Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DC/Baltimore Global Music and More December 2015 Concert Gig List

DC/Baltimore Global  Music and More- December  2015  
Compiled by Steve Kiviat 
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International, roots, rap, soul and more at top and
***indie-rock and non-music stuff is at the bottom. Most sold-out shows omitted.
Look for additional shows & more info to be added through the month at my blog: stevekiviat.blogspot.com 
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Online you should also check out the I Love Music forum/chatboard at ilxor.com and look for the  Rolling Outernational World Music 2015, Rolling Afrobeats Afropop2015,  the Rolling Afro-Latin & the Capital Swamp & Chitlin Circuit  threads _____________________________________________________________________________
Sorry this is late this month.    
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Highlights: 
12-5-Angelique Kidjo at Clarice Smith Center (Benin)
Holiday gospel concert featuring the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Canton Spirituals, Swanee Quintet, Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, Violinaires, Sensational Nightingales, Southern Gospel Singers, and the Soul Messengerz. Doors open at 3 pm, show starts at 4 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 5120 Whitfield Chapel Rd. , Lanham , MD
12-10 Johnny Rawls (soul-blues) at JVs (& on the 11th at Madam’s Organ)
12-18-Alexis y Fido at the Cococabana in Hyattsville
12-26-Rebirth Brass Band at the Hamilton
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. 12-1
Cuba Vibre (Cuban dance) at Lincoln Theatre
Motown the Musical at the National Theatre (through Jan. 3)
Artomatic festival near New Carrolton Metro through Dec. 12th – Art with some music
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. 12-2
Peter Guralnick book talk for his new book “Sam Phillips: the Man Who Invented Rock and Roll (and worked with Ike Turner and Howling Wolf and more) at the Library of Congress with Geoffrey Himes for free
“Bright Star” (Steve Martin and Edie Brickell bluegrass-pop tinged show) at Kennedy Center through Jan 10th
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. 12-3
Vince Staples at U St Music Hall (rap)
Sheila E at the Birchmere
Justine Skye (R’n’b) at Baltimore Soundstage
Hip-hop Nutcracker at the Strathmore
Feedel Band at Bossa (DC based Ethiopian)
Arturo Sandoval at Blues Alley (Latin jazz)
Tallis Scholars (renaissance early music) at Kennedy center
Salt n Pepa at Rams Head Arundel Mills
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.  12-4
Rt Production and The Women Ministry of Mentrotone Baptist Church 5126 B Street SE Washington D.C. Rev Harper is the pastor. Will be having a Fund raising service on Friday night December 4,2015 doors open at 6:00 and service start's @ 7:00pm sharp. Featuring: Special guest: The Sensational Nightingales, The Soul Messengerz, The Thompson Family Singers, SCL assemble, and Thomas Weens and family ­čŬ of Lusby, Maryland. For more information about this service please contact Rosetta Thompson @ 3014597372.
NYC based  Moroccan group Innov Gnawa at  Hill Center in DC 
Holiday Jam 2015 with Jill Scott, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, New Edition, and Black Alley (r’n’b) at Verizon Center
NPR’s jazz piano Christmas at Kennedy Center
Ciara (R’n’b) at Hippodrome
“Northern  Soul” (fictional movie about this UK scene in the 70s/part of AFI European Union Fest) at 9:45 p.m. at the AFI
Zan Mcleod & friends Irish Christmas for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Sinatra tribute at the Smithsonian American History Museum
 CMT on Tour: Suits and Boots with Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett and special guest Danielle Bradbery at Patriot Center/EagleBank Arena
Arturo Sandoval at Blues Alley (Latin jazz)
Juvenile (rap) with Backyard Band (go-go) at the Howard Theatre at 11:30 pm
Amy Helm & band at Gypsy Sally’s
T.I. (rap) at the Fillmore
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. 12-5
Holiday gospel concert featuring the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Canton Spirituals, Swanee Quintet, Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, Violinaires, Sensational Nightingales, Southern Gospel Singers, and the Soul Messengerz. Doors open at 3 pm, show starts at 4 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 5120 Whitfield Chapel Rd. , Lanham , MD 20706            301-577-4883 .rtproduction.com
Angelique Kidjo at Clarice Smith Center(Benin afropop)
Lemus y Grupo Algodon at Lillian’s in Alexandria
*Currency at Baltimore Soundstage                
Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration Featuring Yolanda Adams * Tamela Mann * Marvin Sapp * Kirk Franklin * Avery Sunshine * Mary Mary (on 12-6 also) at 12pm at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
New Orleans Christmas with the Marsalis family at the PG Publick Playhouse
“Northern  Soul” (fictional movie about this UK scene in the 70s/part of AFI European Union Fest) at 9:45 p.m. at the AFI
Arturo Sandoval at Blues Alley (Latin jazz)
Fantasia at Strathmore
Black Masala cd release at Gypsy Sally’s
Ornette: Made in America screens at National Gallery of Art (jazz )
Rare Afro-Portuguese records at Haydee’s with 3 djs

*Night of 100 Elvises at Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore
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 12-6
90s hiphop college radio Movie doc “Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives” and a post-screening Q&A with ’90s radio DJs Adrian "Stretch Armstrong" Bartos and Roberto "Bobbito" Garcia, at Kenn. Center
Orquesta N’Samble at the Palace in Woodbridge
Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration Featuring Yolanda Adams * Tamela Mann * Marvin Sapp * Kirk Franklin * Avery Sunshine * Mary Mary (on 12-6 also) at 12pm at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
Mark O'Connor: An Appalachian Christmas at National Gallery of Art ,4th & Constitution Ave NW, West Building, West Garden Court at 3:30 PM
Squeeze acoustic (sold out) at the Birchmere
Chanukah starts
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. 12-7
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. 12-8
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the Lincoln Theatre
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12-9

Black Nativity Holiday concert at 7pm at THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020

Director of Gatton documentary, “Gatton and the Annacostia Delta” Bryan Reichhardt and guests will show this work in progress at 7 at the DC Salon at  Watha T Daniel Shaw Library
Monica (r’n’b) at the Fillmore
Winternational - 4th Annual Embassy Showcase , Atrium • December 9 • 11AM - 2PM kFree Admission at Reagan Trade Center bldg
Seth Kibel & friends jazzy Chanukah hodge-podge at Strathmore mansion
Matisyahu at Strathmore
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. 12-10
Johnny Rawls (blues-soul) at JVs 
 Monica (r’n’b) at Baltimore Soundstage
Joanna Newsom at the Lincoln Theatre (sold out)

* Jazz at Lincoln Center singer Michael Mwenso with his big band, The Shakes, and vocalists Charnee Wade and Brianna Thomas,  at Creative Alliance in Baltimore
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.  12-11
Johnny Rawls (blues-soul) at Madams Organ
Step Afrika holiday step show at Atlas
Zvjezdice (Croatian and Central European choral music) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Michael Feinstein Sinatra tribute at Strathmore
Matisyahu at Rams Head Live Baltimore
Optimo at Galaxy in Hyattsville
Tito El Bambino at the Palace

*Guitarist Marc Ribot plays a live soundtrack as Charlie Chaplin's The Kid as the movie screens at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore

* Amina at Bliss DC (French-Tunisian singer?)
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. 12-12
Step Afrika holiday step show at Atlas
Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration Featuring Yolanda Adams * Tamela Mann * Marvin Sapp * Kirk Franklin * Avery Sunshine * Mary Mary  at 12pm at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
Guitarist Marc Ribot plays Charlie Chaplin's The Kid as the movie screens at Capital Fringe ,1358-1360 Florida Ave NW, WDC
Sinatra 100th birthday celebration for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Band at Strathmore
Shy Glizzy (rap) at the Howard at 11:30 pm

*Cole Swindell at the Fillmore

* Young Jeezy at Bliss DC
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  12-13
Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration Featuring Yolanda Adams * Tamela Mann * Marvin Sapp * Kirk Franklin * Avery Sunshine * Mary Mary  at 12pm at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
My So-called Jewish Life (storytelling) at 6th & I Synagogue
Sweet Honey in the Rock Holydays Concert at Strathmore
Emmylou Harris at the Hamilton (Expensive Benefit for Bonaparte's Retreat)

*Pinky Killacorn and crew at the Howard (DC rap)
Movie “Counting”  (“summoning sights and sounds from fifteen urban landscapes across the globe -New York, London, Saint Petersburg, Istanbul, and Cairo among them--, Jem Cohen’s latest feature, at 4pm at the National Gallery of Art

*Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble at College Park American Legion
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.   12-14
The Tel Aviv-based klezmer-rock band Ramzailech  for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show with Jonathan Coulton, Liz Phair, and more at  Birchmere (sold out)
Donovan at the Hamilton

* 99.5 Jingle Ball with 5 Seconds of Summer; Demi Lovato; Shawn Mendes; Tove Lo and more;

* G. Herbo (Chicago rapper) at Black Cat

*Little Royal (DC r'n'b legend) at Westminster Church SW
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. 12-15
Singapore Youth Choir for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show with Jonathan Coulton, Liz Phair, and more at  Birchmere (sold out)

*G. Herbo (Chicago rapper) at Baltimore Soundstage
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. 12-16
Amadou Kouyate at Bossa for free
Marry TubaChristmas  for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Luis Miguel at EagleBank Arena
Asleep at the Wheel: "Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all!"  with Jeanne Jolly at the Birchmere
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. 12-17
Tosin and the Afro-Groove Revival (Nigerian) at Bossa
Coral Cantigas (Latin American Christmas)  for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

*Maggie Rose at Bethesda Blues and Jazz
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. 12-18
Alexis y Fido at the Cococabana, Hyattsville
Bobby Brown at 8 at the Howard Theatre

Lissen and the Fix (go-go) at 11 at the Howard
India Arie Christmas special at Baltimore Soundstage
Alsarah and the Nubatones at Tropicalia
Maggie Rose (country) at Bethesda Blues and jazz
RDGLDGRN at 7 at U St Music Hall
RumbaNavide├▒aSalsera, Roberto Blades y 3 Salsa Orquestas del DMV at the Palace

DC Highlife Stars (  collaboration between local bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band), featuring some of the best African musicians in the DC area.)
Doors 7pm/Show starts at 8pm/2 sets at VFW 350  6420 Orchard Ave
Takoma Park, MD

*Maggie Rose at Bethesda Blues and Jazz
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. 12-19
Darlene Love Christmas holiday special at the Howard Theatre
Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration Featuring Yolanda Adams * Tamela Mann * Marvin Sapp * Kirk Franklin * Avery Sunshine * Mary Mary  at 12pm at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
Freddie Cole Christmas at Blues Alley

* Lunasa with vocalist Karan Casey will perform at the Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD (Irish traditional Christmas celebration)

*Little Kim at Bliss DC (rap)
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. 12-20
NYC based Moroccan group Innov Gnawa for free from 6 to 7  at  Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; and later at Bossa on 18th St NW
Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration Featuring Yolanda Adams * Tamela Mann * Marvin Sapp * Kirk Franklin * Avery Sunshine * Mary Mary  at 12pm at Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
DC Funk Punk Revival with a 6 pm showing of Salad Days and then UCB/TCB, LOUD BOYZ, The Cornel West Theory, Drew Kid,  at U St. Music Hall
Freddie Cole Christmas at Blues Alley
Rock n Shop at Black Cat
Robert Glasper Experiment at the Birchmere
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. 12-21
Robert Glasper Experiment at the Rams Head Tavern Annapolis

*Shirleta Settles at Westminster Church
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. 12-22
Sweet Heaven Kings (gospel brass) Christmas celebration for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Team Familiar at Rams Head Arundel Mills
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 12-23
Kamel Zennia (Berber music) and band at Bossa
Beautiful Swimmers at U St. Music Hall
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12-24
Good for the Jews at Jammin Java

*Backyard Band and TOB from 10p m to 4 am at Bravo Bravo, 1001 Conn. Ave NW
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 12-25
Christmas Day jazz jam (with locals) at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

* TCB and Tob Battle of the Bounce Beat bands at 10 at Club One, Rt. One South Alexandria
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. 12-26
Rebirth Brass at the Hamilton
Family of Praise gospel group for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Birchmere
Kwanzaa starts

Charm City Klezmer Holiday party at Creative Alliance in Baltimore

* Jadakiss at Bliss DC

*Team Familiar with Black Alley and special appearance by Raheem DeVaughan at the Howard
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 12-27
Rebirth Brass at the Hamilton
9th Annual Hank Williams Tribute featuring Robin & Linda Williams, Robbie Fulks, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Rickie Simpkins, Dave Chappell, Mark Schatz at Birchmere
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Rams Head Annapolis

* Ras Nebyu headlines the "Holy Slizzatrizm 2015" event alongside New Jersey-based rapper Dougie F, Haile Supreme, and DJs including K-Meta and Mista Selecta at U Street Music Hall
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. 12-28
Mint Condition holiday show at the Birchmere (R’n’b)
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Rams Head Annapolis
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 12-29
Holocaust Survivor Klezmer Band for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Mint Condition holiday show at the Birchmere (R’n’b)
The Roots at the Fillmore (rap)
Be La Dona at Rams Head Arundel Mills (go-go/r’n’b)

* DMV Go-go Bounce and Hiphop Awards at the Howard Theatre with TOB Band and more

*Best of 2015 DC Music listening party at Songbyrd Cafe in Adams Morgan
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. 12-30
Mint Condition holiday show at the Birchmere (R’n’b)
Seldom Scene - Rams Head Tavern (Annapolis)
 St. Paul & the Broken Bones (blue-eyed soul) and Seratones - 9:30 Club
*Jazmine Sullivan at the Fillmore (great r'n'b singer)
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12-31
Beat Fairy (afro-folk) with Cissa Paz (Belgium born DC based Brazilian) at Bossa
(Sir) Joe Quarterman and FreeSoul, (DC soul/funk)  and young soulful singers Michael Mwenso & The Shakes featuring Brianna Thomas, for free starting at 6 through midnight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Diane Schuur and strings celebrating Sinatra jazzy at Kennedy Center Jazz caf├ę
Chaka Khan (r’n’b) at Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Charles Bradley (soul) & his Extraordinaires at the Hamilton
Seldom Scene at the Birchmere
St. Paul & the Broken Bones (blue-eyed soul) and Trouble Funk (go-go) at the 930 CLub
DJs Nadastrom and Tittsworth and Ken Lazee at the U St Music Hall
Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra at Black Cat
Doc Scantlin and his Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and jazz Club

* Masquerade Ball at the Howard 
* Keyshia Cole at Bliss DC (r'n'b)
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 1-1
Gogol Bordello at the 930 CLub 

* Wale and friends 5th annual New Years Day Show at the Fillmore

*Lauryn Hill at Howard Theatre
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Sat. 1-2

Doc Night(sax player with Scream & others who passed away suddenly at 52 in 2015)  benefit  at Black Cat with  Scream, Sitali Siyolwei + JuJu, HR (of Bad Brains) feat. Chucky Sluggo, Members of The Psychotics, The Hipnotix featuring Doc Night's Children, DJ Tommy B, The Scotch Bonnets, and more guests.

*Elikeh at Gypsy Sally's (Togo /DC afropop)

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Other cool stuff (mostly indie-rock): 12-5- Deerhunter & Atlas Sound @ 930(sold out); Baby Bry Bry @ Songbyrd; Heavy Breathing @ Comet;  12-7-Boat Burning & Rocket from the Tomb @ Rock n Roll Hotel; Carseat Headrest @ DC9; 12-10-Ex Hex; Mac McCaughan; Ed Schrader’s Music Beat @930; Martha Davis & the Motels @ Gypsy Sally’s;  12-11-Soccer Team at noon at MLK Library; Young Rapids, Den-mate,  & More Humans @ Capitol Fringe; 12-12-Hemlines @ Songbyrd; 12-13- Speedy Ortiz, Aye Nako, & Beauty Pill @Metro Gallery (Baltimore); * 12-14-J. Robbins, Swings, 2 Inch Astronaut @ Ottobar;  12-15-Paint Branch at Southeast Neighborhood Library at 7; 12-19-Perfect P-ssy @ Black Cat; 12-22-Todd Rundgren @ Birchmere; 12-27-Alice Despard @ Galaxy Hut; 12-28- Cotton Candy, John Lindaman (TLA), and Johnny Cohen Love Machine @Galaxy Hut; Lorelei @ Black Cat; *12-29-The Queers @ Black Cat; 12-30- Wildhoney, Gauche, Expert Alterations, & Sneaks @ Wind-Up Space (Baltimore);
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