For the past two years, I’ve maintained a large spreadsheet of DC-area Americana/bluegrass/alt-country/etc. shows I’m interested in seeing. I thought I should share it here. I’m leaving DC in late August, but it’ll keep readers in these parts somewhat updated until then.
There are three shows within the next two weeks I’d especially like to highlight:
- Thursday, June 25 – Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line (opening for Honey Honey) – the Hamilton, Downtown DC – I heard Struthers twice at Delfest last month, and just fell in love with her music. Why is she only opening??? Go to this show. Go. Go. GO. FREAKING GO ALREADY. Let’s get her the exposure and fanbase she and the band deserve! Their latest, “Wake,” will be my first album review in many months some time in the month or two. I’m playing it as I write this post, actually. I am really pumped for this show, and am bringing multiple friends, damn the school night. You should come too. I implore you.
- Friday, June 26 – Town Mountain, Nikki Lane, and Grand Ole Ditch – Gypsy Sally’s, Georgetown, DC – I’d go see any one of these bands on their own, but all three of them in one show, for just $15 ahead of time, $19 day-of??? Heck yeah. (Check out my review of Lane’s latest album here.)
- Sunday, June 28 – Brandy Clark with Sam Grow – Birchmere, Alexandria, VA – Brandy Clark. Need I say more? I can’t wait. And coming so close to Struthers? Two of my favorite current female voices back to back?
(I might go for four in a row with Robin and Linda Williams at AMP by Strathmore on Saturday, June 27…)
My goal in starting this spreadsheet this was not to make a public document, but just to tell my friends what shows I’m interested in attending, if they’d like to come. Therefore, it’s hardly a complete list of ALL the region’s shows – there are some I miss, some I don’t include because I’ll be out of town, etc. – but it’s a pretty good starting place.
Check out the whole list here, updated through my move in late August but a little skimpy in mid-July due to my travel. (Don’t worry about what’s bold or highlighted, that’s personal coding.) Let me know in the comments if there’s anything I should add through Saturday, August 22!