These are the must-see shows you should check out this week.
Tuesday, December 19-Saturday, December 23—Luke Stewart at Rhizome. Show 8 p.m./$10 suggested donation
Luke Stewart is a master of all trades; he’s a prolific musician, composer, producer, curator and tenacious arts advocate who’s worked tireless to promote experimental music in D.C.. Starting Tuesday, Takoma DIY venue Rhizome will highlight his musical achievements with a five-night residency, as Stewart performs with a rotating cast of musicians. Each night offers up something different, ranging from ensemble performances to choreography.
Wednesday, December 20—U Street Jazz Collective at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society. Show 6 p.m./$5 DOS only
Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society is a neighborhood gem in Brookland that serves a simple purpose: to make jazz shows affordable and accessible to all ages. For just $5, you can see some of the area’s best jazz performers play every Wednesday night. If you haven’t been, this week is a great opportunity to check it out–the charismatic jazz ensemble U Street Jazz Collective, who’s members have played with esteemed acts like Cab Calloway, Sun Ra Arkestra and Andy Bey, is set to play.
This is a bummer–one of the city’s best hardcore acts, Bust Off, is breaking up for good. Their last show will take place on Friday, December 22 at St. Stephen Church with an awesome lineup that includes Mike of Doom, Dissonance, Misled Youth, Skumboyz and Cool Baby. At the show, Bust Off is also taking donations for a coat drive–just bring one with you and you’ll get into the venue for free.
Saturday, December 23—Otherfeels’ Next Up at 9:30 Club. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15
If you want to know who’s new and notable in the music scene right now, then 9:30 Club is where you should be on Saturday. Otherfeels has curated an excellent lineup featuring the area’s most promising acts. There’s the futuristic pop sensibilities of Echelon the Seeker (who put out one of our favorite releases of 2017), multi-instrumentalist OG Lullabies (who’s also performing at our anniversary show in January), the spacey electronic soul offerings of Dreamcast and so much more to be discovered.
Saturday, December 23—Holy Slizz Holiday Party at U Street Music Hall. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $15
Each year, music collective The Washington Slizzards hosts a holiday party at U Street Music Hall with D.C.’s brightest names in hip hop. Lead artist and D.C. emcee Ras Nebyu will once again headline the show with DJ K-Meta, Anik Khan, DJ Ohso, Coach Bombay, Nia Sterling and O-Slice.