The top five shows you should see this week.
Tuesday, Nov. 1–Words, Beats and Life Hip-Hop Festival. Click here for show times and tickets
For over a decade, local non-profit Words, Beats and Life has been a highly-regarded champion for D.C.’s hip-hop scene. They’ve hosted countless events in the city to educate and activate the community at-large, and now they’re set to launch their own festival this week. Starting Tuesday, Words, Beats and Life will host several workshops, concerts, panels and more events throughout the week at the Kennedy Center and other venues around town. Some of the bigger events on the schedule include a three-day ‘teach-in’ from Nov. 2-5 at the Kennedy Center. Grandmaster Flash and Oddisee are some of the key names set to appear. There’s also hip-hop karaoke on Friday night plus the Top Notch breakdancing competition at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. Check out the complete schedule for more info.
Wednesday, Nov. 2–The Max Levine Ensemble, Shellshag, Vacation, Chill Parents @ Space Jam. Show 6:30 p.m./Cash donation
For all the longtime readers of DCMD, you’re probably more than aware of The Max Levine Ensemble and their infectious pop-punk music. One of the best live performers in the city, the band will play this house show on Wednesday with New York’s Shellshag, Ohio’s Vacation and D.C.’s Chill Parents (who just released their EP last week).
Friday, Nov. 4–K A G and Hand Grenade Job @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
On Friday, Priests’ Katie Alice Greer will play her first show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum under K A G, a solo project that she just released an EP for earlier this month. It’s free to attend, and D.C. duo Hand Grenade Job will also open the show.
Friday, Nov. 4–We Were Black Clouds, Flavor Waster, Wanted Man, and Sunndrug @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15
Two years ago, D.C. post-rock band Black Clouds released their sophomore album, Dreamcation, under Collect Records. Soon after the release, the band ran into several setbacks and personal obstacles that forced them to take a break for a while. Eventually the remaining members regrouped, adjusted their lineup a bit, and changed their name to We Were Black Clouds to reflect the next chapter of their evolution. Their show on Friday night will be the band’s big return, and you’ll also want to get there early to catch D.C. rock bands Flavor Waster, Wanted Man and Virginia Beach’s Sunndrug.
Friday, Nov. 4–The El Mansouris, Shana Falana, Pree, Undercover Dream Lovers @ Otherfeels. Show 8 p.m./$5 donation
DCDIT and Otherfeels have banded together to host this show on Friday. Experimental pop-rock group The El Mansouris joins the ingenious quartet Pree, New York singer-songwriter Shana Falana and The Undercover Dream Lovers for an excellent night of live music at Otherfeels’ house in Mount Pleasant.