Getting Up Guide: Ancient Ales and Rodrigo y Gabriela
What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening on Tuesday:
Dogfish Head national sales manager Claus Hagelman leads a tasting of Dogfish Head's Ancient Ales, which are brewed with the help of molecular archeologist Patrick McGovern. They take samples of fermented beverages found in 9000-year-old Chinese tombs or a Turkish tomb that may have belonged to King Midas and recreate them with modern ingredients. It's a long way from your average beer, but for history buffs, it's like a liquid time machine. And for more D.C. Beer Week events, click here.
For music fans, the mere mention of Mali conjures the strains of Ali Farka Touré, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam and other practitioners of the West African nation's inimitable musical style. While singer Khaira Arby may not have the immediate name recognition of her Malian peers, her fans have come to call her "the Timbuktu Diva" for soulful renditions of Malian folk standards. Hear her at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.
Latin folk music doesn't seem like the kind of genre that could be mistaken for 'thrash metal' in your iTunes library, but when the Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela really let fly with their dueling acoustic guitars, they reach a musical peak that sounds more like something worthy of headbanging than a salsa session. Case in point: their 2009 album, "11:11," pays homage to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag Darrell. They perform at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, along with Aussie strummer Xavier Rudd, at 8 p.m.
-- Fritz Hahn and Alex Baldinger
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