If you’re in the mood for a retro sound this winter, look no further than Kat Wright. The almost lo-fi production of her music sends you back in time, as her vocals help paint the picture of a nostalgic view. Her powerful vocals are accompanied by backing bass, drums, keys and a powerful three-piece horn section. While she may not provide a visual aesthetic of the jazz singer smoking a cigarette, her more modern stage presence will more than make up for it. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12-$17.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, this eight-member band provides soul and R&B sensibilities with a pop music mentality. I say that because every song is jovial and enjoyable. With eight members, the band also has tremendous versatility, bouncing from sound to sound. The Suffers are led by vocalist Kam Franklin, who provides a powerful voice for the instruments to follow. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets $20.
If Kendrick Lamar is the current king of hip-hop, Vince Staples is the prince. One of the best lyricists in the genre, Staples has zigged while others have zagged – providing breathtaking commentary on the world as he sees it. Though not every song has a political point of view, the best tunes are when he’s locked in on a subject for the world to hear. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets $35.
Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s words, the trailblazing, NPR chart-topping Lara Downes has channeled her prodigious creativity into an intimate program of solo and ensemble works paying tribute to female composers and poets, both past and present. Her special guest is multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer and MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Rhiannon Giddens, who, through her own work and performances as a member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, embodies precisely the ethos Downes had in mind. Downes’ performance is a special presentation by Washington Performing Arts. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets $35. Writeup provided by venue.
Deni Hlavinka and Chris West met on a college forum after Hlavinka posted an idea for a song. The next day, West sent over a completed version and the serendipitous partnership has been unstoppable ever since. In Western Den, the pair focuses on melodic folk music – but instead of a heavy emphasis on guitar strums, their music shines a light on Hlavinka’s piano skills. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
Despite their most recent release meditating on illness and death, Boston’s Vundabar has been called “a ceaselessly jovial band” by Pitchfork, and their live shows are no exception. The contrast between the band’s existential, contemplative and sometimes downright depressing material paired with their jangly garage rock-influenced music makes the perfect pairing for those of us who love to dance but also contemplate life’s trickier questions. Bring that marriage to a live show and you’ve got a performance that’s equal parts a party and a therapy session. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Wharf-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade along the waterfront, followed by a dance party on District Pier, and a fireworks finale. The parade is set to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music and feature custom-designed floats from DC’s Wharf friends, restaurants and retailers, along with high-flying balloons and, of course, bead tossing. Festive food and drink will be available throughout the neighborhood. 2-6 p.m. Free to attend. Wharf DC: 690 Water St. SW, DC;
Brewer’s Ball has earned its reputation as the craft beer event of the season, hosting more than 40 of the best breweries and 30 popular restaurants, all while supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guests enjoy unlimited samplings of handcrafted beers and tastes of the best local cuisine. Mix, mingle and dance the night away with live entertainment, or bid on unique silent and live auction items and experiences. Take advantage of this annual tradition by inviting your family, friends and clients to enjoy handcrafted brews and signature samplings from the hottest eateries in DC. If there’s one thing we can guarantee, you won’t leave hungry or thirsty. Act early to sponsor or attend, this event is guaranteed to sell out. 7 p.m. Tickets $150. National Building Museum: 401 F St. NW, DC;
Now with a second “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy to her credit — awarded in 2018 for Dreams and Daggers — Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her triumphant return under the banner of the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival, presented by Washington Performing, fronting a quintet of rising young jazz stars: Melissa Aldana (tenor sax), Bria Skonberg (trumpet), Christian Sands (piano/music director), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), and Jamison Ross (drums).
This is a co-presentation between Washington Performing Arts and Strathmore. Click here for details.