Although 2017 was the year of “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Justin Bieber-assisted smash wasn’t the only volley in Latin’s latest crossover moment. There was “Mi Gente,” the irresistible snake-charmer by Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin (which was also boosted by a stateside co-sign by Beyoncé). The song anchored Balvin’s “Vibras,” a very-2018 album that cross-pollinated reggaeton rhythms with salsa, bachata, trap and more, helping it move hips around the globe. Balvin didn’t stop there: He kept the Latin crossover movement going by featuring on Cardi B’s “I Like It,” a song of the summer whether you speak Spanish or not. Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. at EagleBank Arena. $39.95-$391.95.
The hip-hop charts are still dominated by dudes, but there’s definitely a groundswell of female rappers in their 20s poised to break through. Near the head of this new class is Chicago’s Queen Key. Despite having only a year under her belt and a handful of tracks to her name, there’s something special about the pugnacious yet playful rapper. Queen Key spits sexplicit bon mots over speaker-rattling beats that give her room to ruminate. And since a rising tide lifts all boats, she shares the mic with fellow Chicagoan upstarts: She featured Tink and Dreezy on her debut EP and opens for G Herbo on this tour. Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. $25.
Jacquees didn’t invent the remix, but like P. Diddy and Bad Boy before him, he certainly has taken the art form to a new level. The 24-year-old Decatur, Ga., native has made a name for himself by remaking rap and R&B hits du jour with his self-described “Quemixes,” riffing on songs by the likes of Drake and Ciara, or even putting his own spin on songs by fellow R&B loverboys Usher and Jeremih. That approach continues in his own music as he samples Ginuwine and Cameo classics or turns forgotten R&B faves into hits, as he did with his seductive single “B.E.D.” Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Echostage. $55-$65.
Taylor Swift made headlines last week when she unexpectedly revealed her political leanings, spurring thousands of voter registrations with a single Instagram post. But Swift is not the only Nashville star who cares about politics. Some have been outwardly woke for years, like the hall of famers who have come together on the Lantern Tour. On the tour’s stop at D.C.’s Warner Theatre, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Lila Downs, Steve Earle and others will strum and sing acoustic folk and country tunes for a cause: the Women’s Refugee Commission, which advocates for migrant and refugee families at the U.S. border. Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. Sold out.