Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

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These are the top five shows you should see this week

Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8–All Things Go Fall Classic @ Union Market. Click here for times and dates

This year you’ll get not one, or two, but three days of All Things Go’s Fall Classic festival. Moving back to its original location–Union Market–the larger lineup offers up a more diverse slate of performers than past years. Galantis headlines the first night on Friday, while Young Thug and Foster the People will close-out Saturday and Sunday night’s show. Besides the touring acts, Fall Classic will highlight some of the breakout stars to come from the D.C. music scene, like April+VISTA and Jay IDK.

Friday, Oct. 6–Humble Fire @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE

If you missed our feature story with Humble Fire last month, the D.C. dream rock quartet hit another milestone by releasing their best record yet, Builder. For this particular album, we see Humble Fire speak to overcoming loss and heartache and rebuilding from those experiences. On Friday, watch Humble Fire perform some of the gorgeous songs from Builder live at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Friday, Oct. 6–Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band @ The Hamilton. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $20

Chopteeth is a 12-piece band from D.C. that blends traditional African music with contemporary sounds. Their expansive, larger-than-life performances usually turn into one gigantic dance party. If you haven’t seen them in action yet, The Hamilton is where you should be on Friday night. Chopteeth will celebrate the release of their new record called Bone Reader.

Saturday, Oct. 7–OPUS 1 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods. Show 4 p.m./FREE

OPUS 1 is the newest festival to make its debut in the region. Set in the woods of Columbia, MD, the event will feature over 11 interactive art installations with experimental live music and food selections from local vendors. Hang out on a floating pavilion, or step into a giant cube and watch videos from a 360 degree view. You could potentially do all this and more at OPUS on Saturday, and the entire event is free.

Saturday, Oct. 7–Adams Morgan Porch Fest @ Adams Morgan. Show 2 p.m./FREE

It’s supposed to be a nice day outside on Saturday, so take full advantage of it by going to Adams Morgan’s annual Porch Fest. This is a chance to explore the neighborhood and discover some cool bands–the lineup features a pretty eclectic list of performers like experimental folk group Near Northeast and jazz band Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers.