D.C. might turn into a ghost town for Thanksgiving, but by no means does the city become a wasteland. There’s still plenty of awesome shows to see if you’re here for the holidays, the bigger problem is finding out which ones to actually go to. Here are our top picks for the week:
Tuesday, Nov. 21–Sara Curtin Five @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE
This year was a defining moment for D.C. artist Sara Curtin, releasing not only her best album to-date but also establishing her own record label–Local Woman Records. If you missed Curtin perform with her full band last month at Black Cat, head to the Kennedy Center on Tuesday to catch her free show presented by Hometown Sounds.
Wednesday, Nov. 22–Chuck Brown Band @ Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 8:30 p.m./$20-$40
Keeping the Godfather of Go-Go’s legacy alive is the Chuck Brown Band, who will bring the spirit and energy of the late icon’s live performances to Pearl Street Warehouse on Wednesday night. The group–composed of Brown’s daughter KK, son Wiley, godson Frank Sirius and more esteemed musicians–will play a career-spanning set of classic hits and newer medleys representing the best of Brown’s expansive catalog.
Friday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Nov. 25–Odesza, Sofi Tukker, Louis Futon @ The Anthem. Show 7:30 p.m./$59-$399
On tour supporting their third studio album–A Moment Apart–electronic duo Odesza is coming back to D.C. for back-to-back shows at The Anthem this weekend. The group will be supported by Sofi Tukker, who was one of the standout performers at All Things Go Fall Classic last year and made standing out in the drizzly rain and mud worth it. Tickets were originally sold out for Friday’s show but have since become available, so make sure to grab them while they’re still on sale.
Saturday, Nov. 25–Human Country Jukebox @ Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 8:30 p.m./FREE
Led by Jack Gregori, former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, D.C.’s Human Country Jukebox will play a free gig at Pearl Street Warehouse this Saturday. You’ll not only get to see the band’s spirited roots ‘n’ rock show, but also take part in a two-step country dance lesson that you’ll definitely put to use as the night goes on.
Sunday, Nov. 26–Soccer Team @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./$10
Soccer Team’s album Real Lessons In Cynicism was one of my personal favorites of 2015, marking the band’s first proper release in nearly a decade. It’s not often when Soccer Team headlines a gig these days, but when they do, it’s worth the trek to see the veteran four piece perform.
Sunday, Nov. 26–Kamasi Washington @ Sixth and I. Show 8 p.m./$45 advance or $50 DOS
Purveyor of all things inventive and revolutionary in music is Kamasi Washington, who just released a stunning new record called Harmony of Difference. Winding down a busy week of live music in D.C., the esteemed saxophonist and composer will play a set at Sixth and I on Sunday night.