These are the top five local shows you should see this week. Also check out our Outdoor Music Guide for more show ideas.
Tuesday, July 18–Stranger in the Alps @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage has hosted some of the area’s most talented musicians, so it was only a matter of time before Stranger in the Alps got to perform there. Tuesday is your chance to hear Stranger in the Alps’ inventive, multi-layered folk sound live at a free show presented by Hometown Sounds.
Thursday, July 20–Wylder and Skout @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $12
Wylder is a band who seems to understand, more than most, the science behind making a solid pop record. The quartet has built a sizable following for its feel good folk music jam packed with big, memorable hooks that stay stuck in your head for days on end. On Thursday, check out their show at Black Cat’s backstage with Brooklyn folk duo Skout.
Saturday, July 22–Aztec Sun, Big Mama Shakes, Bencoolen @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15
Rock and Roll Hotel’s lineup on Saturday night features one of the funkiest bands in the District, Aztec Sun. The group will come ready with its big, brassy sound and high-energy live show that will make even the most conservative person bust out some dance moves.
Sunday, July 23–Raygunomics and Maps Glover @ Capital Fringe. Show 8:30 p.m./FREE
Local visionary and vanguard Jamal Gray is one of the hardest working artists in D.C. After hosting a month-long festival at Capital Fringe in April, he’ll return to the venue this Sunday to present his new audio visual project, Raygunomics. Gray, along with local artists Kwesi Lee and Dajando Smith, will perform future-forward electronic music paired with creative visuals to tie the whole experience together. The group will be joined by artist Maps Glover to close out this year’s Capital Fringe Festival.
Sunday, July 23–The Max Levine Ensemble, Good Shade, Cherry, Psychic Subcreatures @ Comet Ping Pong. Doors 7 p.m./$5-$10 suggested donation
Across town from Capital Fringe is another rad show happening at Comet Ping Pong. The venue’s back room will play host to one of our favorite bands from the area, pop punks The Max Levine Ensemble, who’ll share the stage with Ohio’s Good Shade, Philly’s Cherry and D.C.’s Psychic Subcreatures.