Say farewell to "Mad Men" at a dinner with '60s-style food and cocktails, celebrate garage rock at a three-day festival in Silver Spring, welcome Blue Ridge's new beer program with a week of dinners and events, dance to the breezy electro sound of Classixx or the hottest new German Oktoberfest tunes, say hello to the new Red Palace (and goodbye to the Palace of Wonders and the Red and the Black) or hear some exciting aural experiments as local DJ duo Bluebrain teams with Animal Collective's Geologist.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
L.A. DJ duo Classixx has remixed a number of our favorite dance-oriented acts -- Phoenix, Holy Ghost, Yacht -- by turning them into lush, breezy, laidback '70s grooves, bathed in reverb, synth washes and California atmosphere. (It's almost like indie dance floor-friendly yacht rock, akin to Air France.) Now Michael David and Tyler Blake are moving beyond playing with other people's music to making their own; their first single, "I'll Get You," is a catchy '80s pop thumper with vocals by Jeppe of Swedish duo Junior Senior. Look out for that and other new material when Classixx takes to the DJ booth at U Street Music Hall. Will Eastman and Deep Sang open the show, which is free for everyone 21 and over and $5 for the 18-21 crowd.
Over the summer, Glover Park's Blue Ridge restaurant changed its focus from sustainable food and good wine to craft beers and solid tavern food, added an outdoor beer garden and renovated the upstairs bar into a space called Hero Bar that slings $2 PBR cans. The beer-focused menu stars in a week of coming-out events called Blue Ridge Octoberfest. Tonight, for example, drafts from Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada are featured on the bar's four taps. From 6 to 11, there are free tastings, free logo glass giveaways with every purchase, and $5 refills of any beer. There are new events every night, including Belgian beers and free moules frites (!!!) on Friday. See a full schedule on the Blue Ridge blog.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month means a number of fundraisers and consciousness-raising events. Bright Pink, a group that offers education and support to young women, is hosting a fundraiser at Current from 5 to 9 with free cupcakes and plenty of drink specials, including $6 wines by the glass and $7 cocktails. A suggested $10 donation to the charity will be collected at the door.
Thursday, Oct. 14
Degrees, the classy bar at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, is one of the nicest places in town to get a cocktail, from its exposed brick walls to the fashionable glassware. We don't get in as often as we would like, though, because it's the Ritz, where the house martinis start at $12.50 and go up from there. So we were happy to hear about the new daily Rendezvous at the Ritz happy hour, which features half-price drinks and appetizers, $6 glasses of wine and $3 beers from 4:30 to 6:30. Now, this isn't as cheap as your usual intern hangout: The signature Fahrenheit 5 (Malibu coconut rum, Grand Marnier, and pineapple and cranberry juices) will still cost $6.25, and a chicken quesadilla is $7.50. But if you're looking to impress a date, some out-of-town friends or even your boss, this is an upscale happy hour that's worth a little extra.
Friday, Oct. 15
Fans of garage rock will want to hunker down in Silver Spring this weekend as the Some Kinda Fun Fest brings a bounty of speedy, distorted power-chord riffs to the Quarry House Tavern. The three-day event features seven bands each on Friday and Saturday nights, along with matinee offerings on Saturday and Sunday. The show on Saturday night is headlined by the Cynics, a Pittsburgh band that plays songs equally swinging and stomping. The Shirks, a turbo-charged local quartet, might be the weekend highlight. Or it could be Saturday's free performance by power pop royalty Paul Collins at Joe's Record Paradise. Or maybe Friday's opener with a full Paul Collins Beat set along with grimy female-fronted rockers the Dirty Shames. Clearly, there's plenty to choose from.
If you haven't had a chance to enjoy Oktoberfest, this might be your weekend. Leesburg's Doener Bistro is breaking out its "Fest Tent" for a four-day Oktoberfest celebration with music, bratwurst and plenty of Oktoberfest beer on tap. While we like the traditional music of the Alte Kameraden Band, which is performing on Sunday from 1 to 5, we have to admit we're most interested in Friday's "Party Night" because the owners promise "The best of today's Oktoberfest hits." Translation: "Crazy German party music," says a Doner Bistro employee. There's no cover charge, and the party goes until 11.
Last time the Points had a show scheduled for D.C. it simply didn't happen. So perhaps there will be some extra mayhem in store when the local punk hellraisers storm the Velvet Lounge tonight. Expect the usual -- exploding beer cans, geysers of beer, probably some beer poured on you. Basically lots of beer that's not being consumed in traditional ways. And, of course, there's the usual whirlwind of punk rock fury.
Will anyone really miss either The Red & the Black or the Palace of Wonders? Perhaps. But we're doubting anyone will raise too much of a fuss. The soon-to-open Red Palace will combine the two spots in an attempt to create a more enjoyable live music experience than the Red & the Black while also keeping the occasional freak show that Palace of Wonders hosted. We'll check out the new spot this weekend and report back; the first weekend includes a Friday show with electro-rockers My Dear Disco and a Saturday visit from avant-garde art rockers Xiu Xiu. (Update: My Dear Disco has been moved to DC9 on Friday night; Saturday's Xiu Xiu show has been canceled.)
The five-and-a-half acre Yards Park opened along on the Anacostia River last month, just upstream from Nationals Park, with playgrounds, water fountains, trails and a dog park. Tonight, though, it's the setting for A Night at the Yards, a fundraiser for Living Classrooms, a non-profit organization that offers hands-on education and job skills training to local students and young adults, and even runs its own charter school. Entertainment comes from two New Orleans acts, the Radiators and Big Sam's Funky Nation, while 30 D.C. restaurants, including Ted's Bulletin, Cantina Marina and District Chophouse, supply food and drink. Advance tickets are $75 if you're 35 or younger, or $125 if older, from the Living Classrooms Web site. All tickets at the door are $135, regardless of age, so plan ahead.
Saturday, Oct. 16
After last Saturday's wildly popular Burst party, Rosslyn's new Artisphere welcomes D.C.'s favorite experimental/art-music DJs Bluebrain, who can seriously keep a dance floor moving when they're not coming up with unusual ideas like a boombox parade on the Mall or creating programs that make ambient soundscapes with iTunes tracks. There are "some surprises in store," although some cats are already out of the bag. The biggest is a DJ set by Animal Collective's Geologist, who's known for his raw and sometimes weird sonic collages. At the other end of the spectrum, Batala, the all-woman Brazilian percussion band, is also performing. Tickets are $15, and the event is open to all ages. (If you're over 21, there will be drink specials.)
Blue Ridge's Octoberfest continues with a party in its rear beer garden, and the forecast (sunny, low 60s) looks like it should be perfect for sipping Flying Dog, Heavy Seas and Hook and Ladder Beers while sampling food from the restaurant's seasonal menu. The party runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; the $25 admission includes a selection of food and drink.
Sunday, Oct. 17
"Mad Men" wraps up its fourth season Sunday night, with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in dire straits. What would Don Draper do? He would put on his classiest suit and go for a drink. Bourbon Steak marks the season finale with a viewing/cocktail party in the Four Seasons' private dining room. It kicks off at 8 with a reception of light snacks and updated versions of various retro tipples (think Manhattans, Stingers, even the tiki-ish Donga Punch). The flavors of the '60s continue through a three-course dinner (iceberg salad, beef stroganoff and buttered egg noodles, bread pudding) at 9, with the lights going down for "Mad Men" at 10. The $60 tickets include food, tax and tip, but not cocktails; those will set you back $8 each. Dress to impress -- prizes will be awarded to the best "Mad Men"-era outfits.
It's been a nomadic journey through the indie-pop underground for Frankie Rose, who has banged the drums for the likes of Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls before ending up front and center with her own band, the Outs. Her debut album is a sparkling collection of chiming indie-pop songs that's easy to get cozy with, featuring plenty of sweet harmonies and concise, carefully-crafted songs. She'll perform with openers Brett & the Whispers and Thee Lolitas at Comet Ping Pong. Read this Friday's Weekend section for more on Rose and other artists to watch coming to town in the near future.
Monday, Oct. 18
The members of Prince Rama are not fronting. This is not one of those psychedelic bands of suburban kids who took acid while skipping class in high school. This is a psychedelic band that grew up in a Hare Krishna community. So it makes sense that the group's idea of psychedelic music is not simply indie rock with swirling effects on the guitars. Granted, there are plenty of swirling sounds in their trippy creations, but there's just as much chanting and tribal pounding. Most songs don't have distinguishable verses, choruses or lyrics, but there's no shortage of pulsing energy and general weirdness. They open for Light Pollution at DC9.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Local fashion magazines throw pretty good parties. Tuesday's shindig at U Street Music Hall celebrates the upcoming second issue of Worn magazine, which features a 12-page spread featuring local DJs as models. Some of those DJs will take to the turntables as part of a stacked local lineup that includes DJ Keenan, DJ Smudge, Adrian Loving, Nouveau Riche, Chris Burns, DJ Cassidy, Sam "The Man" Burns, DJ Lil E, DJ Jackie O and DJ Rad.
-- Fritz Hahn and David Malitz
| October 12, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
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