There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Brandee Younger is a jazz harpist, and a proud disciple of Dorothy Ashby—who is like the harp’s Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis all in one. But Younger can’t help but inject originality into her homage, pursuing quirky soundscapes and navigating slippery dance-funk and glitchy grooves on an instrument that was never designed for such things. On the first night of DC Jazz Fest, she brings her youthful vibrancy to Eastern Market’s Fridge Gallery. Read more >>> The Brandee Younger Trio performs with Christie Dashiell at 9 p.m. at The Fridge, 516 8th St. SE. $20. thefridgedc.com. (Michael J. West)
Cotton & Reed hosts a crab boil on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. In addition to all-you-can-eat crabs for $30, oysters will also be available for purchase ($12 for a half dozen, $20 for a full dozen). Tickets are available here. Cotton & Reed, 1330 5th St. NE. (202) 544-2805. cottonandreed.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Americana duo Jamestown Revival kicks off the weekend with an intimate show at 9:30 Club featuring opening act Colter Wall. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Friday: Both floors of Black Cat turn into a Pride dance party, with Anthology of Booty and She Rex DJs spinning into the wee hours of the morning. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Friday: To celebrate its 50th birthday, Merriweather Post Pavilion welcomes Paul Simon to the amphitheater along with opening act Sarah McLachlan. 7:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $55–$175.
Saturday: Ever since John Fahey introduced the world to the endless possibilities of the acoustic guitar in the early ’60s with his self-styled “American Primitive” method, musicians far and wide have carried on his legacy. Add Elkhorn, the guitar duo consisting of Jesse Shepherd and Drew Gardner, to the list. The duo’s latest album, The Black River, is firmly rooted in the style, with Shepherd producing rootsy fingerpicked rhythms and melodies on the acoustic 12-string. Read more >>> Elkhorn performs with Daniel Bachman and Small Axe at 8 p.m. at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW. $10 suggested donation. rhizomedc.org. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Dark soul band Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas perform at Songbyrd Music House in support of its latest release, Telephone/Telefono, a double album recorded in English and Spanish. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.
Saturday: Joe Jackson, the voice behind new wave hits like “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and “Steppin’ Out,” takes the stage at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$85.
Sunday: It’s unfortunate for pansexuals everywhere that the coarse and unsympathetic Miley Cyrus counts herself among their ranks, and equally regrettable to many that she’s headlining Capital Pride’s June 11 concert. But there’s redemption for the annual celebration’s entertainment lineup, which comes most notably and refreshingly in the form of The Pointer Sisters, whose genre-defying music could wake the comatose. Read more >>> The Pointer Sisters perform at 1 p.m. at the 2017 Pride Concert, 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 719-5304. capitalpride.org. (Liz Garrigan)
Sunday: Los Angeles-based rock duo Girlpoolbrings its moody songs, influenced by Elliott Smith and Graham Nash, to Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Sunday: Pop artist and frequent Pitbull collaboratorAustin Mahone performs at U Street Music Hall. 6:30 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.
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