Thursday Mar 22 @ 6:30 PM
Isaac Hayes Reissue Listening Happy Hour w/ Prizes
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe – Join Songbyrd upstairs on Thursday as we celebrate the freshly released remastered LP editions of three classic Isaac Hayes albums: 'Hot Buttered Soul', 'Shaft', and 'Black Moses'! These are among the greatest soul albums ever recorded, so we shall be playing them all and giving away an LP of each to some lucky winners, as well as Songbyrd Swag Bags® filled with posters and other goodies. The albums are all available for sale in the Record Cafe, so come listen to them in all their majesty at Songbyrd on Thursday! Craft Recordings just released newly remastered editions of three classic albums from soul icon Isaac Hayes: 'Hot Buttered Soul', 'Shaft', and 'Black Moses'. Each LP boasts audio remastered by leading engineer Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters from the original analog tapes and comes housed in a faithfully reproduced package, complete with old-school style tip-on jacket, and in the case of 'Black Moses', a replica of the legendary, iconic four-foot cross-shaped fold-out image of Isaac as 'Black Moses'. The release comes on the heels of a year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Stax Records, and a historic look at the contributions made by Hayes to the success of the label as embodied in the lauded 2017 deluxe 4CD box set, Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis.
Thursday Mar 22 @ 7:00 PM
Privilege, Oppression, Trauma and Power: Jewish/LGBTQ Narratives
Edlavitch DCJCC – Hineni is a new four-part seminar series offered by GLOE - GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC (with support from Adas Israel Congregation - Washington, DC) that will examine what it means to be both Jewish and LGBTQ today. Together with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, we’ll dive deep into our Judaism to discover how we can become empowered, knowledgeable, and engaged members and leaders of the Jewish community with pride. Session 2 || Privilege, Assimilation, Oppression, Trauma and Power: Exploring the Intersection of Jewish/LGBTQ Narratives To be Jewish and LGBTQ is to live in the intersection of two traditionally oppressed populations. As Jews, we are the product of thousands of years of exile, persecution, redemptions, creativity and wisdom. Similarly as LGBTQ people, we inherit a long-despised condition of human sexuality and identity, and bear responsibility for generations who have been oppressed, violated, and murdered for being who we are. As Jews and LGBTQ people, we now enjoy privileges (to widely varying degrees) hitherto unknown to our predecessors. Through exploring the similarities, differences, and dynamics of identity of our Jewish and LGBTQ selves, we can gain great insight. With this insight, we can become effective leaders in both communities, able to creatively transform past traumas into new narratives to inspire communities. This program is open to all people, LGBTQ and allies – Jewish and non-Jewish. No previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish texts is required. (For accessibility/accommodation requests, please email email@example.com.) _____ For more on the Hineni series: bit.ly/HineniSeries
Thursday Mar 22 - Mar 25 @ 7:30 PM
Le Nozze di Figaro
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music – When First We Practice to Deceive... Poor Susanna and Figaro just want to marry and settle into their own "happily ever after". Alas, some people have other ideas about their pending nuptials! If they can sort out the disguises, the debt, the long-lost relatives, and manage to keep their philandering boss at bay, they might just make it. Mozart's effervescent score brilliantly captures both the mirth and the pathos of this very busy day in Seville. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte Based on Pierre Beaumarchais' play Sung in Italian with English supertitles For disability accommodations, please call 202-319-5414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Mar 22 - Mar 24 @ 7:30 PM
Jim Norton (March 22-24)
The DC Improv Comedy Club – Tickets: $27 general admission, $57 VIP Sold out: Friday 9:30, Saturday 7, Saturday 9:30 Jim Norton stands out as one of the most uninhibited comedians. His show is bawdy, topical and smart as hell – and his refusal to kowtow to anyone has won him a legion of loyal fans. Back in the day, Jim was one of the most popular panelist on “Tough Crowd.” He’s a favorite host on Sirius XM and had his own talk show on Vice.com. He also has recorded numerous comedy specials, the latest debuting on Netflix in 2017. VIP tickets include preferred seating close to the stage, a meet-and-greet with Jim and a poster for the "Kneeling Room Only" tour. Please note there is a limit of 4 tickets per purchase.
Thursday Mar 22 @ 8:00 PM
BIG KRIT with Ty Dolla $ign + added guests
The Fillmore Silver Spring – Artist: BIG K.R.I.T, Ty Dolla $ign This is a General Admission - Standing Room Only Event. This show is 16+. All support acts are subject to change without notice. Doors for this event open at 7:00 PM. Show starts at 8:00 PM.
Thursday Mar 22 @ 8:00 PM
Lightning Bolt at DC9 Nightclub
DC9 Nightclub – DOORS: 7:30PM $15 Lightning Bolt https://www.facebook.com/lightningboltband/ Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band's recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers. Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt's sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before. Glockabelle https://www.facebook.com/Glockabelle/ Glockabelle is Annabelle Cazes. She plays two Casio VL-Tones, a lyre-shaped glockenspiel with eight thimbles and sings in both French and English. Her wild sound stems from a combination of inspiration and circumstance. Born to Francophone parents, Glockabelle received an education both stateside and in France. After being introduced to the sound of the Casio VL-Tone by a neighbor in Paris, Glockabelle began blending her classical piano techniques with vintage synth-pop sounds resulting in a hyperactive mixture of rhythm and tone. She also developed a unique approach to playing the glockenspiel: not with mallets but with eight sewing thimbles.
Thursday Mar 22 @ 8:00 PM
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club – Ronnie Laws CD Release Party “ He’ll be Performng his new single “ Settle Down” on March 22nd @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz. In 1972, Laws joined the fledgling group Earth, Wind & Fire, playing saxophone and fluteon their album Last Days and Time. He left the band soon afterwards, long before they achieved their commercial success. In 1975, he began his solo career with the album Pressure Sensitive, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, "Always There." The song became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists. In 1978 he released the album titled Flameunder United Artists Records and from it a 12" single was released called "All for You," as well as additional tracks (from previous albums) entitled "Let's Keep it Together" and "Nuthin' 'bout Nuthin." The 12" single was his first issued in the UK as well as the US, and paved the way for this format to be used for promoting artists' work at the time without the need to obtain the full LP. Apart from playing saxophone, Laws also sings. Notable vocals include "Every Generation" (1980), "Stay Awake" (1981, included on the album Solid Ground) and "Mr. Nice Guy" (1982). "Stay Awake" reached #19 on the R&B chart, spending 18 weeks on the chart. It is ranked as the 94th biggest R&B hit of 1981. Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett, Brian Culbertson, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Hugh Masekela, Alphonse Mouzon, David Sea, and Sister Sledge. He co-produced and sang backup on his sister's hit song, "Very Special." A tribute to Ronnie Laws' aforementioned hit, "Always There," was performed in 1999 by a group of musicians including Boney James, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Garrett and Larry Carlton at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The performance can be seen on the Casino Lights '99' DVD. In June 2005, Laws' 1980 LP Every Generation was issued on CD format for the first time.
Thursday Mar 22 @ 8:00 PM
Charles Wesley Live At Tryst
Tryst DC – Charles Wesley’s sound is shaped by the time weathered hills and hollers of his home. Charles is a singer-songwriter born and raised in West Virginia. Nowadays, if you want to find him, you’d look in any dive bar, café, or live music venue in Appalachia. Charles didn’t find music at an early age like many other artists. It wasn’t until he was nineteen that he picked up a guitar and began singing songs. He did however, grow up trout fishing in Upshur County streams, hunting on the Allegheny ridges, tagging along with his grandfather on the farm, and listening to old-timer’s talk about their days in his grandparent’s general store. Charles Wesley’s father was a coal miner until his birth and his mother was a schoolteacher. Little did he know, this background would come to play a major role in the songs and stories that captivate rooms full of listeners today. In 2014, Charles began to play bluegrass music professionally thanks to a strong, unique voice that he’d only recently discovered. He played bluegrass music from the banks of the Mississippi to whiskey bars in Manhattan, and everywhere in between. Charles then turned his attention to crafting his own songs. Eventually, he founded Union Sound Treaty in the latter part of 2015. Union Sound Treaty began performing regionally soon there after and began work on what would become an impressive debut album, Next Year. “With Next Year you also feel like you’re listening to a record of a band that is only going to continue to get better, and you’ll be listening to them and Charles Godwin for years to come.” – Saving Country Music Charles continues to perform with Union Sound Treaty and as a solo artist all across Appalachia and beyond. He’s grateful to have shared the stage with artists such as Shooter Jennings, David Allan Coe, Luke Combs, Waymore’s Outlaws, Aaron Watson, Colter Wall, and many more. Charles plans to release his first solo project in 2018 as well as continuing his work with Union Sound Treaty. Whether he’s performing solo for a room full of patrons who’ve quieted to a barely audible murmur or a music hall full concert goers breaking in their boots to the rhythm of a Union Sound Treaty tune, Charles Wesley turns heads and opens ears everywhere he plays. His stories strike a chord in all of us and his voice gets the point across with a genuine authority.
Thursday Mar 22 @ 9:00 PM
Christian Smith - J Swink at Flash
Flash – Thursday, March 22nd • Doors open 9PM Advance Tickets: ticketf.ly/2p2Ept8 Christian Smith ( Tronic, Drumcode | São Paulo ) christiansmithmusic.com/ soundcloud.com/christiansmith J Swink ( Fierce Animals, USB | DC ) soundcloud.com/j_swink CHRISTIAN SMITH: Christian Smith is one of the world’s leading exponents of techno, both as a DJ and producer he is always bold and innovative. With his output in recent years it is hard to imagine a list of prolific producers without his name towards the top. He has been at the top of his game for over a decade with his trademark groovy techno. In 1997 he started his label Tronic, since then it has dominated the charts with releases from Christian himself and the likes of Chus & Ceballos, ANNA, Paco Osuna, Loco & Jam, Kaiserdisco, Enrico Sangiuliano, Nick Curly and more. The label is now the No.2 top selling techno label in the world according to Beatport, and it has just celebrated its 200th release. Christian has dominated the charts and DJ’s playlists with a steady flow of releases on many high profile labels like Plus8/Minus, Drumcode, Cocoon, Bedrock, Mobilee and Tronic. His latest EP “Force Majeure” released in July 2016 on Drumcode, was straight in at No3, and stayed Beatports Techno Top 10 for over a month. He has released two landmark solo albums; “Omakase” in 2013 which secured worldwide praise with a superb selection of tracks that showcased his versatility as a producer. His follow up was with “Stranger Than Paradise” in 2016 he released the 11 track musical journey “Input Output”. The album was followed by an extensive album tour in over 20 countries and two extensive remix packages released early 2017 with artists including Pig&Dan, Julian Jeweil and legend Laurent Garnier all on rework duty. ‘Tronic Nights’ are bringing label artists to venues and festivals across the world – with dates throughout Europe, including ADE and Ultra Resistance in Ibiza. Tronic has always been an album focused label, and Christian has announced his new collaboration project will be released in October. He has spent the last 9 months producing tracks with a selection of standout artists in their studios, which has taken him all over the world. We cannot wait for the result!
Thursday Mar 22 - Mar 23 @ 9:00 PM
Kinetic Trek with DJ Diaspora
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe – You're invited on a Kinetic Trek with Dj diaspora ::All Vinyl:: Upstairs ::No cover:: Grounded and otherworldly. World beat, including this part of the world. Old and new. Genres include Afrofunk, disco, broken beat, nujazz, samba, rare groove, go-go, and soulful, funky, pensive sounds that can't be tied down. Image: Dennis Osadebe ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dj Diaspora started buying records in her hometown Chicago, inspired by the underground deep house parties in the early 90s. After moving to the UK, she was blown away by West London's "broken beat" scene, and knew her mission as a DJ-- to share broken beat, and its influences, with the US. While DJing in Chicago, Philly, NYC, and DC, DJ Diaspora developed her eclectic blend of broken beat with Afrobeat, Latin beat, deep house, Brazilian jazz, disco, drum 'n bass/jungle, dub, and nujazz, with a focus on the African diaspora (which most of broken beat's UK originators are part of). DJ Diaspora has had the honor of opening for innovative artists such as Femi Kuti and the Positive Force and DJ Rekha of Basement Bhangra. Soundcloud.com/dia-spora
Thursday Mar 22 @ 10:00 PM
SOLD OUT: Lovett or Leave It (March 22)
The DC Improv Comedy Club – THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT! A live podcast at the DC Improv! Please note that showtime is 10 p.m. Thursday (doors 9:30). Please note that this is a "late show," so seating will be assigned by the Improv, in the order in which tickets were purchased. Tickets: $35 A week in review recorded in front of a live audience. It’s great! Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many, many famous Friends of the Pod will break down the week’s biggest news and deal with whatever bullshit came flying over the transom in our broken, insane political nightmare factory. Plus it’s produced by a former head writer for The Office, Lee Eisenberg! So it’s got that kind of a vibe too. There will be rants! Games! Bad impressions! Quizzes! Dramatic Readings! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion!
Friday Mar 23 @ 12:00 PM
Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet
DC Public Library – The Morehouse College Glee Club & Quartet, one of the longest-standing, all-male collegiate choral groups, will perform a free concert of repertoire ranging from African-American heritage compositions to arrangements of modern popular music. For over 40 years, this exceptional choral group has been performing at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, inviting Morehouse alumni and the Washington, D.C., community at large to attend. This year, during the MLK Library modernization, this annual concert will take place next door at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (945 G St. NW). The acclaimed Morehouse College Glee Club & Quartet has sung with noted celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. Its musical talents can be heard on the soundtracks to three Spike Lee films: "School Daze" (1988), "Miracle at St. Anna" (2008) and "Red Hook Summer" (2012). The musical group can also be listened to on 11 albums, which include the 2011 release Centennial Celebration in recognition of the Choir’s 100th year of musical legacy and its 2012 release of live recordings titled The Morehouse College Glee Club. In celebration of its 105th year of musical excellence in 2016, the Glee Cub released its newest CD, "In Need of Music." The distinguished ensemble is currently directed by dynamic virtuoso Dr. David Morrow, a 1980 Morehouse graduate and class valedictorian who received the master's degree in music from the University of Michigan in 1981 and earned a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1995. Be sure to arrive early on Friday, March 23, for an enjoyable afternoon of musical excellence. The event is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served. Recording by audience members will not be permitted during this concert. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. | Concert begins at noon All Ages | Accessible Venue
Friday Mar 23 @ 7:00 PM
New Music Friday: Meshell Ndegeocello "Ventriloquism"
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe – #NEWMUSICFRIDAY HAPPY HOUR LISTENING SERIES EVERY FRIDAY 2477 18th STREET NW (UPSTAIRS) Listening to the latest release singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, "Ventriloquism". We will be giving two lucky winners a CD copy of the album! About "Ventriloquism" NPR Music writes: "It's a perfect collection for an artist whose genre-bending fusion of rock, soul, funk and R&B befuddled an industry still beholden to racially-coded designations (i.e. "urban") when she entered the scene."
Friday Mar 23 @ 7:00 PM
Film: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries – A festival hit from Cannes to Toronto to Busan and everywhere in between, this “thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western” (Lisa Nesselson, Screen International) is set in the beautifully rugged landscape of Indonesia’s Simba Island. Its eponymous heroine, a widow living alone in the remote countryside, is assaulted and robbed of her cattle by a gang of bandits. After dispatching her attackers with some poison soup, she sets off on a journey of redemption—toting the head of the bandits’ leader as a trophy. Mixing Simba Island’s unique local culture with artistic antecedents ranging from Caravaggio to Sergio Leone, Mouly Surya created one of last year’s most talked-about films. This screening is made possible by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. FREE admission Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Part of the series Women at the Helm: Four by Female Directors from Asia. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we present a selection of films directed by four of Asia’s most adventurous female directors. Whether addressing urgent social issues, testing the limits of film form, or exploring the territory where genre and art films meet, these are all thought-provoking cinematic achievements.
Friday Mar 23 @ 8:00 PM
Fillmore Flashback 80's VS 90's Dance Party
The Fillmore Silver Spring – Artist: DJ Biz Markie, Here's To The Night, The New Romance This is a General Admission - Standing Room Only Event. This show is for All Ages All support acts are subject to change without notice. Doors for this event open at 7:00 PM. Show starts at 8:00 PM.
Friday Mar 23 @ 8:00 PM
HOMEBREW: Maneka with Bleary Eyed, Tosser, and DJ Franzia
9:30 Club – All great bands start somewhere, and we want that somewhere to be right here at 9:30 Club. That's why we're presenting HomeBrew! A new series of shows carefully curated to pay homage to the local and DIY music that we love with the simple goal of giving the stage to the great bands that deserve it! 9:30 presents HomeBrew with... Maneka (https://maneka.bandcamp.com/) Maneka’s debut album, “Is You Is,” is Devin McKnight's (Grass Is Green, ex-Speedy Ortiz) first solo album, a record the deals with themes of independence, self empowerment, urgency, and ownership. Self described as “future-space alien-dream-post punk,” McKnight leaves behind years spent playing the role of guitarist to create his own project, writing every instrumental and vocal part on his own before sharing it with a collective of friends and collaborators. Singing is "a very new adventure” for McKnight, prepping with a few vocal lessons from his Aunt Cheryl to get his confidence up and hacking away at it. Vocals aren’t the only first, McKnight also wrote the drums parts, programming them with Ableton and drum samples for Maneka’s original demos. Mike Thomas (Grass Is Green, Empress Of) joined McKnight to play drums on the album, sticking with the framework built on the demos while adding a flair that only he can. Bleary Eyed (https://blearyeyed.bandcamp.com/) Tosser (https://tossertheband.bandcamp.com/releases) DJ Franzia (Twitter: @hawillisdc) Doors at 8pm ALL AGES ?
Friday Mar 23 @ 8:00 PM
Friday Night Live featuring The Mighty Joshua
Tropicalia – After a packed house The Mighty Joshua returns to Tropicalia's Friday Night Live FREE Concert series for round two. Independent Reggae Artist Mighty Joshua engages audiences by opening minds and activating bodies through song. Conscious lyrics flow freely to create distinctive refrains that pulse with pride against rhythms rooted in percussion. His soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern day.
Friday Mar 23 @ 8:00 PM
The Howard Theatre – https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/15005432C8C13CC6 Tickets $59 - $109 Leo Dan, is an Argentine composer and singer born in Villa Atamisqui, Santiago del Estero Province. He recorded more than 20 albums during his long career during the late 20th century between Argentina and Mexico. His appreciation for Mexican music led him to record with mariachis, and from there he went to international fame. His music was well received by the Mexican public since his voice was a good match to the traditional mariachi sound. His greatest hits include "Como te extraño, mi amor", "Mari es mi amor" "Celia", "Pídeme la luna", "Esa pared" and "Toquen mariachis, canten", to name a few. Leo Dan currently lives in the United States. He, Palito Ortega and Leonardo Favio are considered the principal Argentine singers of the Nueva Ola (New Wave) music that was popular in the 1960s and 1970s in Latin America. With a mellow voice and his individual interpretative style, Leo Dan is one of the most recognized figures among Spanish-language vocalists. His inspiration went further than interpretation; he also wrote most of his popular hits. In 2012 The Latin Recording Academy honored Leo Dan by presenting him with The Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. - See more at: http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2018/03/23/leo-dan-6/
Friday Mar 23 @ 8:00 PM
03/23 June Pastel Songbyrd Cafe DC
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe – JOIN US FOR JUNE PASTEL'S DC DEBUT June Pastel - smarturl.it/without-a-phrase Conceived in Salt Lake City, and realized in Baltimore, June Pastel is the work of Anthony Peña. A Venezuelan-American whose music stretches through the intersections of indie, pop, jazz, and chamber music, June Pastel sits at the rare transitory space only available through processes of growth and motion. On the band’s debut single “Without a Phrase,” Anthony explores the kind of smooth and dreamy indie rock that brings to mind Wild Nothing, and Craft Spells, with a little bit of jazz weaved in for good measure. It’s the perfect primer for not just the band, but the album to come. Set for release this summer, June Pastel’s forthcoming debut album finds Anthony amassing an eclectic group of musicians with roots that stretch beyond the confines of genre. Each of these worlds builds the collaged moment-to-moment vocabulary within the June Pastel universe. For Peña, June Pastel is all about community: his songs are bases upon which his musical collaborators may find their own expression, around which relationships may form. June Pastel is a first—and important—step by Peña away from solo work, and into the communal ecology of creating with others.