- Stefanie Ambrose of Alleghany St. (Facebook/Alleghany St.)
This weekend is full of sold-out shows: All the tickets to the 9:30 Club — for Rebirth Brass Band, Jack's Mannequin, and Die Antwoord — have been scooped up, and you're also out of luck for much-hyped Sharon van Etten and Shearwater show at the Black Cat. With concerts at the most popular venues out of the question, it's time to seek out more unusual spaces.
Jammin' Java in Vienna is a popular spot for touring musicians, but you don't have to go all the way to the end of the Orange line to have a cup of joe with your favorite singer-songwriter. Ebenezers on Capitol Hill is a regular spot for local folkies, and this show features the brother-sister duo Alleghany St., who hail from nearby Warrenton.
The Grey Area and the 19th Street Band
The Music Center at Strathmore is well-known for its gorgeous ambiance and stunning sound, but just around the corner you'll find a smaller venue, the Mansion. This show is one of the Mansion's regular Friday Night Eclectic series, which means drink specials as well as bands (indie-rockers the Grey Area and rock/bluegrass group the 19th Street Band). In addition, fiber artist Allison Fuentes will be displaying and selling her art.
Andrea Parkins & I.R.I.S. Ensemble
Transparent Productions regularly puts on shows at the Historic Bohemian Caverns on U Street. This show features electric-accordion/laptop whiz Andrea Parkins and guitarist Hans Tamman collaborating with French improvisers Edward Perraud (percussion) and Didier Petit (cello) as the I.R.I.S. Ensemble. This performance is their first stateside concert after their European tour wrapped up last month.
Former Eagles songwriter ("Best of My Love," "Heartache Tonight") J.D. Souther is performing at the Barns at Wolf Trap next Wednesday, but he's also stopping by the significantly smaller Mansion on O Street — not to be confused with the Mansion at the Strathmore — for an intimate performance on Monday night. In addition to writing songs with the Eagles, Souther penned hits for his former girlfriend Linda Ronstadt ("Faithless Love," "Prisoner In Disguise"). Advance tickets are required; no tickets are sold at the door.
These and other show listings can be found at Showlist DC.