By Brian Ossip and Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Looking for something to do during the next week? There are a ton of killer shows coming up. Check out our list, and then check out a few shows.
Ted Nugent – Aug. 3
One of rock’s classic characters Ted Nugent, “the Nuge,” will be at the Fillmore Silver Spring tonight, August 3. Nugent has been releasing records as a solo artist since 1975, and has had a number of huge hits, like “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever.” The Nuge has also become somewhat of a guitar hero to many of his diehard fans. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $38.
DC Music Live favorite Owen Danoff will be at The Hamilton tonight as an opening act for POCO. Danoff was featured as our Music Mix of the Week back in June (RELATED STORIES: Music Mix of the Week: Owen Danoff & Review: Owen Danof Live at the Mansion at Strathmore), and for good reason: his songs are filled with incredible, thoughtful lyrics, and melodies that you will not be able to get out of your head. The show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $25-40.50.
The annual Summer Spirit Festival hits the Merriweather Post Pavillion this weekend featuring a ton of talent from the worlds of soul, go-go and hip-hop. Among them, Erykah Badu, Common and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Hope they perform “I Learned the Hard Way.” Don’t you hate it when that happens? For those of you missing the Godfather of Go-Go, The Chuck Brown Tribute band will perform with appearances from his daughter KK and Donell “D-Floyd” Floyd of Familiar Faces and Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson of Rare Essence. Estelle, who’s “Thank You” is on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts; neo-soul crooner Eric Roberson and others will also entertain during the annual summer event. Tickets are $44-$125. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Yes – Aug. 4
Prog-rock gods Yes will be at the Warner Theatre on August 4, along with special guest Procol Harum, who are best known for their 1967 hit, “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Yes, one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, and epic live show. Formed in 1968, the band has sold over 13 million records to date. For fans of incredible live shows, and amazing displays of musicianship, this show is a must! Doors are at 7:30pm. Tickets are between $69.50-$89.50.
Who knew the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was filled with so much talent. First, they announced auditions for metro station entertainers last month. Now, we get to hear some of the best soul and gospel voices its employees have to offer – backed by the Mass Transit Band. Metro employees will perform Sunday on the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage. The show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free
System of a Down (SOAD) and the Deftones will be hitting the stage at the Verizon Center on Tuesday, August 7. SOAD are one of the most unique bands out there right now, consisting of a wide array of arrangements and styles. Their music has been referred to as anything from alternative metal, art rock, hard rock, to progressive metal and progressive rock. The group, who ended their five-year hiatus in November of 2010, will be joined by the Deftones, an alt-metal band from California that was founded in 1988. The Deftones are a band of many influences, and while their earlier music was much more aggressive and rooted in heavy metal, their later works have been much more melodic and ethereal. Doors are at 6:30. Tickets are $55.
Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny will perform this week at The Birchmere. Metheny comes to the DMV fresh off his Unity Band European tour, with the exception of a few performances in Boston and Rams Head in Annapolis. Unity Band features bassist Ben Williams drummer Antonio Sanchez and saxophonist Chris Potter. Expect to hear Metheny’s signature electric and acoustic sounds on guitar. The addition of Potter’s sax is a rarity a Metheny project, but the ensemble works. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65.