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15 Concerts You Don't Want to Miss Around D.C. This Week


It's hard to resist the charm of New York City-based T-Rextasy once you see them throw some combat boot-clad feet on a dinner table with a "what are you gonna do about it" look on their faces. In recent single "Girl, Friend," the poppy punk band coyly flirts with its audience, singing "I wanna see you try on all my clothes—let me know if you wanna spend the night." Catch them with Honey Cutt at Songbyrd. Show 10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. All ages, inaccessible venue.


Legendary musician Stevie Wonder (a Kennedy Center honoree, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Presidential Medal of Freedom holder and recipient of 25 Grammy Awards, for starters) arrives at the Theater at MGM National Harbor for a two-night run on Wednesday. Dare yourself to pick a favorite song with a setlist likely to be steeped in the hits. Show 8 p.m. $169-$295+. All ages, accessible venue.

The Brooklyn-based Sweetback Sisters have only been on the scene for a decade, but you'd swear they hail from the 1950s with their Patsy Cline-like vocals and classic take on country. Hear the duo at Strathmore's Live From the Lawn. Show 7 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.


While rapper G-Eazy's relationship with singer Halsey remains in flux, his career seems to be proceeding just fine as he headlines a national tour with hip-hop stars Lil Uzi Vert (who, in curious news, just had a Bible thrown at him mid-song), Ty Dolla $ignYBN NahmirP-Lo and Murda Beatz at Jiffy Lube Live. Show 6:30 p.m. $20-$59. All ages, accessible venue.

The name "Kenny G" has at times been a stand-in for anything that seemed uncool, but the sax-wielding artist (who's apparently sort of a "badass") may have the last laugh—he's one of the top-selling musicians in history. At a show with The Tenors at Wolf Trap, savor one of the last nights of summer in the glow of his smooth jazz (which could only be made better with a cameo from Michael Bolton, but alas, you can't have it all). Show 8 p.m. $30-$65. All ages, accessible venue.

"I thought I was treated for rabies, but nothing could stop it." So goes the refrain of "Trauma Hoarding" off the recently released EP Bat Brains, from Boston indie band Jakals. Absorb their subversive rock in a lineup with The OrchidCheshi and Evolv at the Electric Maid. Show 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. All ages, accessible venue.


The opening credits to early 2000s WB/CW show One Tree Hill (ahem, did someone say possible reboot?) brought us great images of Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush and a post-Beverly Hills, 90210 Paul Johansson. But it also helped boost the career of pop singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, whose "I Don't Want to Be" was selected as the theme song. Hear what has a high probability of being his encore song in a show with 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips at Wolf Trap. Show 8 p.m. $30-$60. All ages, accessible venue.

The inaugural two-night dance party that is Blisspop Disco Fest gets underway at the 9:30 Clubwith headliner Claptone, along with Francois KCharles Feelgood and Eau Claire. (Here's the full list of shows.) Doors 8 p.m. $30. All ages, accessible venue.

In case you didn't know, Harry Styles isn't the only One Direction bandmate who has launched a solo career. Fellow boy bander Niall Horan teamed up with country star Maren Morris on 2017's "Seeing Blind" (and again for this nifty new acoustic version), a duet they will likely perform live at their Jiffy Lube Live show. Show 7 p.m. $15-$87+. All ages, accessible venue.


The public image of rapper Lil Debbie is about as far from the straw hat-wearing, snack-cake princess as you can get. The former member of the now-defunct White Girl Mob who once had a beef with Miley Cyrus declares on her latest album, In My Own Lane, that "p***y is power—that's why we're taking it back." Catch her in a lineup with Whitney PeytonCellisSheila and Grizz-a-Grand at MilkBoy ArtHouse. Show 8:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Lend some support to the D.C. chapter of Food Not Bombs—a nonprofit with a social-justice bent that provides vegan meals and fresh produce to local residents—while checking out some local bands at Garbagefest 3. The Black Cat-hosted show features Abby HustonCherry AmesBabeRage and others. Show 7 p.m. $12. All ages, accessible venue.

A night of outdoor reggae is a pretty ideal way to round out the summer, especially when it's led by Grammy-winning musician and humanitarian Ziggy Marley. Steel PulseTribal Seeds and Iya Terra join the lineup at Wolf Trap. Show 6:30 p.m. $45-$50. All ages, accessible venue.


"Water," a track off the debut album from trippy rock band Ohmme, begins with a solitary electric guitar strum, followed by a few seconds of silence. But wait for it—the song then proceeds to drill a hot hole in your ear with its relentless drumming, ominous bass/guitar combo and a melody that visits some unexpected places. See the Chicago duo at the Black Cat. Show 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages, accessible venue.

Chris Thomas King—a New Orleans musician who brought us a rap-laden take on blues in the '90s album 21st Century Blues ... From Da Hood and contributed both to the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and the film itself—plays Blues Alley in the last show of a four-night run. Shows 8 p.m./10 p.m. $25. All ages, inaccessible venue.


Texas-bred multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland brings her fiery brand of blues to City Winery with Americana band Shinyribs. Show 8 p.m. $20-$25. All ages, accessible venue.

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