Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
Here’s where you should spend your hard earned dollars this week.
Friday, September 15–FootsxColes, Saba Abraha, St.Clair Casto, OG Lullabies, OPAL, Dreamcast, Lundazi @ 9:30 Club. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $16
Otherfeels has been a relentless advocate for the D.C. music scene, putting rising artists on the map through its carefully curated showcases. Typically these shows are intimate music experiences either at the Otherfeels home or another arts venue that ties into its aesthetic. But on Friday, Otherfeels is taking things up a notch with a big event set at the 9:30 Club. Get acquainted with some of D.C.’s up-and-coming acts while also supporting local non-profit City Blossoms–$1 from each ticket sale will benefit the cause.
Friday, September 15–Sunday, September 17–Sonic Circuits Festival @ Rhizome. Various show times/ticket prices
For years, Sonic Circuits has brought attention to the forward-thinking artists who live in the D.C. area with its annual festival. To really make the most of Sonic Circuits, you have to come in with an open mind and appreciation for performance art of all types. Every act on the festival lineup will deliver a progressive, highly-intimate show that’s unlike anything you’ve seen in a while (or ever, probably). Make sure not to miss it.
Friday, September 15–Crescent Dream @ Northeast D.C. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $20
It wouldn’t be accurate to describe ROAM and Meso Creso’s shows as typical ‘dance parties.’ These two D.C. music collectives really go out of their way to make every event a multi-sensory music experience. On Friday, ROAM and Meso Creso will transform an undisclosed warehouse in Northeast D.C. into a ‘Mesopotamian-inspired dreamland,’ complete with live aerial silk performances, art installations, live visuals and music from ROAM resident DJs Lisa Frank and Sami plus Meso Creso resident DJs mettabbana and V:shal Kanwar.
Saturday, September 16–H Street Festival. Show 12 p.m./FREE
The mother of all D.C. neighborhood festivals comes back this Saturday. It’ll get pretty hectic on H Street once things get going, so the best thing to do is to show up early. Besides music outdoors, many businesses will have live music indoors, including Rock and Roll Hotel for its annual Brodown Throwdown celebration.
Sunday, September 17–Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and the World. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $25
Wrapping up a summer-long exhibition that pays tribute to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, D.C piece, the Hirshhorn will celebrate her contributions to the art world with a special concert featuring Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance) and Moor Mother. All three artists will perform works from Ono and play their own original music.