The top five local shows this week, plus a short-hand list of other cool events.
Thursday, December 17–Luke Stewart, Jamal Moore, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 5 p.m./FREE
Besides Luce Unplugged, another awesome show the Smithsonian American Art Museum puts on is Take 5, a free monthly concert series where you can see jazz inside the Kogod Courtyard. This Thursday’s show will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chicago non-profit Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, where distinguished local artists Luke Stewart and Jamal Moore will share the stage with AACM’s Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed.
Thursday December 17, Friday the 18 and Saturday the 19–Thievery Corporation @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m. and 8 p.m./SOLD OUT
Keeping with their yearly tradition, Thievery Corporation has once again sold out all three of their December shows at 9:30 Club. If you were able to get a ticket, you’ll get to experience a nice eclectic evening of music with a rotating cast of special guests to keep things interesting.
Friday, December 18–RDGLDGRN @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $18
After releasing their impressive EP in October, RDGLDGRN will come home this Friday for their last show on tour at U Street Music Hall. The Reston trio’s hip-hop infused punk and go-go music makes for a high-energy live show that you shouldn’t miss.
Saturday, December 19–The Walking Sticks, Redline Graffiti, Cautious Clay, Moonlight Mask @ Songbyrd. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $10 or $12 DOS
You can always count on Songbyrd to have a cool show going on at any given night of the week. This Saturday’s all-D.C. lineup features a couple veteran bands and rising stars that we’ve profiled extensively on DCMD. Synth-pop trio The Walking Sticks will headline with electronic R&B band Redline Graffiti and producer Cautious Clay, who’s released some solid remixes this year. Moonlight Mask will also open the show.
Sunday, December 20–UCB/TCB, Loud Boyz, The Cornel West Theory, Drew Kid @ U Street Music Hall. Show 5 p.m./Tickets $15
A night of punk and funk takes over U Street Music Hall on Sunday night. DCMD HarDCore favorites Loud Boyz will share a stage with hip-hop group The Cornel West Theory, jazz fusion artist Drew Kid & The Elevators and members of veteran go-go band UCB and drummer of TCB. John Stabb from Government Issue will host the show with a screening of Salad Days prior to the music at 6 p.m.
Plus other cool shows too…
Monday December 14 and Tuesday December 15–The Arcs and Mariachi Flor del Toloache @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $40
Tuesday, December 15–Jonny Grave (EP release show), Anders Fahey, Laura Schwartz, and Jason Mendelson @ Songbyrd. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS
Tuesday, December 15–Paint Branch @ DC Public Library (403 7th St SE). Show 7 p.m./FREE
Tuesday, December 15–Cricket Cemetery coat drive w/ Highway Cross, Collider, DJ Ian Thompson @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Wednesday, December 16–Foals and Circa Waves @ Lincoln Theatre. Doors 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT
Wednesday, December 16–San Fermin and Sam Amidon @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $20
Friday, December 18–The Hackensaw Boys and Yarn @ Gypsy Sally’s. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $18
Friday, December 18–Government Issue, Supreme Commander, Killer of Sheep, Brief Lives @ Black Cat. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $12
Friday, December 18–Bless and Sneaks @ Capital Fringe. Show 9 p.m./FREE
Friday, December 18–Justin Jones (Toys for Tots benefit) @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $15
Saturday, December 19–Perfect Pussy, Big Ups, and Birth Defects @ Black Cat. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $13
Saturday, December 19–Tigers Are Bad For Horses @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $12
Sunday, December 20–Rick (Pile), Snail Mail, Mattress Financial, and Charlie Down @ Songbyrd. Show 5 p.m./Tickets $10
Sunday, December 20–The North Country, Soccer Team, Near Northeast @ 453 Florida Ave. NW. Show 7 p.m./Donations
Sunday, December 20–Rock-n-Shop @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./FREE