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


The lord of contemplative piano, George Winston—who in his late 60s continues to inspire contemporary pianists—brings his understated, wistful approach to The Birchmere. Show 7:30 p.m. $39.50. All ages, accessible venue.


Fabulously styled as The Culps meets Barbra Streisand/Barry Gibb, husband and wife duo Tennis creates lustrous pop-rock that puts Alaina Moore’s tender vocals front and center. Catch them at Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

There was a lot going on in 2008, but one of the most newsworthy events was clearly the fan rivalry over the Davids of American Idol. Those who were Team Archuleta—endeared to the young crooner’s Zoolander-like features, intense humility, and vocal chops—no doubt felt robbed when rocker David Cook took home the prize. But alas, Cook is no slouch. Not only has he released a handful of albums, but he also recently took a turn as a Broadway star. See him at City Winery. Show 8 p.m. $25-$40. All ages, accessible venue.

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Cedric Burnside comes from a legendary line of blues musicians: guitarist and vocalist R.L. Burnside (his grandfather) and drummer Calvin Jackson (his father). Thus it may be no surprise that Cedric’s take on the blues sounds authentic as it gets. See him at Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. 21+, accessible venue.

Popera star Josh Groban comes to Capital One Arena with Idina Menzel, who we can thank for bestowing on us evergreen children’s hit, “Let it Go” (faithfully following one of pop’s most-loved chord progressions). Show 8 p.m. $69-$199+. All ages, accessible venue.


In writing music for Y La Bamba, frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza draws on her experience as a child of Mexican immigrants, penning an array of fantastical ballads and energetic rock songs in both Spanish and English. See the multifaceted group at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $12-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

California rock band Young the Giant (whose “Superposition” off 2018 album Mirror Master is pretty trippy) comes to The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $40-$139. All ages, accessible venue.

You can’t get much euphoric than with a “Walter White high,” a romantic side effect promised in  Chris Lane’s No. 1 2016 song, “Fix.” Catch the country star at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $22. All ages, accessible venue.

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“There’s a place for being straight-up angry,” Caroline Rose told Rolling Stone earlier this year, “but I think that satire is a tool for translating anger or pain. It’s such a stronger message.” There’s plenty of satire to be had on Rose’s 2018 album, Loner, a departure from the folky sound of “I Will Not Be Afraid.” Catch her at Miracle Theatre. Show 9 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Longtime friends and co-stars (Saturday Night Live, Three Amigos, Father of BrideThe Prince of Egypt [yes, really]) Steve Martin and Martin Short mix music and comedy in An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, with the Steep Canyon Rangers and pianist Jeff Babko at The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $75-$175. All ages, accessible venue.

David Dominique’s music is certainly jazz-based but certainly not straight-forward. On new album Mask, his skilled array of musicians play with time and dynamics in thrillingly unpredictable ways. Hear them at Rhizome DC. (P.S. You can also catch Luz Elena Mendoza there.) Show 8 p.m. $10. All ages, inaccessible venue.


Trap superstar Gucci Mane, who recently headlined D.C.’s inaugural Green Haus Festival, hits  Echostage with Smokepurpp. Show 10 p.m. $40-$50. 18+.

What is actress Michelle Williams doing in a 2012 video from synth-pop outfit Wild Nothing? We’re not entirely sure, but it definitely adds to the ennui. See the Virginia-bred band at the 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

Perhaps you were too young (or not yet alive) to meet teen pop star Tiffany at one of her mall concerts in the late ’80s. Well, you’re in luck, because the vocalist (who’s sounding a bit Taylor Dayne-ish these days) is not only performing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club—she’s also doing a meet and greet. Show 7 p.m. $49-$69. All ages, accessible venue.


Flowerbomb is a firecracker of a local rock band (Check out “Marbles”) performing in a lineup with fellow D.C.-area bands Cherry Ames and Abby Rasheed & the Sundry Collective at Galaxy Hut. Show 9 p.m. $5. 21+.

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