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Best Of 2017: Mauricio's List

Best Of 2017: Mauricio's List

In the world of DC live music, there was a lot to write about in 2017. I.M.P. made its broad presence even broader with the 6,000-capacity Anthem. Songbyrd solidified its niche in the up-and-coming R&B/hip-hop scene with clutch bookings like Xavier Omar, Jamila Woods, and Noname (and booked its first show at The Fillmore, with more co-bookings to come). Competition in the 200-500-capacity space increased with new venues like Union Stage, Pearl Street Warehouse, and The Miracle Theatre. Mount Pleasant DIY venue OTHERFEELS hosted its first DMV music showcase at 9:30 Club, with a second coming in late December. There really is no shortage of opportunities to catch live music in our nation's capital.

I covered 47 shows and one three-day festival for ChunkyGlasses this year, and it’s been a wild ride covering shows in venues big (Capital One Arena) and small (Dew Drop Inn). While most of there were a lot of great shows, the following ten best showcase why the live music experience is so essential. These artists convey emotion and energy in a way that can’t be contained within the confines of an album. With these shows, it was hard to walk away without the lingering feeling of ‘holy shit, they REALLY put their heart and soul into it tonight.’

So with that, here are my ten favorite shows of 2017. Click the headers to see more pics and a full recap of that show.

PS - And if you're still interested in knowing what my favorite songs from this year were, here's my Spotify playlist - Mauricio's Favorite Fifty of 'Seventeen!  

Balkan Beat Box @ 9:30 Club - 4/27/2017

Balkan Beat Box @ 9:30 Club - 4/27/2017

What happens when you merge the diverse sounds of New York, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean? Chances are you might get a band like Balkan Beat Box. By now, fans of the New York-based trio have come to expect one thing: a musical excursion through sounds both old and new, familiar and foreign, with a crowd as diverse as their sound. With a full backing band, the trio of singer Tamir Muskat, drummer Tomer Yosef, and saxophonist Ori Kaplan came to 9:30 Club in support of their latest album Shout It Out to once again bend genres to their will in the name of having a great time with friends and strangers.

WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Balkan Beat Box BEFORE THEY GO ON SALE


Already know you’ll need a pick-me-up from next year’s post-St. Paddy’s Day blues? Here’s a solution – see Balkan Beat Box at 9:30 Club on March 19, 2013, two days after the schwasty holiday! (If you’re not too hungover, that is.) The Israeli-American, gypsy punk group is sure to make you dance those blues (or that hangover!) away. Curious to know what the band’s Mediterranean and Balkan influenced music sounds like? Check it out:

Guess what? We have a pair of tickets to the show to give away before they go on sale! That’s right. You and a lucky +1 could be ahead of the ticket-buying curve! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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We’ll pick a lucky winner at random THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, so make with the entering! GOOD LUCK!