Tonight marks the start of the second In It Together Fest, a four-day DIY celebration of D.C. art, music and activism. This year’s fest has expanded to 20+ events scattered across Northwest and Northeast D.C., from scrappy basement shows to the Black Cat mainstage.
To make the most of your InFest experience, you’ll want to choose wisely. We challenge you to attend as many events as you can on the stacked lineup, but here’s a guide to the fest’s highlights to help you make the most of this weekend’s programming.
The good news? Whatever events you decide to attend, you’ll be raising money for a good cause—proceeds from this year’s fest go to local charities We Are Family, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and the DC Abortion Fund.
Or, if you’re going for quantity, stick around U Street/Shaw for a quirky dance party at BRNDA’s album release show at the Black Cat, with Wildhoney and Den-Mate (top). A short walk down Florida Avenue, 453 Florida hosts Blizzard Babies, Bless, and Valencia, blocks away from Baby Bry Bry’s solo set at the questionably-named 69:30 Club (where, full disclosure, the writer of this guide lives).
Whatever show(s) you decide on for the evening, start your night at Hole In The Sky’s “Going Out Of Business” art exhibition. Browse the wares of 30+ visual artists (all priced at $100 or less), snack on Mason Dixie Biscuit Company goodies and hope that Eckington arts space doesn’t actually make good on their “going out of business” theme.
Then, drop your new prints off at home and head to the evening’s later shows. Fresh off the band’s opening set at the Foo Fighters’ RFK blowout, RDGLDGRN (above) plays a slightly smaller space—the tiny Babe City in Dupont—with Laughing Man and Conchord America. Or, head to the Lab in NoMa to see a pair of noisy indie standouts from Massachusetts, Kal Marks and Lady Bones, alongside Sealab and How To Be Topp.
Grab your earplugs, comfy shoes, sturdy water bottle, and cheap six-pack of choice—Saturday brings nearly 12 hours of events, starting with an afternoon of competing daytime shows.
Want an afternoon of fuzzy pop? Head to the Beehive in Petworth for Leapling and Teen Mom. Or, if flailing around to noisy garage rock is more your style, trek out to Fort Totten for Crack Rock Creek Church’s daylong blowout with Shark Week, Witch Coast and lots more.
At some point, make your way to St. Stephens’s Church for InFest’s official Saturday showcase. The six-hour-plus marathon show squeezes in a massive 10-band roster, featuring area acts the Black Sparks (above), Two Inch Astronaut, and Pygmy Lush with out-of-town headliners Cayetana and Thou.
Also: the Empower DC party at the Lamont Street Collective with Eshovo and MotherKnuckle; a film screening at the Lookout; a matinee show at Ezra Mae’s with Vundabar, Ezra Mae and the Gypsy-Moon, Reed Appleseed, Lunchbox, and June Gloom
Recover from Saturday’s marathon with Drone Brunch at Spacelab-A with some quiche and a morning of music from Jack On Fire, the Plums, Chester Hawkins, and Obetrol, or swing by Lyman’s Tavern for a few free rounds of pinball. Then head to Above The Bayou for a hazy matinee show with Big Moth, Lilac Daze, Glueboy, and Rachel Kline.
Black Sparks photo by Michael Andrade
Due to reporting errors, this post originally located Hole in the Sky in Edgewood. It’s in Eckington. It also promised the availability of ping-pong at Lyman’s Tavern. Unfortunately, there is only pinball. And finally, though Baby Bry Bry will play a solo set tonight, it will not be acoustic.