In a time when seminal artists are reuniting after decades-long hiatuses, there’s something to be said for icons who have continued to grow artistically, regardless of how often they surfaced on the greater cultural radar. Patti Smith solidified her place in rock’s canon by releasing groundbreaking albums such as 1975’s Horses and 1978’s Easter, but the punk pioneer, reluctant feminist icon, and former Chelsea Hotel denizen spent much of the next two decades developing as a poet and an activist. After a substantial quiet period in the ’80s, Smith returned to form and began steadily releasing albums that garnered much critical adoration paired with tepid commercial reception. However, Smith’s legacy isn’t one that can be measured by units sold but rather by the artists she has influenced—and continues to influence. Smith performs at 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930.