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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Sep
20
Wednesday

Redleg Husky

w/ Alexa Rose

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

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Sep
21
Thursday

The Long Distance Relationship

w/ Carpal Tullar

Doors 7:30, Show 8:30 - $5

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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
24
Sunday

Jenny Besetzt

w/ Wyla, Smelt Roe

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

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Sep
25
Monday
Free Monday!

Kno

w/ Harsh Realm, Railtracer

9pm - $Free

messthetics
Sep
26
Tuesday

The Messthetics

w/ Tashi Dorji

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

Tickets, please
obsessed
Sep
27
Wednesday
Stella Blue Presents...

The Obsessed

w/ Uktena

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

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Sep
29
Friday

Zola Jesus

w/ John Wiese

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

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Russian-Circles
Sep
30
Saturday

Russian Circles

w/ Yautja

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

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toybox
Oct
01
Sunday

Toybox Theatre

w/ Tinderbox Circus Sideshow

8pm - $15

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Oct
02
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger!)

w/ Barakissa Coulibaly's West African Drum & Dance

9pm - $Free

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Oct
03
Tuesday

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



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

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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

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Oct
06
Friday

No BS! Brass Band

w/ Los Bad Hombres

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

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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

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Oct
11
Wednesday

Calvin Johnson's Selector Dub Narcotic

w/ Black Box Theory

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

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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

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Oct
14
Saturday

Moses Sumney

w/ Sam Gendel

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

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Oct
17
Tuesday

Morgan Geer (Drunken Prayer)

w/ Greg Cartwright

Doors 8:00 Show 9:00 - $5

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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

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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

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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
24
Tuesday

Nathanael Roney presents "Dear Mother"



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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Oct
25
Wednesday

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker

w/ Wes Tirey

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

Tickets, please
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Oct
26
Thursday

Son Little

w/ ALA.NI

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

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Oct
27
Friday

Avey Tare **At The Masonic Temple**



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

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Oct
28
Saturday

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

w/ Lord King

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
LA-Witch
Oct
29
Sunday

L.A. Witch

w/ TBA

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

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Nov
02
Thursday

Carly Taich (Album Release Show!)

w/ Clint Roberts

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

Tickets, please
tinapony
Nov
03
Friday

Tina & Her Pony (Album Release Show!)



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

Tickets, please
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Nov
05
Sunday
Stella Blue Presents...

Buzzov*en

w/ Earthride, Delicious, All Hell

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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

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Nov
09
Thursday

Jeff Santiago & Los Gatos

w/ Modern Strangers

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

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Nov
10
Friday

Captured! By Robots



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

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Nov
14
Tuesday

Colleen



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

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Nov
15
Wednesday

Caleb Klauder Country Band



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

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Nov
16
Thursday

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



7pm - $10

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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

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BULLY
Nov
19
Sunday

Bully

w/ Aye Nako

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

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Dec
21
Thursday

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



7pm - $10

Tickets, please