A reunion show, record release party, and an ambitious electronic/orchestral collaboration with some of D.C.’s best musicians helm our top five picks of the week. A few of these shows have a low ticket warning, so make sure to get ’em before they’re gone.
Monday, May 15–Thievery Corporation, Mason Bates, DJ Justin Reed, DJ Striz @ Kennedy Center. Show 7 p.m. and 9 p.m./Tickets $29+
Thievery Corporation, along with some of music’s leading composers, will play a special one-night-only show at the Kennedy Center on Monday. Joining forces with a 22-piece orchestra, the veteran group will perform songs from their lengthy catalog on top of new works from rising composers. Artist-in-residence/Grammy-nominated musician Mason Bates and DJs Justin Reed and Striz will open the show.
For all the Coke Bust fans, this will be the band’s record release and last local show of the year. Plus, you won’t want to miss hardcore quintet Loud Boyz–who are still riding high after the release of their new EP–in addition to local post-punks Bacchae and Disinfectant.
Friday, May 19–The Make-Up, Permanent Waves, Tyvek @ Black Cat. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15 advance or $18 DOS
Among the most memorable live performers in D.C. was The Make-Up. There was nothing that really compared to Ian Svenonius’ manic, off-kilter stage presence, harnessed by the impeccable musicianship of James Canty, Steve Gamboa and Michelle Mae. If you missed their last reunion tour five years ago, this Friday’s Black Cat show is a rare chance to see them in concert once again.
Saturday, May 20–Thaylobleu, Cornel West Theory, Out of Water Experience @ Anacostia Arts Center. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $12
Anacostia Arts Center has amped up its music programming this year to include more shows featuring some of D.C.’s finest bands. One of the standouts on the schedule is Saturday’s genre-bending lineup, featuring the classic rock sounds of Thaylobleu, D.C. hip hop vanguards Cornel West Theory and spoken word/indie hip hop group Out of Water Experience.
Sunday, May 21–The North Country, Tony Kill, Crab Legs, Dangers @ Dew Drop Inn. Show 7 p.m./Donations
The right way to end the weekend is by going to Dew Drop Inn’s show Sunday night. A few of our favorite D.C. musicians are all playing in the same room, with a solo set by the North Country’s Andrew Grossman, producer Tony Kill, Crab Legs aka Leah Gage, and Dan Gleason as Dangers.