These are the top five shows you shouldn’t miss this week.
For anyone who reads this column regularly, you’re probably more than aware of D.C. singer-songwriter Aaron Abernathy and his terrific album, Monologue. In a live setting, he always delivers a vibrant, high-powered show that only a gifted, seasoned music vet like himself could pull off. Whether you’ve got a Valentine or not this Tuesday, make sure not to miss Abernathy’s special Valentine’s Day show with Sweet Earl Greene at Songbyrd.
Tuesday, Feb 14–Baby Bry Bry, Brushes, Cinema Hearts @ the W Hotel. Show 8 p.m./FREE
Also on Tuesday, the POV lounge at the W Hotel will serve as the backdrop to a Valentine’s Day dance party, featuring the beloved Baby Bry Bry, rock band brushes and dream rock group Cinema Hearts. It’s free to get in with an RSVP!
Thursday, Feb 16–NappyNappa, GUMP, Martyheem, Atomos, Lil Big Brother @ 453. Show 7:30 p.m./$5-7 donation
The first emcee to sign with D.C. label Babe City Records, NappyNappa, recently released a fantastic new project called New Balance. At just 20 years old, the level of versatility, candor and confidence the Southeast D.C. native displays on his new record soars above what many seasoned rappers much older than Nappa can pull off. This Thursday, go to 453 to see Nappa along with GUMP, Martyheem, Atomos and Lil Big Brother.
Friday, Feb 17–Loud Boyz, Bust Off, Jarvis, XK Scenario @ Slash Run. Show 10 p.m./$7 DOS
On Friday, D.C. hardcore quintet Loud Boyz will bring their explosive live show to one of our favorite Petworth haunts, Slash Run. The band leads a terrific local hardcore lineup that includes the District’s own Bust Off, Virginia’s Jarvis, and D.C.’s XK Scenario.
Sunday, Feb. 19–The Deadmen, Justin Jones, Sara Curtin @ 9:30 Club. Doors 6 p.m./Tickets $25
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen The Deadmen live in concert, but the D.C. folk rock supergroup will return to 9:30 Club this Sunday to help raise money for non-profit No One Left Behind. Opening the show is The Deadmen’s Justin Jones.