Friday, June 27, 2014

This week's hot concerts

David & Valerie Mayfield
Friday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $5,  
Before Jessica Lea and David Mayfield were stunning roots and indie audiences the siblings cut their musical teeth touring festivals with their parents’ bluegrass band. Their dad David, Sr. lost his job in November and, encouraged by fans and their kids, he and his wife decided to hit the road harmonizing as a duet as they first did years ago.

Hip Abduction
Friday  10 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $6-$8,
The St. Petersburg, Florida sextet grew out of a trio of surfers jamming on African instruments. Today the full group mines traditional reggae, laid back dub, and Afro-beat with an arsenal of horns and synthesizers which has helped its self-titled debut peaked on Billboard’s reggae charts at No. 5.

Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10, 
Snug Harbor’s Knocturnal hip-hop series is on a role with D.C. renaissance rapper, Oddisee. His credits list work with the Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, and Little Brother. He released his own debut of poetic rhymes over subdued, jazz-flecked tracks in 2012 followed by an equally spatial instrumental album in 2013 (from which the above track comes).

Average White Band
Sunday  7 p.m., Knight Theater, 420 S. Tryon St., $34.50-$64.50,  
The frequently sampled Scottish funk powerhouse responsible for `70s disco crossovers like “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Soul Searching” and “Work to Do” as well as a slew of `80s R&B and dance singles remains anchored by original members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre 42 years into its career.

Jefferson Starship
Sunday  7 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $23-$28,  
The classic rock band’s nomenclature can lead to confusion, but this second incarnation was responsible for high-on-harmonies `70s hits like “Miracles” and “Jane.” Founder Paul Kantner still heads it up with Cathy Richardson - who has played Janis Joplin Off Broadway and sings with Big Brother & the Holding Co. - assuming Grace Slick’s role.

Swans/Xiu Xiu
Tuesday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $25-$30,
After reactivating the beloved, yet challenging, no wave band four years ago after a 13 year hiatus, Michael Gira (now 60) is making some of the most provocative, critically acclaimed and commercially successful music of his career - most recently with the 2-hour double album “To Be Kind.”

Wednesday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $7,  
This transcontinental trio of guitarist Theophilus Akai (originally from Ghana), vocalist Cynthia Murray, and percussionist Dene Stephens beautifully blend soul, acoustic rock, pop, and roots music. The results can veer from Duhks-like country soul to what it might sound like if Katy Perry and Dave Matthews collaborated.