Gigs to Catch in the DC Area April 8-14

If you couldn’t make it to South by Southwest this year, Made Conference is a local alternative that brings together some of DC’s brightest musicians, entrepreneurs and other creatives at the DC Dream Center in Southeast. The one-day conference, hosted by creative agency MadeInTheDMV, features panels, art exhibits, workshops, and the chance to rub shoulders with industry folks like keynote speaker Tuma Basa, Music Director and black culture of YouTube. One of the highlights is “Made Sessions”, a workshop where artists can come together and create beats. The multi-sensory experience is highlighted by DJ sets from Little Bacon Bear, Farrah Flosscett and other locals. April 9 at 9 a.m. at the DC Dream Center, 2826 Q St. SE. Free with RSVP.

Yeat’s origin story largely mirrors the era we find ourselves in. The Oregon-born rapper practically became an overnight star after a few of his songs, including “Money Twerk,” exploded on TikTok in 2021. It’s certainly not a one-off story, but the Yeat’s ability to stay at the top of the rap game long after his fame on TikTok is. Doubling down on his success, he released his debut album “2 Alive” in February, and it made it into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. While the album packs some great features with the likes of Young Thug and Gunna, Yeat’s solo tracks actually shine the brightest. “Jus Better” delivers the snarling line, “All I Do Is Just Better Than You” over gritty trap beats and hyper pop undertones reminiscent of hip-hop counterpart Trippie Redd. He’s a chameleon in delivery and flow, sounding like a different person on every song between the breathy verses of “Jus Better” and the searing, unattached rhymes of “Jump.” April 12 at 8:30 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $93.25.

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We cannot talk about bossa nova without mentioning Sérgio Mendes. With a career spanning over half a century, Mendes had an impact on music that is felt even today as he reinvents sound. His 2006 album “Timeless” put a new spin on bossa nova by layering neo-soul and hip-hop influences into the mix. On “That Heat,” Erykah Badu’s angelic vocals glide over the jazzy piano as brings his commanding, unstoppable flow to the angular chord progression and funky staccato. More than a decade later, Mendes forged another hip-hop collaboration with his 2020 single “Sabor Do Rio,” pairing Common with Mendes’ signature Latin influences. April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50. Proof of vaccination is required for admission.

Japanese keyboardist Keiko Matsui treats the piano not as an instrument, but rather as a language. On songs such as “Invisible Rain,” from his 2019 album “Echo,” Matsui’s airy piano sounds as if performing a call and response with sultry guitar. “Journey to the Heart,” the title track from Matsui’s 2016 album, exemplifies a whirlwind romance using nothing more than a series of sweeping key changes. Matsui’s take on jazz not only spans decades, but also influences, spanning Latin and contemporary pop, a kaleidoscope of East and West. April 14 at 8 p.m. at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $59. Proof of vaccination required for admission.

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