A supersized top five show list this week, including a few cool things to do for the Fourth of July.
Thursday, June 29–Tuesday, July 4–Smithsonian Folklife Festival @ the National Mall. FREE/Click here for full schedule
All other events aside, Smithsonian Folklife Festival has a solid music lineup in store between Thursday and the Fourth of July. One of the themes that’ll be explored this year is ‘migration,’ showcasing how different countries have influenced American culture (particularly music.) Performers include the human beatbox himself, Grammy nominated D.C. artist Christylez Bacon, who’ll play sets on multiple days including Monday with Shannon Dunne, a creative collaboration mixing hip hop with Irish music. There’s also the Chuck Brown Band on Friday and Afro-blues outfit Kino Musica on Saturday and Tuesday.
Saturday, July 1–Tunnel Vision @ Dupont Underground. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $20+
An underground dance party, underground. Dupont Underground is presenting a carefully-curated lineup of rising local and touring producers plus visual art installations on Saturday night. D.C.’s own Lean Quatifah, a longtime favorite of ours, will be there with Colorado R&B-pop artist Sophie Meiers, Nashville producer Zotti, Maryland’s James P and New York’s Dev Iyer.
Saturday, July 1–Little Bacon Bear, Mike of Doom, Sugg Savage, Furniteur, PB @ 9:30 Club Backbar. Show 11 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS
On Saturday, THIS/SIDE will kick off its first show at 9:30 Club’s cozy Backbar. It’s a new music series with a genre-agnostic approach to curation, showcasing emerging artists from D.C. and beyond. The inaugural lineup offers a little something for everyone, featuring emcees Mike of Doom and Sugg Savage with DJ/producer Little Bacon Bear and a DJ set from Furniteur.
Monday, July 3–Rare Essence, EU, Trouble Funk @ The Howard Theatre. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $25
There’s no better way to celebrate the long holiday weekend than by going to see three go-go greats on one stage. Rare Essence, Sugar Bear and EU and Trouble Funk are hosting a pre-Fourth of July blowout party that will be sure to have you on your feet and singing along to new and old go-go favorites for the entire night.
Tuesday, July 4–Bless, Rips, Jimi Lucid @ Hole in the Sky. Show 8 p.m./$5-$10 donations
If you’re in town on the Fourth and still undecided about plans, check out Hole in the Sky’s party on Tuesday. The Northeast DIY space is presenting Bless and their high-powered live show, with New York’s Rips, Jimi Lucid and a new band making their debut, Ulta Beauty.