Monday, June 4
Naia Izumi at Union Stage: It’s fair to say that few people had heard of Naia Izumi before the Los Angeles busker beat more than 5,000 other musicians in NPR’s annual Tiny Desk Contest. But the singer’s soaring, soulful vocals and virtuoso guitar technique, which veers from finger-tapping to searing bluesy vibrato, wowed Bob Boilen and a panel of judges. Hear him for yourself free at the Wharf. 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP required.
Tuesday, June 5
'Can I Kick It?' at Freedom Plaza: Kung fu meets hip-hop at the four-year-old Can I Kick It? film series, in which DJ 2-Tone Jones blends funk and hip-hop tunes to accompany vintage Kung-Fu movies. In colder weather, screenings are held at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan, but the arrival of summer means they’re moving to Freedom Plaza on Tuesday nights. Expect a festival atmosphere with martial-arts demonstrations, DJs and lawn games, plus free Pret a Manger popcorn. The series kicks off (literally) with “The Karate Kid.” Feel free to bring a picnic and seating. Tuesdays through July 10. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:30. Free.
Nipsey Hussle at the Fillmore: Nipsey Hussle lives up to his moniker: The L.A. rapper once sold 1,000 copies of a mix tape — which are usually free to download — for $100 each, proving that dedicated fans will support the artists they love. The 32-year-old has certainly given fans of modern-day gangsta rap plenty to love, releasing mix tapes for 13 years before finally releasing his official debut album in February. On the appropriately titled “Victory Lap,” Hussle celebrates his successes, which include coming together with YG for “FDT,” an explicit rebuke of then-candidate Donald Trump and the rap anthem of our age. 8:30 p.m. $29.50.
Wednesday, June 6
Mala at U Street Music Hall: Before dubstep became a dirty word in the EDM world, there was Mala. The London talent (nee Mark Lawrence) was a seminal figure on the U.K. scene as half of production duo Digital Mystikz and host of label/club night DMZ. For Mala, dubstep meant pulsing sub-bass, dub reggae rhythms and trip-hop ambiance — not the wobbly chain-saw battles that Skrillex and company turned into a global, festival-headlining phenomenon. Since then, Mala has traveled to Cuba and Peru, combining his chilled-out dubstep with local sounds, proving that tangible bass frequencies are powerful, no matter the language. 9 p.m. $25-$30.
André Aciman at the Library of Congress: The Egyptian-born author of “Call Me By Your Name” discusses his award-winning novel and the success of the Oscar-nominated film that was adapted from it at this Capital Pride event. A book signing follows. 7 p.m. Free; registration required.
Francis and the Lights at the 9:30 Club: Francis and the Lights is the solo project of an Oakland-born, Berkley-raised musician who legally changed his name to the fanciful Francis Farewell Starlite. That commitment to craft is evident in his music, which he has been releasing for a decade, making many famous friends along the way. His romantic approach to synth pop shows in the heart-swelling “Friends,” which also is the perfect entry to Francis’s social network: Kanye and Bon Iver appear in the video — the latter joining Francis in some dance-like-no-one’s-watching choreography — and the song was sampled by Chance the Rapper on his best-of-2016 mix tape “Coloring Book.” 7 p.m. $25.
Pride Pils Release Party and Yappy Hour at Town: For the second year in a row, DC Brau is releasing a special version of its flagship pilsner to mark the beginning of Capital Pride. Check out the new cans, designed by local artist Alden Leonard, and have a beer to support SMYAL, an organization helping LGBTQ youth, and the Washington Blade Foundation. Dogs are welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. Free.
Thursday, June 7
Capital Pride: Capital Pride, the celebration of the area’s LGBTQ community, is bigger than ever. The main events continue to be the parade (June 9), with more than 200 floats and groups marching from 22nd and P streets NW to 14th and R streets NW, and the festival (June 10), which shuts down Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets with exhibitors, vendors, food, beer gardens and DJs, and a concert headlined by Alessia Cara and Troye Sivan. But the pride of Pride is the diversity of events surrounding it: brunches, dance parties, pool parties, the Pride Run 5K and a discussion with “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” author Becky Albertalli are among the highlights. A bittersweet note: This is the final Pride for Town Danceboutique, which closes on July 1, and will host multiple events, including Latinx Pride (Thursday) and appearances by “RuPaul's Drag Race” star BenDeLaCreme and DJs Ed Bailey and Drew G (Saturday). Through June 10. Event locations and times vary.
Friday, June 8
DC Jazz Festival: The annual DC JazzFest is taking over the District for 10 days of jazz programming featuring more than 300 musicians at more than 40 venues. Many of the 125 or so performances are free and are held throughout the city. Performers span the globe, though many artists are based here, including singer Lena Seikaly and the DuPont Brass ensemble. New this year are multiple stages of free music at the Wharf during the festival’s final two nights. Experimental trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, pianist Mark G. Meadows, Italy’s Fabrizio Bosso, France’s Ancestral Memories and more will perform free sets overlooking the Southwest Waterfront. The festival’s marquee event on Saturday is also at the Wharf: Prince collaborator Maceo Parker, Robert Glasper’s new group R+R=NOW and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. team up for a triple-bill at the Anthem. Through June 17. Times, prices and locations vary.
Earth, Wind, Glitter and Fire at Echostage: The big Brightest Young Things kickoff party for Pride Weekend has everything: Dancing to DJs Alex Lo and Kitty Glitter, performances by pop singer Allie X and “RuPaul's Drag Race” contestant Naomi Smalls, photo booths, aerialists, local stars Donna Slash and JaxKnife Complex, and plenty of bars. All proceeds benefit Capital Pride. 9 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. $30.
Dancing Under the Stars Rooftop Party at the Liaison Hotel: Organizers of the Bachata Brunch and the D.C. Zouk Festival are teaming up for an evening pool party on the rooftop of the Liaison Hotel. DJs spin zouk, salsa, bachata and kizomba while Art and Soul chef Douglas Alexander grills and bartenders mix frozen mimosas and other tropical cocktails. 5 to 11 p.m. $15-$20.
— Fritz Hahn, Rudi Greenberg and Chris Kelly