Rock Out at a Live Concert Right In Your Living Room: List of Streaming Shows by DC Musicians (Updated: 4/19/20)
A continuing series about awesome social distance activities in DC to keep you entertained during the outbreak and inspired to keep daydreaming about your next adventure in the Nation's capital.
Self-isolation doesn't mean you have to miss out on seeing live music in DC.
From rock to pop to punk and everything in between, local musicians and venues are taking their acts online and live-streaming concerts for you to enjoy in your living room. We rocked out to two awesome shows last night -- U Street Music Hall's 20th Anniversary and Menage a Garage's performance hosted by DC Music Review -- and plan to get our virtual tickets to more shows. We've shared some upcoming shows below and will do our best to keep this updated as more get announced.
But first, a couple of tips to help you make the most out of the experience:
1. Put it on your calendar. Make it something to look forward to by putting it on your calendar. Plus, this way you won't forget to show up on time!
2. Get into it! Yes, it's virtual but treat it the same way you would a concert IRL. Get rid of distractions, make some room to dance, turn off the lights, turn up the sound (please be courteous to your neighbors). Add some atmosphere and plug in those Christmas lights you still haven't taken down (no judgement!).
3. Go big. Stream the show on your TV instead of your laptop or smartphone.
4. Explore. Never heard of the band? So what! Now is the time to check out new acts in different genres and see all the great music in DC you've been missing. You don't have to worry about commuting or parking so take a chance, you just might just hear the next big thing!
5. Support the acts (always!). Definitely pay for the experience if the event is set-up for that. But if not, buy the artists' music on Bandcamp and their merch. What you're not spending on parking, Uber/Lyft and drinks will be very helpful to an indie musician.
Now, on with the show!
This list is updated as we get information so stay tuned and check back often!
Songbyrd Caged Bird Series (Just added!)
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm; follow them on social for updates
Named for DC musician Charlie Byrd, Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe is a brightly painted coffeehouse and music shop in Adams Morgan offering a large selection of vinyl records, digital listening stations and a 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth where customers can emerge with their own 45 rpm record. It includes a restaurant, cafe and adjacent live-music venue.
Kennedy Center Couch Concerts (Just added!)
Unlike the streaming of performances the Kennedy Center has done for years, Couch Concerts feature the artists performing from their homes. The Couch Concerts take place live at 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Kennedy Center website. You can find future schedules for Kennedy Center Couch Concerts and watch past performances on the Kennedy Center website.
Future Band DC Presents: Sunday Funday - Live Unplugged Series
Sundays at 2pm; Live via YouTube and IGTV
Heavily influenced by the Roots with a touch of Earth, Wind, & Fire, FutureBandDC has perfected the art of melding the essence of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Gogo. The band combines the very best of many genres of music, while entertaining and captivating audiences with their sincerity and power.
Sixth + I Living Room Series
Weekly, Dates TBD
Live via Facebook page (free show)
Broadcasted live from the artists’ living room, this show is part of Sixth & I’s new weekly concert series designed to shine a spotlight on the best local talent. Stream this set for free on their Facebook page.
Hellbender Brewery Open Mic Nights
Every Wednesday night from 6pm-9pm
LIVE open mic featuring local artists/musicians in DMV and all over the US streamed to Hellbender Brewery's Facebook page.
Strathmore Live from the Living Room
Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm; On Facebook Live
Join Strathmore every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm on Strathmore's Facebook Page for a special series of live streamed concerts in multiple genres— straight from the living rooms of DC’s best musicians. Each concert will be bite-sized (about 20 minutes ) and feature one of Strathmore’s Artists in Residence. Visit the Strathmore Facebook Page at the concert time to view the livestream (the video will say "live").
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm
Christylez Bacon, hip-hop
Christylez Bacon (pronounced chris-styles) is a GRAMMY-nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while contributing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30pm
Bumper Jackson Duo
Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley are the wranglers of the Bumper Jacksons, an American roots project pushing the sonic boundaries of country two steps and traditional jazz. Like an old time square dance in the middle of New Orleans, they pull together a vast array of early American traditions into an uplifting sound that strikes you right in the heart and gets your feet jumping.
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30pm
After beginning her musical education at age 8, Josanne Francis found her voice in the steelpan. Francis was a natural pannist (steelpan musician), and her hard work and musical ability landed her a scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied percussion and music education. Francis currently serves as the artistic director of the Cultural Academy for Excellence, where she uses the steelpan to bring music education to after-school and weekend programs.
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30pm
Mark G. Meadows
Pianist and vocalist Meadows has something for everyone in his music which combines pop, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and funk.
DC Music Review Virtual Aid Series (Updated!)
Online DC music magazine presents livestream concerts by DMV artists. New concerts announced as dates and artists are confirmed; check back often!
Pearl Street Warehouse Live Stream Concert Series
Visit their Facebook page for up-to-date event listings.
Americana music artists perform live, brought to you by Pearl Street Warehouse.
The Covid Sessions at Blue House Productions
Event link and up-to-date performance schedule and ways to donate to the artists
R & B Soul-o: Music Mondays with Jarreau Williams
Follow him on Instragram (@kokayi) for performance dates and times.
Virtual Tip Jar: Venmo @kokayi / CashApp: $koklarock / Paypal: paypal.me/kokaylissa
Kokayi is a Grammy-nominated artist, producer, innovator, educator entrenched in the ethos of hip hop culture and jazz, yet colors outside of the lines of genre and tradition. He can be heard on Whose Hat is This? Everything’s Ok, Goldlink’s At What Cost, MTV's Rebel Music, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, A'Larrache (Canal +), I Ain’t Scared of You: a Trib@ute to Bernie Mac and over 60 titles spanning: Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and R&B. With 16 releases under his belt, his latest, "Living While Black" is available and streaming on all platforms.
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