Getting Up Guide: Speakeasy Costume Ball, the Aggrolites
What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Thursday:
The guitar player for the Grammy-nominated rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs discusses "Please Take Me Off the Guest List," an anthology of the rock n' roll life with photographs by Zinner and essays by Zachary Lipez, lead singer of the Freshkills. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets on Fifth Street NW.
Speakeasy Costume Ball
"Mad Men"-inspired theme parties? That's so 2009. "Boardwalk Empire"-inspired Prohibition parties? Now you're on the trolley, Jack, and where better to indulge in some speakeasy cocktails than a costume ball at Woodrow Wilson's house? Don your best flapper or bootlegger gear and shimmy to the sounds of live ragtime while swilling from an open bar from 7 to 9 p.m.
Many current bands use reggae as a launching point to add more elements to their sound, but the L.A. quintet stays true to the genre without sounding like straight tribute. There are elements of funk and soul that enter the mix, but for the most part, it's a traditional sound done right. The band's at Comet Ping-Pong at 9 p.m.
-- Alex Baldinger
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