Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.; Thu., 7 p.m., $56-$345.
Nashville’s Lady Antebellum returned from a brief hiatus last year with “Heart Break,” which recalled the country pop balladry of the band’s smash 2010 album “Need You Now.” That album earned multiple Grammys, thanks to the title track. While the new album hasn’t quite lived up the success of “Need You Now,” the trio did score a hit with “You Look Good.” The band will tee up with Darius Rucker at Merriweather Post Pavilion Thursday as part of the “Summer Plays On” tour.
Cris Jacobs and Friends
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Thu., 8:30 p.m., $16.
Every year, Baltimore guitarist Cris Jacobs pays tribute to one of his musical heroes, Jerry Garcia, around the time of Garcia’s birthday. The Grateful Dead leader would have turned 76 yesterday, so Jacobs will celebrate with two sets of Garcia’s music (and the songs he liked to cover) at Gypsy Sally’s on Thursday.
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Fri., 6 p.m., free.
Veteran comedian Andy Kindler always delivers comedy’s State of the Industry address at the annual Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. This year, he used the time to go after Chris Hardwick, Louis C.K., Netflix, Jeremy Piven and President Trump. See who he decides to skewer in D.C. this weekend at the Kennedy Center.
DAR World’s Fair
DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 1776 D St. NW; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free.
The 1893 and 1904 world’s fairs in Chicago and St. Louis, respectively, astounded the world and launched the American century with showcases of cutting-edge inventions, entertainment and food. Experience the excitement with demonstrations of turn-of-the-century innovations including the stereoscope — a photo viewer that gives the illusion of a 3D image — and samples of foods that debuted at the long-ago fairs, such as cotton candy, puffed rice, and Dr Pepper.