Monday, Sept. 11
Editors' note: The Fillmore has announced that Monday's Big Boi concert has been canceled.
Big Boi at the Fillmore: “They wanna know what's going on in the South,” declaims Big Boi on his new album, “Boomiverse.” Whoever they are, they've come to the right place, since the Atlanta rapper has been reporting on just that for 25 years, first with OutKast and, since 2010, as a solo artist. His post-OutKast output continues his trademark quick-talking, fast-joking style. If André 3000 is MIA, his legacy is always present in Big Boi’s live sets, which routinely include such OutKast classics as “Rosa Parks” and “Bombs Over Baghdad.” Mixed with such instant-party “Boomiverse” tracks as “Chocolate” and “In the South,” they'll prime the show to boom. 8 p.m. $29.50.
Black Cat 24th Anniversary Party: Most clubs bring in big out-of-town headliners for their birthday parties. Not the Black Cat, where anniversaries always feature members of the staff playing with their bands. Fuzzqueen, Foster Carrots and Bust Down perform at this year's celebration, which also includes comedy from Noel Manzullo and records spun by club owner Dante Ferrando. 7:30 p.m. $10.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Texas Flood Benefit Concert at Capitol Hill American Legion: Local country singer Wil Gravatt headlines a fundraiser for Texas's Food Bank of the Golden Crescent. Chris Rentch and One Hot Mess open for Gravatt's honky-tonk band, and the American Legion's regular karaoke night follows the show. 6 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
National Bourbon Heritage Month celebrations at Jack Rose: In September 2007, the U.S. Senate unanimously declared that month to be National Bourbon Heritage Month. The celebrations have continued every September since. Jack Rose, which boasts the largest collection of bourbon in the Western Hemisphere, takes the “holiday” seriously, with six nights of events, ranging from $10 bourbon cocktails (Thursday) to a tasting of pricey, sought-after Pappy Van Winkle whiskeys (Friday). It all kicks off Wednesday with a “Twin Peaks"-themed party co-sponsored by Firestone Walker. Rare and barrel-aged beers will be paired with different bourbons, and anyone wearing a “Twin Peaks” costume is eligible to win prizes. 5 to 10 p.m. Free admission; drinks priced individually.
'5777: A Year in Review' at the Edlavitch DCJCC: The Washington Jewish Film Festival begins its fall season with a series dedicated to the cinematic contributions of major Jewish artists who passed away in 5777 (the Hebrew calendar year), including Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and Gene Wilder. The series begins with “1945” at 6:30 p.m. and “Zuzana: Music Is Life” at 8:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with directors Peter and Harriet Gordon Getzels and producers Frank and Emily Vogl. First screening Wednesday 6:30 p.m. $13.50.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Whiskers and Whiskey at One Eight Distilling: You wouldn’t usually bring your dog to a cocktail party, but Whiskers and Whiskey isn’t your normal cocktail affair: Pooches are welcome at One Eight’s annual fundraiser for the Humane Rescue Alliance. Humans can sample drinks made with One Eight’s bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka, or purchase snacks from the Swizzler and Pepe food trucks. Pet photos will be available, and the party’s open to those without a dog. Adoptable puppies will be on hand, just in case. 7 to 10 p.m. $15, includes one cocktail.
Steve Martin and Martin Short at Wolf Trap: The legendary comedians, known for their prolific film work (including 1986’s “¡Three Amigos!”), comedy writing and TV appearances, team up for “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives,” recalling their illustrious careers. Expect comedic banter, songs and banjo playing. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. $45-$125.
'Live at the Safari Club' at Watha T. Daniel Library: The story of the District's original punks — Minor Threat, Bad Brains, S.O.A. and the Dischord Records posse — is well-documented in books and on film. But there hasn't been as much focus on the next generation of hardcore, which centered around a Eritrean restaurant called the Safari Club. Locals Battery and Ignition played there, along with visiting hardcore bands like Sick of It All, Gorilla Biscuits and Earth Crisis. Authors Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger tell the story of the venue in their new book, Live at the Safari Club, and they'll show rare photos and fliers during a book signing at the Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw. 7 p.m. Free.
Friday, Sept. 15
Go West Beer Fest at Eastern Market: One of the city's best small beer festivals is a joint effort among the state societies of Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The draw is a taste of home: These host states' beers — think Alaskan Brewing or Big Sky Brewing of Missoula, Mont. — aren't often sold in the District. Thankfully, you can be from anywhere to attend. Tickets include unlimited drinks, and $5 from the price of admission is donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which helps injured firefighters and the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. (Pro tip: Each of the state societies sells its own tickets. If one is sold out, another society may have some left.) 6 to 10 p.m. $35.
Sturgill Simpson at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson’s music is a mix of country, folk, bluegrass and soul. The Jackson, Ky., native’s last album, 2016’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. The release earned him a Grammy for best country album and was nominated for album of the year. He will be joined by singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito for this concert. 8 p.m. $40-$59.50.
— Fritz Hahn, Carrie Donovan, Macy Freeman, Mark Jenkins and Winyan Soo Hoo.