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.
By Brian Ossip and Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Looking for a jazz festival? Take your pick. Virginia has the 22nd Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival featuring jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, Howard University’s Afro Blue ensemble – not to be mistaken with The Sing-Off’s Afro Blue Vocal Band, vocalist Rene Marie and The Don Byron New Gospel Quartet. May be a bit of rain in the forecast, but might still be worth some good music, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets out to Gateway Park, just across the Key Bridge from Washington. Admission is free for the rain-or-shine event. The first performance starts at 1 p.m., with Redman taking the stage at 5:45 p.m.
If you’re not feeling jazz in Virginia, try in Maryland. Or catch both since the Silver Spring Jazz Festival runs from 4:30-10 p.m. Grammy Award-winning composer Sérgio Mendez, known for hits such as “Mas Que Nada” – which he later remade with The Black-Eyed Peas, “Where Is the Love” and more, headlines this festival. Also performing are keyboardist and composer Elliot Levine, saxophonist Bruce Swaim and smooth jazz artist Marcus Johnson. Admission is free for the event at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building.
Legendary veteran rocker Bob Mould, best known for his work as the guitarist, singer, and songwriter for Hükser Dü will be hitting the stage at the 9:30 Club on September 8, playing songs from his classic albums Copper Blue and Silver Age. Mould has been making a comeback as of late, which included a guest vocal on the latest Foo Fighter record, Wasting Light. Doors are at 7:00pm. Tickets are $25.
If jazz on Saturday, maybe add a little funk and rock and salsa to your Sunday. The Adams Morgan Day Festival will have two music stages filled with music from local artsits – located strategically on 18th Street NW at Columbia Road NW and near Florida Ave. NW. Hip-hop and folk artist Maimouna Youssef, go-go band Familiar Faces and Oasis Steel Band are just a few performers gracing the neighborhood festival stages. In addition to music, attendees may take the time to peruse area food and arts vendors. Admission is free. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m.
Anybody down to slappa da bass?? Rush, long acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, will be at Jiffy Lube Live on September 9 in support of their most recent work, Clockwork Angels, which was released this past June. Despite having some of the most difficult and intricate songs to play, the trio that make up Rush make a point of recreating their songs perfectly on stage, having earned themselves a well-deserved reputation as one of the best live bands out there. For anyone who is a fan of intricate songs, mixing up time signatures, and unbelievable musicianship, this is the show to attend. Doors are at 7:30pm. Tickets are between $42.50-$153
Owl City – Sept. 10
Owl City, the electronica project of singer/songwriter Adam Young gained popularity back in 2009 on the strength of his hit single, “Fireflies.” You know the song I’m talking about. The song, off of his major label debut, Ocean Eyes, was certified Platinum, and led to even greater success for Young. Last month Owl City released The Midsummer Station, and will be out supporting his latest work at the 9:30 Club on September 10 with help from supporting act Action Item. Doors are at 6:00pm. Tickets are $25.
Gregory Porter hits The Howard on Wednesday just after headlining a few shows in Europe to introduce or reacquaint music lovers with the quiet, but strong, croon of his jazz vocals. Porter received accolades for his debut album Water, released in 2010, by receiving a Grammy nomination. The album featured “1960 What?” He’s followed that beauty up with this year’s Be Good, which features the title track and “Real Good Hands.” Tickets are $20. The show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m.
If you didn’t catch Les Nubians sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart this summer during the DC Jazz Festival, you get a second shot for the fall. The Paris-born duo will grace The Howard Theatre stage performing songs from their latest album, Nü Revolution, as well as hits such as “Makeda,” “Tabou” and “Afro Dance.” Tickets are $26 in advance and $30 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.