Arts Desk

Weekend Music Round-Up

pj harvey & john parish

  • X, Steve Soto & the Twisted Hearts. 9:30 club. $25. All ages.
  • Alex Rhoads, Midnight Ride. Bangkok Blues. Call for price.
  • Dean & Britta, Cheval Sombre. Black Cat. $15. All ages.
  • Viva Voce, Cut Off Your Hands. IOTA Club & Cafe. $15. +21.
  • The Kennedys. Jammin’ Java. $18.
  • Threat Signal w/ The Agonist, Flatline, Thy Will Be Done, Cab Ride Home, Kysmet, Murder the Element. Jaxx. $12–$14. All ages.
  • Capital Jazz Fest 2009: Alonzo Bodden, Natalie Cole, Fourplay. Merriweather Post Pavilion. $39.50–$100.
  • Rock Solid: The Champions Production Hip-Hop and RNB showcase w/ Crimestoppers, City Limits, and the Ian Walters Project with Angel B. The Red & The Black. $8. +21.
  • A Place To Bury Strangers, Caverns, True Womanhood. Rock and Roll Hotel. $12. All ages.
  • Like Bells, Kadman, Stella Schindler. Velvet Lounge. $8. +21.
  • PJ Harvey and John Parish. Warner Theatre. $45.
  • Sunsets with a Soundtrack: The U.S. Army Concert Band. West Steps U.S. Capitol. Free.
  • John Prine, Steve Earle. Wolf Trap. $25–$42.
  • Liberation Dance Party w/ Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. DC9. $8. +18.
  • Subatomic Sound System, Dubblestandart, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Paul Zasky. Comet Ping Pong. $10. All ages.


  • Doves, Wild Light. 9:30 club. SOLD OUT. All ages.
  • Hey Norton, Doug Parks and the Lone Wolves. Bangkok Blues. Call for price.
  • Lowen & Novarro, El Fin Del Camino. Birchmere. $29.50.
  • Denali, Ki:Theory, Pygmy Lush. Black Cat. $13. All ages.
  • Buster Brown & the Get Down. Fireflies. Call for price.
  • King Wilkie. IOTA Club & Cafe. $10. +21.
  • Early show: The Friday Night Boys (CD Release) with The Downtown Fiction, Bobby Faithful. $10–$12. Late show: The Fif, Violet Says 5, The Echo Boom. $10–$12. Jaxx. All ages.
  • Washington Men’s Camerata: “Thanks for the Memories.” Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $30.
  • Shakin' The Blues Away w/ Doug Bowles, Alex Hassan, Cindy Hutchins. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Free.
  • Capital Jazz Fest 2009: Will Downing, George Duke, Norman Brown, Marion Meadows, Roy Ayers, Joey Sommerville, The Underground Divas. Merriweather Post Pavilion. $39.50–$100.
  • BSO: Marin Alsop conducts violinist Hilary Hahn in a program of Beethoven, Higdon, and Dvorak. Music Center at Strathmore. $30–$85.
  • The Black Hollies, The Breakups, DJ Bobby Babylon. Rock and Roll Hotel. $10-$12. All ages.
  • Mittenfields, Typefighter, Vox Pop. Velvet Lounge. $8. +18.
  • David Byrne, Devotchka. Wolf Trap. $25–$42.
  • DJ Dk. Cafe Saint Ex.


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  • Hemisphire

    There's also Celebrate Fairfax, with Blues Traveler tonight, The Fixx tomorrow afternoon, and the Old Skool All-Stars (with Rob Base, Naughty By Nature and Sugar Hill Gang ) tomorrow night.

  • sonic circuits

    There's also QUEERING . SOUND

    the annual staging of alternative performance . sound art . and spoken word . focusing on lesbian . gay . bisexual . post-gender-identified . supportive and queer artisans
    presented by the Triangle Artists Group .
    This Saturday & Sunday at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring.

  • Todd

    And, Todd Snider and Mary Gauthier at the Birchmere on Friday night. If you haven't enjoyed a Todd Snider show you are in for a great time.

  • Wolf

    Sat., 6/6: (every 1st Saturday) One of the city's best blues bands - Big Boy Little Band - will be appearing at Zoo Bar Cafe, 10 pm, free. Across from the Zoo, great food, patio dining. Bret Littlehales (harmonica & vocals), Matt Kelley (guitar & vocals), Steve “Wolf” Crescenze (bass) & Robby Leebrick (drums).
    "This guy's a real blues player." - Huey Lewis of The News.
    “He was a major influence on shaping the Washington blues scene back then & he's still playing the real 100%, low down & dirty blues to this day." - Bobby Radcliff.
    “Now Bret's back. I guess I better tighten up." - Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks.
    "These guys play blues for grown-ups." - Bill Kirchen.

  • Wolf

    Sunday, 6/7: (every Sunday) Open Blues Jam hosted by The Idle Americans - Baltimore’s Matt Kelley, Zach Sweeney, Steve “Wolf” Crescenze & Scott Rabino.
    American Roots Music: Roots Rock, Rockabilly, Blues, Old & Alt Country. IA plays the 1st set and then the local blues talent takes the stage. Pro sound, stage, wooden dance floor, great food, cool blues decor & guitar bar! No cover; min.: 2 drinks or dinner.
    "An excellent local group" - The Washington Post.
    "Baltimore's rollicking" - The Washingtonian.
    "The Idle Americans know how to roots-rock a crowd" –S. Maryland Weekend.
    "Idle Americans Anything But Idle … [their open blues jams] bringing blues to the masses" – County Times.

  • Wolf

    Oops! Location for Sunday, 6/7 (every Sunday): Open Blues Jam is at Bangkok Blues Thai Restaurant, 926 W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA. 703-534-0095.