Sunday, December 2, 2012

December DMV "World" Music and more Concerts

DC/Baltimore "World" Music and More- December 2012 
Compiled by Steve Kiviat   *Updated events added have an asterisk 

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December is kinda slow but there are still some promising events.
Mon. 12-3-El Vez at U St. Music Hall
Thurs. 12-6-Ray Abshire (Cajun ) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Os Mutantes at the Hamilton (Brazil)

Sat. 12-8-Tabou Combo at the Crossroads (Haiti)
Thurs. 12-13- Trey Songz, Miguel, and Elle Varner at DAR Constitution Hall (r'n'b)
Fri Dec. 21- Os Kuduristas (Break dancers from Angola) at Tropicalia
Mon Dec. 31- Grupo Niche (Colombia) at Marriot Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy , Arlington,
Want to see live music but can't get anyone to go? Here's my unpaid endorsement to check out and join some of the groups including the dive bars one, the aging hipsters into new music one, the various salsa and Brazilian ones, etc.
Sat. Dec. 1

Evangel Cathedral Christmas gospel celebration 2012 show with Mary Mary; Bebe & Cece Winans; & Marvin Sapp (plus lasers, animals and more) at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Md (also on 2nd; 8th; 9th; 15th ; 16th)

Joe Veras at the Omega Lounge, 1401 University Blvd., Hyattsville, MD (Dominican bachata)

Big Sam's Funky Nation at the Barns of Wolf Trap(New Orleans funk & jam)

Raul Midon at Artisphere

Black and Red (Iranian) dj party with DJ Pride and DJ Velocity at King's Lounge/King of Kabob, 1018 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC

Shab-E-Yalda Iranian-Persian Party (with music, dance, poetry,skits, food) celebrating longest day of the year in Iran at the U. of Md. Grand Ballroom, STAMP Student Union (Union Lane & Campus Drive),College Park, MD

Bet Mishpachah, a Washington, D.C. Jewish congregation, offers a pre-Chanukah Chanukah performance by its choir Tach'shitim (Jewels) for free from 6 to7 at the Kennedy Ctr. Millennium Stage.

Dailey & Vincent: A Bluegrass Christmas at Hylton Performing Arts Center,10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas,

Danu: Christmas in Ireland at George Mason Ctr for the Arts

Action Bronson at the Howard Theatre (rap)

The Oral History Project at the Howard Theatre 10am to 2 pm free-- will specifically document history of the Shaw/U Street neighborhood and Howard Theatre. HTR will record oral history interviews with performers including Greg Gaskins, David Akers, and Jimi Smooth, previous theatre staff and audience members who experienced the Howard Theatre.

Verroneau (Brazilian) at Twins Jazz

Night of 100 Elvises at Lithuanian Hall, 851-3 Hollins Street, Baltimore, Maryland

*Karima Skalli at the Freer(classical Arab music)
Sun. Dec. 2

Chucho Valdes & his Quintet at Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA (Cuban jazz)

Blowfly at Metro Gallery, Baltimore (old-school raunchy rapper)

Gretchen Parlato (jazz vocalist) at the Atlas, H St NE

the WEAA 88.9 FM Gospel Grace concert featuring Donald Lawrence, Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, Anthony Brown, Tasha Cobbs, and the Morgan State University Choir. This program will honor Bishop Jamal Bryant (Empowerment Temple), Bishop Clifford M. Johnson Jr. at Gilliam Concert Hall, Morgan State University, Baltimore
Mon. Dec . 3

El Vez (Mexican Elvis) at the U St. Music Hall

Tues. Dec. 4

Robert Cray at the Birchmere(soulful blues)
Wed. Dec. 5

Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band at 8 by 10
Thurs. Dec. 6

Ray Abshire (Cajun ) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton at Strathmore

Chucho Valdes Quintet at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street NW

Os Mutantes (Brazil) at the Hamilton

Wiz Khalifa (rap) at the Patriot Ctr.

Fri. Dec. 7

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band w/ Whitey Morgan & the 78s at Jammin' Java

Juba Dance at Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre
Sat. Dec. 8

Tabou Combo at the Crossroads, Bladensburg, MD (great old-school Haitian band)

1st night of Chanukah

Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland at Rams Head Live in Baltimore

Ray Abshire (Cajun) at Blobs Park

Soca Parang Extravaganza Featuring Parang group Starlite Serenaders
(Brooklyn) and dj'd music by Daddy O; Steve De Waxman; The Prime Minister
Dinner served 9:30pm - 11:30pm; Showtime 11:30pm; at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 Homeland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 

*Simon Shaheen's Near Eastern Music Ensemble(with oud, zither & more) at 7:30 at the Freer
Sun. Dec. 9

Shahin Najafi and band at George Mason Center for the Arts, Harris Theater,
4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (controversial Iranian rapper who now lives in Germany)

People Under the Stairs at the Rock n Roll Hotel (rap)

Raul Malo at the Birchmere (balladeer)

Great Noise Ensemble plays Aarvo Part (avante-classical) at 6:30 at National Gallery of Art

CARIOCA-weekly Sunday night Brazilian dance party with live music at Tropicalia
Mon. Dec. 10

Tues. Dec. 11

Wanda Jackson at the Hamilton(old-school rockabilly & country)

Wed. Dec. 12

Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris (blues) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Raul Malo at Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis

Thurs. Dec. 13

Mark O'Connor: Appalachian Christmas at Strathmore

Trey Songz (Chapter V Tour), Miguel, and Elle Varner at DAR Constitution Hall(top current r'n'b singers)

Black Masala (DC's own Gypsy Horn Band. Eastern European, New Orleans, Ambient/Experimental indie rock, and a hint of Appalachian twang) and DJ Natasha Abbas (OTTOMANIA, Anthology of Booty) spinning transglobal Balkanic danceparty music.9PM free at Tropicalia

Fri. Dec. 14

Miguel Zenon at Bohemian Caverns (on the 15th also) (jazz from Puerto Rico)

*Christmas salsa party with Orquesta Afinque y Rafael Ortiz y Verny Varela at Portales, 6148 Franconia Rd
Alexandria, VA
Sat. Dec. 15

Mambo Real and Viti Ruiz at Mi Patio Restaurant, 5420 Queens Chapel Rd. 
Hyattsville, MD

Romeros with Concerto Malago at George Mason University's Center for the Arts 
4400 University Dr. , Fairfax, VA (Christmas music from Spain)

Ronnie Spector's Christmas Party at the Howard Theatre

The Jewels (great old-school DC r'n'b girlgroup) at Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD
Sun. Dec. 16

Trey Songz (Chapter V Tour) and Miguel at 1st Mariner Arena (r'n'b)

CARIOCA-weekly Sunday night Brazilian dance party with live music at Tropicalia
Mon. Dec. 17

WIND ME UP, CHUCK! MONDAYS: "LET'S GO-GO X-MAS" featuring BE'LA DONA and Chuck Brown's Band at the Howard Theatre

Tues. Dec. 18

Kol Dodi(ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite, and Ethiopian musicians and singers, is led by Israeli female vocalist Mika Karni and combines traditional Jewish melodies with African–ethnic rhythms and folk music) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Wed. Dec. 19

Rock-N-Shop: A Rock & Roll Garage Sale at Black Cat 

Thurs. Dec. 20

Los Lobos at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis

MARACUYEAH monthly dance party at Tropicalia with DJ rAT (Anthology of Booty, Radio CPR, Maracuyeah) + DJ Mafe (Maracuyeah) and special guests

*Charm City Klezmer Band at Strathmore Mansion
Fri. Dec. 21

The D.C.-based Black Masala (tuba, accordion, banjo, & draw from Eastern European brass bands, New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, indie rock riffs, and a hint of Appalachian twang) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Ctr. Millennium Stage

Syleena Johnson at Blues Alley (R'n'b)(on the 22nd also)

Os Kuduristas (Break dancers from Angola) Os Kuduristas is a kuduro-based roadshow/cultural exchange programme put together to raise the global awareness of Angolan dance, music, culture, Special guests for the bi-weekly globally-bent SHRINE dance party (biweekly/every other fri) feat. The Sol Power All-Stars spinning Afro.Latin.Brazilian.House.Disco.Funk with special guests and percussionists.
10PM-3AM at Tropicalia
Sat. Dec.. 22

*DJ Joe and Trebol Clan at Casa Blanca, 7911 Centreville Rd., Manassas (reggaeton)

*Cash Out (rapper) at Love Nightclub, Okie St. NE DC

*Wayne Wonder at Crystal, 1401 University Blvd., Hyattsville, MD (Jamaican dancehall & hiphop)

Sun. Dec. 23

*Raulin Rosendo (Dominican) & Paquito Guzman (Puerto Rican) salsa singers at 9 at Cuba Libre, 801 9th St. NW 

*Melanie Fiona (r'n'b) at the Howard Theatre

Queen Aisha's Holiday Blues at Westminster Church, SW DC

CARIOCA-weekly Sunday night Brazilian dance party with live music at Tropicalia--Samba Trovao Bahian X-Mas Dance Party & Fundraiser w/ DJ Greg Caz of Nublu (NYC) ///

7pm - 8pm Axe/Samba dance class w/ Lola La
8pm - 9pm Samba Trovao performance w/ special guest Cissa Paz 
9pm - 10pm DJ Set with DJ Greg Caz of (Nublu-NYC) 

*Monchy y Natalia at Copocabana, 2031A University Blvd., Hyattsville, MD

Mon. Dec. 24 

Good For the Jews: Putting the Ha! In Hanukkah Tour featuring Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin at Jammin' Java
Tues. Dec. 25 

*The 1st Annual ESKISTA(Ethiopian) MEETS REGGAE In The Nation's Capital. Performing live Aster Aweke(Legendary singer); Abreham Gebremedhin & Haile Roots at  Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. Doors open at 9:00 PM. Advance tickets are for sale Now $35 and $40 at the door.  571 331 1238

Ethiopian Dance Party with host Thomas Gobena (Gogol Bordello) 9PM
Cover TBA at Tropicalia

All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam with Chuck Redd (host/vibraphonist), Robert Redd (pianist), Lenny Robinson (drummer), Tom Williams (trumpeter), James King (bassist), and Delores Williams (vocalist) –at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

James Brown Deathmas dj party with Soul Call Paul at Black Cat
Wed. Dec. 26

*Moombahton Massive with DJs Nada and Sabo at U St. Music Hall(programmed beat soundz)
Thurs. Dec. 27

Sweet Heaven Kings Brass Band for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (gospel brass)

Rebirth Brass Band (New Orleans funk) and Funk Ark –at 9:30 Club

Global Dancehall with PPU (DC-based record label) & Future Times Records Holiday Party with live music from eclectic electronic Hyattsville-based soul man MR George Smallwood 10PM-2AM free at Tropicalia
Fri. Dec. 28

National Hand Dance Association instructors lead dancing for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Ctr. Millennium Stage and give instructions from 5 to 6

NO BS! Brass Band ( big brass band with 2nd line New Orleans influenced style) and DJ's The Fatback Collective at 9PM NO COVER at Tropicalia

*Hank Williams Tribute show at the Birchmere
Sat. Dec. 29

*EL G (Argentinian  ZZK Records, Zizek Club techno-cumbia dj ) at Eighteenth Street Lounge  

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Birchmere

*Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (Motown) at the Howard Theatre
Sun Dec. 30-

Jacques Johnson & Lil' Margie (DC soul & blues) from 6 to 9 at Westminster Church

Lee Fields & the Expressions (Southern soul) opening for Drive-By Truckers at 930 Club

Holiday Vaudeville: cajun cellist Sean Grissom with the Alexandria Kleztet and TwoTooFar for free from 6 to 7 at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Seldom Scene (bluegrass) at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis

CARIOCA-weekly Sunday night Brazilian dance party with live music at Tropicalia
Mon. Dec. 31-

Grupo Niche (Colombia salsa) at Marriot Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy 
Arlington, VA

*Jah Lude with Tewodross Tadesse at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd., NE DC (Ethiopian)

Seldom Scene (bluegrass) at Birchmere

The Roots (rap band) at the Fillmore

Empressarios and Fort Knox 5 at Tropicalia

Black Tie Event with Lakeside (80s r'n'b) at Hampton Conference Center, 207 West Hampton Place, Capitol Heights, mD

*Rare Essence, EU, Be'laDona, All4 U (go-go) at LaFontaine Blue in New Carrollton, MD
Tues. Jan. 1

Celtic Celebration at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis

*Wale (DC rapper) at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
Other cool stuff (mostly indie-rock): Women who Rock @ the Nat. Women in the Arts Museum; 12-1-Patti Smith @ Rams Head Live; 12-4-X & Rev. H. Heat@ 930; Mark Eitzel @ Bl. Cat; 12-5-Mark Eitzel @ Golden West; X & Rev. H. Heat @ Balt. Soundstage;12-6 & 7- Los Straightjackets @ Iota; 12-8-Kelly Hogan @ Iota; 12-13-Thurston Moore & John Moloney w/ Speedy Ortiz & Dope Body @ Ottobar ; 12-14-Of Montreal @ 930 Cl.; 12-15-Priests; Cigarette;Sex Tide; Foul Swoops @ The Pinch,3548 14th St; 12-16-Lloyd Cole @ Rams Head Tavern; 12-29-Shake & Shout: A DJ Benefit for Norton Records @ Bl. Cat Backstage; *12-30-Evens at Wilson Center

sources: [Scott Mitchell's nice list of roots rock,
zydeco, swing & more]
Kennedy center website
Clarice Smith Center
Folklore Society of Greater Washington (go to events)
Plus local Spanish language papers and flyers at international
restaurants and record stores and on telephone poles. And the W. Post
and City Paper(s) and W. Post Express and W. Post Going Out Gurus & various facebook sites