Ever since rapper Talib Kweli jumped into the New York hip-hop scene in the ’90s, he’s been advocating for social justice and engaging with his audiences (and some politicians) about police brutality, gun violence, and racial stereotypes. The Sunkissed Sundown, which he headlines at The Howard this weekend, benefits grassroots organizations fighting for fair housing policies and environmental causes. Kweli continues to provide an empowering soundtrack to the revolution with his latest collaborative album, The Seven, with Styles P, on which they meditate on the struggles of being black in America. Read more >>> Talib Kweli performs with Jessica Care Moore, Alex Vaughn, Luc Ra, Afrah Ali, Odd Mojo, and Sir EU at 7 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $40–$75. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Casey Embert)
This Saturday, restaurants, bars, and breweries are teaming up to raise money for Harvey relief efforts. Each participating establishment has pledged to donate between 10 and 100 percent of sales to the American Red Cross as a part of the event, spearheaded by DC Brau and Boundary Stone, dubbed “DC Food and Beverage Give to Harvey Relief.” See the complete list of participants here. Organizers hope to raise $25,000. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The Lincoln Theatre hosts the Labor Day Weekend Music Festival, which kicks off tonight with performances by Flo Anito, Margot MacDonald, and Laura Tsagarris. 7:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. Free.
Friday: Blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwoodkicks off the holiday weekend with a show at The Hamilton featuring opening act Vintage #18. 8 p.m. at 600 15th St. NW. $10–$25.
Friday: R&B Only, a celebration of the genre, comes to Echostage with performers DJ Printz & Jabari in tow. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $29.99–$59.99.
Saturday: Though the National Mall is a beautiful place to take a walk, it’s not exactly the ideal place to curl up with a good book while navigating around hordes of tourists and fellow book lovers in the late summer heat. Thankfully, the National Book Festival will continue to operate inside the convention center. This year’s diverse and stellar lineup of authors, including Outlander scribe Diana Gabaldon and cultural critic and novelist Roxane Gay, will bring the crowds, but at least you can deal with them in an air conditioned hall. Read more >>> The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Free. (888) 714-4696. loc.gov/bookfest. (Diana Metzger)
Saturday: Self-described “trapsoul” singer Bryson Tiller takes the stage at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center with Metro Boomin and H.E.R. 7:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$65.
Sunday: Overly programmed synth pop seems to be everywhere these days, whether you’re shopping for groceries or at the gym. Multi-instrumentalist Zack Be, who performs in a duo with drummer Rob Wolk, has doubled down on the synths on his latest release, Used to, Elsewhere. Staccato pulsing overwhelms every track to the point where Be’s lyrics are nearly incomprehensible, but when you pull the layers apart, you start to understand what he’s trying to accomplish. Read more >>> Zack Be performs with Redline Graffiti and Dawkins at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Selma Khenissi)
Sunday: Head back in time when you drive to Jiffy Lube Live for performances by ’90s pop rock mainstays Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty. 6:45 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $29.50–$125.50.
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art opens Edvard Munch: Color in Context, a new exhibition of rarely seen pieces by the Norwegian painter of “The Scream.” 11 a.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. Free.
Monday: On Labor Day, we should take time to recognize the importance of the social and economic achievements of American workers who sacrificed so much for our country. One way to do that this year is to attend Rhizome’s barbecue and punk show that benefits DC Jobs With Justice, a nonprofit that fights to protect the rights of the city’s working class. The lineup features some of the District’s best and most forward-thinking punk bands: post-punk trio Puff Pieces, surf-punk quartet Psychic Subcreatures, and the new post-hardcore group Mock Identity, along with Minneapolis’ The Miami Dolphins and Denton, Texas noise duo Cut Shutters. Read more >>> Puff Pieces performs with The Miami Dolphins, Psychic Subcreatures, Mock Identity, and Cut Shutters at 5 p.m. at Rhizome, 6950 Maple Ave. NW. $10–$20. rhizomedc.org. (Matt Cohen)
Monday: The Kennedy Center wraps up its 16th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival with showings from Washington Stage Guild, Mosaic Theater Company, and dog & pony dc. Stick around after the performances for Kostume Karaoke. 11 a.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Monday: Close out the weekend with a dose of Americana, when Texas-based Shinyribs performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$17.
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