November has concerts aplenty

Here’s to November, a month filled with funk, jams, punk-rock, Thanksgiving turkey and Bob Saget. What combination could possibly be better?

As always, the 9:30 Club will host a wide range of live performances, and this month the shows will go beyond the basic rock and hip-hop genres that usually grace its stage. On Nov. 4, Keller Williams will bring his guitar-based folk-funk to 9:30 (see KELLER, p. 9). On Nov. 5, hear live jazz, soul, hip-hop and funk all rolled into one with Soulive. With driving funk drum beats, deep, heavy bass and roaring organ and guitars, Soulive vows to bring the crowd to a new musical plateau of booty-shakin’ dance.

On Nov. 9, Mr. Tom Jones, good friend to Mr. Ron Burgundy of Anchorman, will return to the live stage for a legendary ’70s lounge singing experience. On Nov. 11, the experimental jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood will play old classics as well as tracks from their new CD, End of the World Party (Just in Case), which was produced by the Dust Brothers.

The following night, rock duo The Black Keys will play, and on Nov. 13 Boston-based Irish punk-rockers Dropkick Murphy’s will perform. Also, Pennywise will bring their Southern California punk and hardcore sound to the 9:30 stage on Nov. 15 in support of their new album, The Fuse.

The following weekend will bring a steady flow of funk jams to 9:30’s stage, starting with the improvisational rock-funk-jazz-jam band Umphrey’s McGee on thirsty Thursday, Nov. 17. The following Friday and Saturday, New Orleans-based funk kings Galactic will play a double show, featuring Ivan Neville on vocals and the Stooges Brass Band as an opening act. But oh, no – the funk doesn’t stop there! G. Love & Special Sauce will play at 9:30 on Sunday, Nov. 20 with hip-hop act Blackalicious as an opener. Also coming to 9:30 Club in November is MTV star Bam Margera with the band H.I.M. on Nov. 22, and modern swing music extraordinaire Brian Setzer Orchestra on Nov. 23. Finally, the chilled-out vocals and instrumentals of trip-hop artists Morcheeba will grace listeners for 9:30’s last show of the month on Nov. 30.

As the 9:30 Club continues to be the leader in the D.C. music scene for student-friendly ticket prices, other shows coming to the District this month may require that you reach a little bit deeper into your wallet. Although more expensive, these larger shows will draw much bigger crowds. Aerosmith will play with Lenny Kravitz Nov. 3 at the MCI Center, and Gwen Stafani will “holla back” at the Patriot Center on Saturday, Nov. 5. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the legendary Willie Nelson will play at the Patriot Center. On Nov. 23, Gov’t Mule will play tracks from the new studio album D?j? VOODOO at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. On Nov. 17 through Nov. 20, jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson will be playing at Blues Alley in Georgetown. Also, while not technically a concert, “Full House’s” own Bob Saget, star of the hit comedy “The Aristocrats,” will be performing on campus at Lisner auditorium Nov. 15.

Other, less expensive shows coming to the D.C. area this month include pop-punk rockers Yellowcard on Nov. 6, ’90s ska rockers Reel Big Fish on Nov. 14 and the Kottonmouth Kings on Nov. 19 – all playing at the Recher Theatre in Maryland.

Concert Calendar

11/3 – Aerosmith w/ Lenny Kravitz – MCI Center – $62.50-$128
11/4 – Keller Williams – 9:30 Club- $15
11/5 – Gwen Stafani – Patriot Center- $55-$75
Soulive – 9:30 Club- $15
11/6 – Yellowcard – Recher Theatre- $20
11/9 – Willie Nelson – Patriot Center- $41-$47
Tom Jones – 9:30 Club- $75
11/10 – Medeski, Martin & Wood – Recher Theatre – $25
11/11 – Medeski, Martin & Wood – 9:30 Club- $25
11/12 – The Black Keys – 9:30 Club- $15
11/13 – Dropkick Murphys – 9:30 Club- $18
Pat Green – 9:30 Club- $25
11/14 – Reel Big Fish – Recher Theatre-$17.50
11/15 – Pennywise – 9:30 Club- $15
Bob Saget – Lisner Auditorium – $30
11/17 – Umphrey’s McGee – 9:30 Club- $17
11/18 – Galactic w/ Ivan Neville and the Stooges Brass Band – 9:30 Club-$25
Bright Eyes – D.A.R. Constitution Hall – $25
11/19 – Galactic w/ Ivan Neville and the Stooges Brass Band, plus Robert Walters trio featuring Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio – 9:30 Club-$25
Kottonmouth Kings – Recher Theatre – $20
11/20 – G. Love & Special Sauce w/ Blackalicious – 9:30 Club- $27.50
11/22 – Bam Margera’s Viva La Bam featuring HIM – 9:30 Club- $25
11/23 – Gov’t Mule – D.A.R. Constitution Hall – $29
11/25 – OAR – Patriot Center- $32
311 – Towson Center Arena- $35
11/29 – Dark Star Orchestra – Recher Theatre- $20
11/30 – Morcheeba – 9:30 Club- $25

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