Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
These are the five shows you should see this week
Thursday, Aug. 24–Aaron Abernathy @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 5:30 p.m./FREE
We’re coming back to the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday to present another free Luce Unplugged show. D.C.’s Aaron Abernathy is a jack of all trades in the industry–he’s an accomplished artist who’s served as the music director for Slum Village and Black Milk, and has collaborated with other notable acts like Jack White, The Foreign Exchange and Eric Roberson. Besides his work behind the scenes, Abernathy has also built a successful solo career for himself. Don’t miss one of D.C.’s best live performers play in one of D.C.’s best venues.
Friday, Aug. 25–Up From the Underground & Beyond @ Dupont Underground. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $28-$50
Musicians, graffiti artists, DJs and more creatives will come together to support Dupont Underground’s fundraiser, Up From the Underground & Beyond. Talented local cellist Wytold will perform at the top of the night, with Jordan-born and D.C.-based producer NEBO leading the dance party that follows. All proceeds will go towards Dupont Underground’s Facilities Improvement Campaign, and if you purchase a $50 ticket you’ll also get a limited-edition t-shirt on top of your entry.
Saturday, Aug. 26–Spaceface, Dawkins, The Effects, Zak Forrest @ Dew Drop Inn. Show 9 p.m./$10 suggested cash donation
Brookland bar Dew Drop Inn has become an important champion for the local music scene, and also a space where you can find D.C.’s most interesting bands. On Saturday, DCDIT presents a progressive bill featuring psychedelic rock, experimental pop and everything in between for a forward-thinking night of music.
Saturday, Aug. 26–The Cowards Choir, Run Come See, The Pinkerton Raid @ IOTA Club. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $12 DOS only
The Cowards Choir is the moniker of D.C. music vet Andy Zipf, who makes soulful rock music with collaborators Maureen Andary, Sara Curtin, Logan Lamons, Alissa Moore, Ryan Walker and Dayana Yochim. Saturday is your chance to see all these talented musicians share one stage, a show that’s highly recommended if you’re still without plans on this night.
Sunday, Aug. 27–Drop Electric, Small Leaks Sink Ships, We Were Black Clouds @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $15
We’re living in some truly frightening times right now, and the anxiety and violence has only intensified as our ‘president’ continues to support hate groups. Last week, Portland label Floating House Recordings and non-profit Unity Productions Foundation released a compilation album Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia to bring attention to the bullying and hate crimes targeted at American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. The record is harnessed by a series of concerts that will take place around the country to support the cause, one of which is happening on Sunday at Black Cat. D.C.’s Drop Electric–one of the bands featured on Philia–will headline the show with another fantastic D.C. group–We Were Black Clouds–and Oregon’s Small Leaks Sink Ships. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Unity Productions Foundation, an educational group that specializes in combating Islamophobia.