2017
MANAS August Residency at The Mothlight!
MANAS August Residency w/ DUNUMS, Ancestral Duo
August
15
Tuesday
9pm - $5 Suggested
MANAS
MANAS is a duo comprised of guitarist Tashi Dorji and drummer Thom Nguyen based out of Asheville NC. MANAS explores lots of improvisational ground, ranging from extreme sideways expansions of sonics texture — with Tashi’s guitar moving decisively outward while Thom’s drums explode in a parallel plane — to repetative reflecto passages that curl up into a tight ball before achieving escape velocity

Their second LP on Feeding Tube Records is out September 8th.
DUNUMS
DUNUMS is our music, multi-media, and collaborative performance project led by Sijal Nasralla since 2009. In Arabic, "dunum" (dūnam) is an arbitrary unit of land measurement, approximately 1 Hectare, used differently to quantify space among villages throughout Palestine. A dunum can be the shrinking or exploding of space, a personal testament to the tremendous land loss and/or the emotional/material transformation brought by settler colonialism.

Based in NC, shifting players and contributors to us have recorded, performed, and created in direct response to events commonly known as "summer in Gaza" or "revolution in Syria." We envision our work and creativity as inextricable from our rooted histories in Palestine as well as our assimilations into the american south.
Ancestral Duo
Ancestral Duo is the collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro-acoustic meditations that aim to reach deep within one's soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future.
Jamal R. Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
His educational background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. in African American Improvisation, 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks, and historically acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High where he is an alum alongside Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis.
Jamal has worked with notable musicians such as Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist), Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Dr. Bill Cole, DJ Lou Gorbea, and the late George Duke and Sheila E.
He is a long-term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. He was also a member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra, founded by pianist Horace Tapscott, the Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell; and Joyful Noise Band under the direction of Luke Stewart. Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, lack lements Quartet, and Organix Trio.
“As musicians we are healers of humanity and have a responsibility to cleanse dis-ease through positive tones, frequencies and vibrations. Music is the nucleus and universal language of the oversoul, mind, body and spirit."
—Jamal R. Moore

Multi-Instrumentalist Luke Stewart is a seminal figure in DC’s music community and a key organizer of important musical presentations. His regular ensembles include Trio OOO with drummer Sam Lohman, and legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin. He is also a member of experimental electronic group MOM^2 (Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind), with whom he was invited to perform and lecture at the University of South Carolina, as well as being invited to perform at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music. He also is a solo performer, having presented original material and improvisations throughout the East Coast.
Luke is a founder of Union Arts DC, a collective space for artists in Washington, DC, and regularly presents challenging performances of Jazz and Avant Garde music through CapitalBop, an organization devoted to presenting and promoting jazz in DC, and his own “Creative Music in DC” series. He was called a “Jazz Revolutionary” when profiled in the “People Issue” of the Washington City Paper in 2014.
Luke has performed with the legendary saxophonists Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson, both seminal members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. He also performed with notable creative jazz musicians Ernest Dawkins, Lewis Barnes, Joseph Bowie, and Adam Rudolph. Other notable collaborations include performances and/or recordings with William Hooker, Khan Jamal, John Sinclair, Abiodun Oyewale of the Last Poets, Jean-Paul Bourellly, Guggenhiem Fellow Thomas Sayers Ellis, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Kao Hwang, Lafayette Gilchrist, Brian Settles, Kier Neuringer, James Brandon Lewis, Max Johnson, Anthony Pirog, Jon Irabagon, David Ornette Cherry, Ras Moshe, Tom Zlabinger, Ed Ricart, Elliott Levin, Susan Alcorn, Chuck Bettis, Janel Leppin, Federico Ughi, Bill Cole, and Moor Mother Goddess.
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Aunt Sis
Aug
18
Friday
Free Show!

Aunt Sis

w/ Wizardskin, Heatwarmer, Cyboman

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $Free

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Aug
19
Saturday

Lucy Dacus

w/ Molly Burch

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Aug
21
Monday
Free Monday!

Dina Maccabee

w/ Janel Leppin, Alec Sturgis

9pm - $Free

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Aug
22
Tuesday
MANAS August Residency at The Mothlight!

MANAS

w/ The Dead Tongues, Jeremy Joachim, Simple Machines (House & Land)

9pm - $5 Suggested

durand
Aug
23
Wednesday

Durand Jones & The Indications

w/ Sister Ivy

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
The deep end
Aug
24
Thursday

The Deep End Impov Comedy Presents: Tidal Eclipse 2017



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $7

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Aug
25
Friday

Plankeye Peggy

w/ Fable Cry

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

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Aug
26
Saturday

HEX III: A Benefit for Justice For All People (JFAP)



9:30pm - $Donations

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Aug
28
Monday
Free Monday!

The Spiral

w/ Social Circle, Armadilla

9pm - $Free

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Aug
29
Tuesday

Celia Verbeck

w/ The We4pon, Morel Atmosphere

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5 Suggested Donation

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Aug
30
Wednesday

Thee Sidewalk Surfers

w/ Shaken Nature, The Chickenhawks

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $5

smith-street
Aug
31
Thursday

The Smith Street Band

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

Tickets, please
the volt per octaves
Sep
01
Friday
"The Volt Per Octaves Farewell Show"

The Volt Per Octaves

w/ Luxury Club, Cyboman, Orgatroid

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $5

inter-arma
Sep
03
Sunday

Inter Arma

w/ Brain Tentacles, Uninhabitable

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Sep
05
Tuesday

Malevich

w/ Gnarlscar, Kno

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Sep
06
Wednesday

Beach Slang

w/ *repeat repeat

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
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Sep
07
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Schooled)



7pm - $10

Tickets, please
floating
Sep
08
Friday

Floating Action

w/ Spaceface

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Sep
09
Saturday

Protomartyr

w/ Melkbelly

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
kevinmorbypress
Sep
10
Sunday
The Mothlight & Minmax Present...

Kevin Morby

w/ Shannon Lay

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
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Sep
13
Wednesday

Power Trip

w/ Weak Wrists, Abjex

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
teton
Sep
14
Thursday

Teton

w/ Pampillonio & Parish

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Sep
15
Friday

Heartscape Landbreak

w/ Desperate Pilot, Superflaw

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

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Sep
16
Saturday

Todd Day Wait's Pigpen

w/ Wyatt Yurth & The Gold Standard

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $10

Tickets, please
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Sep
17
Sunday

Dust Moth

w/ Mustard Gas and Roses

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv/ $12

Tickets, please
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Sep
18
Monday
Free Monday!

Dan Blakeslee

w/ Andy Ferrell, Sister Mary

9pm - $Free

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Sep
20
Wednesday

Redleg Husky

w/ Alexa Rose

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $8

Tickets, please
jonathan-atkinson
Sep
22
Friday

Jonathan Atkinson (Record Release!)

w/ Hearts Gone South, Vaden "Papa Vay" Landers

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $7

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Sep
23
Saturday

Bob Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind" Played Live (20 Year Anniversary)



Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $Free

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Sep
25
Monday
Free Monday!

Kno

w/ Harsh Realm, TBA

9pm - $Free

messthetics
Sep
26
Tuesday

The Messthetics

w/ Tashi Dorji

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
Zola-Jesus-OKOVI-cover
Sep
29
Friday

Zola Jesus

w/ John Wiese

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15

Tickets, please
Russian-Circles
Sep
30
Saturday

Russian Circles

w/ Yautja

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15adv/ $18

Tickets, please
toybox
Oct
01
Sunday

Toybox Theatre

w/ Tinderbox Circus Sideshow

8pm - $15

Tickets, please
jerome fino_ALLIANCE
Oct
02
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger!)



9pm - $Free

Ballister-by-Geert-Vandepoele
Oct
03
Tuesday

Ballister (Rempis/Nilssen-Love/Lonberg-Holm)



Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10

Tickets, please
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Oct
04
Wednesday

David Liebe Hart (Adult Swim/Tim and Eric/Dr. Steve Brule)

w/ The Wham, Bam! Puppet Slam

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Oct
05
Thursday

The Dig

w/ KOLARS

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Oct
06
Friday

No BS! Brass Band



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Oct
07
Saturday

Moon Duo

w/ Birds of Avalon, Nest Egg

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
widowspeak
Oct
08
Sunday

Widowspeak

w/ Clearance

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
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Oct
10
Tuesday

Ahleuchatistas

w/ Bit Brigade

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
royal-thunder
Oct
12
Thursday

Royal Thunder

w/ Brother Hawk, The Franks

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
billcallahanpress
Oct
13
Friday
The Mothlight & Worthwhile Sounds Present...

Bill Callahan **At The Masonic Temple**

w/ Nathan Bowles

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $20adv / $25

SOLD OUT
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Oct
13
Friday

Charlie Parr



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Oct
14
Saturday

Moses Sumney

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv/ $18

Tickets, please
sheer-mag
Oct
18
Wednesday

Sheer Mag

w/ TBA, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Oct
19
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Creepy)



7pm - $10

Tickets, please
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Oct
20
Friday

San Fermin

w/ Gracie and Rachel

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
MILD HIGH CLUB LANDSCAPE BY TAYLOR BOYLSTON
Oct
21
Saturday

Mild High Club

w/ Anemone, Andy Loeb's Space Heater

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
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Oct
22
Sunday

An Evening with Deloused: The Music of the Mars Volta



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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Oct
23
Monday
Free Monday!

Daydream Creatures

w/ The Hot Knives

9pm - $Free

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Oct
26
Thursday

Son Little

w/ ALA.NI

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Oct
27
Friday

Avey Tare **At The Masonic Temple**



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $18adv / $20

Tickets, please
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Oct
28
Saturday

Hailu Mergia (Ethiopian R&B/Jazz/Soul)



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
LA-Witch
Oct
29
Sunday

L.A. Witch

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10

Tickets, please
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Nov
07
Tuesday

The Rural Alberta Advantage

w/ Yukon Blonde

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
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Nov
08
Wednesday

Girlpool

w/ Palm, Lala Lala

Doors 8:30 Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
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Nov
15
Wednesday

Caleb Klauder Country Band



Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
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Nov
16
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live. (Theme: Control)



7pm - $10

Tickets, please
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Nov
18
Saturday

Chris Rodriguez & Abby The Spoon Lady

w/ The Paper Crowns

Doors 8:00 Show 9:00 - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
BULLY
Nov
19
Sunday

Bully

w/ Aye Nako

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $15

Tickets, please
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Dec
21
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live. (Theme: Dirt)



7pm - $10

Tickets, please