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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Polo and Pan, a jubilant electronic duo based in Paris, released its first LP last year, full of voyage-ready cuts ideal for transporting you away from your cubicle. See them at the 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

D.C.-based punk band Gauche (think a toned-down Sleater-Kinney or Bikini Kill, with a touch of B-52s) comes to Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages, accessible venue.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5

If you’re running short on optimism, give Elizabeth and the Catapult’s “Underwater” a listen, one of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman’s many uplifting indie pop tunes. Catch her at Union Stage. Show 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. All ages, accessible venue.

Hey, remember when Ellen DeGeneres was an American Idol judge? Yeah, we’d forgotten too. (And looks like she’d also like to erase it from memory.) The winner that season was Jonah Hill doppelgänger Lee DeWyze, who recently released a tender-hearted, ballad-filled album. See him at City Winery. Show 8 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

There was a moment in the early 2000s when beloved singer-songwriter Jewel—who’d provided many a teenager with the soundtrack for unrequited love in the mid ’90s—was repackaged as a sparkly, dancing pop star. We’re gonna pretend that never happened. The singer-songwriter, who has since returned to her acoustic roots and also dabbled in a bit of acting, comes to the Lincoln Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $55-$75. All ages, accessible venue.

Comedic actress and singer Jane Lynch joins The Office’s Kate Flannery and others in a holiday show at City Winery. Shows 7 p.m./9:30 p.m. $45-$65. All ages, accessible venue.

Just try to find a pop song that repeats the chorus more times than 98 Degrees’ “The Hardest Thing” (clocking in at six). Wear your best cream-colored turtleneck when you see the boy band at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $39-$79+. All ages, accessible venue.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

Captivating vocalist Betsayda Machado brings her polyrhythmic Afro-Venezuelan sound to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with Venezuelan instrumentalist Jorge Glem. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

When he’s not hanging out with Martha Stewart or collaborating with gospel artists, legendary rapper Snoop Dogg likes to climb into the booth as DJ Snoopadelic, See him at Echostage, where we’re told he’ll spin some records and perform a few of his own hits. Show 10 p.m. $25. 18+. Accessible venue.

Famed pop/disco/country/little bit rock ’n’ roll sibling duo Donny and Marie stops by The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 7 p.m. $54-$113+. All ages, accessible venue.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Twenty years ago, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright released his debut album, which opens with one of the most remarkable songs of the late ’90s, the luscious “Foolish Love.” Wainwright comes to Strathmore to celebrate that self-titled album, as well as his 2001 follow-up, Poses. Show 8 p.m. $39-$89+. All ages, accessible venue.

Theremin lovers, rejoice: The mind-blowing (if creepy) electronic instrument comes to RhizomeDC, directed by the skilled hands of Amber Dunleavy and Arthur Harrison. Show 8 p.m. $10. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Country vocalist Sara Evans (who released a solid post-breakup anthem in 2010 with “A Little Bit Stronger”) comes to The Birchmere. Show 7:30 p.m. $69.50. All ages, accessible venue.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

John Brodeur, the singer-songwriter behind pop-rock outfit Bird Streets, blends right-on lyrics (“It’s a very fine line/Between living and just getting by”) with sonic choices that keep the listener guessing. See him at Songbyrd. Show 8:30 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

Grammy-winning vocalist Regina Belle (who took home her trophy for this timeless Disney duet) had plenty of other hits in the late ’80s and ’90s, including another duet with Peabo Bryson, “Without You” (sharing a starkly similar keyboard lick to that of this ’80s tune.) Catch her at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Shows 1 p.m./7 p.m. $59.50-$79.50. All ages, accessible venue.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

“Don’t push me over,” sings a childlike Laura Hermiston on Twist’s 2017 track Benefits. Her Canadian bedroom-pop project comes to Songbyrd. Show 8:30 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

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