- Don't worry, be happy that Bobby McFerrin is in town for your three-day weekend. (Photo: Associated Press)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day means an extended weekend for most Washingtonians, and that means more time to see shows.
Eddie From Ohio
Friday, Jan. 13 / Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Birchmere, $35
Virginia folk group Eddie From Ohio reprises their 2011 MLK appearance at the Birchmere with a trio of shows this weekend. (Note: Saturday's show is sold out, but tickets remain to the Friday and Sunday night shows.) The group has a nice pair of openers: Dan Navarro (of Lowen and Navarro; also known as writing Pat Benatar's "We Belong") on Friday night and the much-hyped Native Run (formerly Deep River) on Sunday. For those who like show souvenirs, it sounds as though the group records and sells copies of the performance at these shows as well.
Deathrats (final show)
Friday, Jan. 13 at La Casa, $ donation for touring bands
Hardcore punk band Deathrats has sadly decided to call it quits. Watch the female-fronted group drop their fiery chaos one last time.
Saturday, Jan. 14 at IOTA, $12
Folk/rock band Kingsley Flood, which has some D.C. roots, has gotten a lot of attention in its hometown of Boston; the group received a "New Artist of the Year" nod from the Boston Music Awards and was named "Best Roots Act" two years in a row by the Boston Phoenix. The sextet's peppy brand of Americana should translate as well to the stage as it does in the studio.
Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring! Choir
Monday, Jan. 16 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, FREE
Your weekend will be winding down by Monday night, but there's still time to make this early show. Vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin, best known for his song "Don't Worry Be Happy,” will display his polyphonic technique (singing both melody and accompanying parts) as well as his vocal and body percussion. He'll be performing with the Let Freedom Ring! choir, a group made up predominantly of Georgetown students, as part of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage program. Tickets are free but will be given away two per person in line in the Hall of Nations starting at 5 PM on Monday.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.