Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
The five shows you need to know this week
Monday, June 19–Rhizome Benefit Show @ Dew Drop Inn. Show 8 p.m./Donations
Rhizome is an avid champion for D.C.’s experimental music and art community, offering a safe space for local creatives to make and showcase their work. On Monday, Dew Drop Inn will host a fundraiser for the Takoma Park-based DIY venue, so make sure to bring your donations and come show your support.
Providing the music are two D.C. acts that mirror Rhizome’s forward-thinking ethos. Penguin is a local supergroup composed of Devin Ocampo (The Effects, Beauty Pill, Warm Sun), Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Renata Burger (Warm Sun) who’ll perform on Monday with Lost Civilizations, a project featuring veteran musicians Ted Zook and Mike Sebastian.
Tuesday, June 20–Thao Nguyen @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE
Falls Church native Thao Nguyen of the Get Down Stay Down is performing another hometown solo show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The event–which is free to get in–will commemorate World Refugee Day on Tuesday, June 20.
Thursday, June 22–Flasher @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
We’re very stoked to present one of D.C.’s best bands of the moment, Flasher, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday for a special intimate performance. The group balances a sweeping mix of influences into their post-punk sound, offering an excellent live music experience that you’ll get to see for yourself on Thursday. Before Flasher’s show, join us at 5:30 p.m. for an art talk featuring a piece of work from the museum chosen by the band. The entire event is free, and there’ll also be a cash bar with beers and snacks on site!
Thursday, June 22–Venn, BRNDA, Valencia @ Slash Run. Show 10:30 p.m.
After Flasher, head up to Petworth to check out another rad show at Slash Run. One of our favorite neighborhood haunts is featuring rising shoegaze quartet Venn, D.C. punks BRNDA and rock stalwarts Valencia.
Friday, June 23–Will Eastman @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE
DJ, producer and owner of U Street Music Hall Will Eastman has been at the helm of the city’s electronic music scene for nearly two decades. As an artist, Eastman has found success via his signature dance parties like Bliss and No Scrubs which have cultivated a loyal following in D.C. Most recently, Eastman released his gorgeous debut album Hilo, which sonically details the emotional roller coaster he experienced after discovering his adoption. At Friday’s show, he’ll perform a set at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with special guest vocalists TT THE ARTIST and Haile Supreme. D.C. artist Kevin Chambers will elevate the experience with his compelling live visuals.