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Featured Music Picks:

Itzhak Perlman with the National Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 4-6

The National Symphony is entering a year of transition. Its longtime music director, Leonard Slatkin, left at the end of last season, with a Colin Powell-esque you-did-a-great-job-now-get-the-hell-out farewell from the Kennedy Center. Facing uncertainty that it can pack those cavernous concert halls without a permanent director, the NSO can always fall back on one winning formula: movie music and big names. “Nights at the Movies” came in early September, but this season doesn’t skimp on the superstars either. If you didn’t get tickets to the sold-out season opener with Pinchas Zukerman, you have another chance to see the biggest name of them all: Itzhak Perlman, arguably the best violinist in the world—though past a certain point, who can really tell? Suffice to say Perlman is a virtuoso of unparalleled talent—and he’s been on Letterman. Lately, he’s been trying his hand at conducting—including at the St. Louis Symphony, the orchestra from which Slatkin came, and the Detroit Symphony, the one to which he’s now going. Perlman will lead the NSO in Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” and Tchaikovsky’s sixth and final symphony, the “Pathetique” (French for “emo”). Not to worry, Perlman will also perform one piece himself, Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor. Its three movements are surprisingly peppy for a baroque work in a minor key and will give Perlman opportunity to work his magic on one of his many Stradivarii. Perlman performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 1:30 Friday, Dec. 5, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$80. (800) 444-1324. —Mike Paarlberg

The Wedding Present, Saturday, Oct. 11

Plenty of musicians have made careers out of being heartbroken, but few have done so with a vision of lost love as idiosyncratic as that of the Wedding Present’s David Gedge. Gedge formed the band in 1985, and for the next 12 years, fans flocked to him as an icon of indie-pop empathy: Gedge addressed ex-lovers and would-be loves with a wry, throaty, growl that’s always imminently conversational, over the backdrop of a tinny, hypercaffeinated guitar jangle. The band missed mainstream success in the United States but was an institution in its native Britain, right up there with the Smiths in the hearts and minds of postpunk enthusiasts. (It’s scored 18 Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom—two more than Morrissey & Co.) The Wedding Present disbanded in 1997, as Gedge started another band, Cinerama, with his then-girlfriend Sally Murrell. Appropriately enough for a band predicated on creating pop steeped in emotional turmoil, Gedge revived the Wedding Present when that relationship ended. Since 2004, the Wedding Present’s songs have been less frenetic, with Gedge having stripped the raw edges from his voice to find more contemplative, brooding tones on albums like the Weddoes’ latest, El Rey (which reunites the band with producer Steve Albini). The Wedding Present performs with the Jealous Girlfriends Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. —Matthew A. Stern

Jazz on the National Mall, Sunday, Oct. 5

The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival—D.C.’s annual celebration of its native son’s legacy—finds its center at its free all-day concert, held at the Mall’s Sylvan Amphitheatre at the heart of a weeklong schedule. Past concerts have featured Wayne Shorter, Randy Weston, and the United Nations Orchestra; this year’s lineup is so distinguished that it’s tough to single out any one act. Included are Afro Blue, Howard University’s a capella jazz ensemble; blues legend Taj Mahal; Christian McBride, perhaps the finest bassist of his generation; acclaimed trombonist/bandleader Conrad Herwig; and titanic piano innovator McCoy Tyner. Closing the show, however, is one of jazz’s most respected and unique vocalists: Dee Dee Bridgewater. No other singer sounds remotely like her: girlish, atmospheric, yet somehow earthy and wise, and capable of such virtuosity that her usual restraint is a bit stupefying. Bridgewater is also an accomplished songwriter, balancing standards and tributes to artists like Horace Silver and Ella Fitzgerald with collections of her own originals, as on her 2007 disc Red Earth: A Malian Journey. Live, her skills as a musician are nearly matched by her abilities as a raconteur—her between-song banter resembles a series of witty theatrical monologues punctuated by music of profound intimacy, warmth, and depth. A complete festival schedule is at dejazzfest.org. The performances start at noon, Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Sylvan Amphitheatre, National Mall. Free. (202) 232-3611. —Michael J. West

Music Picks Calendar

joe Brotherton Quintet, Bohemian Caverns; to Sept. 13.
Cowboy Mouth, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, 9:30 Club.
John Eddie, Jammin’ Java.
Latin American Harp Festival, Teatro de la Luna. To Sep. 13.
Los Lobos and Pistolera, Birchmere.
Love or Perish, the New Up, the Picture Is Dead, Velvet Lounge.
New Rock Church of Fire, Mas Y Mas, Caverns, the Bickersons, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Jessye Norman, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
Square Trio, Iliad, Amateur Hour, Red and the Black.
Vincent Thomas, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Matt Weilmuenster, Dogwood Tavern.

Albannach, Maryland Renaisssance Festival. Scottish themed music.
Steve Forbert, Jammin’ Java.
Sonny Landreth and Delta Moon, Birchmere.
Live Wire: The Ultimate Tribute to AC/DC, State Theatre.
Silver Lights, Violet Says 5, the Fif, Red and the Black.
Stinking Lizaveta, Ambition Burning, Nihilitia, Tideland, Velvet Lounge.
La Traviata, Kennedy Center.
Paul Weller, the Rifles, 9:30 Club.

Buju Banton, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Crossroads Entertainment Complex.
Sara Daneshpour, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Shenandoah Davis, Huma Red and the Black.
The Felice Brothers with AA Bondy, Birchmere.
The Fordists, I Love You, Buck Cooter, Velvet Lounge.
Maps & Atlases, Nurses, Rahim, Black Cat.
Trudy Pitts, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Xavier Rudd, Griffin House, 9:30 Club.
Sera Cahoone, Sam Champion, The Beanstalk Library,Brothers and Sisters, DC9.
Shenandoah Davis, Huma Red and the Black.

Peelander-Z, Carlos I’m Pregnant, Black Cat.
Pinetop Perkins and the
Nighthawks, Kennedy Center,
Millennium Stage.
Mile Stiebel, Blues Alley.

Hamiet Bluiett, Bohemian Caverns.
Meredith Bragg, Black Cat.
Nadim Dlaikin Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Gestures, Scurvy, the Cutest Puppy in the World, Velvet Lounge.
Miracle Fortress, Title Tracks,
Kyle Patrick, Jesse Ruben, Chelsea Lee, Jammin’ Java.
Old Blind Dogs, Teada & Cara,
Oleg Kireyev with Keith Javors, Blues Alley.
Shinakumah, Kodiak, Absolute Vengeance, Lastman Red and the Black.

Balkan Beatbox, Joro Boro, Black Cat.
Bajich Brothers, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Basia Bulat, Vandaveer, DC9.
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson with Justin Townes Earle, Birchmere.
Death Vessel, Micah Blue Smaldone, Black Cat.
Detox Retox, Bionicman Red and the Black.
Killola, the Action Design, Your Vegas, Ringleader, Jammin’ Java.
Mogwai, Fuck Buttons, 9:30 Club.
Pygmy Lush, Ancient Sky, the Catalyst, Turboslut, Velvet Lounge.

Faraquet, Statehood, Red Tag Rummage Sale, Black Cat.
Pete Francis, Josh Dion, Jammin’ Java.
Herb & Hanson, Dogwood Tavern.
HORSE the band, Heavy Heavy
Low Low, So Many Dynamos,
Timberwolves, Rock and Roll Hotel.
James, 9:30 Club.
Sandra Y. Johnson, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Olivia Mancini & the Housemates, Oscillating Fan Club, Marshall Costan & the Awesome Few,
Donny Hue & the Colors, Velvet Lounge.
Laura Marling & Johnny Flynn, Birchmere.
Phil Perry, Blues Alley. Through
Sep. 21.
Plastic Sky, the Low Lows,
Mistaken for Strangers Red and
the Black.
Ana Popovic, State Theatre.
Simon Shaheen, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University
of Maryland.
Small Town, O’Faolain’s Irish Pub.

Leonard Brown & Joyful Noise, Bohemian Caverns; to Sept. 20.
Caribbean Art Jazz Ensemble with David Boothman, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.
Old Crow Medicine Show, 9:30 Club; to Sept. 20.
Willem Dicke, O’Faolain’s Irish Pub.
Eat It Raw Red and the Black.
Caroline Herring, Jammin’ Java.
The Leg Warmers: ’80s Retro Dance Party, State Theatre. To Sep. 20.
Mr. Awesome, Dogwood Tavern.
Ron Sexsmith, Jammin’ Java.
Sunset Rubdown, Parenthetical Girls, Black Cat.
Yard Dogs Road Show with The Indigo and Rachel Brice, Birchmere.

Aztec Harmonies, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Holst’s The Planets, Music Center at Strathmore.
Blowoff featuring Bob Mould and Richard Morel, 9:30 Club.
Chopteeth with Cheick Hamala Diabate and Head-Roc, Black Cat.
Clay Crotts, Dogwood Tavern.
CTC, The Wax Standard, Petworth, Pariah Piranha, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Kevin James, O’Faolain’s Irish Pub.
Lowen & Navarro with Stephen Fearing & Tom Wilson, Birchmere.
The Potentials, Rogue Saint, Sex & Missles, Red and the Black
Yellowjackets, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.

Booker T and the M.G.’s, 9:30 Club.
Benjy Ferree, IOTA Club & Cafe.
Birdlips, Person Parcel, E. Joseph & The Phantom Heart, Black Cat.
Hayden, Jennifer O’Connor, Jammin’ Java.
Hypernova, Red and the Black.
Mos Def, Kennedy Center.
Operatic Vocal Gala Concert, Music Center at Strathmore.
Jeffrey Osbourne, Birchmere.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Slegel, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.

The Caribbean, The Jet Age, Black Cat.
Dandy Warhols, Darker My Love, the Upsidedown, 9:30 Club.
Russell Howard, Red and the Black.
Michelle Malone, Andrew Ripp, Jammin’ Java.

Built to Spill, Meat Puppets, Drones, 9:30 Club.
Breathe Carolina, Jammin’ Java.
Joe Buck, the Gunshy Red and the Black.
Julia Nixon, Blues Alley.
The Points, Black Time, Static Static, Black Cat.
Rachel Yamataga, Birchmere.

Batata Doce, Velvet Lounge.
AVANT, Birchmere.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, DC9.
From the Jam, State Theatre.
Grimis, the Console War, Pool of Frogs Red and the Black.
Bruce Molsky, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Randy Newman, Music Center at Strathmore.
Old School Freight Train, Jammin’ Java.

B.J. Thomas with Pete Huttlinger, Birchmere.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Mahler’s Titan, Music Center at Strathmore.
Blue Pinto, Red and the Black.
Mike Bowers, O’Faolain’s Irish Pub.
Hazel Dickens, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Linda Eder Sings Judy Garland, Kennedy Center. With the NSO Pops.
Steve Hagedorn, Dogwood Tavern.
Iced Earth, Saviours, Into Eternity, 9:30 Club.
Spyro Gyra, Blues Alley.
Toubab Krewe, State Theatre.
Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, Jammin’ Java.

Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, Music Center at Strathmore.
Buck Hill Quartet, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.
Cut Copy, the Presets, Heartbreak, 9:30 Club.
Hiroshima, Birchmere.
“Isabella’s Court,” Folger Shakespeare Library. Italian Music of the High Renaissance. Additional performances on Saturday,

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Mike Mincin, O’Faolain’s Irish Pub.
Object, the Public Good, Alecsander Red and the Black.
Tribal Mind, Dogwood Tavern.
True Womanhood, Dark Sea Dream, Joy Wants Eternity, Velvet Lounge.

The Blackjacks, Jammin’ Java.
Calvin Cooke Trio, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
The Interiors, Fever, Tokyo, Puma Libre Red and the Black.
Julie Fowlis, Jammin’ Java.
Jackopiece, Birchmere.
Jeff Krentel, Dogwood Tavern.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Neil Sedaka, Music Center at Strathmore.
Sons Of Bil, 6 Day Bender, Erick Baker, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Super Diamond, Dr. FU, 9:30 Club.
Anna Vinnitskaya, Kennedy Center.
Wallace & Vega, O’Faolain’s Irish Pub.

Apocalyptica, 9:30 Club.
Fostina Dixon, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Koffin Kats, the Doomsayers Red and the Black.
Wayne Shorter Quartet, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.
Rusted Root, Pete and J, 9:30 Club.
World Heritage Orchestra, Blues Alley.
Young Dubliners & Scythian, Birchmere.

Andrae Alexander, Blues Alley.
Theresa Andersson, DC9.
Stereolab, Atlas Sound, Chessie, 9:30 Club.
Subdudes, Birchmere.

Sparky’s Flaw, Alex Mejias, Jammin’ Java.
Jamie Broumas, Blues Alley.
Delerium, 9:30 Club.
Benito Gonzalez Trio, Kennedy Center.
Mason Jennings, Zach Gill, 9:30 Club.
Kylesa, ASG, DC9
Patty Loveless, Birchmere.
The Luis Faife Quartet Featuring Benito Gonzalez, Twins Jazz.
The Mirror Stage, More Humans, Ghost Light Red and the Black.
Kate Voegele with Virginia Coalition, State Theatre.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: The Music of Billy Joel, Music Center at Strathmore.
Between Tides: Music From Japan, Freer and Sackler Gallery.
Fratellis, the Airborne Toxic Event, Electric Touch, 9:30 Club.
Damien Jurado, Miles Benjamin, Anthony Robinson, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Kill the Alarm, The Energy, State Theatre.
Pierrick Menuau & Paul Steinbeck, Bohemian Caverns.
Music Is Bulletproof, Red and the Black.
National Symphony Orchestra with pianist Helene Grimaud, Kennedy Center.
Plastic People of the Universe, IOTA Club & Cafe.
Ratatat, Panther, E*Rock, Black Cat.
Restatement of Rock, Motion to Quash, DC9.
The Rocket Summer, Phantom Planet, the Secret Handshake, the Morning Light, 9:30 Club.

Anat Cohen, National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Girls Rock Girls Rule, Red and the Black.
Winard Harper, Bohemian Caverns.
Marcus Johnson, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.
Kool Keith, 9:30 Club.
LaTimbistica, Chopteeth, Fertile Ground, 9:30 Club.
Jeremy Pelt Quintet, Kennedy Center.
Tuck & Patti with Judith Owen, Birchmere.
UM Symphony Orchestra with pianist Larissa Dedova, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
The United States Air Force Band’s Jazz Heritage Series, GW Lisner Auditorium.
Yonder Mountain String Band, State Theatre.
Frederic Yonnet, National Gallery of Art.

Carnaval del Corazón Rhythm, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Music, spoken word, and dancing.
Christian Sands Quartet, Kennedy Center.
Chromeo, 9:30 Club.
Sonny Fortune, Twins Jazz.
Jukebox The Ghost, Say Hi, Junior League, Black Cat.
Latin Jazz All-Stars, Bohemian Caverns.
New York Philharmonic, Kennedy Center.
SOJA, State Theatre.
Grady Tate, Kennedy Center.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; to Oct. 6.
Talk Normal, Skull Defekts, Preliminary Saturation, Velvet Lounge.
Cesaria Evora, GW Lisner Auditorium.
Kennedy Center Chamber Players Perform Shostakovich and Beethoven, Kennedy Center.
Nicoffeine, Red and the Black.
“Three Rivers, One Source: Vietnamese Music and Dance,” Freer and Sackler Gallery.
Vieux Farka Toure, Birchmere.
Dee Dee Bridgewater, McCoy Tyner Quartet, Christian McBride Quartet, Taj Mahal. National Mall.

Alex Brown, Blues Alley.

Eric Benet & Dwele, Birchmere.
Crosby & Nash, GW Lisner Auditorium.
Paquito D’Rivera, Voice of America’s Cohen Auditorium.
Known Unknowns, Lovelikefire, Friends of the Library, Red and the Black.
Musée Mécanique, Black Cat.
The Residents, 9:30 Club.
Nancy Wilson, Kennedy Center.

Against Me!, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Future Of The Left, Black Cat.
Concertante, Kennedy Center. A Fortas Chamber Music concert.
Hot Chip, Growing, 9:30 Club.
Imaginational Anthem: Cian Nugent, Ben Reynolds, George Stavis, Velvet Lounge.
Apollo Sunshine, DC9.
David Sanborn, Blues Alley. Through Oct. 12.

Antibalas, Black Cat.
Natalie Cole, Music Center at Strathmore.
Fugimundi, Twins Jazz.
Of Montreal, Love Is All, 9:30 Club.
Pat McGee Band and Andrew Ripp, Birchmere.
Papa Grows Funk with Basshound, State Theatre.

Bob, Jackmove, Envy Insane, State Theatre.
Girl Talk, Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses, 9:30 Club.
Juniper Lane, The Dance Party, Jammin’ Java.
Killer Balloons, Suspicious Package, Red and the Black.
Gretchen Parlato and Esperanza Sparlding, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
Andres Schiff, Music Center at Strathmore.
Marin Sexton with Ruan Montbleau, Birchmere.
Shudder To Think, Pattern Is Movement, 9:30 Club.
Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Noel “Paul” Stookey, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Jacky Terrasson, Bohemian Caverns; to Oct. 11.
Frederic Yonnet, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Mendellsohn Italian Symphony, Music Center at Strathmore.
Beatnik Flies, 7 Door Sedan, Sister Ex, Velvet Lounge.
Buckethead with That One Guy, State Theatre.
The Iguanas, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Anne-Sophie Mutter and Camerata Salzburg, Kennedy Center.
Red Elvises, IOTA Club & Cafe.
Wire, 9:30 Club.
Tony Rice and Mountain Heart, Birchmere.
Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.

Galactic, 9:30 Club.
Leslie Pintchik Trio, Twins Jazz.
Jane Monheit, Birchmere.
Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, The Morning Benders, Black Cat.
Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
The Sharon Clark Quintet, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Talkdemonic, Red and the Black.

All Time Low, Mayday Parade, the Maine, 9:30 Club.
Bootsy Collins, Birchmere.
Langhorne Slim, Heartless Bastards, Black Cat.
Yelle, 9:30 Club.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, DC9.
Julia Fordham, Birchmere.
Ray Lamontagne, Music Center at Strathmore.
Alison Moyet, 9:30 Club.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, GW Lisner Auditorium.
Margie Seides, Blues Alley.

After 7, Birchmere.
Citizen Cope, Music Center at Strathmore.
JJ Grey & Mofro, Hill Country Review, State Theatre.
Miwa Gemini, Velvet Lounge.
Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Verizon Center.
The Notwist, Dosh, 9:30 Club.
Riders in the Sky, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
The Winter Sounds, Red and the Black.

Kenny Garrett, Blues Alley.
Ivan Fischer conducts the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center.
The Tim Green Quintet, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The Secret Machines, 9:30 Club.
Tyrone Wells, Jason Reeves, Jammin’ Java.
The Ventures, Birchmere.

Chuck Brown, Music Center at Strathmore.
Eroica Trio, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Everyone But Pete, Politicks, Brent Grunow and the Bandits, Rome in a Day, State Theatre.
Girlyman, Birchmere.
Little Feet, the Bridge, 9:30 Club.
Over Kill, Jaxx.
Rude Buddha, Jammin’ Java.
Starfucker, Red and the Black.
Cedar Walton, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.
Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain, Kennedy Center.

Akimbo, Red and the Black.
Jon Carroll, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Cold War Kids, 9:30 Club.
Misfits, Jaxx.
Pierced Arrows, Hollywood, DC9.
Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, Kennedy Center.
Turtle Island Quartet with Sergio and Odair Assad, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Cheryl Wheeler with Kenny White, Birchmere.

Cathedral Choral Society: Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Washington National Cathedral.
Donavon Frankenreiter, Sara Watkins, 9:30 Club.
Fucked Up, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Lykke Li, Black Cat.
Musiq Soulchild, Birchmere.

Crocodiles, Velvet Lounge.
Peppino D’Agostino, Jeff Severson, Jammin’ Java.
Talib Kweli, David Banner, B.O.B. with Rhythm Roots Allstars, 9:30 Club.

A Place To Bury Strangers, Ceremony, Sian Alice Group, 9:30 Club.
The Rodney Crowell Acoustic Trio, Birchmere.
Relient K, Ludo, This Providence, House of Heroes, 9:30 Club.
Michael Zapruder, 1090 Club, Red and the Black.

Firecracker Jazz Band, Twins Jazz.
Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, DC9.
Broken Social Scene, State Theatre.
Frank Catalano, Blues Alley.
Minus The Bear, Annuals, Sylvie, 9:30 Club.
Milton Nascimento, Birchmere.
Octopus Project, Jeans Team, Black Cat.

The Black Crowes, 9:30 Club; to Oct. 25.
Chiara Civello, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
The Derek Trucks Band, Music Center at Strathmore.
Los Straightjackets, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
National Symphony Orchestra with cellist Steven Isserlis, Kennedy Center.
PaulA Poundstone, Birchmere.
Dexter Romweber Duo, Red and the Black.
Squirrel Nut Zippers, State Theatre.

Born Ruffians, Plants and Animals, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Allan Harris, Kennedy Center.
Donnie McClurkin, Music Center at Strathmore.
The John Starling Band & The Claire Lynch Band, Birchmere.
Magpie, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Sweet Honey in the Rock, Warner Theatre.
Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.

Bash the Trash, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
The Del McCoury Band, Birchmere.
The Hugo Wolf Quartett, Kreeger Museum. Lode Runner, Mr. Moccasin, Velvet Lounge.
Low Red Land, Red and the Black.
Mother Mother, DC9.

Alienated Artists-Determined Voices, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
Lez Zeppelin, State Theatre.
The Magnetic Fields, GW Lisner Auditorium.
Vesta Williams, Birchmere.

Sanjay Mishra, Blues Alley.
Zappa Plays Zappa, Birchmere.

Hanson and Dave Barnes, State Theatre.
Janaki String Trio, Kennedy Center.
Jefferson Starship, State Theatre.
Young Widows, Gods & Queens, Velvet Lounge.

The Floacist, Birchmere.
Jupiter Quartet, Freer and Sackler Gallery.
Doyle Lawson & QuickSilver, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Portugal.The Man, Earl Greyhound, Wintersleep, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Maurizio Pollini, Music Center at Strathmore.
Matthew Sweet, State Theatre.

Braddigan, Jammin’ Java.
Claremont Trio, Kennedy Center.
Will Hoge, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
The Kinsey Sicks, Birchmere.
Kronos Quartet, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Also on Nov. 2.
K.D. Lang, Music Center at Strathmore.
Ivan Fischer conducts the National Symphony Orchestra’s Wagner selections, Kennedy Center.
Polysics, Jaguar Love, Black Cat.
The Rippingtons, Blues Alley. Through Nov. 2.
Sleeping in the Aviary, Little Teeth, Velvet Lounge.
Velvet Code, Red and the Black.

Ameranouche, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.
Mambo Sauce, Future, Flex Matthews, Jon Braman, Jammin’ Java.
Delbert McClinton, Birchmere.
Chris Smither, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
The Kenny Rittenhouse Quartet, Twins Jazz.

Christopher Lavin, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Tania Libertad, The Lincoln Theatre.
Murs, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Tom Paxton with The Kennedys, Birchmere.
UM Symphony Orchestra with oboist Carl Oswald, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

Aids Wolf, Velvet Lounge.
Jonathan Brooke & Glen Phillips, Birchmere.
Midori and Charles Abramovic, Music Center at Strathmore.
Basking in Beethoven, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.

Henry Rollins, Birchmere.

Elisa, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Jolie Holland, IOTA Club & Cafe.
Political Blockheads, Velvet Lounge.

Brother Ali w/ BK ONE, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Joan Baez, Birchmere.
Battlefield Band, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Emerson String Quartet, Kennedy Center. A Fortas Chamber Music concert. To Nov. 5.
The Stan Killian Quartet, Twins Jazz.
Otis Taylor, Blues Alley.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Music Center at Strathmore.
James Cotton, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
David Mead, The Grey Race, Jammin’s Java.
Mest, Automatic Loveletter, Quietdrive, State Theatre.
Olehole, DC9.
Sikhara, Velvet Lounge.

Nicole Atkins & The Sea, Salt & Samovar, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Arlo Guthrie, Music Center at Strathmore.
The Gutter Twins, Black Cat.
Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, & Jon Cleary, Kennedy Center.
Dar Williams with Lucy Wainwright Roche, Birchmere.

BASSNECTAR, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Jason Jackson and Les McCann, Kennedy Center.
Little Pink, Velvet Lounge.
Melissa Manchester, The Barns at
Wolf Trap.
Tom Principato, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Music Center at Strathmore.
The United States Air Force Band’s Jazz Heritage Series, GW Lisner Auditorium.
Matt Wigler, Jammin’ Java.
Cassandra Wilson, Warner Theatre.

Alejandro Escovedo, Birchmere.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
An Evening with Christine Ebersole & James Naughton, Music Center at
John Brown’s Body State Theatre.
Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for
the Arts.
WAR, Blues Alley.

Shawn Colvin, Birchmere.
Kings of Leon, We Are Scientists, DAR Constitution Hall.
Mark Kozelek, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Asobi Seksu, DC9.

Kohoutek, Plastic Crimewave Sound w/ Djin, Mondo Drag, Velvet Lounge.

Rose Hill Drive, DC9.
Benito Gonzalez, Blues Alley.
Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey Trio, Kennedy Center. A Fortunas Chamber Music concert.
Bob Schneider, Birchmere.
Duncan Sheik, The Barns at Wolf Trap.

Doc Severinsen, Music Center at
Inti-Illimani, Birchmere.
Lloyd Dobler Effect, Willie Strings and the Players, Jammin’ Java.
M83, School Of Seven Bells, Black Cat.
National Symphony Orchestra plays Bernstein with violinist Jennifer Koh, Kennedy Center.
Satisfaction: The most authentic Rolling Stones tribute, State Theatre.

Kate Clinton, Birchmere.
Kirov Orchestra, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
The Spinto Band, Black Cat.
Livingston Taylor, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Dan Tepfer, Kennedy Center.
Jim White, Jammin’ Java.

Daria Rabotkina, Kennedy Center.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Violin Concerto, Music Center at Strathmore.
The John Jorgenson Quintet, Jammin’s Java.
Vladin Repin on violin and Nikolai Lugansky on piano, Washington Performing Arts Society.
Doc Severinsen, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Johnny Winter, Birchmere.

The Aquabats, Suburban Legends,
Black Cat.
Frightened Rabbit, Rock and Roll Hotel.
Maxwell, DAR Constitution Hall.

Robyn Hitchcock, Birchmere.
Israel Philharmonic, Kennedy Center.

Electric Six, Local H, The Golden Dogs, Black Cat.
Shelby Lynne, Birchmere.

Ari Hest, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Jack’s Mannequin, 9:30 Club.
Laura Love, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
National Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Mozart with pianist Lars Vogt, Kennedy Center.
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Birchmere.
theLovejoyGroup, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Capuçon and the Angelich Trio, Kennedy Center.
Catie Curtis & Lori McKenna, Birchmere.
A Tribute to Warren Zevon: Jon Carroll, John Jennings, Patty Reese, The Cravin’ Dogs, Little Pink, and others, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Warsaw Philharmonic, Music Center at Strathmore.

Nnenna Freelon & Harolyn Blackwell, Kennedy Center.
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers with The Cathy King Band, Birchmere.

Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Vince Gill, Birchmere.
Wallace Roney, Blues Alley.
Tina Turner, Verizon Center; to Nov. 24.
University Chorale & UM Chamber Singers, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir, Stanley J. Thurston, and Step Afrika, GW Lisner Auditorium.

Ingrid Michaelson with Newton Faulkner and David Ford, Birchmere.

B.B. King, Birchmere.

Alex Bugnon, Blues Alley. Through Nov. 30.
National Symphony Orchestra, Pops, Kennedy Center.

Chanticleer, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Enter the Haggis, Jammin’ Java.

Chanticleer, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Music Center at Strathmore.
Aaron Neville & His Quintet, Birchmere.

Brian Setzer Orchestra, Music Center at Strathmore.
Hot Tuna, Birchmere.

Rick Braun and Mindi Abair, Birchmere.
Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, Music Center at Strathmore.

Adrian Legg, Jammin’ Java.
Violinist Itzhak Perlman conducts
the National Symphony Orchestra,
Kennedy Center.
A Jazz Piano Christmas, Kennedy Center.
The Roches with a Holiday Twist, Birchmere.

Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, Music Center at Strathmore.
Cathedral Choirs: Handel’s Messiah, Washington National Cathedral; to Dec. 7.
JuiLliard String Quartet, Kennedy Center.
The Kennedys, Jammin’ Java.
Schooner Fare, The Barns at Wolf Trap.
UM Symphony Orchestra with violist Daniel Foster, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

The Maryland Chorus-Annual Holiday Concerts, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. To Dec. 7.
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Birchmere.
Trout Fishing in America, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for
the Arts.

The Bobs, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
Iris Dement, Birchmere.

The Beach Boys, Music Center at

Raul Malo Xmas Show, Birchmere.

Winter Big Band Showcase, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Birchmere.
National Symphony Orchestra, Pops, Kennedy Center. Happy Hollidays performance.

Annual Kaleidoscope of Bands, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
Four Bitchin’ Babes, Birchmere.
Martha Graham Cracker GALA Hispanic Theatre.
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.
Robbie Schaefer, Jammin’ Java.
Soweto Gospel Choir, Music Center at Strathmore.
“A Spanish High Christmas,” Folger Shakespeare Library. Festive music from Spain’s Golden Age. Through the Dec. 21.

Cathedral Choral Society, The Joy of Christmas, Washington National Cathedral; to Dec. 14.
Christian McBride, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
Leahy, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.

Baltimore Consort, Germantown
Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for
the Arts.
From Veince to Leipzig Via Amsterdam: Bach and the Concerto, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
Carrie Rodriguez, Jammin’ Java.
Trans Siberian Orchestra, Verizon Center.

Aimee Mann, Birchmere.
Daniel Müller-Schott on cello and
Angela Hewitt on piano, Sidney
Harman Hall.

Todd Rundgren, Birchmere.

The Bacon Brothers, Birchmere.
Falling Mountain Holiday Sampler, Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Blackrock Center for the Arts.
Messiah, Kennedy Center.

Vienna Boys Choir, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.

1964: The Tribute, Birchmere.
Christopher Parkening and Jubilant Sykes, George Mason University, Center for the Arts.

Good for the Jews, Birchmere.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Bill Kirchen, Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group, Birchmere.

New York Voices & Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Kennedy Center.