Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
It’s one of those weeks when it seems like everything is happening, but there’s only so much time and money to be spent. If you don’t get to see all your favorite shows this week, at least don’t miss these five.
Friday, May 5–Loud Boyz, NAPPYNAPPA, Bacchae, Jarvis @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $12
D.C. hardcore quintet Loud Boyz will celebrate the release of their new seven-inch record this Friday at Rock and Roll Hotel. Party in the USA captures the band’s piercing, head-thrashing energy for this short and sweet four-track release. For Friday’s show, they’ve brought on board a few rad local acts to make the party complete: rapper NAPPYNAPPA, post-punk group Bacchae and punk band Jarvis.
Friday, May 5–Near Northeast @ St. Stephen’s Church. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
Near Northeast is also celebrating the release of a brand new record this week, called True Mirror. Their sophomore album promises to be a more expansive effort, interweaving folk with electronica, worldly elements and more interesting sounds to mark Near Northeast’s most ambitious record yet. DCMD had the chance to premiere the first single and video from the album last week–“Indali”–and you’ll get to hear the rest of the new tunes at Friday’s show. Aside from the new record, Near Northeast is also releasing a companion cassette for “Indali.”
Joining the group at Friday’s show are openers Lobo Marino from Richmond, Takunda M. from Nashville, and Virginia’s Soumya Chakraverty and Debu Nayak. One dollar from every ticket sale will benefit St. Stephen’s program Loaves and Fishes, which helps feed those in need.
Friday, May 5-6–Breakin’ Even Fest @ Songbyrd. Click here for schedule, set times and tickets
Spotlighting some of the country’s best rock bands, Breakin’ Even returns for a two-day stint at Songbyrd on Friday and Saturday. The festival will feature a nice mix of touring and local acts like Ohio rock trio The Sidekicks, Philly punk band Restorations, Brooklyn punks Worriers along with D.C.’s American Television, Flowerbomb and many more.
Saturday, May 6–Funk Parade @ U Street. Show 12 p.m./FREE
During the day on Saturday, you can catch us at Funk Parade. Sinkane, Sun Ra Arkestra and Backyard Band are scheduled to headline this year’s show, with a slew of music showcases taking place throughout the day and into the early morning hours. One thing you can’t miss though is the Parade, which starts at 3 p.m. and is open for anyone to walk in.
Saturday, May 6–Broccoli City Fest @ Gateway Pavilion. Show 12 p.m./Tickets $69
Broccoli City Fest has come a long way since its inaugural show four years ago, but it hasn’t lost its charm. In fact, it’s supersized its mission to promote sustainable living into a week’s worth of activities, all leading up to the big show on Saturday. Before you’ll even see Solange, Rae Sremmurd and the other acts scheduled to play the main festival, Broccoli City is hosting a 5k race, SXSW-style conference that spans two days, and an Art All Night pop-up in Ivy City.