Top 7 Shows You Should See in D.C. This Week
Looking for a good show to hit up this week? Consult our list of recommended concerts happening in and around D.C.
Tuesday, December 5—The National at The Anthem. Doors 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT
With two Grammy nominations under their belt for Sleep Well Beast, The National is making their way to D.C. this Tuesday for a sold-out show at the 6,000-capacity venue The Anthem. They’re using the big space to their advantage, as the band plans to give a $1 from every ticket sale back to The Melting Pot Foundation USA, a non-profit that offers resources to the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Thursday, December 7—Dreamcast at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
Few in the District bring as much soul and charisma into their music as Dreamcast. His songs offer a hearty blend of ’70s soul and funk with downtempo electronic beats that cascade over his warm, velvety vocals. On Thursday, you can vibe out to his ultra-smooth tunes at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It’s a free show that’ll also feature a staff-led art talk at 5:30 p.m. and a fully-stocked bar with drinks and snacks.
Friday, December 8—Wolf Alice at 9:30 Club. Doors 6 p.m./SOLD OUT
Just as quickly as the show was announced, tickets were already gone for Wolf Alice’s gig at 9:30 Club. If you were one of the fortunate ones who got them in time, you’ll get to see the London four piece perform songs off their brilliant new record Visions of a Life this Friday.
Dudes was a D.C. punk group that was short lived, but made a noticeable impression during their brief tenure as a band. Between the three members of the group–Luke Reddick (Bless), Laurie Spector (Hothead, Gauche) and Francy Graham (Chain & the Gang)–their ethos embodied a fluid, no-fucks-given approach to music that spurred some great songs like “Don’t Give” and “Cat Song.” After going on hiatus, the band is reuniting for a show at Northeast DIY venue Hole in the Sky this Friday. They’ll be joined by Philly’s Long Hots, D.C.’s Homosuperior, DJ Alex DB and a Tom Petty tribute featuring Priests’ Katie Alice Greer, Ex Hex/Bat Fangs’ Betsy Wright, Janel Leppin and more awesome folks in the D.C. music scene.
Friday, December 8—SHAED, Foreign Air, Dizzy at Rock and Roll Hotel. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $15
After touring with Marian Hill, Sir Sly and playing festival dates across the country, D.C.’s SHAED is headlining their first tour with electronic duo Foreign Air. Catch them on Friday night at Rock and Roll Hotel with Ontario’s Dizzy.
Saturday, December 9—Jenna Camille at Shaw Library. Show 2:30 p.m./FREE
Jenna Camille brings to the table an extensive and eclectic musical background, studying classical piano from a young age and pursuing a jazz major at Michigan State University. These classical and jazz influences are just some of the many sounds heard on Camille’s freewheeling, expansive R&B catalog. In the spirit on the season, Camille will perform holiday classics plus music from her forthcoming album on Saturday afternoon at Shaw library. It’s also a free show, so there’s no excuse to miss it.
Bohemian Caverns may be gone, but the defunct venue’s in-house band, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, is still very much around. The 17-piece ensemble will play two holiday shows on Sunday, performing classics from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Billy Strayhorn.