These are the top five shows you should see this week
Wednesday, Oct. 11–Bells Atlas, OG Lullabies, Redline Graffiti @ Velvet Lounge. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
There are few opportunities where different cross sections of the music scene can come together and play in the same room. OTHERFEELS has been doing a great job of making this happen, and they’ve got another solid lineup booked at Velvet Lounge this Wednesday. On top of the smooth R&B stylings of OG Lullabies and soulful electronic offerings of Redline Graffiti, Oakland’s Bells Atlas will close out this fantastic night of live music.
Thursday, Oct. 12–Foo Fighters and The Struts @ The Anthem. Doors 6:30 p.m./Tickets $100+
If you were able to get tickets in time (and afford the $100 price tag, no less), you’ll get to see the Foos headline the grand opening night of one of The Wharf’s newest venues, The Anthem. From the owners of I.M.P., the parent company of 9:30 Club and overall booking juggernat for the D.C. area, The Anthem promises to bring big-named touring headliners to D.C. in a smaller, more intimate setting than your average arena-sized venue. If you’re not going to the show but still want to check out The Anthem this week, tickets are still available for Kaleo (10/14), Trombone Shorty (10/15), Phoenix (10/16), and both LCD Soundsystem shows on the 17th and 18th.
Thursday, Oct. 12–Booker T Jones @ Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 9:30 p.m./Tickets $75
Down the street, another music venue at The Wharf–Pearl Street Warehouse–will open on the same night as The Anthem. From the owners of the soon-to-be-closed waterfront bar and restaurant Cantina Marina, Pearl Street differs from its neighboring venues by offering a more Americana, roots ‘n’ rock and R&B concert slate. Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winner Booker T Jones opens the venue’s first night, who has been a vanguard for modern soul music for over 50 years. Unlike The Anthem, tickets are still on sale for this show if you’re interested in going.
Friday, Oct. 13–Nag Champa, Forces, Dave Klinger @ Velvet Lounge. Show 9:30 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
At the pinnacle of innovation is Nag Champa, a fearless ensemble that has re-shaped performance art in D.C. for the better. Their intrepid, freewheeling approach to music and visual aesthetics is something to be admired and experienced at every chance possible, and what better time than at Velvet Lounge this Friday? The group will share a bill with D.C. experimental band Forces and artist Dave Klinger.
Friday, Oct. 13–Poppy Patica and Keeper @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Washington City Paper will host a free show this Friday, featuring two excellent acts in the D.C. music scene. Poppy Patica brings to the table an expansive approach to pop that’s exemplified on the group’s latest effort, Tripping None. Meanwhile, Keeper has just released a stunning effort of their own–called Salting–that explores the depths of their highly emotive songwriting and musicality. Seeing both of these bands play behind the backdrop of the gorgeous Luce Foundation Center will be a worthwhile concert experience that shouldn’t be missed.