Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend fans waited six years between the band’s 2013 opus “Modern Vampires of the City” and this year’s “Father of the Bride.” Singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig is now lyrically consumed by dread, both literal and existential. His writing is more direct than ever on the new, 18-track album, which finds the band channeling the Grateful Dead, sampling film composer Hans Zimmer and teaming with HAIM’s Danielle Haim. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.; Thu., 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$89.50.

Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a pivotal voice in the world of R&B, not just for her string of hit records, but also because of her outspokenness on women’s rights and issues. The singer spent the summer headlining Live Nation’s 2019 R&B Summer Block Party festival and now she’s ready for the after-party: two shows all her own at MGM National Harbor. The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Md.; Fri., 8 p.m., $84-$140.50, Sat., 8 p.m., $118-$173.

Step Fest

For three hours on Saturday, the leafy grounds of Kingman Island will play host to Step Afrika!’s free festival featuring live music — and even more dancing. R&B group Future Band DC, Dem’ Raider Boyz Step Squad and more performers will get things moving and grooving throughout the afternoon. Kingman and Heritage Islands Park, 575 Oklahoma Ave. NE; Sat., 4-7 p.m., free.

Flower Bomb Fest

There’s plenty of emerging music talent in D.C., but it can be difficult to find if you don’t know where to go. Flower Bomb, a festival co-produced by visual artist Chris Pyrate and Pabst Blue Ribbon, aims to make the discovery process easier by bringing together some of the city’s most promising musicians under one roof. The lineup includes go-go group UCB, rappers Sir E.U and Odd Mojo, DJ Domo and more. There will also be visual art on display at the free event. Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW; Sat., 2-8 p.m., free with RSVP.


Oshun’s songs are rooted in R&B and soul but feel as if they came from another cosmic universe. The duo, who released debut album “Bittersweet Vol. 1” last year, use otherworldly electronic sounds to forge a unique sonic path that is distinctively their own. In a live setting, those futuristic songs are enhanced with space-themed visuals and props. Now based in New York, the D.C. natives will travel to Union Stage to play a homecoming show Saturday. Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW; Sat., 8 p.m., $15-$30.

Jim James and Teddy Abrams: ‘The Order of Nature’

In 2018, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James teamed with composer Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra to debut “The Order of Nature: A Song Cycle.” The orchestral work, a mix of new and old songs, finds James spreading a message of love through music. A Louisville performance will be released as an album in October, but D.C. can get an early listen when James, Abrams and the National Symphony Orchestra stage a rare performance Wednesday. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Wed., 8 p.m., $29-$109.

‘100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal’

The Mexican Cultural Institute’s new exhibit explores Mexican history — and how Mexico views the U.S. — through cartoons published in the country’s revered newspaper, El Universal. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW; Wed. through Oct. 30, free.