By Brian Ossip and Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Looking for something to do during the next week? Well there are a ton of killer shows coming up so check out our list, and then check out a few shows!
Hadag Nahash – May 10
Hadag Nahash, the best selling hip-hop artist in Israel, combines hip-hop grooves with hints of rock, reggae and Middle Eastern music. Passionately devoted to equality and civil rights, the group has become the soundtrack for the Israeli struggle against corruption and racism. The band has shared a stage with The Black Eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, and Matisyahu, and was featured in the soundtrack of Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. They will be playing the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20.
Arturo Sandoval – May 10-13
A protégé of the late jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12 in Cuba. His Dear Diz: Every Day I Think of You album, released May 8, is a tribute his mentor and friend and features classics from Gillespie’s body of work. Sandoval will perform two shows each day, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Blues Alley. Tickets are $43.
Son of a Bad Man – May 11
The term “DIY” was made for this quartet from Jacksonville, FL. Formed in 2007, Son of a Bad Man has been persisted through countless ups and downs to reach levels they never expected. Their current album, Here’s to the Falling In…, was funded entirely by their fans through their Kickstarter account in just over 24 hours, and is proof to their DIY work ethic. The band will be playing at the Axum Lounge, just off of U Street. Doors are at 7:00pm.
Esperanza Spalding – May 12
Washington is one of the last four U.S. stops before Esperanza Spalding crosses the Atlantic to tour in France, Norway, Spain and England. She’ll be back in the states come June, but D.C. tour dates for her Radio Music Society album have yet to be added after her sold-out May 12 performance. Radio Music is the follow-up to her album Chamber Music Society, for which she received a 2010 Grammy Award as Best New Artist. Radio Music features her “Black Gold” and “Radio Song.” Spalding will perform 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre. Doors open to the sold-out show at 6 p.m.
The Maine – May 12
The Maine released their first full length in the summer of 2008, and haven’t looked back since. They’ll be hitting up the District with support from Lydia and will be rocking the stage at the Fillmore. Doors are at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20.
LeAnn Rimes – May 15
LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 37 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. And all of that before she’s even turned 30. Oh yea, she’s also appeared in various TV shows and films. She’ll be performing a special acoustic set at The Howard Theatre. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $65 in advance, and $70 the day of the show.
Emmure – May 18
Emmure is on tour in support of their recently released 7th album, Slave to the Game. While commonly referred to as “deathcore,” Emmure has been defined, and shows influences from, metalcore and nu metal, and often times incorporates clean vocals in to their songs as well. Along with support act Alesana, Emmure will be taking their talents to the Fillmore. Doors are at 6:00pm. Tickets are $22.
Bilal – May 19
Amel Larrieux – May 25
From jazz standards to her hip-hop beginnings with Groove Theory, Amel Larrieux continues to deliver her style of neo-soul on such hits as “For Real” and “Sweet Misery.” Larrieux will perform at 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre. Tickets are $35. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Eric Roberson – May 26
Influenced by elements of R&B, house, hip hop, jazz and rock, Eric Roberson released his latest album When Love Calls in February. The singer of smooth soul also released his first video earlier this year, “At the Same Time” from hisMr. Nice Guy album. Roberson will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere. Tickets are $35.