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Posted at 3:03 PM ET, 02/27/2009

Nightlife Agenda Update

By Fritz Hahn

Every so often, we get sent information about events for the Nightlife Agenda after our Tuesday deadline, but we still think you need to know about them. When this happens, we make a Nightlife Agenda Update.

Friday, February 27
Today is the Dominican Republic's Independence Day, marking 165 years since the country won its freedom from neighboring Haiti. The best way to join in the celebrations? Some great Dominican music. Singer Frank Reyes (listen) is known as "The Prince of Bachata" in his homeland, where he excels at the romantic, guitar-based music. (Check out the hit singles "Princesa" and "Amor Bonito" on his MySpace page for a sample.) Reyes is performing at Bravo Bravo tonight, for what promoters claim is "the first time in D.C." (Reyes's most recent area appearances were at El Boqueron in Wheaton.) Reyna "La Gata Fina" of El Zol (99.1 FM) is a special guest. Tickets are $32 in advance from EventBrite.

Friday night at the Black Cat is one of those nights that'll either make you feel really young or really old. Fives Kids is not a knockoff burger joint, but a group of college-aged DJs that spin party music. Disco, house, maybe some old dance floor favorites from before the DJs were even born. The pair of DJ duos -- Sch├Ânkinder and Mystery Date -- and DJ Decibelle, who will be in control on the decks tonight might very well be the names you see at the DJ dance nights of 2011 and beyond. Tonight's show is also a benefit for the Sierra Student Coalition, which we are 99% sure is the student chapter of the Sierra Club and not a front so these kids can get money to buy beer and import 12" records. Oh, like you didn't think of starting a fake charity when you were in college, please.

(Saturday and Sunday events come after the jump.)

Saturday, February 28
The Dominican flavor continues tonight with Dominican Independence Bash at Muse, where DJs will be spinning bachata, meringue, mambo, reggaeton and salsa over three floors, with more of a focus on Dominican sounds. Hit Primo Productions ( to get on the list for free admission before 11. (Another benefit of early arrival: half-price drinks from 10 to 11.)

We like dogs. We like drinks. We like the idea of Booze Hounds, a fundraiser for the Washington Humane Society tonight at Gin & Tonic. For $20 at the door -- $5 of which goes straight to the humane society -- you get unlimited domestic drafts and rail drinks. Please, think of the puppies.

The artistic fellows of H Street NE's Dissident Display gallery are having another of their ultra-hip multimedia parties tonight. The aptly named Sensory Overload finds DJs Adrian Loving and Phoenix on the turntables while VJs Ayo and Eric mix video art before your eyes. (Loving says that one of tonight's pieces, titled "Video Vixens," is a tribute to the ladies who provide eye candy in hip-hop videos.) The performances run from 8:30 to 10. After that, the party moves across the street to the freshly renovated Pap & Petey's, which now sports a new bar, sound system and DJ booth. A donation of $10 is requested for the Dissident Display portion of the evening, which covers wine during the party and discounted drinks at Pap & Petey's.

Juana Molina (listen) plays delicate psychedelic lullabies that are appealing thanks to gentle atmospherics and her inviting voice. She's bringing those songs to Iota on a Saturday night. That does not sound like a match made in heaven thanks to the usual chattiness of concertgoers at the Arlington club. One reason to be optimistic about tonight's show (an early one -- doors are at 7 p.m.) is that unlike her last area appearance at the Black Cat, she'll have a rhythm section backing her. So expect the songs from her recent album "Un Dia" to burst to life with a bit more vibrancy and liveliness while still maintaining those all-important subtleties.

Sunday, March 1
One reason David likes Montreal's Plants and Animals (listen) more than most bands from Canada's second biggest city -- there are only three of them. Most Canadian bands travel in large packs, but Plants and Animals' trio se up helps keep the band's songs from getting too overblown and bombastic. That doesn't mean they are frail little things without much substance -- in fact, the best moments on "Parc Avenue" are epic in scope, but more because of the power of composition than power in numbers. Plants and Animals earns its big moments, not only because they are produced in an efficient manner, but because the folky interludes and quieter passages make the payoffs a welcome contrast. Hear for yourself tonight at DC9.

-- Fritz Hahn and David Malitz

By Fritz Hahn  | February 27, 2009; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music  
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