Go-go shows are ubiquitous around the District. But if you want to catch some of the top noisemakers in one place, head north. The Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion has slimmed down from a two-day celebration to one this year, but the more compact lineup is still brimming with decorated players in R&B and soul while also putting on D.C.’s homegrown sound. Touring headliners including Anthony Hamilton, Jhené Aiko and Raphael Saadiq are supported by eminent go-go legends Backyard Band and Sugar Bear, who’ve carried the torch for the music community over the past several decades. And the ladies of go-go will have their moment to shine, too, with the all-female band Be’la Dona and Sirius Company (featuring former Rare Essence vocalist Kim Michelle) taking the stage. Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. $60-$250.
Those funky, silky-smooth sounds coming from the leafy grounds of Fort Dupont Park can mean only one thing — D.C.’s long-standing music tradition is back. The Southeast park’s summer concert series has kept a steady beat for decades, drawing in thousands of Washingtonians and bringing the best of R&B, go-go and soul to its venerable amphitheater. Each of the four remaining has a specific theme, one being a tribute to D.C. music carried by a luminary that’s shaped the scene for the past 40 years: Rare Essence. The band returns to Fort Dupont with its pulsating go-go beats more than 30 years after its last gig at the park. Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at Fort Dupont Park. Free.
The Struts’ 2014 debut album “Everybody Wants” delivered an unrelenting siege of theatrical, glossy power rock. The record was equally as enthralling as it was campy, and the band’s latest effort, “Young & Dangerous,” advances this heady juxtaposition. The album is saturated with copious doses of spirited “woos” and “turn it ups” set to foot-stomping stadium anthems, including “Primadonna Like Me” and “Who Am I?” Frontman Luke Spiller also makes a point to double down on such cheeky one-liners as “We’re all just ugly, pretty, nasty — it’s cool.” Through the cheesiness, though, the Struts maintain some semblance of self-awareness, which keeps “Young & Dangerous” from straying too far afield. Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. (doors) at 9:30 Club. Sold out.
Alongside Babyface, Teddy Riley, Keith Sweat and other crooners who defined ’90s R&B was a scrawny Jewish kid from Rhode Island named Jonathan Buck. Under the collected, enigmatic guise of Jon B, the singer has churned out some of the era’s smoothest hits, including his best-performing song on the Billboard charts, “They Don’t Know”; the sappy Babyface duet, “Someone to Love”; and a slinky number with Tupac, “Are U Still Down.” His first new song in seven years, “Understand,” re-energizes his suave sound with Donnell Jones. And though it doesn’t quite re-create the magic of his past songs, Jon B shows that he’s still just as cool — maybe even cooler — than his R&B successors. Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $49.50.