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Bacon Brothers, Suzanne Vega among weekend concerts

Suzanne Vega performs March 2 at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)
Concert guide for March

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 5:50 pm

Tim Bracken, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – This month’s top events might bring back memories and help make some new ones.

Opening Friday, March 1, the Bethesda Theater is reborn as the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.

An $8 million renovation has transformed the old theater into a world-class concert venue with a capacity of 500 — a combination of dinner seating and performance-only seats.

The club’s opening weekend includes performances from jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and jazz keyboardist/pianist Marcus Johnson.

In Alexandria, the Birchmere presents a three-night engagement with the Bacon Brothers, beginning March 1. Led by actor Kevin Bacon, the band has been touring and performing for over 15 years.

On Saturday, March 2, singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is scheduled to perform at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in the District.

The singer has released a series of four albums featuring stripped-down versions of her songs, titled “Close-Up.”

“I wanted to reclaim my songs from the major labels who own the recordings,” Vega tells WTOP in an email. “I thought the fans would like the songs without the productions of the ’80s and ’90s.”

The series is well worth a listen. The solo acoustic approach to her songs is riveting, and Vega’s live performances are no exception.

Vega has been testing out new songs on her current tour as well.

For a bit of 1990s nostalgia, check out Rusted Root at the 9:30 Club on March 9.

Local indie rock sensation Shark Week is slated for a March 8 performance at the Rock & Roll Hotel before a journey to the South By Southwest Music Festival.

For fans of bombastic pop, Pink is bringing her “Truth About Love” tour to the Verizon Center on Thursday, March 14.

Scheduled for March 21 at the District’s Howard Theatre, is Jefferson Starship performing the 1967 Jefferson Airplane album, “Surrealistic Pillow” in its entirety.

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall closes out the month with a two-night performance at the Birchmere. Krall is touring in support of her latest album, “Glad Rag Doll.”

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