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


If its 2016 EP was any indication, Nashville band Vacation Manor has a handle on the art of the pop-rock hook. See the foursome that met at a Virginia music festival perform at Gypsy Sally'swith Sub-Radio. Show 8 p.m. $10-$12. 21+, accessible venue.

Fifty years ago, MC5, a relatively new garage-rock band from Detroit, recorded debut album Kick Out the Jams. Though the first incarnation of the band called it quits in 1972, the band's impact has lived on for its effect on what would become punk, among other things. Original guitarist Wayne Kramer is touring the country to play Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, alongside new supergroup MC50. See them with the Detroit Cobras at the 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m. $40. All ages, accessible venue.


Move over, Tame ImpalaYuno has your ethereal-falsetto game down, with several more tricks in his bag. On his debut EP, the Jacksonville, Florida, vocalist/producer hops from the light and bouncy "No Going Back" to the introspective and deliciously syncopated (Is that a triangle?) "So Slow" in the space of a few songs. Hear him with Jeff Draco at Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

"It's hard to wake up in the morning when I just crawled into bed," sings North Carolina vocalist Sarah Shook (one part Lucinda Williams, one part Courtney Love) on dreary country tune "Fuck Up," and things really go downhill from there. See her with Sunny War at Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 8:15 p.m. $15. 21+, accessible venue.


Hip-hop rapper/vocalist/producer (and let's not forget actorDrake seems to be everywhere, whether in a Spotify marketing campaign, ruling the Billboard charts or in squabbles with fellowrappers. The Canadian superstar performs with Migos at Capital One Arena (with a show also Wednesday). Show 7 p.m. $59-$229+. All ages, accessible venue.

If awards were doled out for sickest (in every sense of the word) band name, Let's Eat Grandma would surely be a nominee. See the edgy electropop duo from the UK with Odetta Hartman and Boniface at U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Sexually explicit parodies aside, the velvet-voiced Brian McKnight is an expert when it comes to the R&B ballad. From "Back at One," to "Anytime" to the quintessential '90s duet, "Love Is," McKnight's catalogue is steeped in romantic melodies. Hear the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter at The Birchmere. Show 7:30 p.m. $89.50. All ages, accessible venue.


The sound of Scranton, Pennsylvania, band Tigers Jaw has evolved quite a bit (in part due to lineup changes) since its inception more than a decade ago, from garage rock to emo-tinged alt-rock on 2017's Spin. See them at Rock and Roll Hotel, with The Sidekicks and Cave People. Show 8 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

There's his early Simon and Garfunkel days (a duo that remained hotly debated in 2012). The Graduate soundtrack. GracelandThe Afterlife. The Bernie Sanders ad. Haters gonna hate, but there's certainly a lot to dig about singer-songwriter extraordinaire Paul Simon. Hear his lengthy roster of hits, likely interspersed with cuts from his latest album, at Capital One Arena. Show 8 p.m. $50-$175+. All ages, accessible venue.

Grammy-nominated Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisiblespicked up by David Byrne's labelin the 1990s, brings its highly danceable and eclectic music to the 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

"Prince of Darkness" Ozzy Osbourne comes to Jiffy Lube Live with hard rock band Stone Sour. Show 7:30 p.m. $24-$325+. All ages, accessible venue.


Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who recently offered a moving tribute to late vocalist and fellow Detroit native Aretha Franklin (the two sang together in a 1979 episode of Soul Train), comes to The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 8 p.m. $122+. All ages, accessible venue.

From tender bowing on "I Have Dreamed" to a rather funky solo on a cover of "Car Wash," six-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can play just about anything. See him at Blues Alley (with shows also Thursday and Friday). Show 8 p.m. $40. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Abandon Netflix for the night and watch Star Wars: A New Hope, the film that started it all, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center. (Also showing Wednesday-Friday). Show 8 p.m. $79-$159. All ages, accessible venue.


Egyptian accordion player and vocalist Youssra El Hawary plays her first U.S. concerts this week, at Tropicalia on Saturday and The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Sunday. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

Sure, a little "Brown Eyed Girl" can get a Sunday afternoon party off on a feel-good foot. But singer-songwriter Van Morrison also has a deeper side. Case in point? The passionately sung "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (which Meg Ryan fans may have spotted in the closing scene of Ryan/Russell Crowe thriller Proof of Life back in 2000). See the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer with the Taj Majal Trio at Jiffy Lube Live. Show 7 p.m. $49-$275+. All ages, accessible venue.


Aussie indie rock group Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever has only been making records for a couple of years, but their layered, guitar-centric sound feels firmly rooted in the jangle pop of the '80s. See them with Deeper at the Black Cat. Show 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

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