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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Eleven minutes at the Red Door Loft -- and other off-the-beaten-path spaces to see shows in 2011

By Chris Richards

(Correction: An earlier version of this blog post referred to the venue as the D.C. Jazz Loft. The venue's correct name is the Red Door Loft.)

Last night, I tromped out into the January chill to see keyboardist David Ornette Cherry (son of jazz hero Don Cherry) at the D.C. Jazz Loft Red Door Loft, a new performance space at 443 I St. N.W.

Only it's not new. As so helpfully pointed out, "aging scenesters" (ahem!) will forever know 443 I St. as the Hosiery, a venue that hosted countless post-punk shows way back in the aughties. Devendra Banhart and No Age were among the soon-to-be-big names to play there.

The warehouse's name later changed to Gold Leaf Studios, and today, 443 boasts a new jazz venue where the shows actually start on time. (I only caught Cherry's encore - a shambolic and charming eleven minutes of groove-oriented jazz that had the tightly packed crowd sporting big smiles.)

January is a great month to get familiar with more off-the-beaten path venues like the D.C. Jazz Loft Red Door Loft. Here are a few events slightly off the grid:

- Indie rockers Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Wet Dream are scheduled to perform at Dupont D.I.Y. space Subterranean A on Sunday night, while the venue hosts acclaimed jazz musician Darcy James Argue tonight.

- Julian Koster of experimental pop collective the Music Tapes plays a house show this Sunday on his annual caroling tour.

- D.I.Y. venue Hole in the Sky hosts a handful of shows this month, including a Jan. 13 show with emo bands Snowing and 1994.

- And St. Stephen's Church hosts a pair of shows next weekend: Power-poppers Lemuria team with grindcore faves Magrudergrind on Friday and local atmospheric rockers Bellflur headlining on Saturday.

By Chris Richards  | January 5, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
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