Waking the neighbours
Music is everywhere in DC. Rock band Stranj Stringzz perform on M Street, the main drag of upscale Georgetown.
Chuck Brown, the legendary musician and pioneer of DC’s own Go-Go Music scene, has a street dedicated to him outside the Howard Theatre. Go-Go is a funk-inflected hip-hop style native to DC.
Jason and Drew perform on makeshift drums. Street drumming is common in DC and, while skill levels vary, this duo are two of the city’s best.
On the scene
The queue to enter the Broccoli City Music Festival, which this year featured Migos, Cardi B and Miguel, some of the hottest stars in hip hop and R&B.
NoMBe (stage name of Noah McBeth) sound checks at Union Stage, one of the newest venues in DC, located in the recently developed Southwest Waterfront.
Jazz is in DC’s blood. The DC Jazz Jam at the Brixton offers the opportunity to see professional jazz musicians play with walk-up amateurs.
A newly erected statue of Duke Ellington sits behind construction fencing outside the Howard Theatre, just part of a rich musical heritage: Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown and Dave Grohl all hail from here.
Kristie, lead singer of electronic synth-pop duo Loi Loi, sound checks before headlining Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hotel, one of DC’s best alternative music spots.
Old Crow Medicine Show performing at the Anthem, the largest venue at DC’s newly developed Southwest Waterfront (AKA The Wharf). The venue holds up to 6,000 people.
Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at the legendary 9:30 Club, a former radio station turned gig venue favoured by fans and artists alike for its “perfect” size and sound.
In DC, music is never confined indoors. Here, young dancers perform for tips (and the attention of girls) in the music-centric U Street district.
Time for a nightcap
JoJo Restaurant and Bar makes for the perfect intimate setting for late-night jazz. Here, the Lenny Robinson Quartet make the most of a tight space.