Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
Make sure to not miss these five shows this week.
Wednesday, March 22–Politics and Art @ the Wilson Building. Show 5:30 p.m./FREE
Politics and Art is where the worlds of D.C. politics and art intersect, bringing together local politicians, artists and musicians to the Wilson Building. It’s a free event, with a diverse lineup of D.C. bands slated to perform, including hardcore quintet Loud Boyz, Ethiopian jazz duo Araya & Moges, and improvisation duo Huda & Kamyar. If you’re a musician, you can also join in on the community jam session led by Dior Ashley Brown.
Wednesday, March 22–Elliott Levin, Scott Verrastro, Anthony Pirog, Luke Stewart, Aaron Martin, Nate Scheible, Sarah Hughes @ Rhizome. Show 8 p.m./Donation $8-$10
Rhizome is a champion for some of the most forwarding-thinking live music in the area. During Wednesday’s show, three vanguards in D.C.’s experimental scene–Anthony Pirog, Luke Stewart and Aaron Martin–will perform as a quintet with Philly’s Elliott Levin and Scott Verrastro. Percussionist Nate Scheible and saxophonist Sarah Hughes round out this very talented lineup of esteemed musicians.
Wednesday, March 22–Sneaks and Downtown Boys @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12
A local musician who’s making waves outside of the region is Sneaks, the newest artist to sign with prominent indie label Merge Records. Before releasing her new album, It’s a Myth, on March 31, Sneaks will perform with Providence punk stalwarts Downtown Boys at Rock and Roll Hotel.
Friday, March 24—Marian McLaughlin Trio and Redline Graffiti. Show 7 p.m./Donations
Kicking off the weekend, some of our favorite D.C. acts will play a small show in Brookland on Friday night. The Marian McLaughlin trio–composed of McLaughlin, bassist Ethan Foote and cellist Katie Weissman–will play their expansive musical offerings on the same night as genre-bending band Redline Graffiti. The lineup is a diverse mix of sounds and styles that push musical boundaries and experimentation, so if you’re free on Friday, head to Brookland and watch these two great performers live.
Friday, March 24–Spirit Plots, The Effects, Risk Relay, Zero for Conduct @ Slash Run. Show 8:30 p.m./$5 DOS only
Across town from McLaughlin and Redline Graffiti’s show, Slash Run will host four rock bands from the D.C. area and beyond. After releasing their solid debut album last fall, D.C. rock group Spirit Plots will perform and share the stage with The Effects (a group we’ve profiled many times in this column), along with New Jersey’s Risk Relay and Zero for Conduct.