Sunday: Iceland Airwaves showcase at the Kennedy Center
The Icelandic music scene is more than just the atmospheric complexities of Sigur Ros and pop quirkiness of Bjork.
Need proof? Check out the Iceland Airwaves showcase at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. The free event is part of the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool 2013 programming.
Iceland Airwaves is Reykjavik's annual fall music festival. A few thousand locals and visitors attend the five-day festival each year, making it a smaller, colder version of Coachella or Bonnaroo.
Take 5 for Feb. 22: Iceland Airwaves showcase, rapper Raekwon, 'Our Town' and more
"We don't want to grow," said Grimur Atlason, one of the event organizers, speaking by phone from Reykjavik. "We want to stay special."
Atlason said the festival welcomes about 220 acts each year, more than two-thirds of them from Iceland.
Atlason added that the point of Iceland Airwaves is threefold: Throw an internationally recognized festival, promote off-season tourism, and export the nation's wide variety of music.
Sunday's showcase helps to promote the festival and its mission. "That's why we're coming to D.C.," Atlason said, adding that the showcase will also make an appearance next month at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. "We can fulfill all of our goals."
Performing Sunday on Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage are Afropop group Retro Stefson, electronic singer soley and electropop band FM Belfast.
Info: Free, kennedy-center.org
When: 6 p.m.
Friday: Raekwon at Howard Theatre
Wu-Tang Clan's own Raekwon performs solo at the Howard Theatre.
Info: $23 in advance, $27 day of show; thehowardtheatre.com
When: Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Friday: Chicago City Limits at Wolf Trap
Popular comedy troupe makes a return visit to the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Info: $24; wolftrap.org
When: 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Barleywine Festival at Madfox Brewing Company
This is the third annual Barleywine Festival at Madfox Brewing Company in Falls Church. Enjoy barleywines created in house as well as some favorites brought in from other producers. Four-ounce pours.
Info: No cost for admission, price per serving varies; madfoxbrewing.com
When: 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
Through Sunday: 'Our Town' at Ford's Theatre
Don't miss the final weekend of this 75th anniversary production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Our Town" at Ford's Theatre.
Info: $25 to $62; fords.org
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday