Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
Don’t miss out on these five shows this week.
Monday, November 6–Raygunomics, Burnt Norton, Cool Schmool, Golden Papo @ Atlas Brew Works. Show 7:15 p.m./$7-$10 cash donation
Atlas Brew Works presents two new projects helmed by some of D.C.’s finest musicians. Raygunomics is the brainchild of Jamal Gray, Kwesi Lee and Dajando Smith, who describe their latest project as a ‘soundscape for the apocalyptic present.’ Their visionary approach live music and visual aesthetics will pair well with Burnt Norton, a new multimedia project from rock duo Dove Lady and artist Ashley Shey. Joining both acts are Portland punk act Cool Schmool and Golden Papo–a solo project of Go Cozy frontman Homero Mariano Salazar–so there’s a little something for everybody at this show.
Wednesday, November 8–Klezmer+Bacon and Contra Ponte Project @ Songbyrd. Show 7:30 p.m./$8 advance or $10 DOS
During the course of its 10 day run, the Washington Jewish Music Festival will host nearly two dozen events at multiple venues across town. One of the highlights on its ginormous schedule will take place at Songbyrd on Wednesday, as beatboxing extraordinaire Christylez Bacon and accomplished jazz instrumentalist Seth Kibel debut their new hip-hop and klezmer music collaboration. Washington Jewish Music Festival artist-in-residence Simone Baron will also present the Contra Ponte Project, a group that blends together Jewish, Brazilian and jazz influences into their live show.
Thursday, November 9–Backyard Band, Rare Essence, The Junkyard Band, Uncalled 4 Band @ Echostage. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $48
Go-go makes its triumphant return to Echostage on Thursday night. It might be a good idea take a disco nap or maybe even drink a Red Bull or two beforehand, with a start time of 10 p.m. and four legendary go-go bands scheduled to play, it will be a very long–but excellent–night of music.
Friday, November 10-Sunday, November 12–Catharsis on the Mall. Click here for show times and dates/Free
Their giant naked woman statue might have been denied by park officials, but for Catharsis on the Mall, the show must go on. For the uninitiated, think of the festival as a smaller version of Burning Man. It’s a free event that takes place annually at the Washington Monument, offering live music, visual art, discussions, lectures and a vigil all centered around social activism and community healing. This year’s theme is billed as “Nurturing the Heart,” bringing attention to abuse and discrimination against women. The 46-foot-tall statue in question was meant to be the centerpiece for the event, but in its place festival organizers are now proposing a 26 foot tall digital print of a nude woman instead.
Friday, November 10–Mista Selecta and Mane Squeeze @ U Street Music Hall. Show 10:30 p.m./$10 advance or $15 DOS
After selling out their last show at U Hall, local producers Mista Selecta and Mane Squeeze will bring their monthly dance party back to the venue on Saturday night. Together, they bring the energy on the dancefloor to a fever pitch, offering a diverse and well-traveled music experience that highlights their distinctly eclectic tastes.