Before summer concert season swoops in next month, there’s a wide variety of shows in D.C. Look for neo-soul newcomer Erin Barra, elecro-veterans In Flagranti, reggaeton superstars Calle 13, saxophone sideman-turned-bandleader Azar Lawrence and folk icon Ramblin' Jack Elliott -- and that's all within the first 10 days.
There are also a bunch of worthwhile shows at Red Palace, including Amor de Dias, Gruff Rhys and Tune-Yards, which is already sold out. It took me a few months to check out H Street’s newest venue, but after seeing a pair of shows there recently (Sharon Van Etten and Fresh & Onlys/Crocodiles) I can give it a seal of approval. It’s one of the few venues in town with a horizontal layout — it’s short and squat instead of long and narrow, so everyone can get closer to the stage. The bar stays tucked away in a corner.
Here’s the full list of May’s best concerts.