by Borderstan.com August 20, 2010 at 9:13 am 3,551 6 Comments

U Street NW Borderstan

The U Street corridor is home to numerous clubs with live music. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Danny Shapiro

The weekend is upon us. [exhale] And, for those of us who are braving the heat and staying in the District for all its urban glory, there’s actually a lot of great live music to see–especially on the 14th and U corridor.

So, without further ado, here are the weekend’s top picks, if one were to embark on three nights of nonstop melodic mayhem. (Remember to check out Borderstan’s weekly local music listings.)

Friday Night, August 20

Jazz Crawl on the 14th & U Streets Corridor. What better way to end the week than with a ‘pub crawl’ through the best selection of DC’s jazz venues–right at our doorstep!? Starting at 14th & Q, check out the first set of the Antonio Parker Quartet at HR-57.

Once the appetite has been whet, head back up to U Street to continue along the evening’s upward trajectory. Grab your favorite drink at Utopia (U Street between 14th and 15th) and enjoy the artistic ambiance while listening to their superb resident Friday night band.

Head on down the 1300-1400 blocks of U and stop by the downstairs Cafe Nema for some local jazz flair and always affable staff, then head up to Twins Jazz for Alan Carr, a jazz saxophone legend in the making. The crawl continues as you join the festivities at Indulj, whose consistent offerings of high quality jazz and vocal talent warrant its steady flow of neighborhood supporters.

Finally, head over to Bohemian Caverns for the final act of the late show Tribute to Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba, two legends whose very existence and influence on musical history have helped forge U Street into the musical landmark it is today. Friday night… complete.

Saturday Night, August 21

We’re Going Back to the ’90s! The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the 930 Club. Oh, if just for the nostalgia of reliving the 1995 Alicia Silverstone classic film Clueless, head over to the 930 Club and partake in what will surely be a feverish Saturday night. Who can forget those blaring trumpets at the start of the hit, “The Impression That I Get,” or even the impression I get of seeing Alicia and Brittany Murphy dancing around the ever-stylish lead singer Dicky Barrett’s larger-than-life charisma and vocal prowess? Their 2009 return-to-form release, ‘Pin Points and Gin Joints’ will surely be on spotlight throughout the night’s set, but who can resist the urge to return to our high school glory days?

Saturday Night, August 21

Hip Hop and R&B Groove for a Good Cause: Tamika Jones, Flex Mathews (to benefit Street Sense) at the Black Cat. Give your feet a rest on Saturday night. Stay in one spot for what will no doubt be a great performance of soaring R&B vocals, inspired rhymes–and a crowd that shows support to not only musical talent but also for DC’s homeless population who pour their heart and soul into the creation and sale of the newspaper Street Sense.

A quick jump over to the MySpace pages of Tamika Jones and Flex Mathews will pique the interest of any dubious and wavering Borderstan readers.

Saturday Night, August 21

Two Bands Reshuffle Into One, Talent Emerges–Admiral Radley (Members of Earlimart and Grandaddy), Hooray for Earth at DC9. I’ve been a fan of the bands Earlimart and Grandaddy for a few years now, but have obviously been off the radar screen since the formation of Admiral Radley, the rock group consisting of members of both aforementioned bands. Now that I’m caught up on this fortuitous pairing, be sure to check out their show at DC9; tickets are still available online. Their upbeat, dreamy, indie pop vocals will leave you humming all the way through the inevitable U Street jumbo slice walk on your way to bed.

Sunday Night, August 22

Get Your Ska On! The English Beat & Bad Manners w/ Chris Murray at the 930 Club. If you wake up every morning in search of the ultimate tour pairing of two 1980s British revival 2-Tone and Ska elite artists, then I am happy to say that your prayers have finally been answered. Check out The English Beat (or, ‘The Beat,’ as they were known in their heyday in the United Kingdom) and Bad Manners to effuse any 11th-hour remaining weekend buzz before that Monday morning alarm bell goes off.

Sunday Night, August 22

If You’re Feeling Adventurous: Juliette Lewis, Dearly Beloved, Jacob Michael (U.S. Royalty) DJ Set at the Rock & Roll Hotel. For those avid rock fans in search of something else, do not pass up the opportunity to see the rock goddess (of Natural Born Killers fame) Juliette Lewis. Why not make it an all-90s movie reinvention weekend and see this unabashedly no-holds-barred musician (and sometimes actress)? The pure energy, raw rock talent, and diehard fans will leave you ready to take on anything… even a Monday morning in the office.

See you all out at the gigs!

Danny Shapiro is an avid music lover who has the good fortune to live very close the music scene on the 14th and U corridor.

by Borderstan.com June 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm 0

Luis Gomez Photos 14th Street NW U Street NW Borderstan

Get live music listings at eight venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s the Fourth of July weekend, with an extra night to relax. Check out the live music listings for Thursday, July 1, through Sunday, July 4… always plenty of to hear at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Music in Dupont-Logan-U Street

Venue

Thursday
July 1

Friday
July 2

Saturday
July 3

Sunday
July 4

Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW
202-667-4490

Islands, Active Child, Steel Phantoms
Time: 8pm
Price: $15
Cryfest: The Cure Vs. The Smiths Dance Party w/ DJs Steve EP, Missguided, Killa K, Krasty McNasty
Time: 9pm
Price: $10DCRight Round: 80s Alt-Pop Dance Night w/ DJ lil’e
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $7
The Shirks, Nobunny, Deathrats
Time: 9pm
Price: $10Wag: 60s Garage and Soul
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $5
Red Room, Food For Thought
Time: 8pm

Bohemian Caverns

2011 11th St. NW
202-299-0800

Shaun Mykals
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10 Adv/$15 Door

DC9

1940 9th St. NW
202-483-5000

Earcandie.com Launch Party
Time: 9pm
Price: FREE
Liberation Dance Party
Time: 9pm
Price: $7
Kids
Time: 9pm
Price: $6

HR-57

Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues
1610 14th St. NW
202-667-3700

Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 830pm – midnight
Price: $8
Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $8

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW
202-265-0930

WP Presents Victor Wooten
Doors: 7pm
Price: $25
Delta Spirit w/ Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, The Romany Rye
Doors: 8pm
Price: $15

Twins Jazz

1344 U St. NW
202-234-0072

Eternity Band
Time: 9pm
Price: $25
Eternity Band
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $15
Greg Glassman Quintet
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St. NW
202-588-1880

Worthy (Dirtybird, SF) Starks + Nacey, Jubilee Mo, Brian Billion
Time: 10pm
Price: FREE
Red Fridays: Lazaro Casanova, Soviet Panda, Meistro
Time: 10pm
Price: Free with Facebook RVSP or $10
Bersa Discos presents: Tormenta Tropical DC – Dave Nada Birthday Edition
Time: 10 pm
Price: $10
“The Big Boom”  w/ Fort Knox Five, See-I, Nappy Riddem
Time: 9pm
Price: $10

Velvet Lounge

915 U St. NW
202-462-3213

Animal Genital, Young and High, Afuche, Animal Tropical
Doors: 7:30pm
Price: $6
The Ash Lovelies and friends + Downstairs DJs Goldman, Big Vic and Honestlee
Doors: 9pm
Price: $8
The Sound of Machines, Railsplitter, Sharkopath + Downstairs Big Bad City w/ Soul Called Paul
Doors: 9pm
Price: $8

by Borderstan.com June 17, 2010 at 11:08 am 1,448 0

Luis Gomez Photos dc live music U Street NW 14th Street NW

Get live music listings at eight venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the live music listings for Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20… always plenty of to hear at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Music in Dupont-Logan-U Street

Venue

Thursday
June 17

Friday
June 18

Saturday
June 19

Sunday
June 20

Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW
202-667-4490

The Max Levine Ensemble, Hot New Mexicans, Shitty Darkness
Time: 8:30pm
Price: $8
The Lemonheads, The Candles
Time: 9pmPrice: $15Close to the Edge: Vintage Hip Hop and Dance Tracks w/ DJ Dredd
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $7
Loose Lips (Record Release), Detox Retox (Record Release), The State Department
Time: 9pm
Price: $10 Adv/$12 DOSRight Round: 80s Alt-Pop Dance Night w/ DJ lil’e
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $7
Thao and Mirah with The Most of All, These United States
Time: 8pm
Price: $20

Bohemian Caverns

2011 11th St. NW
202-299-0800

George V. Johnson
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $20 Adv/$25 Door
Allyn Johnson and Divine Order
Time: 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Price: $18 Adv/$22 Door
Allyn Johnson and Divine Order
Time: 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Price: $18 Adv/$22 Door

DC9

1940 9th St. NW
202-483-5000

The Golden Filter presented by: Liberation Dance Party
Time: 9pm
Price: $8
Peter Wolf Crier, Alfonso Velez, Ugly Purple Sweater
Time: 9pm
Price: $8
The Depreciation Guild, Wild Nothing
Doors: 8:30pm
Price: $10

HR-57

Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues
1610 14th St. NW
202-667-3700

Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 830pm – midnight
Price: $8
Antonio Parker Quartet, Saltman Knowles
Time: 9pm-1am
Price: $12
Saltman Knowles
Time: 9pm-1am
Price: $12
Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $8

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW
202-265-0930

Evelyn Evelyn featuring Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and Jason Webley w/ Sxip Shirey
Doors: 7pm
Price: $20
Corey Smith w/ Gareth Asher
Doors: 8pm
Price: $18
techARTS Closing Party for DC Week Doors: 10pm
Price: 420
Doors: 7pm

Twins Jazz

1344 U St. NW
202-234-0072

Matt Wigler Tro
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10
Twins Jazz Hosts Latin Grammy Winners AFROBOP
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $20
Twins Jazz Hosts Latin Grammy Winners AFROBOP
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $20
Johnny Graham and The Groove
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St. NW
202-588-1880

Screen Vinyl Image, Ceremony & Soundpool
Time: 7pm
Price: $8Trouble & Bass DC, AC Slater, The Captain, B. Rich & Jackie O.
Time: 10pm
Price: $10, $5 before midnight, free if you wear your T&B shirt or buy one at the door
Red Fridays: Rich Medina, Sam “The Man” Burns & DJ Stylus
Time: 10pm
Price: $10; Free before 11pm
Holy Ghost! LIVE Bird Peterson, Willy Joy, Deep Sang & Reed Rothchild
Time: 7pm
Price: $10

Velvet Lounge

915 U St. NW
202-462-3213

Members of Morphine and Jeremy Lyons, Milkmachine, John Bustine + Downstairs DJ Code Orange
Doors: 7pm
Price: $15Nuh Uh! + Taxlo presents Passion Pit (DJ Sets) featuring Shuttle (Ninja Tune, Nate from Passion Pit) + Wet Bandits (Jeff + Ayad from Passion Pit)
Doors: 11pm-2am
Three Chord Comedy Happy Hour w/ Guest Brent Sullivan
Time: 7-9pm
Price: $5The Silver Liners, The Blue Line, Irresponsible
Doors: 9 pm
Price: $8
Peg Simone (Table of the Elements), Little Pink, Stella Schindler + Downstairs Big Bad City w/ Soul Call Paul
Doors: 8:30pm
Price: $10
Ol’ Scratch, Elder (Meteor City, Sludge/Doom Metal from Boston), Cough
Doors: 7:30pm
Price: $8

by Borderstan.com May 13, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,029 0

Luis Gomez Photos live music U Street NW Logan Circle

Check the listing below the fold for live music in the Borderstan area, Thursday through Sunday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is your listing of live music at venues in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. If you want to head out your door at the last minute to take in some music close to home, here are the places to go–the list is below the fold.

(more…)

×

Subscribe to our mailing list