Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

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You know those times when it feels like every big event is happening during the same weekend? That would be this week. If you’re going to be in town, there’s definitely no shortage of great shows to see.

Also, this is my weekly obligatory post to mention that we have a comprehensive list of free outdoor concerts. We’ve added more shows–including Fort Reno–to that list, so make sure to check it out.

Wednesday, July 12–Cigarette, Sir E.U., Rob Stokes @ Woodridge Neighborhood Library. Show 6:30 p.m./FREE

Spend a nice evening outdoors watching some of D.C.’s finest acts play on a scenic rooftop…for free. The D.C. Punk Archive will host another one of its monthly concerts at Woodridge Neighborhood Library’s brand new roof in Northeast D.C. This particular show offers a more eclectic lineup than we’ve seen before, featuring local rockers Cigarette and emcee Sir E.U. with Rob Stokes.

Friday, July 14-Saturday, July 15–Farewell 16th Street @ 16th Street House. Click here for show times and schedule

Well, this is a bummer: house venue 16th Street House is closing its doors for good. But before that happens, the space will host one last party with over two dozen D.C.-area bands. Many of our favorites like The Cowards Choir, Jonny Grave, The North Country and The Sweater Set will play during this two-day event that will also benefit the The Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund.

Friday, July 14–Dawkins, April+VISTA, St.Clair Castro @ Uptown Art House. Show 8 p.m./$10 cash donation

Dawkins recently dropped an impressive EP last month that you’ll get to hear live at their record release show this Friday. The lineup also features two more visionaries in the music scene, April+VISTA and St.Clair Castro, that you won’t want to miss. It’s all happening at Uptown Art House, a very rad DIY arts space that just opened in Cleveland Park.

Saturday, July 15–Sweetlife Block Party @ Sweetgreen. Show 5:30 p.m./SOLD OUT

Hopefully you were able to snag tickets in time to this one. On Saturday, Sweetlife will return to its roots as a free block party outside of Sweetgreen’s Dupont location. Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange will headline the show, with a local DJ lineup curated by the guys at All Things Go. If you didn’t get tickets yet–which are free–you can always sign up on the waitlist and hope for the best.


Saturday, July 15–Merriweather Post Pavilion’s Anniversary Party. Show 6 p.m./Tickets $55+

This option is a bit pricer and farther out of the way than the others, but it’ll be worth your while. In its storied 50 year history, Merriweather Post Pavilion has hosted the likes of music icons like Pink Floyd, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, John Denver and many more greats that would take wayyy too long to name in this little column. Saturday’s show will celebrate the venue’s 50th birthday milestone with Maryland’s own Father John Misty along with Willie Nelson and Grace Potter.