Looking for something to do during the next week? There are tons of shows to choose from, but here are our picks.
STPP Fest – October 5, 6, 7
For any lovers of local D.C. music, the STPP Fest is the place to be. 14 venues. Hundreds of bands. 3 days. The Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival is back this weekend, and should not be missed! Spread out over Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, the festival aims to promote and showcase some of the areas top bands. Acts include The Creme, We Were Pirates, Ravenous, and many more! For more information on venues, bands, and times, head over to the STPP Fest website.
There’s a party going on this weekend at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, and the celebration is over the Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Headliners include Jack White, Skrillex and Nas, and features performances from Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, D.C.-based The Dismemberment Plan, Portugal. The Man, and more! And the best part? The whole entire thing is FREE! So make sure to get your butts to Merriweather on Saturday for this awesome musical showcase! Gates open at 11am.
James Iha – October 8
For those of you who grew up in the ‘90s grunge era, James Iha is someone who needs no introduction. But, I’ll do it anyway. The former guitarist of one of the most influential grunge bands, The Smashing Pumpkins, will be headlining at the U Street Music Hall. And while an occasional cover of a Pumpkins tune is likely to occur, Iha’s solo outings have been more folkey numbers laced with swirling synths and a new wave atmosphere. Doors at 7pm. Tickets are $15.
D.C.-based, synth-driven quartet Dance for the Dying will be playing a hometown show this Columbus Day as part of the Taste of DC. The group, who just released their new EP, Puzzles for the Traveler, will be playing on the third day of the event, and will go on around 3pm. If you haven’t seen this female-fronted group live yet, check out our recent review, a song off the new EP, and then get up off the couch, enjoy the beautiful weather, and go catch this great band! Admission to the Taste of DC is $10, and includes a soda, water, Stella Artois, or wine.
– Compiled by DC Music Live Staff