- Ari Hest, being all singer-songwriter-y. Photo: slgckgc/flickr.
Any dude with a guitar and original songs can be branded a singer-songwriter-- a common (if not particularly descriptive) sketch of a solo performer. There are tons of such performances around the area this weekend, and while we can't guarantee that there won't be a backing band or two at these shows, we're fairly certain that each of these artists has been described as a "singer-songwriter" at least a dozen times.
Ari Hest and Sarah Siskind
Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Barns of Wolf Trap, $18
You can't be a singer-songwriter without writing songs. Ari Hest did a lot of that in 2008 with his "52" project, where he wrote-- and shared with fans-- a song a week for an entire year, then compiled and released a dozen fan favorites onto his album Twelve Mondays. Opening this show is another singer-songwriter, Sarah Siskind, whose songwriting claim to fame is penning the song "Simple Love", which was covered by Alison Krauss (and earned Krauss a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2008).
Elizaveta and Tiffany Thompson
Friday, Jan. 27 at Jammin' Java, $14
Elizaveta (nee Elizaveta Khripounova) is a Russian-American singer/songwriter, pianist, and opera singer with a debut album due out in February. Her electronica-influenced music and her ethereal, operatic voice are reminiscent of Bjork and Imogen Heap. Opening the show is local singer/songwriter Tiffany Thompson.
Saturday, Jan. 28 at IOTA, $12
Justin Jones’ EP The Little Fox was the debut release for 9:30 Records, making him the poster boy for D.C.'s singer-songwriters. He often performs solo, but this show will feature a full band. We're hoping it's the band featured in the video below, because the violin and upright bass add a gorgeous texture to Jones's music.
Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Mansion on O Street, $15
Monday, Jan. 30 at Hill Country Barbecue's Hill Country Live Wildfire Benefit, $20
Austin's Dallas Wayne has expanded his career beyond performing as a singer/songwriter; he's a radio personality, currently on SIRIUS's Outlaw Country channel and host of the weekly show "Deep in the Heart of Texas with Dallas Wayne.” After headlining at the Mansion on O Street on Sunday, Wayne will host the Hill Country Live Wildfire Benefit on Monday, featuring Sons of Bill, the Deep Dark Woods, and Ruthie & the Wranglers. Proceeds benefit the victims of last year's Bastrop, Texas, wildfire-- which also destroyed Wayne's home.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.