Goodman’s Good Music – Concert Picks of the Week – March 12th

Week Of:  March 12-18, 2018  

It's the Washington Women in Jazz Festival

Summary:

Washington Women in Jazz hosts their festival this week with an opportunity to see amazing music practically every day of the week, so much that we can't list it all here. It celebrates the diversity of music made by women, something we try to highlight in our event listings every week. 

DC Music Review Staff Picks:

DC Music Review Staff are headed to/covering some of these incredible shows this week: 

  • Washington Women in Jazz hosts the spectacular Washington Women in Jazz Festival (WWJF) from March 10-18 in various venues across DC. This annual festival celebrates the women of the DC jazz community with a wide array of concerts, jam sessions, lectures, panels, discussions, and masterclasses including the Young Artist Showcase, where high school and college women are given a platform to perform with well-known jazz artists. There is SO MUCH goodness at this festival, be sure to get details on the when and where at http://washingtonwomeninjazz.com/events/
  • Although it's sold out, if you can get a hot ticket to see I'm With Her at the 9:30 Club on March 13, do it. Musicians Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan have been gaining attention for weaving  gratifying, melodic harmonies sweet harmonies in ways that, as the New York Times describes, “... could be sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountain gospel.” Worth checking on Craigslist day of to get your lucky ticket. 
  • If you missed the infectious groove of Dumpstaphunk this past Sunday, you have another chance to get awash in dirty funk with them on March 13 at Baltimore's 8x10.  Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans' best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. These soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. I can promise you, you will dance until you're a puddle. 
  • On March 14, head to Hill Country Live to see two amazing bluegrass bands, Gangstagrass and The Dirty Grass Players. Ganstagrass knows how to get crazy with hot beats and banjo, sick emcees and laser dobro blasts, and Baltimore's up-and-coming Dirty Grass Players mix well-known covers and solid originals with their own special blend of bluegrass.
  • DCMR staff are excited for Widespread Panic to return to the DMV for some solid, reliable, in-the-pocket, good time jams. Catch them on March 15-17 at the MGM National Harbor.
  • Want to see an insanely innovative, free show? Catch  DCCIT presents Suzanne Ciani on March 16 from 6-7 at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Suzanne Ciani is a five-time Grammy nominee pioneering artist who offers a unique synthesizer performance in quadraphonic sound on her Buchla modular synthesizer system. (You know it's going to be good when there's quadraphonic sound on a Buchla modular synthesizer system.) It's only an hour long so make it your pre-show show on Friday night. 
  • Check out Anders Osborne with special guest Ryan Montbleau on March 16 at The Hamilton and again on March 17 at The Broadberry. His detailed songwriting delivered with soulful vocals and expert guitar work has Guitar Player calling him, "the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.”
  • Ann Wilson, the powerful lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Heart, is giving a charity concert to raise money for the NIH Children's Inn -- a residential “Place Like Home’’ for families with children participating in research studies at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Hear her larger than life voice fill this smaller scale venue at the Ann Wilson of Heart Charity Concert on March 17 at the Fillmore.  
  • The DMV is lucky to have virtuoso and Baltimore-native Cris Jacobs perform back home on March 17 at Rams head. If you haven't seen his "inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice," get to this show and be a part of the the giant homecoming hug that only Baltimore can give to Cris.  

Hidden Gem Shows: 

This list is usually short and sweet but let's be honest, there are so many amazing things happening in this area that it's impossible to contain. Here is a smattering of cool gems coming up in the DMV this week: 

  • The singer Alicia Olatuja first came into the national spotlight in 2013 while performing as a featured soloist at Obama's second Inauguration and she has been captivating audiences every since with her charismatic voice. Come experience her mastery at a more intimate DC setting on March 12 at Blues Alley.  
  • Go see Mason Bate's Mercury Soul at 9:30 Club on March 14 for a groovy collision of DJing, classical pop-ups, and immersive production. This visceral “classical rave” was created by Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence Mason Bates as part of the annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT–an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations. It doesn't get cooler than this.
  • Every Wednesday, Villain & Saint hosts the Neel Singh's Open Jam and Workshop. So many local musicians come by to check out the scene and jump on stage at this informal, super friendly, supportive jam. Come check it out this week on March 14. 
  • Camp out with The National Parks on March 16 at AMP. With more than 13 million streams on Spotify, and a feature in NPR’s “First Watch,” The National Parks are worth paying attention to. Described as "rousing, stirring, uplifting...sheer joy," this band offers feel-good music that is not fluff. Lots of DCMR staff will be headed to check them out (come say hi)! 
  • The J20 Benefit Show: FuzzQueen, Pagan Reagan, Amanda Glasser on March 16 at Baltimore Free Farm will raise money for the remaining 59 J20 defendants who are still facing up to 60 years in prison for protesting on the day of Trump's inauguration. These are some of the area's most passionate musicians, check them out and help support the cause. 
  • Groove on over to see one of the DMV's most beloved, talented, and giving Grateful Dead cover bands, Better Off Dead with Getting Weir'd, on March 17 at Baltimore's 8x10.  Seeing Better Off Dead play on that bouncy 8x10 floor will lift your spirits in more ways than one. 
  • Local musicians come together for Baltimore Plays The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary, a celebration of the colossal solo debut of Fugees singer/rapper Lauryn Hill that debuted 20 years ago. Come to the Creative Alliance on March 18 as Baltimore artists Jasmine Pope, Christen B, Joy Postell, Karin Sings Evans, Marc Avon Evans, and Jamaal Black Root Collier come together to give these groundbreaking songs their own flavor. 
  • Want to get into the local music scene? Head to the US Open House + Networking for DC Music Industry at Union Stage on March 18 at Union Stage to network with other DC-area musicians, managers, sound persons, media professionals and other music-related persons. 

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Nina Goodman

Nina Goodman

Nina Goodman is a music lover, dancer, artist, keyboardist, and an avid ukulele player. You may even see her up on stage performing with local DC bands. Above all, Nina is a fierce supporter of the Washington DC local music scene. Nina's talents are mostly behind the scenes where she maintains and curates our event calendar and conducts interviews with local artists. If there is music playing in the DMV, you can expect to see her attending or at least making sure that our audience knows about it.