The title track to Get to Heaven nods to one of the art-rock British band’s obvious influences, the Talking Heads. Everything Everything’s third set, produced by Stuart Price (Madonna, Pet Shop Boys), also finds quirky vocalist Jonathan Higgs and his cohorts channeling other influences, from Midnight Oil to the Beatles, Nirvana to Timbaland. The result can be jarringly bizarre, skirting the edges of taste and tunefulness, but mostly it’s an intriguing experimental blend that commands attention — especially with some provocative and politically charged lyrics added to the mix. “The perfect soundtrack for deeply weird times,” as a New York Observer critic aptly put it. Doors at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $18. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.
William Diggle as Detective James McDevitt — Photo: Gary Erskine
FORD’S THEATRE’S HISTORY ON FOOT
A Local actor offers the guided tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, portraying Detective James McDevitt, a D.C. police officer patrolling a half-block from Ford’s Theatre the night President Lincoln was shot. Written by Richard Hellesen and directed by Mark Ramont, the 1.6-mile walking tour revisits and reexamines the sites and clues from the investigation into the assassination. Tours are offered approximately three evenings a week at 6:45 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $17. Call 202-397-7328 or visit fords.org.
Jelly’s Last Jam at Signature Theatre — Photo: Margot Schulman
JELLY’S LAST JAM
Signature Theatre kicks off its new season with a celebration of the music and life of jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton. Washington native Mark G Meadows stars as Morton, leading a cast that also includes, among others, Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks (Dreamgirls), Felicia Boswell (Motown The Musical), and Signature star Nova Y. Payton. Matthew Gardiner directs the musical featuring a book by George C. Wolfe and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. Now in previews. Opening Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m., with the Pride performance set for Friday, Aug. 26. Runs to Sept. 11 in Signature’s Max Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.
Phillip Phillips — Photo courtesy of 19 Interscope
PHILLIP PHILLIPS AND MATT NATHANSON
Phillip Phillips, one of the last American Idol winners — responsible for the franchise’s best-selling coronation song, 2012’s “Home” — and indie-folk/pop singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson co-headline an outdoor show at Wolf Trap. Opening is A Great Big World, the sentimental pop duo of Ian Axel and Chad King best known for “Say Something” — the dramatic hit song from 2013 featuring Christina Aguilera. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $32 to $55. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.
They got the beat — but only for one last time. That’s right, after 38 years, the all-female hitmaking band from the ’80s is calling it quits. Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, and Gina Schock offer a farewell tour along with Best Coast and Kaya Stewart as opening acts and handpicked torchbearers. Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. Tickets are $38 to $486. Call 202-783-4000 or visit warnertheatredc.com.