Brandi Carlile has become Americana’s latest star, thanks to her Grammy-winning 2018 album “By the Way, I Forgive You.” Her music has evolved over the years but the album still features her rootsy, country-ish sound, best exemplified by the uplifting ballad “The Joke.” Carlile will also soon lead a new supergroup called The Highwomen with Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby, ensuring her place at the genre’s forefront. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.; Fri., 7 p.m., $46-$76.
You could call the music that the ever-evolving collective Snarky Puppy makes “jazz,” but that wouldn’t tell the full story. The band produces globe- and genre-trotting instrumental music that showcases both individual players (as many as 19 on this year’s “Immigrance”) and the group as a whole. That makes Snarky Puppy a good fit to headline one of the DC Jazz Festival’s marquee events. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW; Fri., 8 p.m., $49-$79.
‘HERstory: Love Forever, Hip Hop’
Playwright and director Goldie Patrick pays homage to the women of hip-hop with “HERstory.” The play follows a personified female version of hip-hop, known as H.E.R. (inspired by Common’s 1994 song “I Used to Love H.E.R.”), who is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Five women, each representing an era of hip-hop, show up to decide H.E.R.’s fate. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Fri., 7:30 p.m., sold out, Sat., 7:30 p.m., $25-$39.
Brooklyn and L.A.’s outdoor food market Smorgasburg expands to D.C.’s Navy Yard, where it will open weekly on Saturdays this summer. If you want a slice of Timber Pizza AND a Milk Cult ice cream sandwich AND Lei Musubi’s Japanese-Hawaiian rice balls, you can feast on them all in one place. Tingey Plaza, 200 Tingey St. SE; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission.
For new album “I Am Easy to Find,” The National tried something different: Nearly every song features guest female vocalists, some sharing lead with singer Matt Berninger. Alicia Vikander also stars in a short film that accompanies the record. On Wednesday, the band shares The Anthem’s stage with Courtney Barnett. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW; Wed., 8 p.m., sold out.