Aug 21, 2017 |

rockin chicks by night, school teachers by day. Three teachers from Los Angeles who love rock music. These women sing songs about everyday things that everybody knows about. They have a powerful sound that is loud, melodic, and irreverent. Their lyrics are honest, thoughtful and funny. No Small Children is Lisa Parade, Nicola B., and Joanie Pimentel. They are kick-ass, rockin' chicks by night and schoolteachers by day. This trio of women has a friendship rooted in rock, respect, and a straight talking strength that comes through in their music loud and clear.

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Aug 21, 2017 |

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield???s fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. ???Ivy Tripp doesn???t really have any resolution. It???s a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It???s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.??? The album was tracked at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with John Agnello, a producer, recording engineer, and mixer known for working with some of the most iconic musicians of the last 25 years, including Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Agnello and Crutchfield worked together for most of December 2016, along with the band: sister Allison Crutchfield on keyboards and percussion, Katherine Simonetti on bass, and Ashley Arnwine on drums; Katie Harkin, touring guitarist with Sleater-Kinney, also contributed lead guitar. At Agnello???s suggestion, the group recorded most of the music live to enhance their unity in a way that gives the album a fuller sound compared to past releases, resulting in one of Waxahatchee???s most guitar-driven releases to date.

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Cirque du Soleil - Ovo
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Bowie Baysox vs. Reading Fightin Phils
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XYZT: Interactive Art Show for the whole family June 1st - September 3rd Enjoy an exploratory virtual experience through ten digital light sculptures at DC's first innovative art space - ARTECHOUSE. This interactive, multi-space digital art installation lets you manipulate time and space. Step into imaginary territory, manipulate algorithms and immerse yourself into a virtual playground of digital landscapes at XYZT. Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter. XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. Daytime admission 10am-4pm $10-15 Evening admission 5:30pm-10pm $25 More info at www.artechouse.com A hands-on experience for the whole family. Ages 6+

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Aug 23, 2017 |

These days, Stu Larsen lives out of a suitcase. You might find the nomadic musician somewhere between his native Australia, Spain or Japan, before he picks up and sets off for the next destination. In support of his 2014 debut album Vagabond, Larsen brought his music to the masses with a spate of global tours which gained him international recognition. Along the way Larsen began collating ideas for his 2017 follow up album Resolute, due for release July 21st. The album then came together in various locations around the globe, from a cottage in Scotland, an apartment in Spain, and an old army bunker back in Australia. Larsen shares an important message in Resolute. ???I hope everyone can?????? he leaves off. ???Too often, we just switch off and don???t think enough. Hopefully, these songs can spark something positive in listeners. Live simply. Don???t worry about the excesses. I hope everyone can come together around this music.???

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Bob Schneider
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Aug 23, 2017 | Free

Hip-hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Aug 22, 2017 | From $10.00

XYZT: Interactive Art Show for the whole family June 1st - September 3rd Enjoy an exploratory virtual experience through ten digital light sculptures at DC's first innovative art space - ARTECHOUSE. This interactive, multi-space digital art installation lets you manipulate time and space. Step into imaginary territory, manipulate algorithms and immerse yourself into a virtual playground of digital landscapes at XYZT. Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter. XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. Daytime admission 10am-4pm $10-15 Evening admission 5:30pm-10pm $25 More info at www.artechouse.com A hands-on experience for the whole family. Ages 6+

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The Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips
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Lil Yachty
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Brett Dennen
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Aug 21, 2017 | From $10.00

XYZT: Interactive Art Show for the whole family June 1st - September 3rd Enjoy an exploratory virtual experience through ten digital light sculptures at DC's first innovative art space - ARTECHOUSE. This interactive, multi-space digital art installation lets you manipulate time and space. Step into imaginary territory, manipulate algorithms and immerse yourself into a virtual playground of digital landscapes at XYZT. Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter. XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. Daytime admission 10am-4pm $10-15 Evening admission 5:30pm-10pm $25 More info at www.artechouse.com A hands-on experience for the whole family. Ages 6+

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Aug 22, 2017 |

In the fall of 2010, thirteen years to the day after launching his career at Stubb's Barbecue in Lubbock, Texas, Wade Bowen started recording this self-titled album, his first for a major country label. Those years had seen Bowen rise from collegiate greenhorn to the top of the Texas music and Red Dirt circuit. His colleagues and friends the Randy Rogers Band, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed and others had already made the major label leap, helping to take a vibrant regional sound to the rest of America. Now it's Wade Bowen's turn to bring some Red Dirt and independent spirit to country music at large. This isn't a debut, more like a fresh start on a bigger stage. Working with Justin Niebank, a master mixing engineer and Vince Gill's producer of recent years, Bowen cut new versions of four of his most popular songs along with seven new tunes that reflect his evolving vision as a songwriter. Longtime fans (and there are quite a few of them) will hear the Bowen they've known and the next steps on his journey. They'll get better acquainted with the ballad singer who doesn't often get a chance to show himself in honky tonks. Newcomers will hear a head-turning country artist with range, road-tested hits and one of the best male voices in the business. That voice truly jumps out of these 11 tracks. Wade's baritone is dense and concentrated, with traces of whisky and smoke and an autumnal warmth. Bowen takes command of his songs, cutting over the top of Niebank's sculpted guitar-scapes. The sound is one hundred percent country, rife with pedal steel and vivid emotion, but it's also music could easily find a home with fans of Bowen's non-country idols - folks like Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Take a few passes through this project and you'll hearing a singer's singer and a focused songwriter who's adding layers to his music all the time. "All this work and the care we've taken with this album just falls in the category of trying to get better," says Bowen. "When it comes to my intent as a musician, I've not changed anything since day one. I've only tried to mature and tried to get better, and I think this record is representative of that." On a live circuit where the overwhelming mandate is to stir up a party, Bowen has aimed to leave folks with a memory. As a writer, even one from a state with some tall literary traditions, he's not trying to earn a PhD in poetry; he's trying to communicate. "My style," he says, "is more to try to evoke an emotion. I'm more about trying to leave a mark on people." Growing up in Waco, Bowen's exposure to the music of Texas was limited to whatever made it on FM country radio. George Strait was king. Guy Clark was a name he'd not have recognized before getting to college. There, in Lubbock, he discovered the iceberg below the surface, starting with Robert Earl Keen. "He was a big changing point in my life," says Wade. "I realized by listening to him that there was way more out there than I ever knew. So I started getting into Guy Clark and other great Texas music. But I was obsessed with Robert Earl. When we started the band we were sort of a Robert Earl cover band." That band was called West 84, and they found that with their large posse of friends who'd always show up for a good time, it was easy to land gigs. Bowen meanwhile began to channel a life-long love of writing into songs, and when college ended he made two major decisions. He took on the role of solo artist under his own name, and he moved to Austin. By then, about 2001, fellow Waco native Pat Green had busted out to national prominence and the Texas music phenomenon was the buzz of Nashville. It was part of Wade Bowen's inspiration to charge ahead. Try Not To Listen is the album Wade regards as his true debut, the project that kicked off a life and living made of 200-plus nights a year on the road and patient grassroots fan development. Then with Lost Hotel in 2006, things really began to click. The opening track "God Bless This Town" reached No. 1 on the bellwether Texas Music Chart, and over the next six years, he released six more chart-toppers and three additional top fives. He achieved another landmark when he was invited to add his name to the roster of great artists who've made a Live At Billy Bob's CD/DVD combo at the iconic club in Fort Worth. With a decade that good, it was inevitable that Music Row would become interested. The origins of Bowen's new record deal can be traced to his music publisher, Sea Gayle Music. It's where Brad Paisley, Radney Foster, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Stapleton and other do their songwriting, and in 2010, it was the first indie company to be named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year since 1982. Sea Gayle has a track record of investing in artists and helping them reach their potential, and that's how they've worked with Bowen, ultimately backing this album and introducing its independently made sound to Sony Music. Step one in that process was to find a producer who could preserve Wade's vision yet find the sweet spot that would help his music have its best chance at country radio. "Of all the producers we talked to, Justin Niebank was the only one who said 'I need to come down and see you live,'" says Bowen. "Well after 13 years of doing this I'd hope someone would want to see what we do, why we have fans. He totally got it and based the whole sound of this record around that." That live immediacy certainly throbs on "Saturday Night," which tracks the internal monologue of a lonesome hombre sitting on his stool, nursing his drink and thinking about "that sad goodbye." As the album's first single, its chiming descending guitar riff will be the first thing many audiences will hear from Wade, his calling card. Also likely to grab listeners early is "Patch Of Bad Weather," a brisk, rocking take-down of a treacherous lover. It paints dramatic pictures of a stormy Texas landscape and it kicks like a gun. Bowen has also taken advantage of his recent songwriting sessions and the comfortable studio environment fostered by Niebank to develop his love of ballad singing and the emotional side of country music. "All That's Left" brings strings into the mix, and it works. Bowen sounds at home. In "Say Anything," a guy can't think of a thing to say to a girl he's just met except gush on about the one he let get away, so he shuts up and listens. Its chorus will surely make some leading male country singers wish they'd been given a shot at the song. "I love those songs like that. Sad ballads," says Bowen with an apologetic shrug. "That's where my passion is. 'Say Anything' is one of my favorite tracks on the record." Bowen was extremely pleased that the offer of a deal from Sony's BNA Records included an invitation to re-work his best material. "It was a huge opportunity to make these four songs a little better," he says. "We've played them lives for a long time, and we learned from that. We changed some tempos and tried to animate them a little bit. We created more dynamics and more signature hooks. That's stuff Justin has taught me as a producer." Among these, "God Bless This Town" is probably the closest Bowen has so far to a greatest hit. A Texas No. 1 in 2006 and a popular music video with tons of CMT and GAC play, it's got stories layered in its stories and its characters feel familiar and alive. The narrator is torn between cynicism and attachment, and the song is all the more affecting because of it. The new version has a clean, coiled energy that ought to propel it into the hearts of a new wave of fans. Also re-worked is the smoldering "Trouble" and a breezy song written by Paul Thorn called "Mood Ring" that uses a dime-store novelty as a device to get the narrator to reveal his conflicted feelings. Now one last note, because Bowen knows it's going to be interesting to roll out a "Nashville" album to his fans. A contingent of them have preemptively made it known that they live in mortal fear of Bowen being eaten by the Music Row machine. Yes, Wade did record this project in Nashville, with Nashville session players. But study those previous albums, and you'll see that's exactly where and how he's made them all. Bowen's been making regular writing trips for years as well, working with an expanding circle of masters and taking advantage of the town's expertise and experience. Wade will tell anyone who has a low opinion of Music City that for him, it's the home of Guy Clark and Todd Snider and Rodney Crowell, of the greatest guitarists on Earth, the finest studios and producers. And of course Nashville was the origin of those radio dreams instilled when Wade was growing up in Texas and hearing country legends on his FM radio. The calling he felt was toward authentic music that reaches people, and that's not unique to Austin, Lubbock, Waco or Nashville for that matter. It lives in the heart and the work of the artist, and those who've believed in Wade Bowen all along will find in this album and the many albums and tours to follow, plenty more reasons to keep the faith.

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Aug 22, 2017 | From $20.00

"Mad-Genius Magician" David London's "Magic Outside the Box""The Washington Post"'s "favorite mad-genius magician," David London's been blowing minds up and down the East Coast with his acclaimed cabaret show, "Magic Outside the Box", an engaging blend of illusion, storytelling, comedy, puppetry and even some sly surrealism. Now he's bringing this entertaining evening of meta-magic to Baltimore Theatre Project. A 20-plus-year practitioner, student and writer on the art of illusion, London's created a series of dazzlingly original stage productions and appeared at over 30 magic fests throughout the country.

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Aug 22, 2017 | From $62.09

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Raw: Washington DC
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Aug 22, 2017 | Free

Harold Night: Improv Comedy at the SourceWashington Improv Theater presents Harold Night, a weekly comedy show in the finest tradition of long-form improv. Each show begins with an audience suggestion before Washington Improv Theater's teams take that idea and run, spontaneously creating worlds of vibrant characters right before your eyes. At the end of each show, you'll be invited on stage to participate in an improv free jam of your own, no experience required. Enjoy a great night of improvised comedy at the Source.

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Aug 22, 2017 |

Winners of 2016 Merlefest Band Competition Finalists in 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition Quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to American folk music, Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. Following the release of their debut album ???Shadows and Dreams???, the band hit the road seeking to engage audiences with their energetic live show built on instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements. Well what do you call it? ???Bluegrass, Newgrass, perhaps Progressive folk?????? These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. ???Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we???re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.??? While roots music lies at the core of the Collective???s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental. The band burst onto the scene in early 2014 following the release of ???Shadows and Dreams.??? The album weaves bluegrass, funk, rock, and blues influences into a refreshing representation of modern folk music. From the opening track ???Poor Soul??? with it???s energetic bluegrass overtones to the closer ???Shine the Way Home???, the album takes listeners on a journey through simple love songs to complex themes such as metaphysics and coexistence. The album, recorded in Asheville at Sound Temple Studios, features guest musicians from Asheville???s rich acoustic music scene alongside members of the Fireside Collective. So far in 2016, Fireside has performed over 140 shows throughout 11 states. In July, the band opened for acoustic pioneers the Wood Brothers in Charlotte, NC as well as bluegrass legends Hot Rize in Steamboat Springs, CO. If you revel in the sounds of acoustic instrumentation, enjoy the excitement of energetic live performances, and delight in the creation of original songs, then follow the Fireside Collective as they journey on in their musical endeavors.

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United
Aug 23, 2017 | From $27.24 Get Tickets!