Friday: Tom McBride album release show at the Black Cat
On Friday, former D.C. resident Tom McBride celebrates the release of his new album, "Morning in Glen Burnie," with a special show at the Black Cat.
McBride was able to record "Morning in Glen Burnie" with the help of pledgemusic.com, a Kickstarter-type site where fans can pledge money to help get a musician's project off the ground and out the door.
"I was blown away by the support I got through that," said McBride. "It was an inspiring process."
While recording his previous effort, "A Brief Head Spin," in New York, McBride drove back and forth from the District to the Big Apple, speeding by signs for Glen Burnie on each pass. Glen Burnie happens to be his father's hometown. Driving by the road signs got McBride to thinking about his relationship with his father, who passed away six years ago, as well as his relationship with his own son. Hence the title of his new album, and the song by the same name.
"Morning in Glen Burnie" has a neo-soul, Americana folk sound to it. McBride said that in recording the album he was listening to a lot of Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis. The resulting album is a rich, moving, poetic effort.
McBride moved to Nashville back in January to further pursue his music career.
"D.C. has been great to me," said McBride. "I love the city and I have a lot of great friends. But in terms of just finding people that do it for a living and live and breathe it and love it as much as I do, Nashville is certainly a good place to be inspired by that, as well."
McBride works as a full-time musician. He said it's a struggle, but there are some positives. "We get to do what we love. That's the silver lining."
McBride will perform with a full band on Friday.
Info: $15, main stage; blackcatdc.com
When: 9 p.m. doors
Opening Friday: 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks' at AFI
This documentary by Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") takes a look at Julian Assange's controversial Wikileaks website.
Info: $11.50 general admission, afi.com
When: Check website for details
Friday: Open House at Mad Fox Brewing Company
Each Saturday, Mad Fox gives brewery tours and features a special tapping. Tours last an hour and are limited to 14 guests on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Info: Free, madfoxbrewing.com
When: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
Saturday: Moombahton Massive Day at 9:30 Club
This Moombahton, which originated in D.C., dance party features more DJs than you can shake a turntable at, including Gent & Jawns (pictured).
Info: $20, 930.com.
When: 8 p.m.
Saturday: Tim McGraw at Jiffy Lube Live
Country superstar Tim McGraw is touring in support of his most recent album "Two Lanes of Freedom," which came out in February.
Info: $40 to $85, livenation.com
When: 7 p.m.