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This weekend's concerts: Let's hear it for the ladies!

February 1, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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Deanna Bogart
Deanna Bogart (photograph by Bette Bitting)

In the 1990s, Lilith Fair certainly took a lot of the novelty out of the idea of "women in rock". That said, even if you can't get into the Kills' sold-out show at 9:30 Club, there are plenty of rockin' ladies playing in town elsewhere this weekend.

The Deanna Bogart Band

Friday, Feb. 3, at the Hamilton, $22.50

Penn Quarter's restaurant/venue the Hamilton is still new, but its first few weeks have been jam-packed with a blues/jazz-heavy schedule. Local blues singer/saxophonist (no, that's not a phrase you hear too often!) Deanna Bogart is gracing its stage this weekend, so check out this musician who was named Horn Instrumentalist of the Year three years in a row by the Blues Music Awards-- not to mention her 22 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards).

Kathleen Edwards

Friday, Feb. 3, at the 9:30 Club, $22

Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards has earned a lot of buzz for her newest album, Voyageur, in large part because of her co-producer (and boyfriend) Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Vernon's hushed aesthetic is certainly apparent here, but it's Edwards' songs (and her voice-- which has grown less twangy over time) that take center stage here.

Local Ladies of Rock

Saturday, Feb. 4, at L&B's Sports Bar (Woodbridge), $10

The lineup for this day-long festival is pretty eclectic-- from country covers (the Marla Vickers Project) to original metal (A Sound of Thunder) -- but the dozen bands performing at this Woodbridge sports bar have one thing in common: they all include local ladies of rock. We're not too sure what the "Local Ladies Jam Session" on the schedule will entail, but we're pretty intrigued.

The Kennedys

Saturday, Feb. 4, at Jammin' Java, $18

Folk-rock group the Kennedys is made up of husband Pete and wife Maura, who met back when Pete was playing in Nanci Griffith's band, and Maura soon joined as a backing singer. They soon started writing their own songs together and have been releasing albums-- of originals and covers of artists like Bob Dylan and the Flying Burrito Brothers -- since the mid-1990s.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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