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Free shows this weekend

March 21, 2012 - 02:00 PM
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Bad Religion is performing for free this weekend. (Photo: mythicseabass via Flickr)

I've been hearing a lot of conversations recently about taxes and money challenges. This time of year can be brutal on our wallets, but luckily, there are a lot of great FREE shows this weekend to help ease that pressure. Too bad the beer isn't free too ...

André Henry
Thursday, Mar. 22 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, FREE

No listing of free DC-area shows is complete without mentioning the Kennedy Center, whose Millennium Stage hosts a gratis performance every day of the year at 6 PM. This Thursday's performance features André Henry, a New York-based singer/songwriter whose jazz/pop blend invites comparisons to John Legend and Steve Wonder.

Sons of Bill
Friday, Mar. 23 at IOTA, FREE

Other than their weekly open mic nights, IOTA doesn't often waive the cover charge, so this Friday night performance is a special treat. This show features Charlottesville quintet Sons of Bill, whose twangy alt-rock sound is reminiscent of bands like Son Volt and Wilco.

Bad Religion, Tim Minchin, and more

Saturday, Mar. 24 on the National Mall, 10 AM to 6 PM, FREE

Most people are going to the Reason Rally to hear Dr. Richard Dawkins speak. That's certainly reason enough to go, but the "largest gathering of the secular movement in world history" will also feature a performance by longtime Los Angeles punkers Bad Religion. Interestingly, Bad Religion's vocalist Greg Graffin will also be speaking at the rally-- he holds a Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell and currently teaches Evolution there. The rally will also feature comedian/musician Tim Minchin, singer/songwriter Dan Barker (who's also a co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation) and tons more.

the Bobby Thompson Project
Saturday, Mar. 24 at Hill Country Live, FREE

You might not expect to see a twang venue in the middle of Chinatown, but Hill Country Live somehow fits right in. The venue features a ton of free performances (including a regular live band karaoke night) in addition to (typically inexpensive) shows with touring musicians. Saturday's show features blues-rock band the Bobby Thompson Project, a group that plays originals as well as covers.

Tribute to Abbey Lincoln with Jessica Boykin-Settles
Sunday, Mar. 25 at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 2 PM, FREE

The Washington Women in Jazz Festival kicks off this week, featuring a full schedule that includes this matinee performance. It's a tribute to the late jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, performed by Jessica Boykin-Settles, a singer who teaches jazz voice at Howard University and is a former member of Howard's a cappella jazz ensemble Afro-Blue.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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