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16 Concerts You Don’t Want To Miss Around D.C. This Week

A little bit Amy Winehouse, a little bit Nnenna Freelon, Kandace Springs is a Nashville-bred musician who can deliver a jazz, pop or R&B tune with sincerity. (Random trivia: She has a thing for old cars.) See her with MovaKween at The Hamilton. Show 7:30 p.m. $20-$35. All ages, accessible venue.

He has collaborated with Paul SimonNeneh Cherry and Peter Gabriel. He’s a political activist and former Senegalese presidential candidate. And on Tuesday, Grammy-winning Youssou Ndour stops by The Kennedy Center. Show 8 p.m. $29-$89. All ages, accessible venue.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Alt-rock group Twenty One Pilots, which has achieved major success in the past few years, performs at Capital One Arena with AWOLNATION and Max Frost. Show 7 p.m. $39-$79+. All ages, accessible venue.

DJ duo SLANDER really knows how to put a modern spin on a Marky Mark hit. See them at Echostage with AFKWavedash and Spag Heddy. Show 9 p.m. $25-$35. 18+.

Wu-Tang ClanThe Anthem

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, who released their pivotal debut album 25 years ago, play The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $85-$125. All ages, accessible venue.

On “Love You So Bad” off an album of adventurous, confessional rock, Ezra Furman seems to borrow stylistically from the Stones’ playbook. See him with Omni at U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m. $18. All ages, accessible venue.

AlsarahNousha Salimi Photography

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Brooklyn-based, Sudanese-born musician Alsarah—purveyor of what she calls East-African retro pop—creates mesmerizing, polyrhythmic music with backing band The Nubatones. See them at MilkBoy ArtHouse. Show 8 p.m. $10-$30. All ages, accessible venue.

With latest album Shake the SpiritElle King doubles down on the bad-girl reputation established in her monster hit, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” Hear the rootsy rocker with Cordovas at The Lincoln Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $30. All ages, accessible venue.

Madeline KenneyCara Robbins

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

On her new album, Perfect Shapes, dream pop artist Madeline Kenney sings listlessly over soundscapes you can lose yourself in. But don’t let those gentle vocals fool you—she’s kind of a badass. See her with D.C.-based indie rock musician Victor Archie at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $12. All ages, inaccessible venue.

New York-based funk band Lettuce comes to The Anthem with Waka Flocka Flame and Marcus King. Turkuaz opens. Show 8 p.m. $41-$61. All ages, accessible venue.

In the ’90s, singer-songwriter Dar Williams released poignant songs such as “When I Was a Boy” and “If I Wrote You,” with several albums of folk-pop to follow. See her at City Winery with Antigone Rising (Also performing Friday). Show 8 p.m. $30-$50. All ages, accessible venue.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Grammy-winning a cappella group Take 6, known for both gospel and pop arrangements, comes to Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Shows 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. $59.50-$79.50. All ages (5+), accessible venue.

Sure, we’ve all stood in the shower at some point in our lives prepared to boldly sing the chorus of Elvis Costello’s “Veronica” before realizing we had no idea what the non-Veronica lyrics were. But, honestly, who cares about the words with a melody like that? Enjoy the tunes of British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello—who recently released a new album with The Imposters and happens to have a pretty-darn famous musical spouse—at DAR Constitution Hall. Show 8 p.m. $41-$81+. All ages, accessible venue.

Edie Brickell— who brought us a solid IDGAF anthem in the late ’80s, regularly collaborates with Steve Martin and happens to have a pretty-darn famous musical spouse—comes to The Lincoln Theatre with New Bohemians. Show 8 p.m. $40. All ages, accessible venue.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

If you’ve been missing either New Jack Swing or a quality boy band, rest assured that they’re both alive and well in PRETTYMUCH. (P.S. Looks like you may also want to keep Next Town Down on your radar.) See the Simon Cowell-groomed group with Gunnar Gehl at The Fillmore. Show 7:30 p.m. $25-$81+. All ages, accessible venue.

In 2016, Beach Boy Brian Wilson launched the 50th anniversary tour of iconic album Pet Sounds, and it’s still going strong. Catch him alongside original Beach Boy Al Jardine, returning band member Blondie Chaplin, and a 10-piece orchestra at The Kennedy Center. (And learn about Wilson’s pre-game routine here.) Show 8 p.m. $59-$499. All ages, accessible venue.

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17 Concerts You Don't Want to Miss Around D.C. This Week