By Nia Hightower and Arielle Hixson, DC Music Live
Looking for something to do during the next week? There are some killer shows coming up. Check out our list, and then check out a few shows.
Carolyn Malachi and Jayarr – July 27
D.C. singer and songwriter Carolyn Malachi will pair up with reggae singer and songwriter and Sierra Leone native Jayarr tonight at Monserrat House for a benefit show to aid artists in developing countries. Malachi, known for her melodic and other worldly songs such as “Beautiful Dreamer” and the Grammy-nominated “Orion,” will headline tonight’s show. The proceeds from the concert, presented the PeaceTones nonprofit, will go toward the group’s work in Sierra Leone, Brazil and Haiti to teach independent artists how to create and sell their music globally. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Javier Starks Workshop – July 28
So usually we feature what shows you may want to check out this week, but perhaps the show you check out may be your own. Words, Beats & Life and DeanwoodxDesign Temporium are presenting an emcee workshop with Javier Starks. The two-hour workshop shows participants how to count bars, freestyle and much more. The workshop for novices and others looking to brush up on flexing their verbal flow skills, is noon-2 p.m., at Idea PCHS, 1027 45th St. N.E. Admission is free.
Carlos Santana – July 30
Rock sensation Carlos Santana will be making an appearance at Merriweather Post Pavillion next Monday. The “world music” musician redefined the rock world in the 60s and is now recognized by Rolling Stone as the one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His latest album, Shape Shifter, will be the theme of this coveted performance in the District – so be sure to check out one of the most influential guitarists of all time! The Allman Brothers Band will also be joining Mr. Santana, this may be just too much incredible rock for fans to handle! Doors open at 5 p.m.
Amadou & Mariam – July 31
This alternative singing sensation has a few tricks up there sleeve for the 9:30 Club next Tuesday. The couple from Mali, Amadou & Mariam, have a unique sound and incredible background. Both blind from childhood, the musicians are recognized for their talented world music sound as well as their triumphant journey to the music industry. Amadou & Mariam released their latest album, “Follia,” in April, which will features artists like Santigold and Theophilus London. Doors open at 7 p.m.