Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

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Monday, April 20-Monophonics, People’s Blues of Richmond, Congo Sanchez, Time Is Fire, Litz, Ayes Cold, Dubpixel @ Howard Theatre. Show 4:20pm/Tickets $15 advance or $18 DOS

Looking for a good show to hit up on 4/20? The Howard Theatre is throwing a big party this afternoon, featuring a great music lineup. Rising DJ Ayescold, Thievery Corporation’s Congo Sanchez, local psychedelic rockers Time is Fire and more bands will be a part of the big celebration, which starts appropriately at 4:20pm.


Wednesday, April 22-Marian McLaughlin @ Strathmore. Show 7pm/Tickets $17

The talented D.C. singer-songwriter Marian McLaughlin is the latest artist featured in Strathmore’s prestigious artist-in-residence program, and this Wednesday will mark her final performance of the series. We mentioned a few months ago that McLaughlin is working on her sophomore album, Spirit House, which she mentioned in her Kickstarter campaign for the record “represents an adventurous and original endeavor in the meeting of experimental folk-rock, chamber music and lyrical vision.” Her last artist-in-residence show will include a full ensemble that’ll play most of the songs from the new album.


Saturday, April 25-Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival [600 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002]. Show 12pm/Tickets $20

Kingman Island was by far one of the best D.C. festivals we’ve been to, and we’re beyond stoked to head out there again this Saturday. This year’s show will have five music stages scattered across the island, with some of our favorite acts like By & By,Kingsley FloodDelafield String Band, Dead Professional and Sara Curtin (The Sweater Set) performing. There’s also free kayaking, a bike course, food trucks and a ton of other cool outdoor activities to keep you busy.


Saturday, April 25-Tei Shi, Pleasure Curses, Champagne Fever @ DC9. Show 9:30pm/Tickets $12

Once you’re done partying at Kingman Island, take the metro over to U Street and see a couple awesome local bands perform with rising electronic artist Tei Shi. Pleasure Curses has been on a roll this year, as it seems like every week the group has a big show lined up somewhere. Another emerging D.C. electronic duo, Champagne Fever, will open the show as well-rounding out a great night of music.


Saturday, April 25-Janel Leppin, Nathan Bowles, Boat Burning, The Plums @ Babe City. Show 7pm/Donations

Babe City will host yet another incredible lineup this Saturday, featuring some of D.C.’s best experimental acts. The masterful Janel Leppin has launched a few interesting projects outside of the Janel & Anthony name, which includes her accomplished jazz quintet Ensemble Volcanic Ash and a new solo album, Mellow Diamond, that is expected to come out soon. Joining her is multi-instrumentalist and member of Black Twig Pickers Nathan Bowles, the explosive guitar ensemble Boat Burning, and veteran noise-rock band The Plums.