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


You'd be hard-pressed to find an artist who's made a more successful genre shift than country singer/songwriter-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift. See Taylor’s harder side when her Reputation tour hits FedEx Field (also performing Wednesday) with Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX. Doors 7 pm. $44-$425. All ages, accessible venue.

Go to the doctor, go to the mountains, look to the children and head to Wolf Trap for modern folk duo Indigo Girls, whose anthemic “Closer to Fine” is arguably their most cherished tune. Married blues/roots musicians The War and Treaty open. Doors 6:30 p.m. $30-$50. All ages, accessible venue.

If you’ve seen the films American Hustle or Say Anything, you’ve heard the work of multifaceted ’70s group Steely Dan, known for jazz-meets-rock-meets-R&B hits “Dirty Work,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” and “Peg.” Catch them (minus the late Walter Becker) with The Doobie Brothers at Jiffy Lube Live. Doors 7:30 p.m. $25-$199+. All ages, accessible venue.


Grammy-nominated French-Chilean hip-hop and pop artist Ana Tijoux performs music from her newest project, Roja y Negro, at The Birchmere. Doors 6 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

Listeners who enjoy the off-kilter vibe of Swedish pop musician Jens Lekman may get hooked on Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter Dent May. See him with Shannon Lay at Jammin Java. Doors 7 p.m. $12-$20. All ages, accessible venue.

Husband-and-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, both successful blues-rock musicians in their own right, launched the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 and won a Grammy for Best Blues Album for the band’s first effort, Revelator. Hear them with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band at Wolf Trap. Doors 5:30 p.m. $35-$45. All ages, accessible venue.


Those who mocked Britney Spears and assumed her career was finito when she shaved her head and had a highly publicized meltdown in 2007 were clearly wrong. The multimillionaire (worth somewhere between $34 million and $215 million after a highly successful four-year Vegas residency) and pop queen arrives at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on Thursday (also performing Friday). Doors 7 p.m. $210-$454+. All ages, accessible venue.

Human vocalists are so overrated. Enjoy all the glory of a singing hologram at the Hatsune Miku Expo 2018, the D.C. debut of a virtual artist who performs consumer-created music (alongside a live band) that was made with Vocaloid technology. Wave your glow sticks at The Anthem. Doors 6:30 p.m. $50-$155. All ages, accessible venue.


Grammy-winning Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes brings his hefty catalogue of highly catchy Latin pop (see “A Dios Le Pido”) to Wolf Trap. Doors 6:30 p.m. $40-$80. All ages, accessible venue.

See what happens when prog rock legends Styx join punk rockers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (a band that Mary Tyler Moore surely would have adored) at Jiffy Lube Live, with "Love Song" rock band Tesla. Doors 7 p.m. $18-$154. All ages, accessible venue.

Chicago pop-punk band Homesafe plays Songbyrd with Hot MulliganHeart Attack Man, and Jetty Bones. Doors 7 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.


Many eons ago, when EDM was just a twinkle in Coldplay's eye, the British rock band released “Viva la Vida,” a 2008 pop-rock song that Nashville singer-songwriter Katie Herzig re-interprets with particular solemnity. Hear her thoughtful pop with Liza Anne at U Street Music Hall. Doors 7 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Locally produced podcast The Circus Life celebrates its 5th anniversary with a mini festival featuring JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience (Check out Williams' take on Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and SWV's "Right Here"), Alex BarnettJustin Trawick (The Circus Life host) and the Common Good and others at 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Celebrated jazz vocalist Marilyn Maye, whose name was recently added to the American Jazz Walk of Fame, brings her brassy vocals and wit to AMP by Strathmore. Doors 6:30 p.m. $30-$40. All ages, accessible venue.


It seems that pop singer-songwriter Halsey and rapper G-Eazy, her co-pilot on the popular if grammatically incorrect "Him & I," have split up, an event that led to some on-stage tears a few days ago. Hear her distinctive voice with Jessie Reyez at Wolf Trap. Doors 6:30 p.m. $40-$80. All ages, accessible venue.

In 1997, Shania Twain released Come On Over, a recording that would become the top-selling album by a female artist to date and brought the vocalist international success. See her swing with her eyes closed, with Bastian Baker opening, at Capital One Arena. Doors 8 p.m. $20-$159+. All ages, accessible venue.

Emo band The Get Up Kids, out with a new EP, plays 9:30 Club with Racquet Club and Ageist. Doors 7 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.


Self-identifying "post-genre pop" artist and one-man band Mobley recently released a song cycle, Fresh Lies, that he says "explore my relationship, as a black man especially, with my country." See the Austin, Texas-based musician with Nuex and KoraTheArtist at Jammin Java. Doors 6:30 p.m. $10-$20. All ages, accessible venue.

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