeFrancesco remembers playing as early as four-years-old.

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



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Rock & Pop


6:00 PM   -♪-  

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The multimedia collaboration features Brendan Canty (Fugazi) on drums, Doug Kallmeyer (Phantogram) on strings and keyboards, and Monica Stroik on video projections. Presented in collaboration with Hometown Sounds.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



Doors: 7:00 PM   -♪-  

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The headlining act is NY-based Emily Yacina. The opening acts are Yohuna and Julian.

  -♪-   $5 to $10 suggested donation   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



Doors: 7:00 PM   -♪-  

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Circles Around The Sun. Few albums have the creation myth of Interludes For The Dead by Neal Casal's Circles Around The Sun. The 10 instrumental jams that encompass the release were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann, the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, to accompany the biographical visuals he was compiling to be shown during set break at the "Fare Thee Well" concerts the living members of the Dead played in the summer of 2015. As guitarist in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and a sometime participant in Dead bassist Phil Lesh's Phil & Friends jam sessions, Casal was a natural for the project; he, in turn, brought on Brotherhood keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy.

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



7:30 PM   -♪-  

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International and multilingual, yet proudly and distinctly canadian, camille miller, aka the “red-headed pop sensation”, has built an extensive career wowing audiences around the world. In late 2016 camille miller released “fight or flight”, her 7th studio album which marked a new sonic direction – a true amalgamation of her significant career experience to date. She has traversed the world with her life and music, and along the way picked up musical elements that she has expertly distilled in to this latest release. Labelled as “braz-pop” by one reviewer, this new sound fuses brit-rock influences with miller’s roots in north american pop songs, and combines with caetano malta’s (producer) brazilian styled guitar, horns and percussion. .

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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A Sound of Thunder delivers a unique and exciting blend of classic heavy metal, progressive, and rock. The young upstarts from Washington, DC pay no heed to trends, focusing on quality songwriting with memorable melodies and riffs that stand the test of time. Founded in 2009 by Josh Schwartz and Chris Hare, the band was later completed when Nina Osegueda on the vocals an Jesse Keen in bass guitar provided dynamics characterized by the band's sound and performance. After releasing several successful albums via crowdfunding, A Sound of Thunder teamed up with Valient Comics to create "Tales from the Dead Side," inspired by Shadowman, a well-known hero character from this publishing house.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10/adv $12/day of   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Syrupy vocals. Gravel undertones. Smoky rhythm. Juxt is a provocative display of sounds and motion hosted by Piano Whitman, Jay Burden & Akira Yasuhara. Their debut album - Coming In Hot - will make your palms sweat and your hair jerk as you fly into restricted airspace.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $12.00 - $20.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Wyland are a four-piece alternative rock band based in a small town outside of the Meadowlands. Their sound, which has elements of atmospheric rock and indie singer-songwriter influence, has received praise for being “Coldplay-esque” and “intense and tasteful melodic rock [that] will resonate with the most endearing Lumineer fan.” CMJ said, “Wyland has an instantly digestible sound". In 2015, the band released a couple demos which eventually led them to appear alongside bands like Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and the Vaccines, to name a few. Their latest EP, In a Sea of Things Unsaid, which was released at the beginning of 2016, was received as “one of the strongest releases from a New Jersey band in 2016” by NJ.com.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10.00 - $12.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



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The headlining act is Interstate Rivals. The opening acts are Barking Carnies, Tentaclaus, and Copes. Interstate Rivals' new EP "Creatures of the Beltway" is set to drop and we'll be giving copies away for free! Interstate Rivals are a post-ska/punk band formed from the dying embers of crappy bands in 2008 in a Beltsville, Maryland basement. With Greg on trombone and Jesse on bass messing around with chords and song fragments while chugging Molsons, we were originally called No Dice. Our common interests in playing ska/punk united us with Kevin on drums and various guitar players named Ben until guitar-hero Adam took over the 6 strings. Trombonist Kenny and Sarah on the alto sax augmented the horn section for a few years until they and Greg decided to go in different directions.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



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Well known in the Mid-Atlantic region for their fun-loving brand of R&B and Rock & Roll, the Johnny Artis Band has been entertaining audiences with its current lineup for years, showing the professionalism and expertise that only comes from the experience of working together to provide the best entertainment possible. Johnny brings everything together with his engaging stage presence, establishing a comfortable rapport with any audience, and keeping them entertained without exception.

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



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Rumor has it that Jonathan Quigley performs every Thursday at 10:00 at Clydes. We, however, can't find any other info about Jonathan...

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Jess and George met at party in 2009, with their spontaneous duet of the Prince song, "Pussy Control". Soon after that they formed a band around a principle of originality and ruthless editing of their work. The name of the band draws inspiration from southern author William Faulkner who would tell his writing students that 'sometimes in writing you must strangle your darlings'. The have written and toured as a full band but once they decided to tour the US full time and live in a 20 foot RV, there was only enough extra room for the little dog. Jess is a trained classical violinist but picked-up cello and discovered that she was actually a bass player.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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  -♪-   $15 - $20   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Americana


8:00 PM   -♪-  

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By & By and Moose Jaw perform in a bluegrass double feature. By & By, “your friendly neighborhood bluegrass band,” brings to roots music — and original material in the bluegrass tradition — “a powerful lead singer, mesmerizing harmonies, and instrumental arrangements tight enough to bounce a nickel on.” Moose Jaw is Prince George’s County, Maryland’s premiere bluegrass ensemble. Organized as a cooperative, they performing traditional, not so traditional, original and not so original tunes for varying audiences throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

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



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Advance $12/ Day of Show $12 + Fees   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:30 PM   -♪-  

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Hollertown is a bluegrass and old-time music band that has played in and around Washington, DC, for nearly ten years. Playing everything from haunting (and haunted) originals, to old-timey standards, to tunes by Mötley Crüe, Bob Marley, and the Texas Tornados, Hollertown has been known to inspire spontaneous dancing, questionable public displays of affection, and glossolalia. It performs monthly for bluegrass nights at both the Argonaut Tavern in the H street Atlas district, and Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill. Hollertown has also been a featured performer at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, as well as top music venues across the DC area.

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



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Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity. Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of-punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger, Western Centuries are clearly a diverse bunch.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $12.00   -♪-   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!



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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La Trifulca is headed by Emmanuel, who plays the bandoneon, or tango accordion. He is from Buenos Aires and has been performing in the area for over 2 years, including at illustrious venues such as Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center. His trio performs primarily Argentine tango (tango, milongas and waltz).

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10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Sahel, like the legendary land that is its namesake, is a band that interprets musical genres influenced by African culture around the world. Performing zouk, reggae, Senegalese mbalax, samba, funny, salsa, and more, Sahel’s music is blended colors of culture on the canvas of African rhythms. Created by its multilingual vocalist and band leader, Jean-Francis Varre, Sahel is inspired by tradition and dedicated to the progress of music that moves the world.

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  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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