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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

On his latest album, Sensitive G, psychedelic pop-rock artist Eyedress gets personal, with songs such as “Toxic Masculinity,” perhaps a contemporary take on “I Am a Rock.” Catch him at U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Fredericksburg’s Karen Jonas—a little bit Antje Duvekot, a little bit Peggy Lee—comes to Hill Country Live. Show 8:30 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

She may be known for pop songs such as “Be OK” and “Girls Chase Boys” (and its amazing video), but Ingrid Michaelson also makes a mean Christmas album. She’ll be showcasing her take on the classics with her trio at the Lincoln Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $60-$235. All ages, accessible venue.

L.A.-based, neo-soul outfit Hablot Brown makes music you could listen to all day. But since they’ve only released about a dozen songs thus far, we’ll have to settle for about an hour’s worth and just keep them on our radar. Hear them at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Bomba Estereo comes to town this weekend.Orly Anan

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

Colombian pop outfit Bomba Estereo crafts banger after banger, tossing reggaeton, Latin house, and whatever other vibe suits them into their latest albums—and leaving listeners with a whole lot to bounce to. Catch them at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $29-$46. All ages, accessible venue.

If you were one of the many Dave Matthews Band haters in the late ’90s/early aughts (or pretended to be), we hope you’ve gotten over it. The Charlottesville-born group has spawned plenty of tribute bands, won a couple of Grammys, and launched a charity. Plus their music is undeniably great. See them at Capital One Arena. Show 8 p.m. $55-$115+. All ages, accessible venue.

Five-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette, who has spent more than 50 years in the music industry, recently released an LP of re-imagined Bob Dylan covers, Things Have Changed. She drops by City Winery. Show 8 p.m. $30-$45. All ages, accessible venue.

Wynton Marsalis comes to town this week.Joe Martinez

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Legendary jazz and classical trumpeter Wynton Marsalis comes to Strathmore with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (also performing Saturday) for a holiday show. Show 8 p.m. $52-$108. All ages, accessible venue.

Immerse yourself in all things Hogwarts at the Harry and the Potters Yule Ball. The show at Black Cat includes a “wizard punk” band, performance art, and maybe even some magic. Show 6 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

Anyone who thinks violin has no home in jazz or R&B has never heard Chelsey Green. The  innovative instrumentalist and vocalist can take a tired jazz standard to an entirely fresh place with her ensemble of skilled musicians, The Green Project. See them at Blues Alley. Shows 8 p.m./10 p.m. $27.50. All ages, inaccessible venue.

It may not be Monday anymore, but that doesn’t mean everything is copacetic. If you find yourself more interested in crawling under your desk than happily typing away at it, take a break with Darlingside’s “Hold Your Head Up High” on your smartphone. And just let it all out. See them at Sixth and I. Show 8 p.m. $22-$25. All ages, accessible venue.

French sister duo Les Nubians, who has released eclectic music in English and French for two decades, comes to The Howard Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $22.50-$65. All ages, accessible venue.

Meshell Ndegeocello comes to town this week.Meshell Ndegeocello

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

Singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello—a Duke Ellington School of the Arts alum and former Rare Essence bassist—comes to The Kennedy Center for a concert version of No More Water/The Fire Next Time: The Gospel According to James Baldwin and some of her solo material. Show 8 p.m. $49-$89. All ages, accessible venue.

CapitalBop’s monthly performance series DC Jazz Loft, coming off a two-year hiatus, has found a new home at RhizomeDC. Area musicians Nate Scheible, Layne Garrett, Sarah Hughes, Steve Arnold, Elijah Easton, and Allen Jones are on the roster, and instrumentalists are welcome to join the concert-closing jam session. Show 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. All ages, inaccessible venue.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

If you’ve somehow not seen it this season, head to Strathmore to catch the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker while you still have the chance. Show 8 p.m. $48-$98. All ages, accessible venue.

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