By Brian Ossip and Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Looking for something to do during the next week? There are a ton of killer shows coming up. Check out our list, and then check out a few shows.
Enjoy breaking open a new album to read all the thank-you’s and artists who worked on the project. Well, experience Liner Notes, a show where hip-hop’s past and present collide with live instrumentation at The Atlas Theater. The show includes live musical performances from bassist Kris Funn, who’s currently on tour with the Christian Scott Quintet; the Corner Store Jazz Quintet; stage performer Paige Hernandez; lyricistBaye Harrell and jazz vocalist Akua Allrich. The live sound of hip-hop and the genre’s influences mixed in with jazz, poetry, visual arts and a special tribute to Chuck Brown should provide a vibrant showcase. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
O.A.R. – Aug. 10
If you’re in the mood for some good tunes, you better make your way to the Merriweather Post Pavillion to catch O.A.R. (Of A Revolution). The quintet, originally hailing from Rockville, MD has been entertaining since 1996 and their first smash hit “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker.” They are sure to play all of their hits tonight, so make sure to go out and support the homegrown band. Gates are at 5:30pm. Tickets are $35-45.
Local R&B singer/songwriter V. Rich will perform two shows at Blues Alley this week with two other sublime talents from the DMV – Deborah Bond and Tanya Blount. V. Rich released Addicted last year and followed it up with the Before the Addiction mixtape that same year. You may remember Blount from the film, Sister Act 2, where you can catch her vocal talents on “His Eye on the Sparrow” with a young Lauryn Hill. Bond released her Madame Palindrome album last year with featuring her standout song, “You Are The One.” She’s coming back to the D.C. area after a few shows in the U.K. It’s sure to be a night of jazzy R&B with a little bit of neo to sooth the soul. The show begin at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Soul Garage band Black Alley is preparing to shoot their first video from their debut album Soul.Swagger.Rock.Sneakers, and the members are looking for supporters of the band to come out for the “Shake Stop” video shoot. Spaces are limited so RSVP and found out the attire by Aug. 18 if interested.