September 14, 2017 at 6:01 AM
Sept. 14: Funky Meters
Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Thu., 7:30 p.m., $32-$45.
The four men who make up New Orleans funk legends The Meters rarely get together to play these days, so your best substitute is the offshoot Funky Meters. Led by Meters bassist George Porter Jr., the band sticks to the original format, swapping in guitarist Brian Stoltz and drummer Terrence Houston. Keyboardist Art Neville is usually in the band, but he’s currently unable to travel, so John “Papa” Gros will be filling in. Otherwise, expect to hear classics like “Just Kissed My Baby” and “Hey Pocky A-Way.”
Sept. 14: Amp Comedy Night
Amp, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, Md.; Thu., 8 p.m., $14.
Amp, Strathmore’s dinner theater-style venue, is launching a biweekly comedy night hosted by Express feature writer Sadie Dingfelder. She’ll emcee and tell jokes at each show. This Thursday’s lineup features Andy Woodhull, of Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour,” and Virginia-born “Mello” Mike Miller.
Sept. 14-15: Steve Martin and Martin Short
Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; Thu. & Fri., 8 p.m., $45-$125
Steve Martin and Martin Short have been friends and frequent comedy partners since their “Saturday Night Live” days in the 1980s, which is surprising considering it must get confusing when someone shouts, “Hey, Martin!” Their fall tour of music and comedy kicks off with a show at Wolf Trap, where we’re sure they’ll resurrect some old “Three Amigos” jokes, and Martin will break out the banjo to play songs off his upcoming “The Long-Awaited Album.”
Sept. 15: Hannibal Buress DJ set
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW; Fri., 10:30 p.m., $15 (free before 11 p.m. if 21 or older).
After Hannibal Buress finishes his stand-up set opening for Ms. Lauren Hill and Nas at Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va.; Fri., 6:30 p.m., $27-$131.50), the comedian will try to beat the traffic back to D.C. for a DJ set at U Street Music Hall. Performing under his DJ name, DJ Burgerfeet, Buress and his DJ friend Tony Trimm will spin hip-hop and more into the morning hours.
Sept. 16: Arcade Fire
Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW; Sat., 7:30 p.m., $26-$80.
With 2013’s “Reflektor,” Arcade Fire became an arena-level band, and with that came a shift to a dancier, poppier sound. On its recently released fifth album, “Everything Now,” Arcade Fire places an even bigger emphasis on dance and pop, eschewing the baroque and Springsteen-esque indie rock of earlier albums. Now, with two dance-leaning records under its belt, it will be interesting to see how Arcade Fire merges the past with the present. There is one thing we can say for sure, though: An arena full of people singing along to the epic “Wake Up” will never get old.
Sept. 17: BadBadNotGood
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Sun., 7 p.m., $25.
Canadian jazz group BadBadNotGood has some serious hip-hop bona fides. The band got its start covering rap songs — Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” was an early one — and has since gone on to work with Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator and Danny Brown. The quartet’s latest album, “IV,” includes instrumental originals and collaborations with such singers as Future Islands frontman Sam Herring, Kaytranada and hip-hop artist Mick Jenkins.
Sept. 17: theatreWeek Kickoff Party
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW; Sat., noon-4 p.m., free.
If Restaurant Week can get butts in seats, so can theatreWeek, when local playhouses offer reduced-price tickets (for $15 or $35) so people can get a sampling of what Washington theater has to offer without breaking the bank. The inaugural (long) week officially starts Tuesday and wraps Oct. 1, but it gets a slightly early start on Saturday with a kickoff party, bringing together more than 20 of the region’s companies, including Arena Stage, Round House Theatre and Pointless Theatre Company. There will be live performances, ticket giveaways and free food from restaurants like Shake Shack and Healthy Happy Human, as well as free beer from DC Brau.
Sept. 19: ‘The Sound of Memphis’
National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; Tue., 6:30-9 p.m., $40.
The National Museum of American History explores the evolution of Memphis music — from blues and soul to hip-hop — through a discussion, clips from the documentary “Take Me to the River” and live performances. For the concert, Al Green’s former band, the Hi Rhythm Section, will back singer William Bell, Grammy winner Bobby Rush, rapper Frayser Boy and more. Before the concert, the musicians will take part in a discussion with “Take Me to the River” director Martin Shore, and Al Bell and Deanie Parker, both of whom worked for the legendary Stax Records. (Tickets include food and drinks.)
Sept. 20: Billy Strings
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Wed., 7:30 p.m., $15.
At first listen, Nashville’s Billy Strings seems like a bluegrass traditionalist, playing covers and originals that sound like the generations that have come before him. Listen closer, though, and you’ll hear Strings’ unorthodox influences, like punk, metal and psychedelic rock. A fast, adventurous picker, Strings has quickly established himself as one of the scene’s most talented guitarists, a position he hopes to cement with his new album, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” which drops two days after his show with Whiskey Shivers in D.C.
Sept. 20: The Mynabirds
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW; Wed., 8 p.m., $12-$15.
D.C.’s Laura Burhenn lives in L.A. now, but that doesn’t mean she’s ignored the man who moved into her hometown — and the White House — in January. For her new album under her moniker The Mynabirds (named after band that included Rick James and Neil Young), Burhenn wrote and recorded nine songs in the two weeks following President Trump’s inauguration, and “Be Here Now” very pointedly and urgently reflects on the issues of the time.