Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
Thursday, March 12-Funk Parade Kickoff Party @ Howard Theatre: Funk Parade All-Stars, Batala Washington, DJ Ayescold, Chocolate City Burlesque & Cabaret, Essence of Diva Dancers. Show 7pm/ Tickets $20 advance or $25 DOS
In the spirit of March being National Women’s Month, Funk Parade will host a big kickoff party this Thursday at the historic Howard Theatre. The show will give you a glimmer of what to expect at this year’s event, featuring the Funk-Parade All Star band comprised of members from The Funk Ark, The Good Thing and more prominent local acts. Also of note on the bill is DJ Ayescold, who performed at our third birthday show last month, and Batala Washington who will keep you grooving throughout the night. Consider this your one and only stop for the evening-it’s a pretty jam-packed schedule and you’ll probably find yourself calling it a late night on Thursday. Ticket sales will benefit Funk Parade and domestic violence awareness organization Becky’s Fund.
Friday, March 13-The Deadmen, Tomás Pagán Motta, Wanted Man @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8:30pm/Tickets $15
Rock and Roll Hotel will bring together three excellent D.C. rock acts this Friday. Local supergroup The Deadmen will headline the stage once again with neo-folk artist, and labelmate on 8 Gang Switch, Tomás Pagán Motta (who released his debut new album last week) along with rising psychedelic blues-rock band Wanted Man. All of these acts have headlined a big venue in the District at some point, so seeing them together in one room will be a special treat.
Saturday, March 14-Black Dog Prowl, Spotted Atrocious, Go Cozy @ Velvet Lounge. Show 9:30 pm/Tickets $8 DOS
After seeing District rockers Black Dog Prowl in concert several times, we can assure that their show at Velvet Lounge on Saturday will be well-worth your eight hard-earned dollars. The band always delivers a thundering performance that makes them one of the best local acts to see live. If you haven’t witnessed them in-person yet, you should consider putting “go to Velvet Lounge” at the top of your to-do list for Saturday night.
Saturday, March 14-U.S. Royalty, Made Violent, Pleasure Curses @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7pm/Tickets $18
We’ve been digging some of the new music U.S. Royalty has put out recently, and this Saturday is your chance to see the hometown stalwarts once again after their sold-out show with Dr. Dog in January. A very recent addition to the bill is D.C. synth-pop duo Pleasure Curses, who are one of the few local bands we’ve witnessed that can get any room dancing and hyped for a show.
Saturday, March 14-Waltz Brigade, Letitia VanSant & The Bonafides, Stranger in the Alps, Elena Lacayo @ The Apiary. Show 7pm/$10 suggested donation
Indie folk band Waltz Brigade will celebrate the release of their debut EP at DIY venue The Apiary this Saturday. Joining them is a hearty roster of local Americana and folk acts that includes solo artist Stranger in the Alps, Baltimore’s Letitia VanSant & The Bonafides and Elena Lacayo of Elena & Los Fulanos.