Not going to SXSW this year? There’s still plenty of great shows to see around town this week.
Wednesday, March 16–Politics & Art @ The Wilson Building. Show 5:30 p.m./FREE
This Wednesday, we’re co-hosting Politics & Art with Washington Performing Arts, Listen Local First and more great people in the music scene. You can catch music performances from some talented DC acts like Sara Curtin, Nag Champa and Kokayi, plus art installations, poetry, dance performances and a jam session to join in on. Local politicians will also get on stage and share their hidden talents, and it’s completely free to go!
Wednesday, March 16–GoldLink, ESTA, Chris McClenney @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $25
One of the most promising artists to come from D.C. in the last few years is future bounce MC GoldLink, who sold out 9:30 Club the last time he was here in July. His debut album was one of the most impressive releases to come out in 2015, and at this point it’s only a matter of time before you’ll see him crossover into mainstream success.
Thursday, March 17–Black Masala, The Funk Ark, Definition Of One @ Jammin Java. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $15 DOS
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, which means if you go out and celebrate you’ll only have one painful day at work before the weekend. The best show to see on Thursday goes to Black Masala and The Funk Ark, two bands who always know how to throw a great party when the occasion arises.
Friday, March 18–The North Country, My Son Bison, Sean Barna @ Comet Ping Pong. Doors 10 p.m./Tickets $12
One commendable quality that D.C. rock band The North Country and singer-songwriter Sean Barna share is their unmatched dexterity when it comes to songwriting. It’s great to see both of these talented acts on the same bill, with Philly folk outfit My Son Bison added to the mix to make this show one of our top picks of the week.
Saturday, March 19–The Obsessives, Yours Are the Only Ears, Broken Beak, Keeper @ Above the Bayou. Show 7:30 p.m./Donations
The reason why Above the Bayou is one of the best DIY venues in the city is because of its consistency. Just about every week you can count on them to have a solid lineup booked, and Above the Bayou’s show on Saturday is no exception. Philly-by-way-of-D.C. rock duo The Obsessives will perform with Yours Are the Only Ears (feat. Susannah Cutler of Epoch collective and LVL UP’s David Benton), Broken Beak (feat. members of Modern Baseball) and emerging D.C. rock outfit Keeper.
Plus other cool shows this week…
Wednesday, March 16–Foxing @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $13
Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18–J Roddy Walston & the Business @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 19–2Chainz @ Echostage. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $35