The past several years have seen dozens of music venues crop up in the Washington area, and there’s about to be one more: the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The new venue will be christened this weekend by music royalty, Mary J. Blige, who coincidentally helped open the Fillmore in Silver Spring in 2011. The generically named Entertainment and Sports Arena doesn’t have a connection to a storied venue like the Fillmore, but it is a 4,000-seat arena in an underserved part of town where fans can hear Blige belt out such R&B favorites as “Family Affair” and “Real Love.” Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. at Entertainment and Sports Arena. $59-$119.
Joey Purp is part of the same vibrant Chicago crew that includes Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. On his 2016 mix tape “iiiDrops,” Purp established himself as another rapper to watch, balancing wokeness and ignorance over throwback soul samples that evoked early Kanye West. These days, the 25-year-old rapper is still nodding to Kanye, but on his recently released debut album, “Quarterthing,” there’s also some “Yeezus”-inspired electronic noise in the mix. Purp still gets personal (“24 karat gold bleeding out this heart of mine,” he raps), but he’s also proved himself adept at the kind of minimal and hypnotic flows that get the club going. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd. $18.
As Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Will Oldham crafts timeless folk implosions, usually with guitar, sometimes with accompaniment and always with his voice, a warbling instrument that breathes life into lyrics that illuminate the human condition. His lyrics are so crucial that they’re being released in the forthcoming book “Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham.” Along with rendering each song as a poem, Oldham offers liner notes, instructions and trivia about each song. But as he writes about the somber “Death to Everyone,” “It is unbearable at times to try to assess the weight of each plot point and clue.” Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $29.50.
Today’s rap weirdos — with their pink hair and high-fashion tastes — could learn a lesson (or 20) from hip-hop iconoclast Kool Keith. The 54-year-old has spent more than three decades vexing and perplexing listeners, first as part of Ultramagnetic MCs and then as a solo artist. Under countless aliases, Keith has pushed beyond the outer limits of hip-hop with absurd, surreal and explicit streams of consciousness. And he’s still going strong, reuniting with Dan the Automator (who produced his 1996 classic “Dr. Octagonecologyst”) for the bonkers “Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation.” If that sentence freaks you out, then Kool Keith’s still got it. Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. $25-$55.