Nightlife Agenda: Kid Congo, Dilla tribute and Africa Underground
Kid Congo Powers and Chain and the Gang team up for a show that will get bodies moving at Comet Ping Pong, Indulj hosts a tribute to late hip-hop producer Dilla and some go-go on the same night, and the National Museum of African Art keeps the museum parties trend going.
Thursday, Feb. 17
Talented vocalist Black Wolf hasn't been known much beyond his native Milwaukee, but he's now enjoying a second wind fronting Kings Go Forth, a revivalist outfit with all the brash horns, breakdowns and kinetic energy you expect from good soul music. Get down with the Kings and your bad self at Rock and Roll Hotel.
Friday, Feb. 18
Tired of hearing that D.C. concert attendees don't dance? Then get over to Comet Ping Pong on Friday night for what will be an old-fashioned rock-and-roll dance party with two of the city's most hip-shaking bands. Kid Congo Powers and the Monkey Birds play a noirish blend of garage-surf-punk that's like the soundtrack to a psychedelic funhouse. Co-headlining the gig are Chain and the Gang, the latest musical project fronted by Ian Svenonious, D.C.'s favorite punk provocateur of the past two decades. The band's call-and-response dirges are built on a garage-blues base but as usual, it's Svenonious's lyrics, walking that fine line between manifesto and irony, that steal the show.
If local nightlife trends of the past few years have taught us anything, it's that people enjoy drinking in museums. Maybe it's because all the bars become one big blur after a while, maybe it's the thrill of getting tipsy while surrounded by priceless art. The National Museum of African Art joins the ever-growing list of Museums That Throw Art Parties with "Africa Underground," a quarterly bash that will toast new exhibitions. Tied to the opening of "Artists in Dialogue 2," with artists from South Africa and Brazil, the parties launch with an Afro-Brazilian night featuring Brazilian cocktails, samba performances, and Afrobeat courtesy of DJs Adrian Loving and Munch. The event is for ages 21 and over.
Saturday, Feb. 19
There are more famous figures in hip-hop than late Detroit producer J Dilla, but there's nobody more beloved. Over the course of his far-too-brief career, Dilla arguably sculpted more memorable beats than anyone else in the game. Through his solo work, albums with Slum Village and production work for everyone from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, the Roots to name just a very few, his musical legacy is deep and rewarding. Dilla died from lupus complications at 37 in February 2006; each year since then tributes pop up around town and this year is no different with local MCs including X.O., Lyriciss and RA the MC paying tribute to one of hip-hop's most important recent architects at Indulj.
Go-go is Washington's pulse, but these days, most of it is happening out in Prince George's County. Such are the ways of change. If you're neither a car owner or a resident of the 'burbs, you might not have experienced Be'La Dona, the all-lady go-go band with decades of experience. The group kicks off its first set off at 10 p.m. at Indulj, a good spot to catch grown folk go-go on weekends in the city. From their stints with Chuck Brown to creating the first all-lady go-go band, Pleasure, the members of Be'La Dona are steeped in the tradition. Hear them crank originals and go-go-ized covers.
Sunday, Feb. 20
Nightlife Agenda fave DJ night We Fought the Big One specializes in the best off-kilter, off-the-radar indie and post-punk, so when the folks who spin every first Friday at Marx Cafe attach their name to a concert, we tend to take notice. Sunday features the Beets and German Measles a pair of bands visiting from the Big Apple, both with pleasingly ramshackle takes on indie pop. Expect a good dose of slightly spastic, loose and limber fun when the groups play at Velvet Lounge.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Theoliphius London seems like a man with lots of ideas running around in his head. The New York up-and-comer loves to bounce around from genre to genre. He's, for all intents and purposes, a rapper, but also worships '80s British rockers the Smiths and collaborated with indie-pop pixie Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara on his recent EP. The genre-hopping hasn't paid off so far when it comes to his recorded output, but the fashion-friendly Londoner should be more at home on stage, where the larger-than-life persona he's cultivated will play out naturally at U Street Music Hall.
Rhome Anderson and David Malitz
| February 15, 2011; 6:40 PM ET
Categories: Bars and Clubs, Music
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