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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/11

DC, we know you’ve got the shutdown blues. Now’s the time to go out, support the arts and enjoy the weekend. Here are our #DCmusic show picks for the next three days!

Friday 1/11:
I don’t think we can say it any better than go-go legends The Chuck Brown Band from tonight’s Facebook event. “If you haven’t checked out the City Winery, you won’t recognize what was the old LOVE nightclub in NE DC. Upscale wood and brick with plenty of general admission tables for you to sit at when you aren’t on the dance floor. WIne Inspired, Regionally Influenced, Locally Sourced Menu. WIND …no… WINE us up!”

Saturday 1/12:
Three of DC’s wittiest and thought-provoking singer-songwriters come together Saturday night at Creative Cauldron’s Passport to the World Festival. Heather Mae, Crys Matthews and Louisa Hall all present songs of empowerment and acceptance in a powerful night of uplifting music.

Sunday 1/13:
CapitalBop‘s resurrected monthly Jazz Loft returns to Takoma Park’s Rhizome on Sunday night. Two of DC’s finest improvisers, cellist Janel Leppin and saxophonist Brian Settles, lead their own groups in expanding jazz’s lofty horizons. As all of the Jazz Loft shows, there are no tickets and all door donations go to the artists.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/07

We’re back to help keep your #DCmusic new years resolutions on track. Here are our live music picks for the week to come.

Monday 1/07:
Galaxy Hut saves Monday night again! Tonight head to the Clarendon craft beer bar for “An Evening of Original 60’s era style Psychedelic Classic Rock” from Phantom Scimitar and Stump Devils. Tell ’em Hometown Sounds sent ya.

Tuesday 1/08:
Ginny Hill’s open mic night at Sauf Haus continues its Tuesday night run with this week’s featured act, jazz-funk band Albino Rhino. Signups are open now!

Wednesday 1/09:
Doug Kallmeyer of Super!Silver!Haze! and Verses Records leads his new ambient group The Mantis at the Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray this Wednesday night. The mysterious, cinematic Ice Out get the night started out at 8 PM.

Thursday 1/10:
The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse generously hosts a free night of Americana music this Thursday night. Drew Gibson, thoughtful songwriter originally from Richmond, leads his full band in performing songs from his upcoming album Shipbuilder, with support from Falls Church’s Nicole Belanus and her trio.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/04

Welcome to 2019! If your new year’s resolution is to see more DC music, you have come to the right place. Here we go with live music picks for every day this weekend!

Friday 1/04:
It’s the first Friday of the month, which means The Marx Cafe‘s epic 15 year running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One is back. Tonight catch a live set from new DC band Frend, plus a very special DJ set from Tone‘s Norm Veenstra honoring the late Andras Fekete of Boat Burning.

Saturday 1/05:
We don’t often get to plug shows at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, but the month long Passport to the World Festival always brings some can’t-miss gems to our calendar. Saturday night Jess Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons hosts a septet of DMV musicians paying tribute to legendary country music star Patsy Cline in story and song, including Maureen Andary of the Sweater Set, Karen Jonas and Lauren Calve.

Sunday 1/06:
Head right back to Creative Cauldron on Sunday night for DC native soul singer Cecily‘s Tribute to DC musical history, featuring classics by Duke Ellington, Gil Scott-Heron, and Roberta Flack.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/21

It’s Friday and we still have a #1 music video of the year post to write. Let’s get to it! Here are your #DCmusic show picks for the coming weekend.

Friday 12/21:
We’re going to bet you haven’t heard of Pinot Grisly before. Word on the street is, if you like and miss The Deadmen, check out this brand new band at DC9 tonight. Core band troubadours Justin Jones and John Bustine share the marquee.

Saturday 12/22:
Everyone knows the holidays aren’t complete without an Ugly Sweater Party. Choose your best worst garment and head to Black Cat Backstage for an all-DC band lineup of Fellowcraft, Coral Benders and Color Palette, alums of our Millennium Stage showcase.

Sunday 12/23:
You guys, did you realize that The Messthetics are headlining the Black Cat Backstage on Sunday night? Do you know this is Joe Lally and Brendan Canty from Fugazi, plus guitar shredding wizard Anthony Pirog? Why is this not sold out already? Is everyone leaving town? Plus the lineup includes Anna Connolly and Black Myths, a new duo featuring Luke Stewart on bass and Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III on drums. Merry Christmas eve eve!


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/17

Your week in #DCmusic is here. Hometown Sounds has picks for every night of the week.

Monday 12/17:
We’re still bummed that DC’s legendary jazz venue Bohemian Caverns is closed, but its namesake orchestra led by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera continues to warm our hearts. Their holiday concerts are some of their most popular, and tonight you can see the big band interpret the classics at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE.

Tuesday 12/18:
The Black Cat Backstage continues to kill it with DC music bookings in its final month. Tuesday night Time Is Fire, psychedelic alums of our Millennium Stage series, join Flowerbomb and FuzzQueen, fresh from a west coast tour, in saying farewell to another great space that accomplished so much development of the DC music scene.

Wednesday 12/19:
Three women-fronted bands rocking out hard at DC9 sounds like a solid Wednesday night plan to us! Ginny Hill’s original group Higher Numbers joins The Invisibles and The SuperChargers for a musically inspirational show.

Thursday 12/20:
Look at that, the Black Cat booked another alum of our Millennium Stage series this week! Kenny Pirog’s bluesy rock band Wanted Man headlines the Backstage Thursday night, with support from two rock goddesses, blue-haired Elizabeth II and Maryjo Mattea of Two Dragons and a Cheetah.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/14

As always, we’ve got fantastic, not-sold-out options for you to get out of your house and bring your friends to see some #DCmusic. Here are your weekend picks!

Friday 12/14:
The Blackbyrds are true DC legends, crafting unforgettable R&B and soul jams as “Walking In Rhythm”, “Happy Music” and “Rock Creek Park”. Don’t miss your chance to see them live tonight at City Winery in Ivy City.

Saturday 12/15:
This Saturday the Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse hosts a holiday-themed tribute to Anacostia Delta guitar master Danny Gatton. It’s a rare treat to see both Pirog brothers Anthony (The Messthetics) and Kenny (Wanted Man) shred guitars on the same stage together. Admission is free but RSVP to guarantee admission.

Sunday 12/16:
We have loved CapitalBop‘s intense dedication to DC’s jazz scene for many years (though we confess we can never remember if it’s CapitAL or CapitOL). Their Jazz Loft live music series shows their excellent curation when the right space aligns to host it, though those perfect spaces (Red Door, The Dunes) don’t stick around forever. Now the Loft has a new Sunday night home at Takoma Park’s Rhizome, so make Gio & Luke feel welcome as they host an all-star group including Nate Scheible, Layne Garrett, Sarah Marie Hughes, Steve Arnold, Elijah Easton and Allen Jones. Bring cash for the door and drinks to share.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/11

This is Don’t Stay Home, our twice weekly round up of the finest #DCmusic to check out every night of the week. Let’s get to it!

Tuesday 12/11:
Hey hey, we get to host a show tonight! DC’s gargantuan experimental guitar band Boat Burning takes the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this evening at 6 PM. Expect towering live versions of songs from their recent self-titled EP and some unexpected holiday cheer. Grab a good seat up front starting at 5:30, and remember you can stream the show live online if you can’t make it in person.

Wednesday 12/12:
Intersectional punk takes over the Black Cat backstage Wednesday evening. The ferocious lineup includes Dundalk’s Bust Down and two well known DC bands, Jail Solidarity and Homosuperior.

Thursday 12/13:
The most unexpected announcement of 2018 in DC music was the resurrection of Washington Social Club. The powerful indie pop band fronted by Martin Royle and Olivia Mancini rocked DC stages all through the naughts and went quiet after the sold out hometown shows and national tour supporting their sophomore album Bigger Than Your Boyfriend in 2007-2008. Come hear the classics like “Diamond Hipster Boy” and “Charlie the Russian” along with brand new material Thursday night at the Black Cat. Show up on time for the opening set from Bryan Gerhart’s new band Slow Love.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/07

Don’t stay home! If you do you’ll miss these recommended #DCmusic shows and they’ll never happen again.

Friday 12/07:
Oof, there’s a lot of strong choices to recommend tonight. But we have to give our nod to the sometimes hard rockin’ frontman, sometimes introspective blues scholar Jonny Grave. The State Theatre in Falls Church hosts Grave tonight with an opening set from DC’s Cathy Ponton King.

Saturday 12/08:
Come on Black Cat Backstage, are you trying to make us miss you more when you’re gone with these rad December shows? Saturday night things get dreamy and dancey with three awesome DC rock bands you should be friends with: Lavender, The Colonies and Mystery Friends.

Sunday 12/09:
This Sunday night Pearl Street Warehouse and nonprofit boosters Project HERA host an all star night of DC Women Who Rock paying tribute to the 90s. The list of performers is ridiculously huge, including Lauren Calve, Flo Anito, Hayley Fahey, Emily Henry and on and on and on. On this crowd-pleasing night both the future and the past are female!


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/03

It’s time for the Hometown Sounds #DCmusic picks for the coming week. There’s quality live music every night of the week, and no reasons whatsoever to stay home.

Monday 12/03:
Tonight Galaxy Hut hosts two DC indie rock bands, Oppo and SleepMarks, plus a solo set from Oppo’s Finely Martin. We bet you don’t know them yet. What better way to get acquainted than with some new songs over delicious beers.

Tuesday 12/04:
Vocal jazz group Véronneau have enjoyed widespread acclaim for their 2018 album Love and Surrender, but we think the holidays are the best time to enjoy Lynn Veronneau’s gorgoeus voice and Ken Avis’s worldwide musical influences. Georgetown’s Blues Alley hosts their trio playing music from Snowtime Tuesday night for two shows, 8 and 11 PM.

Wednesday 12/05:
Assuming Takoma Park house venue Rhizome is still standing after tonight’s insane Priests gig, head there Wednesday night for lo-fi punk poets Nice Breeze supporting Toronto’s Clara Engel and Azalia Snail of the duo LoveyDove.

Thursday 12/06:
Chinatown’s Lucky Strike hosts DC’s legendary go-go heroes Rare Essence, along with Jas Funk and DJ Jealousy, on Thursday evening. Bring a toy donation for Cozy Christmas at Gateway DC and party through the overnight scenario.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/30

As the legendary Black Cat moves closer to consolidating their smaller Backstage space, expect a lot of quality #DCmusic show recommendations there. Here are our picks for an awesome weekend full of live music, and this time every single one has an awesome flyer.

Friday 11/30:
Post-punk trio Flasher, featuring members of Priests, Big Hush and Bless, had a breakout year with the release of their debut full length album Constant Image on Domino Recording Company, but they’ve generally opted for touring far & wide over playing DC stages. Tonight‘s show at the Black Cat Mainstage with openers Public Practice from NYC and China’s Gong Gong Gong is your best chance to show them some hometown love.

Saturday 12/01:
The Rock & Roll Hotel‘s Saturday night show serves as the live debut of alt rock band Endless Winter, helmed by Joshua Thomas Hunter of Color Palette and Dance for the Dying. Also featuring indie rockers The Neuro Farm and a rare reunion of Maryjo Mattea and Joel Wu’s duo Two Dragons and a Cheetah.

If you’re feeling more boogie, less rawk, celebrate DC’s top DJ Will Eastman’s birthday at the Black Cat Backstage. With a lineup including Stereo Faith, Ozker, Nick Garcia and more, and drinks by Chad America, you can dance until your legs give out.

Sunday 12/02:
With a few key members moving away from DC, the sprawling ensemble The NRIs are going on hiatus after Sunday night‘s show at the Black Cat Backstage. Catch the emotional, thoughtful and friendly band one last time at the Black Cat Backstage Sunday night with NOVA lo-fi band Woodgrove.