As if 365 days wasn’t enough, the universe decided to give us an extra day this year. Sure, February 29 falls on a Monday—damn you, universe!—but don’t let an extra work day get you down. Instead, get jumpin’ with these Leap Day shows, parties and stand-up.
From “lo-fi surf-wop” to “electronic art-pop,” you can always count on L.A. to deliver 24/7/366—and on the cheap, too!
Sad Girl, Walter, Clean Spill – Resident; Los Angeles ($5+)
Bright Missiles, Jubilo Drive, Bedbugs, Ghosts In Pocket – Silverlake Lounge; Los Angeles (Free)
David Bowie Tribute Show – The Echo; Los Angeles ($5+)
Wild Wild Horses – Echoplex; Los Angeles (Free)
The Controversy and Pom Poms – The Satellite; Los Angeles (Free)
The Gromble, Partybaby, Work Friend – The Wayfarer; Costa Mesa (Free)
San Francisco Bay Area
Catch the incredible talent that is Canadian folk singer Basia Bulat, take in some jazz, or spice up your dance moves with some salsa lessons.
Basia Bulat – The Chapel; San Francisco ($16+)
DJ Guacamole – HopMonk Tavern; Sebastopol ($8+)
Salsa Classes – Neck of the Woods; San Francisco ($5+)
Skyline High Jazz Band – Yoshi’s Oakland ($15+)
New York City
It’s a star-studded Leap Day in the Big Apple. Actor Michael Shannon’s band Corporal hits Arlene’s Grocery, Comedy Central star Wyatt Cenac hosts a comedy show, and more.
Lazyeyes, Corporal and Goodman – Arlene’s Grocery; New York ($5+)
Long Beard, Emily Yacina, Yoshuna, Cross Legend – Baby’s All Right; Brooklyn ($8+)
An Evening with Mark Normand – Union Hall; Brooklyn ($5+)
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac – Littlefield; Brooklyn ($5+)
Leapling, Celestial Shore, Jonah Furman – Shea Stadium; Brooklyn ($8+)
Elle Varner – DROM; New York ($35+)
The Windy City’s blowing in every musical direction tonight, with a chamber music ensemble jam session, a hip-hop showcase, and experimental jazz.
Robbie Fulks – The Hideout; Chicago ($10+)
Classical Revolution with Ursa Ensemble – Constellation; Chicago (Free)
Snapshots featuring Kevin Naughton – Chicago; Zanies Comedy Club ($10+)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions – Beat Kitchen; Chicago (Free)
Take The Thrown: An AEMMP Records Showcase – Subterranean; Chicago ($8+)
Washington, DC / Baltimore
The February love is still in the air as three bands comprised of husbands and wives (Johnnyswim, Radiation City and Deep Sea Diver) hit the DMV tonight. Let’s just hope your guy or girl doesn’t nag you about how you never started a band with them.
Johnnyswim, Sunbears – 9:30 Club; Washington, DC ($25+)
Nine to Five, Lions Are For Chasing, Ballroom Crisis – Jammin’ Java; Vienna, VA ($10+)
Radiation City, Deep Sea Diver – DC9 Nightclub; Washington, DC ($12+)
Casino Night – Rams Head Center Stage at Maryland Live!; Hanover, MD ($100+)
Louisiana’s zydeco music is alive and well as its preeminent ambassador makes its way to World Cafe Live—and so is British electronic rock outfit The Big Pink, who are gearing up for their first release in four years.
Monday Jazz Jam – World Cafe Live Philadelphia (Free)
Buckwheat Zydeco – World Cafe Live; Wilmington ($18+)
Movie Monday: Army of Darkness – The Balcony; Philadelphia ($3+)
Soul Reign – Bourbon and Branch; Philadelphia ($20+)
The Big Pink, The Heirs – Johnny Brenda’s; Philadelphia ($15+)