September 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm EST | by Erin Durkin
Music in the air
Melissa Ferrick, music, gay news, Washington Blade

Part of an eclectic fall, Melissa Ferrick will be in Washington twice this fall. (Photo courtesy of Ferrick)

From the biggest names in pop to the best and brightest of D.C.’s local LGBT talent, the fall concert season is nothing if not eclectic.

For starters, in case you missed the show here last year at about this time, Madonna’s “MDNA World Tour” concert DVD released in multiple formats this week.

Sonia Rutstein and her band Disappear Fear release their album “Broken Film” with a world release concert on Sept. 17 at Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore). This will be Rutstein’s 17th album in her 25-year career of writing and performing songs about important issues of the heart and of society. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit

Lesbian singer Melissa Ferrick makes two stops to the District this fall on her CD release tour of “the truth is.” She’s with with Catie Curtis (also a lesbian) at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.) on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Ferrick will return to the 9:30 Club (815 V St., NW) on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. where she will appear with Ani DiFranco. Tickets are $40. Visit for more information.

The Birchmere’s SpeakeasyDC show features gay comedian Chelsea Shorte on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.).  In her act, Shorte shares her story about evolving from a closeted comedian to finding her authentic voice. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit

Raven’s Night returns the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. to celebrate the sexy trick or treats of Halloween. The evening includes an All Hallows Eve Carnival, which is a flashback to World’s Fairs, a Salon Lunaire Concert and a Cabaret Macabre Belly Dance Show. Tickets are $25. For details, visit

Gay duo and Capital Pride vets Jason & DeMarco come to Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. as a part of their tour “Celebrating Diversity” to commemorate their 10 years together as well as welcoming twin boys into their lives. The group will perform in several venues around Maryland throughout the month of October. This performance is free but a $20 donation is suggested. For more information, visit

The Choral Arts Society of Washington kicks off a new season with its show “Legacy and Life,” featuring performances of Steven Stucky’s “Take Him, Earth” and Giuseppe Verdi “Requiem,” on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. The society will also bring in the holiday season with “An Enchanted Christmas” on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. All performances will be at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). There are several ticket packages as well as individual tickets from $54-$141. Visit for more information.

Cyndi Lauper (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Cyndi Lauper (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Cyndi Lauper, LGBT rights activist, comes to the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) on her “She’s So Unusual Tour” on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. She’s celebrating the 30th anniversary of her landmark debut album this year and, as on the spring leg, will perform the album in its entirety with an encore devoted to newer hits. Tickets are $33-$73. For more information, visit

Pink returns to the Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.) on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of her “Truth About Love Tour.” This tour takes the name from her sixth studio album, with “Just Give Me a Reason” adding to her Top 10 hits overall. Tickets are $50-$142. Visit for more details.

To bring in the holiday season, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will have its concert “Sparkle, Jingle, Joy” with special guest Grammy Award-winner Matt Alber on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.).  Tickets are $25-$50. For details about the shows or for subscription information for the upcoming season, visit

Gay-friendly church First Baptist (1328 16th Street, N.W.) is celebrating the installation of its massive new five-manual pipe organ with a host of recitals. Resident organist Lon Schreiber gives the inaugural recital Sunday at 4 p.m. Ken Cowan plays on Oct. 20, Christopher Houlihan on Nov. 24 and a special event is planned for the evening of Halloween as well. Visit for details.

Speaking of organists, queer virtuoso Cameron Carpenter will make a special appearance on the new Rubenstein Family Organ at the Kennedy Center (2700 F Street, N.W.) for the season-opening ball of the National Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 29. He’s back for a solo recital Oct. 16 (

Uber gay-friendly Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) has nine acts planned to appear through Sept. 21 for its new Autumn Cabaret Festival. Details at

Special Agent Galactica has her rounds in D.C. with her happy hour show at the Black Fox Lounge (1732 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). The show includes live jazz, blues, cabaret, standards and comedy with Galactica backed by a three-piece jazz combo. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit

And in the straight-but-still-interesting category, check out the Michael Gallant Trio at Bethesda Blues & Jazz on Wednesday; the Beijing Symphony Orchestra makes its Washington-area debut Oct. 20 at the Strathmore. Details here.

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