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


The very second the distorted vocals open on “Baby Don’t Go,” a pleading and unrelenting track from Katie von Schleicher, the Maryland-bred singer-songwriter and former record-label intern shakes you to the core. See her with Julian at DC9. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, inaccessible venue.

’70s classic rock master Steve Miller Band will be sharing the stage with Peter Frampton—the subject of a less-than-adoring shout-out in High Fidelity—at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Doors 6:30 p.m. $50-$115. All ages, accessible venue.

We Are Scientists rode the post-punk wave that came ashore in the early 2000s, a la bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and The Strokes. See them with The Candescents at Rock & Roll Hotel. Doors 7 p.m. $18. All ages, accessible venue.


“Bullets fly, legs buckle, bodies pile to the sky,” raps Kevin Pouya (performing under the mononym Pouya) in “1000 Rounds.” While his lyrics now come out swinging, laced with violence and sexual encounters, he says he got started with raps about the likes of mac and cheese. See the Miami artist with Wifisfuneral and Shakewell at The Fillmore. Doors 7 p.m. $22.50. All ages, accessible venue.

Norfolk-based Super Doppler nails the late ’60s/early ’70s rock vibe with its latest album, Moonlight Anthems, full of vocal harmony, laid-back grooves and instrumental surprises. See the band with Ceramic Animal and Del Florida at Union Stage. Doors 6:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.


In 1966, Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes made the international map with Portuguese dance hit “Mas Que Nada” (re-recorded with The Black-Eyed Peas in 2006), off an album that went platinum. But Mendes also has some ’80s pop magic up his sleeve, as seen with 1983 power duet "Never Gonna Let You Go." Catch him at The Birchmere. Doors 6 p.m. $69.50. All ages, accessible venue.

Vocalists from the Wolf Trap Opera stop by The Phillips Collection to perform in multiple genres at Vocal Colors: Wolf Trap Opera. Doors 6:30 p.m. $20. ($8 for members) 8+, accessible venue.

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival zeroes in on Catalan and Armenian culture. Hear sounds from both with Barcelona-based Yacine and the Oriental Groove and Panali, led by Armenian folk musician Arto Tunçboyaciyan. A Catalan fireworks display follows the show, held at the festival's Rinzler stage on the National Mall. Doors 6:30 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.


Identical twins and Blac Rabbit frontmen Amiri and Rahiem Taylor have been spotted playing the Beatles on the New York City subway, but they also make psychedelic, feel-good rock of their own with their band. See them with Kahli Abdu and Strawberry Sleepover at U Street Music Hall. Doors 7 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

If you graduated high school or college sometime around the turn of the millennium, there’s a decent chance Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” played a part. See the Grammy winner and co-founder of music festival Lilith Fair at Strathmore. Doors 7:30 p.m. $66-$146. All ages, accessible venue.

Old 97’s are alt-country royalty, with a slew of get-up-and-go tunes such as “Champaign, Illinois” and the occasional tender ballad (namely, “Question”). Hear the Texas-based band that built a career on fusing punk with outlaw country at 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

Proud music nerd and singer-songwriter Ben Folds hosts the third in his series of National Symphony Orchestra Declassified concerts, this one featuring The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste, multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi, and Joachim Horsley (whose piano “drumming” take on Beethoven is a must-see) at the Kennedy Center. Get there early for the Millennium Stage pre-show, stay late for live-band karaoke and feel free to bring your drink from the intermission bar into the concert space. Doors 8:30 p.m. $25-$75. All ages, accessible venue.


Retro-minded D.J. and producer Dimitrios Yerasimos (stage name Dimitri from Paris) is known for infusing lounge music with cinematic references (e.g. this Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundbiteappearing in “Une Very Stylish Fille”). Catch him with Sam “The Man” Burns at U Street Music Hall. Doors 10 p.m. $15-$25. 21+, accessible venue.

Get an antidote from workday stress and social-media overload with the haunting yet tranquil vocals of British-born Nellie McKay, a sort-of modern-day Peggy Lee, at Union Stage. Doors 5:30 p.m. $25-$30. All ages, accessible venue.

Hear the work of the French DJ and producer Louis Rogé, who performs as Brodinski and contributed to Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus, at Ten Tigers Parlour. Doors 10 p.m. $15-$20. 21+, inaccessible venue.


Country megastar and actress Reba McEntire has been releasing records for more than 40 years, picking up three Grammys and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame in the process. (Random trivia: She’s also served as a mentor for pop star and former daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson.) Hear hits from her deep catalogue at Wolf Trap. Doors 6:30 p.m. $45-$125. All ages, accessible venue.

Blend the vocals of Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) with Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground) and add a touch of The Jesus and Mary Chain and you may get something like Bellows. See the “bedroom recording project” of Brooklyn-based Oliver Kalb at DC9. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, inaccessible venue.


If the weather cooperates, go enjoy the sleepy banjo-laden tunes of local band Lotion Princess, with Time is Fire and Des Demonas at outdoor concert series Fort Reno. Doors 7 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

Wrap yourself in the ’90s and early aughts as you sink into a picnic blanket at Wolf Trap for pop-rock stars Barenaked Ladies with alt-rock band Better Than Ezra and singer-songwriter KT Tunstall. Doors 5:30 p.m. $43.50-$73.50. All ages, accessible venue.

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