Concert Calendar: B-52s, Patti Labelle, Afrika Bambaatta

The B-52s
Wednesday, January 19, 9:30 Club ($45), doors at 7 p.m.

The B-52s have been legendary for their campy antics since their inception in 1976. “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” rank 243rd and 146th respectively on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Besides, how many more opportunities will you have to hear them live?

Socket Records Showcase, featuring HUME, Skeletons, Buildings, and Laughing Man
Saturday, January 15, Black Cat ($12), doors at 9 p.m.

Socket Records is an independent record label based in Washington, D.C. founded in 2004 that specializes in experimental pop. In recent Headliner HUME’s Penumbra was called the single best indie-rock release from DC in 2010 by Washington City Paper. No, not eighteenth century Scottish Philosopher David Hume. Four bands is a steal for twelve bucks.

Let Freedom Ring, featuring Patti Labelle
Sunday, January 16, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (Free), 4 p.m. doors

Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center’s yearly celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling vocalist Patti LaBelle also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will award the ninth annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery—a leader in the American Civil Rights movement.

Funk 4 the Dream: Afrika Bambaatta
Sunday, January 16, U Street Music Hall ($10), 9 p.m. show

Afrika Bambaattaa got his start in the late 1970s as one of the most influential DJs in early hip-hop, and also to form the sound of electro-funk. Sunday’s performance will be a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Hip-hop heads will not want to miss this event. Fort Knox Five, Jahsonic, Mustafa Akbar, and Rex Riddem will also perform.

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