Perpetually inspiring Josh Groban comes to downtown D.C. on Nov. 15. (Photo by Brian Bowen Smith)
Snoop Dogg

A quarter-century ago, Snoop Dogg was one of the most prominent faces on the burgeoning L.A. gangsta rap scene, sneering rhymes about the hardened street life that shaped him. These days, the most dangerous thing you’re likely to see the 47-year-old rap legend do is use a knife improperly as he dices onions with Martha Stewart on VH1’s “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” Time and fame have warped the man behind “Gin & Juice” into an almost family-friendly figure, with his latest endeavor positing him as a man of God: He’s now starring in a semi-autobiographical musical, “Redemption of a Dogg,” with reality-television star Tamar Braxton. The touring show, which stops at the Warner Theatre this weekend, features music from Snoop’s latest album, the gospel-leaning “Bible of Love,” as well as some of his classic hits. Nov. 9-11 at the Warner Theatre. $69.50-$79.50.


Although 6LACK — pronounced “Black” — often gets lumped in with his geographical brethren in Atlanta’s booming trap scene, his kindred musical influence might hail from the North. Words ooze out of 6LACK’s mouth in a pillowy, drug-stunted haze, seemingly under the influence of Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd. (The Atlanta artist also thuds into the similar pitfalls of blaming the indignities of life on the women who just can’t please him enough.) But on his latest album, “East Atlanta Love Letter,” 6LACK is most effective on the pop-flavored tracks, including “Switch,” when he ramps up the backing track and lets his voice gently float into your ears. Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. (doors) at the Anthem. $40-$129.


Landing a song in an Apple ad isn’t the star-launching event it used to be, but it still gets the job done. Last year, singer Kiiara’s breakout single, “Gold,” sneaked up the charts after being featured in a commercial for the Apple Watch. The song announces itself with a persistently glitchy mosaic of vocal modulations and pulsing drum machines, but it’s the 23-year-old Illinois native’s whispered, melodic lullabies that propel the song to the finish line. That atmospheric voice has also served Kiiara well in other settings. The most notable guest appearance in her young career was “Heavy,” a 2017 single in which she played the foil to pleading howls from the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (doors) at U Street Music Hall. $20.

Josh Groban

How famous is Josh Groban? In the lead-up to his new album, “Bridges,” it was impossible to miss his visage plastered across the District on Metro ads and bus stalls. Few would put him on the same level of pop stardom as Beyoncé or Taylor Swift, but Groban’s ubiquity as the music industry’s go-to motivational speaker is undeniable. When he’s not starring with Tony Danza in the new Netflix show “The Good Cop,” Groban is composing songs that are the shorthand any time a television or movie soundtrack needs to telegraph an inspirational moment. His songs work almost exclusively in the mode of uplift — it wouldn’t be surprising if Groban were accompanied by a backing choir when he orders a latte — and his latest album, which features tender duets with Sarah McLachlan and Andrea Bocelli, abides. Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $69.50-$199.50.