Inside D.C. entertainment

This weekend's concerts: European alternatives

February 23, 2012 - 12:34 PM
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Estelle in repose. (Facebook/Estelle)

The cancellation of tonight's Twilight Sad show at the Rock & Roll Hotel, due to the band's visa issues, marks the third time in a year that a Scottish band has had to cancel or reschedule its D.C. date. OK, fine, two of those times it was the same group, Mogwai. Bottom line: Bands from Scotland with D.C. tour dates are cursed (plan ahead, We Were Promised Jetpacks!). Thankfully, there are other European bands playing around town this weekend.


Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Barns of Wolf Trap, $32

If you like crooners, then you'll probably agree that the only way to make someone like Michael Bublé better is to make him Italian. That's where Patrizio (née Patrizio Buanne) comes in. Not surprisingly, the Italian baritone is a total heartthrob, and with songs like his Italian cover of Robbie Williams' "Angels" ("Un Angelo"), we wouldn't be surprised to see some undies thrown on stage by the end of the night.


Friday, Feb. 24 at Jammin' Java, $15

The Faroe Islands aren't exactly known as a hotbed of musical activity, but singer/songwriter Teitur (ne Teitur Lassen) started out in the Faroese pop band Mark No Limits before breaking out to pursue a solo career. A headlining show is a rare treat-- usually he's busy writing songs for Corinne Bailey Rae (no joke) or opening for artists like Aimee Mann or John Mayer.

The Fab Four

Friday, Feb. 24 at the Hamilton (two shows), $25-$35

The Fab Four are from California, but if you close your eyes — or just squint a little bit — you'd swear they're from England. We generally turn our nose up at tribute bands, but we'll make an exception here. There's nothing wrong with a night of nostalgia.


Sunday, Feb. 26 at Baltimore SoundStage, $26 in advance/$30 day of show

Yes, this show is in Baltimore, but if you missed Estelle's show at the Birchmere this week, then a drive up to Charm City will be your last chance to catch the British singer. She's most known for her 2008 collaboration with Kanye West, "American Boy," which won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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