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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 06/ 6/2008

Nightlife Agenda Update

By Fritz Hahn

The scene at Juste Lounge, which turns six on Saturday night. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

The Nightlife Agenda was pretty packed this week, but we couldn't let you go into the weekend without knowing about a few more events that we think are worth your time.

Saturday, June 7
Garth Trinidad and Vikter Duplaix are international turntable playboys. Trinidad has been spreading the gospel of emerging left field soul music for over 10 years on KCRW in Los Angeles. That gig minted him as a tastemaker sought out for frequent print, television, film and touring opportunities. Duplaix has built his brand on his unique style of seductive electro soul, and he's released a couple of solo projects and numerous remixes and collaborations. When Duplaix departed Philadelphia for L.A., it was only a matter of time before he and Trinidad joined forces to bring some mature sexiness to the plastic L.A. club scene. Their Kiss N' Grind parties, which meld new sounds with that old-school basement party blue lightbulb feel, immediately got so big that they were shut down for being overcapacity, despite being promoted only by word of mouth. The original duo has also added some feminine energy to the mix by bringing DJ Rashida aboard. Her talent for curating sound proved intriguing enough for Prince to hire her as his tour DJ, but her resume was already stacked before that with numerous underground and celebrity gigs. Duplaix and Rashida bring the Kiss N' Grind experience to D.C. at Liv tonight and the pleasure will only cost you the time it takes to RSVP to

Juste Lounge has come a long way in the last six years. From a small lounge in D.C.'s pre-Convention Center Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, it's become a full-service Bethesda restaurant and bar. It's succeeded by keeping the focus on music -- everything from radio DJs to live soul and reggae -- and outstanding happy hours that frequently feature free food and drink. For tonight's Black and White Anniversary Party, organizers are sticking to that program but just glamming it up a touch. Model your "faboulous" black and/or white outfits on the black carpet leading into the restaurant, beginning at 9 p.m., where you can partake of free hors d'oeuvres until 10 and an open bar until 11. Music comes from DJ Joe, who hosts the One Nation Hip-Hop Show on WKYS, and DJ Sprang, who's a regular fixture at soca and Caribbean nights around town. Admission is free when you print a pass from

Monday, June 9
Dimitris George and DJ Tru have pretty much seen and done it all in the D.C. DJ game, from the underground hip-hop, radio and the turntablist battle scenes to the most expensive table service lounges where stacks of cash are passports to bottles and models. They've combined this veteran perspective on nightlife and the ability to not take themselves too seriously into a new online magazine called The duo will be spinning and celebrating the official site launch at Napoleon tonight as part of their monthly the Fringe party, but in the meantime, you can download the mix CD from the site.

By Fritz Hahn  | June 6, 2008; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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