Top 5 Shows You Should See This Week in D.C.
Here are the five shows you should see around town this week. Also as a PSA: tickets to our anniversary show at Union Stage are going fast! See D.C.’s own SHAED along with rising stars Nag Champa, Fielder (formerly known as Dawkins) and OG Lullabies on Saturday, Jan. 27. Buy them here before we sell out.
Wednesday, January 10—Oshun, Winzday Love, and Kelow Latesha at Union Stage. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $15
Oshun’s vast music catalog sounds like it was sent to earth from another cosmic universe, incorporating a labyrinth of influences and sounds that aren’t necessarily tied to one genre. That’s not to say their music is completely disconnected from reality–Oshun is able to ground the otherworldly themes into an accessible and adventurous listening experience. Catch the D.C. natives on Wednesday with local soul artist Winzday Love and emcee Kelow Latesha.
Tuesday, January 9-Wednesday, January 10—Passion Pit at 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $45
Earlier this year, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos abruptly canceled his tour dates and announced that he would take time off to focus on his mental health and work on his non-profit organization the Wishart Group, which provides healthcare, legal services and educational resources to musicians. After a brief hiatus, Passion Pit will hit the road for a new tour this year–the first stop will be none other than D.C.’s own 9:30 Club on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Walk the Moon has come a long way since their 2014 studio album Talking is Hard. After headlining a slew of music festivals last year and selling out 9:30 Club on multiple occasions, the Cincinnati quartet is gearing up to play their biggest D.C. gig yet at The Anthem on Friday. This particular show will support their latest album, What if Nothing, which was released in November.
To celebrate a long holiday weekend, treat yourself to a show on Sunday night. Self-described D.C. ‘hood-rock’ band Black Alley is making their return to The Fillmore with a jam-packed, all-local lineup. Recently the group traveled to Prince’s Paisley Park where they won the first-ever battle of the bands competition hosted by the late icon’s estate. The grand prize included a recording session at Paisley Park and mentoring from former Prince protégés.
During MLK weekend, The Howard Theatre puts on its annual party featuring D.C.’s go-go greats. A sure fire way to have the best Sunday night you possibly can, don’t miss local legends Rare Essence, Sugar Bear & EU and Trouble Funk all in one room.