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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/21/2006

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

By Fritz Hahn

"The formula is this: me, Tip and Ali." Phife's verse on A Tribe Called Quest's "Oh My God" from 1993's "Midnight Marauders" album really could suffice for the entirety of this blurb. Really, what more do you need to know other than that this legendary hip-hop trio will be performing at Love Friday? It's remedial to even have to rehash how their five albums in the '90s defined an era and several aesthetic branches of hip-hop, from playful and intelligent boho-hop to the pioneering use of jazz samples that could rattle a trunk when layered over meaty slabs of beat. Whether it was DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad's rare-groove loops, the upright bass of jazz legend Ron Carter or the minimalist arrangements of pioneering producer J. Dilla, the one thing that connected Tribe's different sonic eras was the chemistry between abstract poet Q-Tip and the scrappy bluntness of Phife Dawg. That chemistry seemed to be waning by 1998's "Love Movement" as personal and fiscal fissures widened in the group. A farewell tour followed at the end of that album's arc, and many of us thought that we were seeing them for the last time.

Time really must heal wounds, because Tribe has popped up on spot dates over the last couple years, sometimes even with member-emeritus Jarobi, who has been a Washington-area resident for a good while. There's been no official proclamation that Tribe is back, but even if this unofficial reunion only persists on stage we all win. No more advance tickets are available online, so you're going to have to line up at the club and take your chances. Doors open at 6 p.m., which is about five hours before you can expect Tribe to hit the stage.

This is just one of our 16 recommended events in this week's Nightlife Agenda column, which includes a potential Barrack Obama sighting, mystery guests at the Rock and Roll Hotel, Puerto Rican salsa stars and the promise of a "Soul Train" line. How can you turn that down?

By Fritz Hahn  | September 21, 2006; 11:30 AM ET
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I bought tix a while ago and I am so excited. Tribe (IMHO) is the best rap group ever!

Posted by: Cass B | September 21, 2006 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Saw ATCQ in 1991, on tour to support The Low End Theory, IMO one of the Top 10 hip hop discs of all time. Opening was Black Sheep, another up-and-coming act.

It was, simply put, the lamest live so-called performance I have ever experienced. Best part about it was they split after 20 minutes. Ugh. Hopefully they have grown up a bit since then, but more likely doing Budweiser commercials just isn't paying the bills.

Posted by: Grudgeful | September 21, 2006 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Fritz said: Doors open at 6 p.m., which is about five hours before you can expect Tribe to hit the stage.

Anyone who used the above sentence to avoid standing in the club for five hours waiting for the show to start likely missed the entire concert. Tribe was done and off stage by 11. In the future, might be nice of you to call the club before posting a sentence like that.

Posted by: Never relying on the Post's advice again | September 24, 2006 6:42 PM | Report abuse

There was NO surprise guest at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, although rumors abounded. Did the Gogs get confirmation before posting this information?

Posted by: dupont | September 25, 2006 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"In the future, might be nice of you to call the club before posting a sentence like that."

Actually, we did.

We've seen a number of live performances there, ranging from the Roots to Ludacris to Common, and it's been our experience that artists come on much later than they're scheduled to. But we do apologize for any misunderstanding.

As for VFest -- I talked to VHS or Beta and the promoters on Saturday night, and they said that while they'd lined up some other bands to make the trip down from Baltimore with them, those "special guests" had to back out at the last minute.

Posted by: Fritz | September 25, 2006 12:36 PM | Report abuse

You could have shared their scheduled start time. My impression from reading your post was that Tribe was scheduled to start at 11. Luckily, I tried to get there "early" and made it in time for most of their set, but an hour and change of Tribe and none of the opening acts is not at all what I was aiming for.

Posted by: Still never relying on it again... | September 25, 2006 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"You could have shared their scheduled start time. My impression from reading your post was that Tribe was scheduled to start at 11."

That's what we were told: That Tribe would start around 11.

Posted by: Fritz | September 25, 2006 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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