The top five shows you should see this week
Tuesday, May 9–Den-Mate and Odetta Hartman @ W Hotel. Show 7:30 p.m./FREE
If you missed Den-Mate’s record release party at Black Cat, this Tuesday is another chance to see her excellent live show. It’s all happening at the POV Lounge inside the W Hotel, which offers one of the best views of the city. RSVP to the show here.
Thursday, May 11–Humble Fire, Seán Barna, CrushnPain @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $12
A couple weeks ago, Humble Fire shared a beautiful new single and video for “Taliesin,” from their forthcoming record Builder. The album centers on love, loss and overcoming heartbreak by supporting one another through it all. Humble Fire will celebrate the release of their new song on Thursday at Black Cat, which also features local artists Seán Barna and a solo set from CrushnPain.
Friday, May 12–Bumper Jacksons, Be Steadwell, Letitia VanSant @ the Hamilton. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15+
Bumper Jacksons have a knack for putting a modern, refreshing twist on traditional Americana and country-swing music. Their latest full-length, I’ve Never Met a Stranger, offers a slew of catchy songs and stunning harmonies that could only be pulled off by a band as seasoned as Bumper Jacksons. Don’t miss out on seeing them perform the album live this Friday at their record release show.
Saturday, May 13–RDGLDGRN, Dizzy Wright, Nappy Riddem and Mista Selecta @ The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $20
In the middle of their big U.S. tour, RDGLDGRN is making a stop at the Fillmore this Saturday for a special hometown show. This is the last time you’ll see the trio in the area for a while, so make sure not to miss them when they come to town.
Kingman Island is one of the best D.C. music festivals in town, showcasing some of the finest Americana, folk and bluegrass bands from the region. With over eight hours of live music and a chance to hang out on a gorgeous island the entire day, you really can’t beat the experience. Some of the acts that’ll be there include Dom Flemons, Sligo Creek Stompers, Town Mountain, The Woodshedders, Jonny Grave and Justin Trawick with his full band, the Common Good.