Top 7 Shows You Should See This Week in D.C.
Back from the holiday break, this week is jam-packed with shows at some of our favorite venues around town. Here are some of the ones we’re looking forward to:
Monday, November 27—St. Vincent at The Anthem. Doors 6 p.m./$44-$59
Something that might cure your post-holiday blues: touring behind her new album, Masseduction, St. Vincent will bring her free-spirited live show to The Anthem on Monday night. Surprisingly, tickets are still not sold out yet, so grab ’em while there are still $44 seats left.
Thursday, November 30—NUEX at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
After a short break, D.C. Music Download is coming back with not but two shows at the Smithsonian American Art Museum before the end of the year. The first is with the fantastic D.C. pop duo NUEX, who was one of a handful of local acts chosen to represent D.C. at South by Southwest this year. As always, it’s a free show that’ll feature a staff-led art talk at 5:30 p.m. and a fully-stocked bar with drinks and light snacks.
Friday, December 1—Priests, Black Myths, Mellow Diamond at 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $17
D.C.’s crown jewel Priests is coming back for its biggest hometown gig yet this Friday. From start to finish, it will be a phenomenal show supported by Black Myths and one of the hardest working musicians out there, Janel Leppin aka Mellow Diamond. Best of all, $1 from every ticket sale will benefit local non-profit Casa Ruby, which has been a crucial resource to the local LGBTQIA community for last several years.
Friday, December 1—Bon Iver at The Anthem. Doors 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT
Across town from 9:30 Club, its sister venue The Anthem will host Bon Iver’s sold-out show on Friday night. Hope you can get tickets from someone before then–seeing them perform live with The Anthem’s fantastic sound system will be a real treat.
Producer and U Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman has played a big part in shaping D.C.’s electronic music scene into what it is now. Saturday night will be a celebration of his birthday and all of his accomplishments, featuring friends and fellow producers Outputmessage, Julius Jetson and Nick Garcia. Besides the music, there’s also an open bar for those that want to get the party started early from 10 p.m.-11 p.m.
D.C. hardcore quintet Loud Boyz will perform at The Pinch on Saturday night for an important cause. The band, along with locals The Unknown Threat, WarXGames, Secular Media, Bruised Ego and World Peace, will help raise money for victims of Hurricane Maria.
Saturday, December 2—NPR Music’s 10 Year Anniversary Party at 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./SOLD OUT
It’s a feat unto itself to sell out the 9:30 Club, let alone sell it out even before you’ve announced the lineup, but that is exactly what NPR did. For the last 10 years, NPR Music has been a trusted tastemaker and source for music discovery. The lineup for this Saturday’s show is billed as ‘top secret’ until the night of, but promises to showcase some of NPR’s favorite artists from the last decade. Even if you’re not a fan of surprises, I can guarantee you probably won’t be upset over the music selection.