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19 Concerts You Don't Want To Miss In D.C. This Week

By DCist Contributor Eliza Berkon


In March, Portland singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx (pronounced “Hendrix”) released her debut album, I Need to Start a Garden, a well-crafted mix of mostly ballads tinged with desperation and wisdom. Catch her at DC9. Doors 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Local drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III recently told the The Washington Post that he’s “trying to know who I am through the drums.” But watch him play just one risk-taking solo, and it’s hard to imagine he doesn’t already know. See him at Sotto. Doors 7 p.m. FREE.


You may know him from the music video for “Pizza Guy,” a midtempo dance-hall jam about, well, a pizza guy, but Australian producer Michael Di Francesco has a slew of other bangers with his one-man outfit, Touch Sensitive. See him at Flash with Ozker. Doors 10 p.m. $15-$20. 21+, inaccessible venue.

Hardcore punk band The Adolescents originated in Orange County, California, during the 1980s, a decade when punk was also in full force here in D.C. They’re headed for the Black Cat, amid a recent revival of the genre. Doors 7:30 p.m. $16-$18. All ages, accessible venue.

Fresh off the release of her latest album, Not Too Far Away, British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading comes to City Winery (also performing Thursday), bringing with her the honesty and virtuosity that have marked her nearly 50-year, genre-spanning career. Doors 6 p.m. $75-$125. All ages, accessible venue.


In case you missed it, Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler launched a solo career as a country artist two years back. He’ll be bringing this new, slightly softer side along with his trademark sass to Wolf Trap in a show with Nashville’s Loving Mary Band. Doors 6:30 p.m. $45-$125. All ages, accessible venue.

Yes, the Swedish musician behind DJ Seinfeld did name his project after that Seinfeld, apparently the victim of a post-breakup binge watch of the hit ’90s show. But that’s about where the relationship ends. Hear his house music at Ten Tigers Parlour. Doors 10 p.m. $15. 21+.


Play Sweet Bunch, the debut album from Richmond musician Andy Jenkins, and just try to turn it off. His brand of rock is the kind of music that immediately feels right, with a vocalist who sounds like an old friend. See him at DC9 with Luray. Doors 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Latin-infused New Orleans band The Iguanas has been churning out albums for nearly 30 years. Get a taste of its blues-rock-conjunto recipe at Pearl Street Warehouse with Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. Doors 7 p.m. $20. 21+, accessible venue.

There’s a reason Tower of Power has such a monumental name; the 50-year-old California-based funk/soul band has released 19 studio albums albums and eight Billboard Hot 100-charting songs with its unrivaled horn section. See them at The Birchmere (also performing Saturday at a sold-out show). Doors 6 p.m. $55. All ages, accessible venue.


The Sword is no heavy-metal lightweight, having opened for Metallica in its early days. But the Austin, Texas-based band has since rounded out its sound, with 2018 album Used Featuresounding more like a trippy voyage to another land than an exercise in blowing out the amps. Hear the band at Rock and Roll Hotel with The Atomic Bitchwax. Doors 8 p.m. $35. All ages, accessible venue.

It’s hard to pick just one favorite collaboration from timeless crooner Tony Bennett’s Duets 
albums (though Marc Anthony off Viva Duets is a definite nominee), but perhaps you can suggest a few new ones to the 91-year-old balladeer when he appears at Wolf Trap. Doors 6:30 p.m. $40-$95. All ages, accessible venue.

“If you want Kenny G/Then you want soft jazz/That stuff is lame/We’re cool, don’t give no sass” raps a member of Audacity Brass Band, a 10-piece band out of Longwood University that has a fondness for cowbell. You be the judge at their show with Babe Rage and Sheila at Velvet Lounge. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10. 21+, inaccessible venue.


If seeing “Sign of the Times” performed live is on your bucket list, visit British boy-bander-turned-rock star Harry Styles at Capital One Arena, with “galactic country” starlet Kacey Musgraves. Doors 8 p.m. $39.50-$99. All ages, accessible venue.

“Psychic Reader,” the title track off Bad Bad Hats’ 2015 album, has the hookiness of a great Cardigans song with a touch more complexity. The Minneapolis-based trio takes Union Stagewith Kid Brother. Doors 6:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Between his ubiquitous jazz tunes “Cantaloupe Island” and “Maiden Voyage” and his ode to synths, “Rockit,” (which made for a slightly disturbing 1983 video filled with disembodied, dancing mannequins), Herbie Hancock is a legend. See the Kennedy Center Honors recipient and Grammy-winning pianist at Strathmore. Doors 7:30 p.m. $59-$119. All ages, accessible venue.

Hip-hop artist Eric Bellinger has penned songs for Usher, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown, picking up a Grammy along the way. But the L.A.-based songwriter is also an artist in his own right, releasing a string of albums with his metallic vocals up front. Catch him at MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park. Doors 7 p.m. $18-$70. All ages, accessible venue.


Josiah Wise has thrown out the rulebook in his eminently fresh and original LP, soil. On this debut album under the name serpentwithfeet, the Baltimore-bred artist, closeted for much of his life, experiments with chord structure, tempo and instrumentation alongside confessional lyrics that turn listening into a quasi-religious experience. See him with Lee Mo at DC9. Doors 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Mal Blum’s music is sort-of early Liz Phair meets the Moldy Peaches. The New York-based transgender singer-songwriter brings their frank vocals to Songbyrd. Doors 7 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue. 

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