Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
The five shows to have on your radar this week. For more live music, also check out our newly-released list of free summer outdoor concerts.
Monday, June 12-Sunday, June 18–D.C. Jazz Festival. Various venues and times
D.C. Jazz Festival is one of the largest annual music events in the city, with a jam-packed schedule that stretches over a week. There’s way too much happening to list every single event, but some highlights if you’re thinking about going: funk pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra at Capital Fringe, the three-day Jazzfest at the Yards and the Jazz in the Hood series at Gallery O on H Street.
Wednesday, June 14–Cigarette, Kinlaw, Raygunomics @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Black Cat’s backstage show on Wednesday offers up an all-embracing mix of interesting music. In one night, you’ll get to see the meditative, celestial rock sounds of D.C. group Cigarette, multidisciplinary New York artist Sarah Kinlaw, and local vanguard Jamal Gray’s musical project, Raygunomics.
Wednesday, June 14–D.C. Punk Archive Rooftop Show @ Woodridge Neighborhood Library. Doors 6 p.m./FREE
While the MLK Library is undergoing a major renovation, their popular basement shows have temporary moved from its subterranean digs to a brand new rooftop for the summer. The first show of the season kicks off on Wednesday with the Elliott Levin Quartet–featuring David Hotep (Sun Ra Arkestra), Luke Stewart and Nate Scheible–and weed tree. It’s a small space, so make sure to get there early if you plan on going!
Thursday, June 15–Marian McLaughlin, Boss Company, Boomscat @ Rhizome. Show 8 p.m./Donations
Folk, R&B and everything in-between will be showcased at Rhizome on Thursday night. Each act on the lineup offers up a distinctly unique vibe that cohesively fits together, from avant-garde folk by Marian McLaughlin to the soulfully-divine sounds of Boomscat.
Sunday, June 18–Two Inch Astronaut, Bad Moves, Maneka @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
One of the most highly anticipated albums to come out this month belongs to Maryland trio Two Inch Astronaut. Their new record, Can You Please Not Help, marks another excellent release from the band that’ll be celebrated this Sunday at Black Cat’s backstage. With D.C. power-rock quartet Bad Moves and Brooklyn’s Maneka also performing, this is a show that is not-to-miss.