Maze and Frankie Beverly & The O'Jays
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Bowie Baysox vs. Erie Seawolves
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XYZT: Interactive Art Show for the whole family June 1st - September 3rd Enjoy an exploratory virtual experience through ten digital light sculptures at DC's first innovative art space - ARTECHOUSE. This interactive, multi-space digital art installation lets you manipulate time and space. Step into imaginary territory, manipulate algorithms and immerse yourself into a virtual playground of digital landscapes at XYZT. Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter. XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. Daytime admission 10am-4pm $10-15 Evening admission 5:30pm-10pm $25 More info at www.artechouse.com A hands-on experience for the whole family. Ages 6+

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Aug 18, 2017 |

It's not uncommon for musicians to grow and evolve between releases -- but even by those standards, the Districts' Popular Manipulations is stunning. The Pennsylvania-borne band's third full-length represents an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it. Perhaps it's a clich?? to say so, but while listening, you might find yourself wondering why people don't make indie rock like this anymore. The total electric charge of Popular Manipulations is just the latest evolution for the impressively young quartet, whose founding members -- vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence -- have known each other since attending grade school together in the Pennsylvania town of Lititz. After deciding to form a band in high school, the Districts gigged hard in the tri-state area, releasing a slew of promising material (including the rootsy 2012 debut Telephone) before catching the eye of venerable indie Fat Possum. 2015's A Flourish and a Spoil found the band refining their embryonic sound with veteran producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Kurt Vile) -- and looking back on that release, there are glimmers of Popular Manipulations in chrysalis form to be found on it, hints of the fence-swinging anthemic sound they'd soon make wholly their own. After touring behind A Flourish and a Spoil, Grote began "playing with different ideas" in his own songwriting by making demos at a prolific pace. "We knew that we wanted to change some things musically, so we were trying to come up with as many songs as possible to narrow the direction we wanted to take the material," he states. In total, they ended up with 50 song ideas, and so they were off to LA in May of 2016 with new guitarist Pat Cassidy in tow to log more recording time with Congleton, with four of Popular Manipulations' songs coming out of the sessions. "We have a lot of overlapping tastes and preferences for how things are made," Grote gushes about working with the notably reliable studio wizard -- but acceding all credit to Congleton (who also handled the record's mixdown) would be shortchanging the Districts themselves, who went on to self-produce the remainder of the record in Philadelphia with engineer Keith Abrams. "Something we took from working with Congleton was ideas on arranging songs," Grote explains, and they certainly learned a lot: Popular Manipulations is a raucous and impressively thick-sounding album, overflowing with toothy melodies that pack a serious punch. The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations -- charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote's searing vocals -- was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze's aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground's impeccable drone-rock sound. There's a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug's anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros' overlooked 2006 gem You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts. But don't mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, the District are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music's already highly charged emotional quotient. "Capable" finds Grote turning his focus to the ruinous aftermath of divorce, and "Before I Wake" is, in his words, "About coming to terms with being isolated or alone -- even though we have a whole group of voices singing the whole time." Grote explains that even the title of the record touches on these universal concerns: "It hints at how people use each other, for good or bad, and the personal ways you manipulate yourself and other people in day-to-day interactions." For such weighty thematic material, though, Popular Manipulations is purely life-affirming rock music, bursting with energy that cuts through the darkness of the world that surrounds us. "We're a much better distillation of who we wish to be as a band," Grote reflects on the journey that has led the Districts to this point. "We've figured out how to distill the things we've been trying to accomplish as a band, musically and lyrically. We've always viewed making music as something we're trying to do better the whole time." Mission accomplished.

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Capitol Steps
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Aug 18, 2017 |

The Ultimate 80???s Tribute Band, The Reflex serves as a perfect reminder of that great music of a decadent decade.

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Aug 18, 2017 | From $7.50

Women of Civil War Alexandria Walking TourMany think the Civil War was fought by men, but women had plenty to do in the fight for rights, trade and freedom. Alexandria was a city with Southern sympathies continuously occupied as a Northern supply depot. The women of Alexandria experienced the war not as a battle but as a day-to-day way of life. The National Women's History Museum shows how the war was not just fought with muskets and bayonets, but also with trade and supplies. You can experience the unique stories of a diverse group of women on this walking tour through history meeting at The Lyceum in Alexandria.

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2000s to Now Dance Party
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I
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Love Jones The Musical
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Aug 19, 2017 | From $10.00

XYZT: Interactive Art Show for the whole family June 1st - September 3rd Enjoy an exploratory virtual experience through ten digital light sculptures at DC's first innovative art space - ARTECHOUSE. This interactive, multi-space digital art installation lets you manipulate time and space. Step into imaginary territory, manipulate algorithms and immerse yourself into a virtual playground of digital landscapes at XYZT. Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter. XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. Daytime admission 10am-4pm $10-15 Evening admission 5:30pm-10pm $25 More info at www.artechouse.com A hands-on experience for the whole family. Ages 6+

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Aug 19, 2017 |

Brick + Mortar is a two-piece indie pop outfit from Asbury Park, NJ. The duo consists of Brandon Asraf (guitars/vocals/programming) and John Tacon(drums/programming). Best described as controlled chaos, the band combines choppy rhythms, smooth bass lines, tempestuous drumming and honest lyrics, all of which culminates in something that is just as likely to show up on an indie up-and-comers list as it is to show up on a DJ's playlist ??? something that is evidenced in the band's role as a remix magnet for artists such as Baauer. Brick + Mortar is one of the few bands who can conjure up images of both carousels and cocaine, combining dancy with dark and pop with despair. Speaking in an article with VICE Magazine, Asraf says of their music video for Bangs, "The story is my chance to be in [my father's] world and tell a conglomerate of a bunch of stories I've heard." The result is a gripping video reflective not only of Asraf's father's violent past as an international fugitive, but also of the sometimes ominous and abrasive tone of the EP. Brick + Mortar is touring relentlessly, opening for Imagine Dragons, Icona Pop, and Jimmy Eat World, as well as performing in the summer festival circuit at mainstays including Made in America, Loufest, and Lollapalooza. In a time where purists patiently await the return of rock and roll, Brick + Mortar is gifted enough to combine exciting elements of each genre with their no-nonsense approach to songwriting.

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Cirque du Soleil - Ovo
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I
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Washington Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury
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Aug 18, 2017 |

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you???ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album???GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants???a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special ???acoustic set??? with Zep favorites such as ???Tangerine??? and the ???Battle of Evermore??? being performed in its??? original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO???s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As clich?? as it sounds, their music is timeless." A GTLO concert mimics the ???light and shade??? that are the embodiment of "The Mighty Zep." Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event! Paul Sinclair - Lead Vocals, Harmonica Paul Hammond - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Theremin Jimmy Marchiano - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals Andrew Lipke - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion Adam Ferraioli - Drums, Percussion Phil D'Agostino (Bass)

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Cirque du Soleil - Ovo
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Aug 18, 2017 |

A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother." Born November 13, 1946, in Soper, Oklahoma, Hubbard and his family relocated to Dallas during the mid-'50s; there he learned to play guitar, eventually forming a folk group with fellow aspiring musician Michael Martin Murphey. Befriended by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Hubbard later formed a trio named Three Faces West, which regularly performed at the Outpost club in Red River, New Mexico, a musical hotbed also trafficked by artists including Steve lb and Bill & Bonnie Hearne. Upon the breakup of Three Faces West, Hubbard toured the Southwestern coffeehouse circuit as a solo act before forming another group, Texas Fever; they too proved short-lived, and he returned to New Mexico to again take up residence at the Outpost. While in Red River, Hubbard rekindled his friendship with Walker, who in 1973 recorded Hubbard's most famous (if least representative) composition, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," on his acclaimed Viva Terlingua LP. The success of the album guaranteed Hubbard instant cult status within progressive country circles, and at the same time, he set about organizing a new backing band, dubbed the Cowboy Twinkies. Considered by many the first cowpunk group -- their regular set lists included everything from Merle Haggard songs to a show-stopping cover of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" -- the Cowboy Twinkies' music met considerable resistance in both country and rock quarters; frustrated, Hubbard funded a demo tape that won the group a contract with Atlantic. However, the label left the band in limbo, and they finally jumped ship to Warner Bros., which shipped them off to Nashville to record their debut LP, Ray Wylie Hubbard & the Cowboy Twinkies. Released in 1975, the album suffered from label-imposed over-production and fared poorly; Hubbard did not resurface prior to 1978, when he signed to Willie Nelson's short-lived Lone Star imprint to record Off the Wall, which contained his own version of "Redneck Mother." The following year Hubbard acquired a new backing unit in the form of the Lost Gonzo Band, previously Walker's supporting group; comprising guitarist John Inmon, bassist Bob Livingston, and drummer Paul Pearcy, they recorded the live LP Caught in the Act. By 1984, Hubbard was backed by the Bugs Henderson Trio, which featured guitarist Henderson, bassist Bobby Chitwood, and drummer Ron Thompson; with them he cut another live effort, Something About the Night. Hubbard didn't record for another eight years, instead building a small but loyal following through constant touring. Finally, he issued Lost Train of Thought on his own Misery Loves Co. label in 1992, followed in 1995 by the Dejadisc release Loco Gringos Lament. Dangerous Spirits appeared two years later, and in 1999 Hubbard returned with Crusades of the Restless Nights. Eternal & Lowdown, which was issued in summer 2001, captured the haunting poetics of religion, philosophy, and salvation. It was followed in 2003 by the raw and gripping Growl, the laid-back Delirium Tremolos in 2005, and Snake Farm in 2006. Hubbard's near constant touring schedule and curating his own Grit 'N' Groove Festival in 2009 and 2010 kept him busy. He eventually emerged with A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) in 2011, and followed it up with The Grifter's Hymnal in 2012. In April 2015, Hubbard released another self-produced set, The Ruffian's Misfortune, which like his previous two albums was released through his own Bordello Records imprint. Later in 2015, Hubbard was slated to publish his long-awaited autobiography, A Life...Well, Lived.

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Aug 18, 2017 |

Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Neil Wogensen (Bass & Vocals), Shawn Morones (Lead Guitar & Vocals) and Gerry Doot (drums), enrich the songs with energy, excitement and emotion. In 2016, the band released the singles ???In My Place??? and ???High Expectations??? on Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records to wide acclaim, and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Reggie Watts, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, LP, Laura Marling, Springtime Carnivore and The Wild Reeds, as well as headlining the Echo Park Rising Festival, Pappy & Harriet's and The Echoplex. They???ve been featured in the lineups at Lightning in a Bottle, River Roots Live, NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Tour and Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion. Pranav Trewn from Stereogum praised that Valley Queen has ???never sounded better than they do on ???In My Place,??? and Bob Boilen from NPR???s All Songs Considered believes that ???Valley Queen comes from the Neil Young school of great music." February 2017 marks the debut of Valley Queen's premiere EP, featuring their newest songs produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Nikki Lane, Fool's Gold, FIDLAR). The songs show the band's sonic evolution since their first release, and will set the stage for an exciting year to come. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook's original songs take on the usual country spin on shitty relationships, bad decisions, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons. Songs with self-explanatory self-deprecation, "Fuck Up", tangled in with a portrayal of a doomed relationship dripping with sarcasm,"The Nail", are bastioned by the subtleties of a bar patron considering taking a chance on a stranger in title track, "Sidelong". When Shook's first band, Sarah Shook & the Devil, broke up after a solid three year plus run, Shook and her guitarist, Eric Peterson, continued to meet, practice, and plan. In late 2013 they put together brief stint called The Dirty Hands which ended after a handful of shows. The project they were looking for soon arrived with the addition of former Two Dollar Pistols frontman, John Howie Jr., (now frontman for John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff) as drummer. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers was born. Shook and chief engineer of Manifold Recording Studios, Ian Schreier, had worked together some years before when he supervised intern Mario Bianchi recording the Devil's seven song EP simply titled, Seven. Shook and Schreier had been discussing creating a full length album together for an age and, finally, during the first weekend of April, 2015, it happened. After nearly a decade of playing solo or fronting a band, Shook is releasing her first full-length album, Sidelong, on October 16, 2015. Described as one of the top 4 bands to watch by CBS Radio, The War and Treaty is blazing an innonvative trail with their electic blend of Americana, Folk, Soul and Blues. Their first single "Hi Ho" released in June 2016 entered into Triple A Radio top 200 charts, came in at number 20 out of the Top 89 songs of 2016 at WTMD 89.7 (Baltimore, MD) and made it into the Top 91 songs of 2016 at WSGE 91.7 and this is just the beginning for this duo. In July 2017, this husband and wife duo will share the stage with Grammy Award Winning producer and Blue Note Records President, Don Was, as one of his hand-picked performers for one of Detroit's biggest music festivals Don Was All Star Revue: Music Rebellion and will continue touring the US. On July 21, 2016, they will release their first self-produced EP called "Down To The River", of which the single, ???Down To The River ,??? has already been added to many Americana and NPR radio stations around the country. CBS radio called it first ??? this is the band to watch. ???If your heart is thirsty for some warm comfort in a new flangled flask...lay your soul down here. This offering from The War and Treaty is pure joy??? ??? Lisa Fischer (Grammy Award Winner, Oscar Winner-40 Feet from Stardom)

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A.J. Croce & Robbie Fulks
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Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Aug 19, 2017 | From $10.00

"Hamilton's DC" Walking Tour: Inspired by the Hit MusicalThe hit musical "Hamilton" has made history on Broadway, and now it's time to take the Founding Father back to his Washington DC roots. On this Washington Walk, you'll get a glimpse of some of the essential spots depicted in the show, like the White House, while learning about "the Lancelot of the revolutionary set" Marquis Lafayette and the "Ten Duel Commandments." Fittingly enough, you'll finish your brisk musical and political journey at The Hamilton restaurant and bar, where you'll have the opportunity to quench your thirst with a Hamilton Mule and toast the orphan immigrant-turned-legendary historical figure.

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Aug 18, 2017 |

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named ???A Titan of the Telecaster??? by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock ???n??? roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. Bill Kirchen rules, it???s just that simple. [His] no-nonsense guitar attack, powered by that great booming, bottom-heavy lics still covered with axle grease, is undoubtedly the real thing, scattering schorching guitar runs in all directions, it???s all immediate, in your face, and more than a little dangerous. ??? Austin American-Statesman "You wanna know who the best guitar player in the world is....it's a guy named Redd Volkaert" -Bugs Henderson Redd Volkaert is a master of the Telecaster with an impressive resume that includes fronting the superstar hillbilly band the Twangbangers with Bill Kirchen and, lead guitar duties for Merle Haggard. Redd Volkaert (born 1958) was a successor to Roy Nichols in Merle Haggard's backing band, and is "among the country???s top Telecaster guitar slingers.". Volkaert won a 2009 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. He is a top notch player and session musician and has played with some of the biggest names in music history. Redd has some great country guitar lessons. He goes over Chicken Pickin, Stolen Licks, and shows you a bunch of great quick licks to throw into your country or blues playing.

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