Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
It’s another busy week of shows heading into Memorial Day weekend. If you’re sticking around town, here’s what you should have on your radar this week:
While sonically diverse, each of the three acts playing DCDIT’s show on Wednesday represent some of the progressive, future-forward music being made in D.C. Back from their U.S. tour, experimental noise-pop band Br’er plays their homecoming show at DC9, supported by avant-garde folk artist Odetta Hartman and rapper NAPPYNAPPA.
Thursday, May 25–Bad Moves @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
We’re coming back to the Smithsonian American Art Museum this Thursday to present D.C.’s own Bad Moves. Composed of some notable local names in the music scene like David Combs (The Max Levine Ensemble), Daoud Tyler-Ameen (Art Sorority for Girls), Katie Park (Hemlines), and Emma Cleveland (Booby Trap), this will be the band’s first D.C. show since returning from their European tour. Don’t miss out on their performance and the art talk that kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 26–The Sea Life, Nag Champa, Go Cozy @ Smith Public Trust. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
A show we’ve been looking forward to for some time now: D.C. quartet The Sea Life will celebrate their first record in four years on Friday night. The latest batch of tracks the band has put out so far present a comparable cathartic energy highlighted in their past works, while also revealing the group’s evolution as both songwriters and musicians. Their party at Smith Public Trust on Friday features a stacked D.C. lineup composed of local vanguards Nag Champa and Babe City Records’ labelmates Go Cozy.
Friday, May 26–FootsXColes, BlaqueStone, Tony Kill @ Colony Club. Show 8 p.m./FREE
Across town from Smith Public Trust, a few rising stars in D.C. hip hop and soul will play a show at Colony Club on Friday night. A duo making waves around the region is FootsxColes, a project helmed by classically-trained pianist Coles and skilled drummer Foots of local group Marlee in the Mixx. Also featuring synth/keyboardist Deon Moon and guitarist Pedram Rahmatabadi, the band creates beautifully textured, soulful sounds that pair well with the smooth R&B offerings of BlaqueStone and spaced-out production of Tony Kill.
Saturday, May 27–Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra @ Petworth Rec Center. Show 7 p.m./FREE
Starting this Saturday, Petworth Jazz Project comes back for another season of free concerts. Headlining the first show is one of the area’s best jazz groups, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, who’ll play two 45-minute sets at Petworth Rec Center’s lawn. Bring your blanket to the park and enjoy the good vibes, good music and nice weather on Saturday evening.