While it’s difficult to believe, not everyone is 21+. The not yet a girl/boy, not yet a woman/man people deserve to have fun. Here’s a useful guide to the weekend fun for all the 18-20 year-old people. Fun fact: you don’t have to be 18-20 to enjoy these things! Also, check out our agenda for LOTS OF OTHER THINGS TO DO!
Blackbird Blackbird @ Rock & Roll Hotel – ($12, 7:00 pm, all ages) “Folktronica” artist Mikey Maramag, aka Blackbird Blackbird, lands in DC after a tour in Europe. Sounds like a chill time.
Naughty Professor @ The Kennedy Center – (free, 6:00 pm, all ages) Their name might be a bit suggestive, but kids of all ages can see this jazzy New Orelans export perform at the Kennedy Center.
Daryl Cline Jr. with Julia Nixon & The Recliners @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club – ($25, 6:00 pm, all ages) R&B artist Daryl Cline Jr. and his brass backup, The Recliners, are in town and ready to play. Feast on supper club snacks and jam to some rhythm and blues.
Sage Francis @ U Street Music Hall – ($15, 7:00 pm, 18+) Hip hop rapper Sage Francis has been around the block — he was born in Miami, grew up in Providence, and now is heading to D.C. to play U Street Music Hall. Get excited.
Shai Littlejohn @ Hill Country Live – (free, 8:30 pm, all ages) Take pop rock, country, folk, R&B and blues and throw them in a blender, and Shai Littlejohn comes out. See this lawyer-turned-soul singer at Hill Country, gratis.
Au Revoir Simone @ Rock & Roll Hotel – ($14, 7:00 pm, all ages) Three chicks from Brooklyn got together in 2003 and Au Revoir Simone was born. Heavy on the synth, their music is poppy, dreamy, and cool. See them at Rock & Roll Hotel.
Being There by Gina Matchitt – (free, 5:30 pm, all ages) Go get cultured! Art studio and gallery Artipshere is hosting an exhibit by New Zealand artist Gina Matchitt. She takes pictures of tourists and then weaves the photographs into new images. Sounds pretty neat.
Henry IV Part 2 @ Folger Theatre – ($20, 6:00 pm, all ages) Did you miss Henry IV Part 1? That’s okay, you’ll pick up the plot quickly. Folger Theatre is hosting an exclusive preview screening of a live broadcast production of Henry IV Part 2, filmed in Shakespeare’s hometown and directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Dubfire @ U Street Music Hall – ($12, 10:00 pm, 18+) Ali Shirazinia, aka Dubfire, is best known as half of the Grammy-winning group Deep Dish. Now he’s switched up his game — a techno producer, he’s bringing his game to U Street Music Hall.
Happy Birthday, America! @ The Phillips Collection – ($12, 5 pm, all ages) Start celebrating Independence Day a day early at The Phillips Collection’s Made in the U.S.A. gallery. There will be talks from artists, live musicians, and even a stand where you can make and mail your very own postcards.
The Karate Kid @ Market Common’s The Loop – (free, 7:30 pm, all ages) Clarendon’s “Now Playing on the Loop” movie nights kick off with a screening of The Karate Kid. Bring chairs, blankets, food, and anything else you’ll need to enjoy a movie under the stars.
Enter The Haggis @ Jammin’ Java – ($20, 8:00 pm, all ages) Toronto’s Enter The Haggis, a roots rock band, have been around for over a decade and are still going strong. The group is famous for being on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, Live with Regis and Kelly, and starring in their own PBS special.
The Rookie @ Mosaic’s Films in the Park (free, 7:00 pm, all ages) – What better way to spend July 4th than watching an all-American movie and eating an all-American picnic? Pack some good old USA foods (burgers? hot dogs? pie?) and watch a movie about our nation’s favorite pastime. You can’t get much more patriotic than this.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival (free, 11:o0 am, all ages) – On the flip side, if you’re interested in doing something that isn’t 100% American on the 4th, head to Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival and get educated on some other countries’ cultures. This year’s event features exhibits on China and Kenya. See performances, hear talks, listen to music and eat food.
Fourth of July Fireworks (free, 9:10 pm, all ages) – If you’re in D.C. on the Fourth of July, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t watch the fireworks. Visible from many places in the city, they’re launched from the Reflecting Pool at exactly 9:10 pm. Get to a good viewing location early — space is at a premium when tourists flock in.
Jam Band Fan Night @ The State Theatre ($13, 7:00 pm, 18+) – Jam out to the DMV’s best sampling of jam bands, featuring the sounds of Blueheart Revival, Stomp Status, Sol Roots Trio and Covered with Jam.
Dan St. Germain @ Black Cat ($10, 9pm, all ages) – The very funny Dan St. Germain comes down from NYC for a special one-night-only benefit for We Are Family. Laugh to feel good and feel good about where the money goes.
David & Goliath Poetry Slam – ($20, 5:00 pm, all ages) It’s kids versus adults at Penn Social’s poetry slam — DC Youth Slam Team takes on the grown-ups of Beltway Poetry Slam in a fundraising competition. Go and support the arts.
Summer Teen Takeover Series @ Comet Ping Pong ($5, 1pm, all ages) Go see some actual kids play some songs usually performed by much older people. Live out your School of Rock fantasy!