Listening Session: Top Shows To See During Thanksgiving Week
RDGLDGRN at 9:30 Club/Photo by Iana Kozelsky for DCMD
Thanksgiving usually turns D.C. into a ghost town, with a pretty limited amount of shows going on. But, if you are staying in town this week, there are a few great shows to see while you’re here. Here are the three you should know:
Tuesday, Nov. 22–The Marian McLaughlin Trio, Audrey Harrer, Crispin Swank @ Lilly Trotter Tea Lounge. Show 7 p.m./$10 suggested donation
Performing at DIY space Lilly Trotter Tea Lounge is Marian McLaughlin and her live band, featuring bassist Ethan Foote and cellist-vocalist Katie Weissman. Together, this supergroup delivers a lush and genre-defying performance that is best experienced in an intimate venue like Lilly Trotter. Joining the trio is alt-chamber composer, vocalist and harpist Audrey Harrer along with folk artist Crispin Swank.
Wednesday, Nov. 23–RDGLDGRN @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $20
This past week has been a rough one for Reston, Virginia trio RDGLDGRN, who had all their gear stolen while on the West Coast leg of their fall tour. Luckily, the band was able to crowdfund enough money to recoup their losses and were able to resume their tour, which stops at D.C.’s U Hall on Thanksgiving Eve. There’s no opener for this one–just RDGLDGRN and their larger-than-life set that packs enough energy to fill a stadium-sized venue.
Saturday, Nov. 26–Nappy Nappa, Gláss, Rom, Venn, Love Factory @ 453 Florida Ave. Show 7 p.m./Donations
After all the Thanksgiving festivities, head out to 453 and check out the great lineup they’ve got booked for Saturday night. Nappy Nappa is a rising emcee from the area who recently joined Babe City Records’ growing roster of promising new artists. His powerful, raw delivery harnesses the personal struggles that he beautifully illustrates through his music. On Saturday, the young rapper will perform with an all-rock lineup, featuring South Carolina noise-rock band Gláss, D.C. rockers Rom and Venn, and a new group out of D.C./Pittsburgh, Love Factory.