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Weekend shows: Venture off the beaten path

April 20, 2012 - 10:39 AM
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Everyone can follow the concert listings for the 9:30 Club and the Black Cat, but for every well-known venue with a nightly concert schedule, there's another that hosts shows so infrequently you might miss them. Luckily, you don't have to rely on your connections this weekend — here's the scoop on what's happening at less-frequented venues.

Adrian Krygowski
Friday, Apr. 20 at the Dunes, $7

The Dunes is a small, apartment-like venue in Columbia Heights that morphs easily from concert hall to cocktail lounge. This weekend, it's hosting the CD release show for local folk/Americana singer/songwriter Adrian Krygowski, whose new EP, Hope For Us, was recorded in Nashville and features guest vocals from Garrison Starr. The Dunes always has an art exhibit on the walls, so you'll have something to look at between opening bands' sets (Justin Trawick and Wes Tucker & the Skillets).

Lights Resolve
Saturday, Apr. 21 at Casa Fiesta, $5

Alterna-rock band Lights Resolve is not exactly the type of music you'd expect to hear at a Latin restaurant, but Tenleytown's Casa Fiesta has recently become a semi-regular indie/punk concert space. This weekend's show, sponsored by do-gooders Indie Bands With a Mission, is a benefit for DC Central Kitchen.

Screen Vinyl Image
Saturday, Apr. 21 at St. Stephen's, $5

Local activist collective Positive Force regularly puts on shows at St. Stephen's in Columbia Heights, but the venue's shows are still very much promoted via word-of-mouth. This weekend, check out local noisegaze band Screen Vinyl Image and hardcore group LTW in this benefit for the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL), cleverly titled "Darkness for Doggies, Coldness for Kitties".

the House Jacks
Sunday, Apr. 22 at the Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, $15 (adult) / $10 (students/under 12)

The Arlington Temple United Methodist Church in Rosslyn has become quite the a cappella-friendly venue — Los Angeles pedal mavens Sonos stopped by last fall, and locals Euphonism hosted their album release party there in February. This weekend, San Francisco quintet the House Jacks (who describe themselves as a "rock band without instruments") will perform a set of mostly original tunes, with a few improvised audience requests. If you're a sports fan, you'll recognize the Jacks from their cameo in the short-lived (thanks to Hank Williams Jr.'s big mouth) Monday Night Football theme last season.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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