While Labor Day weekend is generally considered to be a slow time for live shows, this week seems to be a bit of an outlier. If you’re in town, these are the shows you should go see.
Monday, Aug. 28–Illiterate Light and Dawkins @ Galaxy Hut. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only
Galaxy Hut is a low key spot in Clarendon that gets overlooked for live music, but it’s a great space to check out some of the area’s best up-and-coming talent. One of the standout shows on Galaxy Hut’s calendar is Monday’s lineup, featuring D.C. experimental pop quintet Dawkins and Harrisonburg rock duo Illiterate Light.
Tuesday, Aug. 29–Hothead, Nonzoo, Radiator Greys, Mount Rainer @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Hothead is the project of Baltimore-by-way-of-D.C. artist Laurie Spector, who’s also played with other notable bands around town like Gauche and Foul Swoops. On Tuesday, she’ll bring her solo show to Black Cat and share the stage with Chicago’s Nonzoo and D.C.’s Radiator Greys and Mount Rainer.
Friday, Sept. 1–Champion Sound, Nag Champa, Jenna Camille @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $15
It’s not often that 9:30 Club hosts local acts, and it’s a special occasion when some of our favorites get a chance to play its legendary stage. Friday’s show features some of D.C.’s best live performers all in the same room, a show experience that’s worth your while if you’re around during the long weekend.
Friday, Sept 1-Sunday, Sept 3–Labor Day Weekend Music Festival @ Lincoln Theatre. Show 6:30 p.m./FREE
Also this weekend, there’s a free local music festival happening at Lincoln Theatre. Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, this event is meant to highlight some of the many talented artists that live right in our own backyard. A few of the standout names on the list are songwriters Margot MacDonald and Laura Tsaggaris on Friday, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra on Saturday and Aztec Sun on Sunday.
Saturday, Sept. 2–Pure Disgust, Blazing Eye, Exit Order, Protester, Rashōmon @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12
After putting on many fantastic live shows, D.C. hardcore group Pure Disgust is calling it quits. Their last gig will take place at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday with a jam-packed bill that includes D.C.’s Protester and Rashōmon, L.A.’s Blazing Eye and Boston band Exit Order.