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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Portland rapper Amine makes music that’s insightful, highly danceable, and extremely funny, with references to Will Ferrell, The Spice Girls, and Groupons. Catch him at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $24-$35. All ages, accessible venue.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

What can 10-time Grammy winner John Legend not do? Thus far, he has portrayed the anointed one in NBC’s live version of Jesus Christ Superstar, joined the EGOT club, become one of the nation’s most popular R&B crooners and serves as one half of America’s most attractive couples. Inhale some of his stardust at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 8 p.m. $99-$208+. All ages, accessible venue.

Kansas City, Missouri, band Shy Boys may be relatively young, but they definitely have a late ’60s/early ’70s vibe, sometimes veering toward chamber pop and other times borrowing a Velvet Underground vibe. See them at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Shawn Colvin is coming to The Birchmere this week.Joseph Llanes

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Sure, plenty of listeners know “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-winning 1997 pop song with one of those orbital hooks that’s hard to scrub from the mind. But the South Dakota-bred singer-songwriter (whose 2012 memoir is a must-read) has a deep catalogue of emotionally raw songs to dig into. Catch her at The Birchmere. Show 7:30 p.m. $55. All ages, accessible venue.

Rapper and Kylie Jenner beau Travis Scott, who’s had 5 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 songs since 2017 (gotta love his horse-riding entrance at 1:04 in monster hit “Sicko Mode”), comes to Capital One Arena. Show 7:30 p.m. $39-$124+. All ages, accessible venue.

“How would you know you had a heart if it wasn’t broken?” asks singer-songwriter Sunny War in a song from her 2018 album, With the Sun. The artist turns to Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman for inspiration, influences clearly evident in her vocal approach. See her at The Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

Brian Setzer Orchestra comes to The Anthem this week.Greg Hild

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Let The Brian Setzer Orchestra transport you back to the late-’90s swing revival celebrated in films such as Swingers (home to one of cinema’s most painful scenes) at The Anthem with a set of holiday hits. Show 8 p.m. $55-$125. All ages, accessible venue.

Portuguese producer RAC—remixer of tracks from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Two Door Cinema Club, and Odesza—comes to U Street Music Hall. Show 10 p.m. $25-$30. 18+, accessible venue.

Hum along with recently reunited Canadian band Crash Test Dummies when they arrive at The Hamilton. Show 8 p.m. $35-$85. All ages, accessible venue.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Despite her doting-and-dutiful-sounding moniker, lo-fi indie rock star Soccer Mommy (Sophie Allison) has a reputation for music that is confrontational and bleak. In short, she’s fresh as hell. Catch her at Black Cat. Doors 8 p.m. $15-$17. All ages, accessible venue.

Sterling, Virginia, funk and soul outfit Electric Heart comes to Pie Shop. Show 9 p.m. $10. 21+, inaccessible venue.

Grammy-winning jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, an alum of Obama-era White House performances, comes to the Lincoln Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $45. All ages, accessible venue.

Pentatonix brings their Christmas concert to The Anthem.The Anthem

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

Arguably America’s best-known a cappella quintet Pentatonix holds down The Anthem for not one but two nights. (P.S. Is Mitch singlehandedly bringing back the mullet? [Wait, they’ve been back for months?!]) Show 7 p.m. $59.50-$149.50. All ages, accessible venue.

Late ’80s/early ’90s pop icon Paula Abdul, who recently took a spill at a Mississippi show, comes to The Theater at MGM National Harbor. For some pre-concert homework, consult this list, which includes everyone’s favorite OMG-Keanu-Reeves-is-in-this-video ballad “Rush Rush.” Show 8 p.m. $54-90+. All ages, accessible venue.

The Internet comes to the Fillmore this week.The Fillmore

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

The Internet, a Grammy-nominated chillhop group fronted by satin-tongued vocalist Syd, comes to The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $35. All ages, accessible venue.

Neo-soul/jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his trademark introspective style to The Birchmere. Show 7:30 p.m. $59.50. All ages, accessible venue.

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

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