TUESDAY, JULY 31
Folky acoustic covers of rock, hip-hop and pop abound, but you're not cool till you've done a folky acoustic cover of a song that was originally folky and acoustic. Case in point? Us the Duo's rendition of "Better Together," first recorded by singer/songwriter/surferJack Johnson. Catch the married contemporary folk twosome (who recently appeared on America's Got Talent) with Justin Nozuka at Sixth and I. Show 8 p.m. $25-$30. All ages, accessible venue.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Rico Nasty doesn't pull any punches. With her latest album, the Maryland-based 21-year-old (whose music has been featured on HBO's Insecure) exudes confidence, rapping, "I'm the real deal shawty and you just the knockoff" over the highly danceable throwback track "Countin' Up." Hear her full-throated, IDGAF brand of hip-hop with Maliibu Miitch at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $20-60+. All ages, accessible venue.
"Extraordinary Love" is one of those songs you crank up in your car just as you drive away from the scene of a bad breakup (or at least that's what you would do if real-life breakups were anything like the movies). For singer-songwriter Erika Wennerstrom (who is taking a sabbatical from rock band Heartless Bastards), the piece is about the power of self-love, on an album partially inspired by an Ayahuasca retreat in a Peruvian rainforest. See her with Hayley Fahey at Gypsy Sally's. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. 21+, accessible venue.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
Father John Misty is no doubt delighting hard-core fans with his latest, Lennon-y sounding album, but the man behind the persona, Josh Tillman, remains a bit of an enigma. The bearded singer-songwriter from Rockville seems to have a lot to say but isn't always resonating. Hear tracks from God's Favorite Customer along with opener Bully at The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $45-$55. All ages, accessible venue.
"Need You Now" and "Wagon Wheel" are some of the catchiest tunes in contemporary country (though the latter isn't so contemporary). Sway side to side to those and other hits from Nashville trio Lady Antebellum and Hootie and the Blowfish (which apparently isn't broken up) frontman and country star Darius Rucker at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Show 7 p.m. $56-$345. All ages, accessible venue.
Even if you haven't heard Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut single in a while, you probably still remember its refrain (bow-wow-wow, yippie-yo, yippie-yay). Those words and elements of the melody were sampled from "Atomic Dog" and "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)," songs that emerged from George Clinton's P-Funk collective. Hear him with Parliament Funkadelic at the 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m. $45. All ages, accessible venue.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Social activist and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson joins singer-songwriter and fellow poet Mary Lambert (check out their collaboration on "Orlando") at the 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m. $21 ($1 from each ticket benefits Black Lives Matter). All ages, accessible venue.
The Tiny Cat Dark Music Festival, featuring Hante, Kontravoid and others in a show benefiting the Greater DC Diaper Bank, comes to Black Cat. (Also check out Day 2.) Doors 8 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.
Start Friday night right with some well-made salsa. Ohio-based Son Del Caribe performs at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden for one of the final four Jazz in the Garden shows of the season. Show 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
If you're above the age of 25, you've likely heard "MMMBop" about 72,893 times. But you've never heard it quite like this. Watch what happens when the '90s band of brothers Hansonblends its chipper pop with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Show 8:15 p.m. $30-$70. All ages, accessible venue.
Blow out your flip-flops at Jiffy Lube Live, where someone who surely caused a spike in margarita sales in 1977 (and spawned a modern musical) will take the stage. Show 8 p.m. $36. All ages, accessible venue.
"Believe." "If I Could Turn Back Time." "I Got You Babe." It's impossible to declare just what is the most iconic Cher song (or outfit, for that matter.) But perhaps what lifts Cher to another level even more than her costume changes, perpetual youth and big-as-a-house voice are her acting chops. Whether slapping Nicolas Cage across the cheek, playing Meryl Streep's gay roommate or playing Meryl Streep's mother, Cher is every bit as great of an actor as she is a vocalist. Saturday is the first night of her multi-day stay at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 8 p.m. $95-$254+. All ages, accessible venue.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
In 1995, Match.com went live, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was still releasing new episodes, and Johnny Depp was starring in Don Juan DeMarco. Enter Bryan Adams with a mask. His song (and sultry video for) "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" cemented his reputation as a modern-day balladeer. (Also see "Heaven" and "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.") Wave your phone in the air at Wolf Trap. Show 8 p.m. $40. All ages, accessible venue.
Sunday is your last chance to see Freddy Cole, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and vocalist as well as member of the illustrious Cole family, at Blues Alley, where he'll be finishing up a four-day run. Shows 8 p.m./10 p.m. $30. All ages, inaccessible venue.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6
The slow-moving sound of Houston-based Many Rooms is at once supremely dreary and surprisingly comforting. Hear them and the fuzzy bedroom folk of Angelo de Augustine with Luray and Annie Stokes at DC9. Show 8 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue.
Annihilate your case of the Mondays with the undeniably bubbly music of L.A. dance duo De Lux, in performance with Traps PS and Mystery Friends at Union Stage. Show 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. All ages, accessible venue.