- Mark Lanegan (Photo: Alterna2 via Flickr)
Mother's Day is Sunday! If you haven't remembered to pick up a gift for your maternal unit, don't stress: no matter what kind of music your mom is into, we've got some suggestions of shows for her special day.
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Thursday, May 10 at the Birchmere, $25
Recommended if your mom: secretly wants to learn to play the banjo. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from North Carolina, whose 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. In addition to banjo and guitar, the band also includes harmonica, kazoo, fiddle, and mandolin-- a good mixture of twangy instruments that complements their sound.
Mark Lanegan Band
Friday, May 11 at the 9:30 Club, $20
Recommended if your mom: is covered in tattoos. Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan has performed with a lot of different bands since his grunge days-- most recently, with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell and with English electronica group Soulsavers. He's back doing his own solo thing now, having recently released the rock album Blues Funeral, still highlighting his dark and weary vocals. He's also heavily
inked, down to every phalanx of every finger.
Recommended if your mom: still has a mess of hairspray left over from the 80s.This rock festival (now in its 4th year) kicks off on Friday night with Kix and Night Ranger, but the real jump backwards in time is at this show, which features Ratt, Warrant, and Cinderella. Here's hoping your mom doesn't still have that old leotard and legwarmers outfit.
Recommended if your mom: thinks driving on the Autobahn is just too damn slow. Punk/ thrash band D.R.I. (that's Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) was known for a time as the fastest band in the world. The Houston band hasn't released a new album since the mid-90s, but the quartet isn't exactly slowing down: they just worked with label Beer City Records to reissue some of their early albums and have not denied rumors of an 8th studio album. Most moms wouldn't be down with a D.R.I. concert, but we're hoping that yours is. (PS: please send pictures).
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.