Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week


Looking for a good show to hit up this week? Check out our top five local picks, plus a short-hand list of other notable concerts happening this week. Also, don’t sleep on our Free Outdoor Music Guide.

Wednesday, August 19–Bumper Jacksons @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE

Bumper Jacksons, who just celebrated the release of their new album at The Birchmere, will grace the majestic Millennium Stage for a free show. The band’s distinctive sound incorporates jazz, country swing, Americana and more elements that make them an interesting band to see live. If you’re already worn out from the work week and need an escape, pick your spirits back up by seeing this show on Wednesday night.

Friday, August 21–AG/LG, Baby Bry Bry, Stronger Sex, Alex Tebeleff @ Bathtub Republic. Show 7:30 p.m.

Before Bathtub Republic moves to a new house, there’ll be one last show at the Columbia Heights space on Friday. The strong lineup includes AG/LG, featuring Andrew Grossman of The North Country and Leah Gage of BRNDA, experimental noise-pop trio Stronger Sex, Paperhaus’ Alex Tebeleff and the incomparable Baby Bry Bry.

Friday, August 21–Empresarios and Black Masala @ The Hamilton. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $15+

When we invited Empresarios to perform at Funk Parade this year, the band was one of the standouts from the all-day event. Owning their self-described ‘tropicaliente’ sound, the animated group is able to get even the most conservative crowd on their feet and grooving. The same can also be said of Black Masala, who will bring the gypsy brass offerings to The Hamilton for a fun and lively night of music.

Saturday, August 22–Ben Tufts and Friends @ Jammin Java. Show 2 p.m./Tickets $12+

Each year, D.C. musician Ben Tufts hosts a massive show to raise money for the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund, an award dedicated to his late father. This year’s event, which is practically a mini-festival, features over a dozen local bands and artists like The Cowards Choir, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, Letitia VanSant & the Bonafides and A Marc Train Home. There’s an option of buying separate tickets to the afternoon and night shows for $12 each, or you can save some cash and get a full-day pass for just $20.

Saturday, August 22–Babe City Records’ One Year Anniversary w/ Young Rapids, The Sea Life, The Max Levine Ensemble, Den-Mate, The El Mansouris @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $15

Only a year old, Babe City Records has quickly become one of the top labels in the area. Its growing roster includes notable local names like Young Rapids, The Sea Life and rising solo artist Den-Mate, who will all perform on one stage this Saturday at 9:30 Club. Rounding out the excellent bill is veteran pop-punk outfit The Max Levine Ensemble and experimental rock supergroup The El Mansouris.

…plus other cool shows to check out this week

Thursday, August 20–Nicolas Jaar, Brian Billion @ U Street Music Hall. Show 10 p.m./SOLD OUT

Friday, August 21–Big Hush, Zula, Gauche, Et Al. @ Above the Bayou. Show 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 23–Amanda X @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS