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4 shows to catch in the Washington area over the next several days

August 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Mary Chapin Carpenter will take the stage Saturday at Wolf Trap. (Jonathan Stewart/)


A few years ago — before she started singing under the moniker DaniLeigh — Danielle Curiel was a dancer and choreographer who had worked with Pharrell and Nelly Furtado. She caught the eye of Prince, who asked her to direct his “Breakfast Can Wait” video when she was just 18. These days, the 23-year-old, Los Angeles-by-way-of-South-Florida talent trades in sleepy, rap-flavored R&B; songs. If she’s to impress an audience primed for R&B; singers Jeremih and Teyana Taylor, DaniLeigh will rely on those songs — and those Prince-approved dance moves. Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $40.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Before she got her big break in the 1980s, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter played open-mic nights at such ­now-defunct D.C. venues as Gallagher’s in Cleveland Park and Food for Thought in Dupont Circle. It’s easy to imagine her playing her biggest hits — the ones that won her four straight Grammy Awards in the early ’90s — at those bars, with their easygoing yet writerly mix of country, folk, rock and various strands of Americana. It’s that focus on songwriting that illuminates Carpenter’s March release, “Sometimes Just the Sky,” in which she revisits songs from across her decades-long career. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap. $28-$65.


Philly punk act Pinkwash pairs singer-guitarist Joey Doubek and drummer Ashley Arnwine, but this isn’t their first time as a duo: About a decade ago, they were cult favorites on the D.C. house venue scene as Ingrid. Fans of that band’s relentless, tandem frenzy will find something to like in Pinkwash, which the pair has described as “Ingrid 2.0.” Doubek told the Spark Mag that the duo’s first releases were a “pure form of frustration over the Cancer Industrial Complex and anger over death and pain,” while 2016’s “Collective Sigh” was more about coping and moving on. Whatever stage of grief Pinkwash is at, expect a cathartic release. Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rhizome. Free (donations encouraged).

Bad Bunny

As Bad Bunny, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio is a leading proponent of Latin trap, a style that splits the difference between Puerto Rican reggaeton and Atlanta-born trap. Ocasio’s raspy voice and half-sung, half-rapped melodies have cropped up in and between both worlds since he debuted in 2016. He’s featured on songs by such Latin stars as Enrique Iglesias and J Balvin, has worked with Drake and scored his biggest hit alongside Cardi B on her boogaloo-sampling smash “I Like It.” And while he can certainly hang with street-wise rappers, Bad Bunny has proved with songs such as “Amorfoda” and “Sensualidad” that he’s more of a lover than a fighter. Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. at EagleBank Arena. $59-$391.95.

Chris Kelly is the co-author of "The Donald: How Trump Turned Presidential Politics into Pro Wrestling."

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