Pop Music: Spring Arts 2012

Pop, Rock, Folk and Jazz

Published on March 22, 2012, 1:00am | Comments

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1940 Ninth St. NW

Miniature Tigers (3/22)
Tribes (3/24)
Teebs (3/26)
The Swan King (3/27)
Alcest and deafheaven (3/29)
Regents w/Imperial China, Ladder Devils (3/31)
Sara Radle (4/1)
Pomegranates w/Pity Rally (4/3)
Gentlemen Hall (4/4)
Homunculus w/Thundermilk (4/5)
Bombino – one of Africa's hottest young guitarists (4/10)
Tanlines – New Order-esque moody but moving electronica (4/11)
Converge – Boston band, one focused on making aggressive/hardcore music (4/12)
Bad Domes – a dance party (4/14)
Peelander-Z (4/15)
Mansions On The Moon (4/18)
Keep Shelly In Athens – downtempo electronica from an actual Greece-based duo (4/24)
Alcoholic Faith Mission (4/25)
Noah Silver Band (4/26)
The Honey Brothers (4/28)
Sleepy Sun (4/29)
Hanni El Khatibb w/The Sundelles (5/1)
Khaira Arby (5/2)
Black Taxi (5/8)
P.G.Six (5/10)
Turkuaz (5/12)
Strange Boys (5/20)
The Parlotones (5/29)
Yamantaka, Sonic Titan (6/11)
Hawks and Doves – Featuring Gared O'Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars (6/19)


8656 Colesville Road
Silver Spring

The Harikaraoke Band Gong Show: Live Band Karaoke (3/22)
Jordan Knight – The frontboy of New Kids on The Block (3/25)
DJ Shadow (3/27)
Franco de Vita (3/28)
Niki Barr Band – The Fillmore Locals Rock Series (3/31)
Mushroomhead (4/29)
Candlebox (4/30)
Marilyn Manson (5/1)
Opeth and Mastodon (5/9)
The Maine (5/12)
Meshuggah (5/22)


600 14th St. NW

The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia – New Riders of the Purple Sage, Moonalice and Jesse McReynolds perform for this ''one-of-a-kind'' tribute and benefit for the Rex Foundation (3/24)
Gospel Brunch feat. Jacques Johnson (3/25)
Van Hunt – Psychedelic soul and punk (3/27)
Melanie Fiona (3/28)
Ryan Montbleau/The Band of Heathens – A blend of neo-folk, classic soul and Americana jams (3/29)
Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat (3/30)
Mindi Abair – Jazz saxophonist/singer-songwriter (3/31)
Roger Creager (4/3)
Jonny Corndawg (4/4)
Scrapomatic (4/5)
Etienne Charles – Afro-Caribbean folk and jazz (4/6)
Pegi Young (4/7)
Van Dyke Parks (4/9)
The Touré-Raichel Collective – A world music group led by Israeli star Idan Raichel and Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré (4/12)
Shemekia Copeland – an aspiring queen of the blues (4/13)
Javon Jackson and Les McCannSwiss Movement Revisited (4/14)
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (4/19)
Empresarios w/Alma Tropicalia (4/20)
Chaise Lounge – Local jazz jam band throws a release party for its new album, Insomnia (4/21)
Ane Brun – Norwegian-born Swedish folk/pop songwriter and social activist (5/5)
Vusi Mahlasela – Known in his native South Africa simply as ''The Voice'' for his powerful pipes and poetic lyrics (5/6)
The Funk Ark feat. Sir Joe Quarterman and Frank Mitchell Jr. – Local chill-out label ESL Music, home to Thievery Corporation, presents a concert by the D.C.-based world funk ensemble (5/12)
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (5/19)
The Barr Brothers (5/20)
Nikka Costa – A funk/soul firecracker, who deserves to be a bigger deal (5/27)
Simone Felice – Former drummer, writer and vocalist with the Felice Brothers (5/31)
Jesse Winchester (6/15)
The Slackers – ''Jamaican rock 'n' roll'' (6/17)
Jesse Malin – Hardcore thrasher turned punk/folk singer-songwriter (7/30)
Portico Quartet – Strange, beautiful, cinematic, futuristic electronic/neo-classical music (7/1)
Jim Messina (7/19)


620 T St. NW

After decades of abandoned decay, the former ''Black Broadway'' venue, now 102 years old, will finally re-open next month with a Community Day ribbon-cutting ceremony (4/9) and then an all-star Grand Opening Gala and Tribute Concert exclusively for donors (4/12)
Wale – D.C.'s homegrown national rapper (4/9)
Wanda Sykes – The great lesbian stand-up comic and actor returns to her roots (4/13-15)
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (4/13)
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) – The talented rapper and actor offers a Gil Scott-Heron Tribute (4/14)
The Roots – Celebrated hip hop band, probably the hardest-working band in show business right now as house band for Jimmy Fallon's late-night show (4/15-16)
Gospel Brunch with the Harlem Gospel Choir – Featuring an all-you-can-eat Southern buffet (4/15 and every Sunday)
Alice Smith – Probably the greatest under-the-radar singer-songwriter in modern-day R&B, partly raised in D.C. (4/19)
Hoodie Allen + Wax (4/23)
Meshell Ndegeocello – The bisexual, iconoclastic R&B/jazz singer-songwriter, a D.C. native, who helped spark the neo-soul movement (4/25)
The Polish Ambassador (4/27)
The Motet (4/28)
True Blues feat. Taj Mahal Trio (4/22)
Chuck Berry – A pioneer of rock and roll (4/28)
The Bad Plus – A jazz trio from that hot bed of jazz, Minnesota (5/1)
PJ Morton – Keyboardist and vocalist with Maroon5 and a ''soul-pop'' solo artist signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money imprint (5/2)
Emancipator (5/3)
Blue Oyster Cult – The '70s-era hitmaking classic rock band, which was originally promoted, like so many other divas, by music industry honcho Clive Davis (5/4)
Chaka Khan – ''I Feel For You,'' she'll sing to the revived Howard Theatre family (5/5)
UK – The '70-era British prog-rock supergroup, made up of musicians from Roxy Music, King Crimson, Soft Machine, Yes and Genesis, re-groups for a one-off world tour (5/7)
The Musical Box – The Genesis tribute band performs the English rock band's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (5/8)
Conspirator – Featuring Marc and Aron of the Disco Biscuits (5/10)
Esperanza Spalding – The Grammy-winning, genre-hopping young jazz sensation (5/12)
Kid Ink (5/16)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Goodness gracious, great… (5/18)
Bilal (5/19)
Brian McKnight w/the Duke Ellington Orchestra – The R&B balladeer performs with the jazz band named after the late D.C. native son, whose career was launched at the Howard Theatre, and led by his grandson Paul Ellington (5/20)
Thrice (5/23)
Babasonicos – Argentinian indie-rock collective (5/24)
Amel Larrieux – Neo-soul singer-songwriter (5/25)
Victor Wooten (5/31)
Jerry Butler – An architect of R&B, who was a founder of The Impressions with Curtis Mayfield (6/1)
Curren$y (6/2)
Jerry Butler (6/1)
Los Straitjackets + Eilen Jewell (6/9)
Ziggy Marley – Ya mon, the chief Melody Maker and eldest son of Bob stops by Howard for a night of reggae (6/13)
Tinariwen (6/14)
Raul Midon (6/15)
Buika – Spaniard of African descent hailed by some as ''the flamenco queen'' (6/22)
The Flamenco Soul Project – Featuring Javier Limon, Nino de Los Reyes & Ariadna Castellanos (6/23)
Spectrum Road – A new jazz/rock super-group made up of Cream's Jack Bruce, Living Colour's Vernon Reid, Jon Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood and Cindy Blackman-Santana, Carlos Santana's wife (6/30)
Johnny Clegg – One of South Africa's greatest musical exports (7/6)
Morris Day & The Time (7/19)
Boyz II Men – The '90s-era hitmakers are billed as the most successful R&B group of all time (9/6-7)


2832 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.

The Brew and Bronze Radio Return (3/22)
Sons of Bill w/Carl Anderson (3/23)
Melodime (3/24)
Langhorne Slim w/Mike Ferrio (3/25)
Shanna Hoar, Jodi Shaw (3/26)
Chris Thomas King w/Bobby Thompson (3/27)
One The Bus w/Black Muddy River Band (3/29)
Frontier Ruckus w/Hoots and Hellmouth (3/30)
Perfume Genius w/Parenthetical Girls (3/31)
Boheme – Featuring Cassidy, formerly of Antigone Rising (4/2)
Clarence Bucaro (4/3)
Dub City Renegades (4/5)
Justin Trawick Group – Pne of the region's best folk/pop acts (4/6)
Cobra Collective w/Bellflur and Olivia Mancini and the Mates (4/7)
Sarah Neufeld, Gregory Rogove and Billy Martin – Three instrumentalists, including one a member of Arcade Fire and the other of Medeskin, Martin and Wood, perform solo and together (4/9)
Jon Bell (4/10)
Lake Street Love, Emily Wells (4/12)
Amy Ray – Indigo Girl tours in support of her impressive new solo set, Lung of Love (4/13)
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band (4/14)
Lambchop (4/15)
Allison Veltz (4/16)
PaperDoll, Think Fast Jak (4/21)
Hotel Lights w/Goldrush (4/22)
The 9 Songwriters Series (4/23)
The Walking Sticks (4/24)
Midtown Dickens w/Dean Fields and Mother Banjo (4/26)
Sophie Barker -- Zero 7 vocalist performs (4/28)
Igor and Red Elvises w/the Yachtsmen (4/28)
IBIS (4/29)
Lily Bee (5/1)
The Old Ceremony w/Gospel Music (5/3)
Adam Faucet and the Tall Grace (4/5)


227 Maple Ave. E.

David Choi, Jeff LeBlanc (3/22)
Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken – Husband-and-wife folk-tinged pop duo from Nashville (3/23)
Irresponsible, Feed God Cabbage – Two local bands help christen Jammin Java's new Lobby Bar (3/23)
Chris Ayer (3/24)
Adrenaline Dance Music Party – a new Electronic music-themed party thrown by three local DJs: Shux, Instagib and Vation (3/24)
This Century, The Getaways (3/25)
50 Licks – A local tribute to the Rolling Stones on the band's 50th anniversary feat. Anthony Fiacco, Luke Brindley and Michael Pearsall (3/25)
No Blitz – Arlington-based rock band (3/26)
Merrin Karras, Brockway, Logan Venderlic, Isaac Gill (3/27)
Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear's Den – Indie-rock musicians stop by Jammin Java on a tour by van from the SXSW festival in Austin to Boston (3/28)
Nneka – This soul singer has opened for everyone from Sean Paul to Gnarls Barkley to Lauryn Hill (3/29)
Native Run – Power-folk trio from Virginia, formerly named Deep River, and featuring Jammin' Java's own Luke Brindley (3/30-31)
Mercury Rising, In Your Memory (4/1)
Willy Porter (4/1)
Tom Lohrmann, Bandits & Beggars (4/3)
Daughter of Stars (4/4)
Aztec Two-Step – 40th anniversary tour and release party for a new album by the folk/rock duo (4/5)
Rocknoceros Happy Family Hour (4/6)
Jimmy Gnecco (4/6)
Barefoot Truth (4/7)
Politicks – A reunion concert in the groovy rock band's hometown (4/7)
FunkMnkyz (4/8)
The Rebuilt Machine (4/9)
Marcus Foster (4/10)
Tyler Hilton (5/11)
Vous Etes Des Animaux – An electronic party focused on lights and illuminating objects (4/12)
Tommy Stinson – The original bassist with the Replacements and now a member of Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum tours to support a new solo set One Man Mutiny (4/13)
Love146 Awareness Concert – A benefit for this anti-child slavery nonprofit featuring bands including TheRuinCity, The Atlantic Light, Crush Atlantic and Semper Fly (4/14)
Gungor – Ghosts Upon The Earth Tour (4/15)
Set It Off, Divided by Friday (4/16)
The 6th Degree (4/17)
Lovedrug (4/18)
Green River Ordinance (4/19)
Kindlewood (4/20)
Dub City Renegades w/Feed God Cabbage and Nappy Riddem – A night of local reggae (4/20)
The Deanna Bogart Band (4/21)
Crash Concept (4/22)
The Lumineers, Kopecky Family Band (4/22)
Bowling for Soup (4/23)
Ron Pope w/Josiah Leming, Jesse Ruben & Amy Lennard (4/24)
Adrianne Gonzalez & Natalia Zukerman, Clive Carroll (4/25)
Stick Men – Featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter (4/27)
Vance Gilbert (4/28)
Aaron Crawford & The Badcards (4/28)
Toy Kay – Solo moniker of Tomas Kalnoky, lead singer/guitarist of bands Streetlight Manifesto and Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution (4/30)
Company of Thieves (5/3)
Nine Days Gone (5/4)
Super bob (5/4)
Caravan of Thieves – Enter The Funhouse Tour (5/9)
Candyrat Guitar Night – Featuring Trevor Gordon Hall, Sergio Altamura, Owen Van Larkins and Pino Forastiere (5/10)
Melanie – As in Melanie Safka, the woman who wowed the crowds at the original Woodstock with her song ''Beautiful People'' (5/11)
David Lindley (5/12)
Never Shout Never (5/15-16)
Charlie Hunger (5/17)
William Beckett (5/20)
Steve Forbert (5/25)
Cartoon Johnny – A previous recipient of a WAMMIE as D.C.'s Best A Cappella Recording (6/2)
Mary Fahl – A solo turn from her cult folk band October Project (6/2)
Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers (6/4)
Madison Violet – Canadian folk/rock female duo (6/6)
Willie Nile Trio (6/14)
The Pietasters, Sunny Ledfurd – Popular Baltimore radio DJs and podcasters Big O and Dukes present ''A Night for Americans: Performing for Your Pleasure'' (6/15)
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (6/22-23)
Iona (6/25)
John Wesley Harding (6/30)
Bushwalla (8/13)


7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, Va.

Miranda Lambert – Outspoken country star appears as the headliner of WMZQFest (6/3)
Dave Matthews Band (6/16)
Rascal Flatts (6/23)
Iron Maiden w/Alice Cooper – Heavy metal legends ''Maiden England'' (6/30)
Toby Keith – Proto-country star (7/14)
Kiss, Motley Crue – Yep, really: together (7/20)
Sugarland – It's certainly sweet country music (7/22)
Big Time Rush w/Cody Simpson (8/19)
Brad Paisley – Country hunk (8/25)
Jason Aldean – Another country hunk (9/8)


1212 Cathedral St.

Alison Krauss & Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas (4/14)
Diana Krall – The often-sleepy jazz piano star, also known as Mrs. Elvis Costello (6/19)
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – The forgotten Beatle (6/24)

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