Congo Sanchez at the Funk Parade

Congo Sanchez: “The group blends its members’ reggae, funk, hip-hop, and jazz influences, giving their music a global feel. This sound, coupled with their use of electronic rhythms from various genres, led them to choose their given name, says Congo.”–DCist

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Run River North at U Street Music Hall

Run River North: “Run River North, a six-piece indie band from the San Fernando Valley, continue their unlikely and unorthodox rise to the top of the indie heap. Their sophomore release, the lush and ambitious Drinking from a Salt Pond (Nettwerk Music Group), is a testament to their drive, growth, and commercial appeal.”–Playback:stl

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Arkells + Dreamers at Black Cat

Arkells + Dreamers: “In their short history, the Arkells have been one of Canada’s most popular and decorated bands, winning numerous Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). Translating that acclaim into success in the United States has been a slower path, but the quintet hopes to start making it happen with their current tour with Brooklyn pop trio Dreamers, which touches down at The Sinclair in Cambridge Monday night.”–The Patriot Ledger

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Finish Ticket at U Street Music Hall

Finish Ticket: “California’s Bay Area is home to some of the biggest names in music: Grateful Dead, Journey and Green Day, just to name a few. Finish Ticket, an indie rock band also native to the Bay Area, seemed to draw inspiration from their predecessors and subsequently have taken the music industry by storm.” –The Emory Wheel

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