Most weeks, Music Roundup curates your best options for the weekend, followed by—-natch—-the rest. We’re flipping the script this week, and highlighting a few acts we would usually suggest you avoid.
The Rest of Friday
How do you feel about Michael Buble? Not great, I’m guessing. Well, David Choi falls somewhere between a less showy Buble and Jason Mraz at his most sanguine/fedora-clad (“We’ll Make it Last All Afternoon”). Apparently he’s a big deal in YouTube coverland—-but his versions of other people’s songs are, on the whole, a lot less egregious than his anthem “That Girl.” Luckily for you, his show at Jammin Java has sold out.
The Rest of Saturday:
Neon Hitch will soon be another Lollapalooza Cinderella story, much like Gaga and Ke$ha before her. If this London native becomes the next big thing, it’ll be because she sounds like a cross between those too stars. E! and other celebrity-news juggernauts will recycle the following facts: Neon Hitch is indeed her real name, she grew up in a gypsy caravan, and she lived with La Winehouse during one of her many homeless periods. With Viking and Powerlaces at Jammin Java 10 p.m. $10.
Super Diamond. $22. 8 pm doors. 9:30 Club
The Rest of Sunday:
The Halloween Hootenanny featuring Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. With Black Label Society. Clutch. Children of Bodom. Murderdolls. 2Cents. Half Pint Brawlers. Seriously consider checking out this show and definitely consider participating in the costume contest. Best Costume wins two lawn tickets to every Merriweather Post Pavilion show for the 2011 season. If you know what’s good for you, suit up. $40-$75.
The Best of Friday:
The Points, Pack AD, The Flying Eyes. $8. 10pm show. 21+ Velvet Lounge.
JD Allen Trio: Live Recording. $22/$28. 8:30 pm show. Friday and Saturday. Bohemian Caverns.
Antony Nelson. 9pm and 11pm. Friday and Saturday. Twins Jazz.
Kurtis Parks, Jeff Miller, Jessica Long; 7:30 p.m. $8.Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse.
The Secret Marriage. Aurora Opera Theatre. $10-$30. Artisphere.
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Willy Mason ; 8 p.m. $15. Rock & Roll Hotel
Nevermore. Warbringer. Mutiny Within. HateSphere. Apothys. Cab Ride Home. 7:30 p.m. $22/$25 door. Jaxx.
Anthony Nelson; 9 and 11 p.m. Also Oct. 16. Call for price. Twins Jazz.
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers Birchmere; With Deanna Bogart. 7:30 p.m. $25.
Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin, and Andy Cooney Hylton Performing Arts Center; 8 p.m. $34-$50.
Eric Johnson, Andy McKee & Peppino D’Agostino The Music Center at Strathmore; 8 p.m. Call for price.
The Thermals, Cymbals Eat Guitars, So Cow. $15. 9 p.m. Black Cat.
The FiF and 21 Birdstone $10/$12 door.8 p.m.Strathmore
Lea, Will Henderson, Men of Kairos The Potter’s House; All ages. 7 p.m. Donation-based.
KC Jazs Club: Carla Cook, Rene Marie, and Allan Harrris. $26. Friday and Saturday. 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Kennedy Center.
Washington National Opera: Salome. $60 – $300. 7:30 pm. Opera House, Kennedy Center.
Chee-Yun (violin) with Andrew Staupe (piano) $38.00. Kennedy Center.
The Best of Saturday:
Bluebrain with Geologist (Animal Collective) $15/12 students with ID. 11:01 pm.
Washington Performing Arts Society: Ran Dank (piano). $38.00. 2pm. Kennedy Center.
National Symphony Orchestra: Mozart and Mahler. $20 – $85.00. 8pm. Kennedy Center.
Dangerosa. Red Satellites. Mumpsy. Mother. $8. 10pm show. Velvet Lounge.
Red Elvises. Mulebone. 9 p.m. $15. IOTA Club.
The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts $25. 8 pm. Harmony Hall
Dead Kennedys. Dirty Tactics. VPR. Nervous Impulse. $20. 9 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel
Pablo Grabiel . 7 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center
Jammin’ Java A Capella Music Fest: Sonos. Snow Day. Euphonism and Vox Populi. 4 p.m. Jammin Java.
5th Avenue Vampires. Cage. 7:30 p.m. $12/$14 door. Jaxx.
Jukebox the Ghost, Elizabeth & The Catapult $13/$15. 8 p.m. Black Cat
BSO The Music Center at Strathmore; Beethoven and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Call for price.
Noel Paul Stookey. From Peter. Paul & Mary. 7:30 p.m. Call for price. Wolf Trap
The Best of Sunday:
The New Pornographers 9:30 Club; Doors 7 p.m. $32.
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players Play Previn, Hadyn, and Schumann. $35.00. 2pm. Kennedy Center.
Caroline Waters. 8pm and 10pm. Twins Jazz.
Martin Sexton Birchmere; 7:30 p.m. $35.
Peter Maybarduk, Heidi Boas, Lara Eilhard ; 8 p.m. $10. Busboys & Poets 5th and K
Cathedral Choral Society: French Connections. $20-$80. Washington National Cathedral.
Ella Jenkins. 3 p.m. $15. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Bell XI. $15. 8 p.m. Jammin Java
Capital City Symphony: Symphony Dance Atlas Performing Arts Center; 5 p.m. $25.