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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Nightlife Agenda: U Hall turns 2, Black Alley CD album release show


Volta Bureau will perform at U Street Music Hall on the club’s second anniversary. (Photo by Marlon Correa/TWP)
Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Here are five things not to miss in the next seven days:

Thursday: Clifton Chenier was known as the King of Zydeco, so based on royal lineage, that makes his son, C.J., the Prince. It’s not a title he has simply backed into, but has earned, having spent the past 25 years carrying on his father’s Louisiana music legacy and fronting the same Red Hot Lousiana Band. His most recent album, “Can’t Sit Down,” was nominated for a Grammy (he lost to Rebirth Brass Band in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category), and its title is an apt one for the mood when C.J. Chenier hits the stage with his squeezebox. It’s always time to dance, as it will be at Hill Country on Thursday.

Saturday: Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of U Street Music Hall, which in its short life has become one of the most beloved hubs and incubators of dance music, earning a sparkling reputation that expands beyond this city’s — and country’s — borders. (The same can be said of U Hall’s legendary bass reverberations.) The club’s full range of power will be on display on its second birthday when it hosts a pair of shows. The early one features indie-rock up-and-comer EMA , an arresting performer who combines dark lyrical matter with chilling soundscapes. The late show is headlined by Volta Bureau , one of the city’s most promising electronic acts, whose three members regularly man U Hall’s turntables.

Saturday:For much of his career, The-Dream was one of the most in-demand songwriters and producers in the hip-hop/R&B world. He co-wrote “Umbrella” and “Single Ladies,” two defining hits by two of music’s most famous chart-toppers. But why stay in the background when he’s equally as electric as a performer? The fourth album of his “Love” series is due later this year, and it promises to be another standout effort from one of today’s great talents. Live The-Dream at Fillmore Silver Spring.

Sunday: We don’t encourage copying, but we wouldn’t be mad if other bands followed Black Alley’s lead. In a town that’s been known for producing amazing live musical groups across eras, there should definitely be more killer live hip-hop/R&B bands rocking the urban sounds of the moment. The go-go band tradition is still alive among the younger set, but what makes Black Alley solid is that it covers all bases. After a long period of residencies around town to build its rep, the band has a new full-length album in the can. To celebrate the release of “Soul. Swagger. Rock. Sneakers,” Black Alley will be joined at the Rock & Roll Hotel by comedian Eddie Bryant and DJ Jerome Baker III.

Through March 31: Based on the sheer number of concertgoers constantly clicking away whenever a band is onstage, everyone fancies themselves a music photographer. Sometimes it’s an iPhone Instagram; other times it’s a professional DSLR setup. But the goal is always the same: to get just one shot that captures the essence of rock-and-roll. Mick Rock has spent more than 40 years doing just that, snapping iconic photos of the likes of Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, David Bowie and many more. Three dozen of Rock’s photos are on display at “Rocked,” in the living room lobby of the W Hotel through the end of the month. Amateur rock photogs, take some notes.

(For all of your St. Patrick’s Day needs, check out our list of best events.)

Wednesday

This month’s Moombahton Massive at U Street Music Hall is another chance to get sweaty and salacious with some of the genre’s biggest names. This time you'll hear Nadastrom, Sabo and Toddla T.

Thursday

Two fine acts from below the Mason-Dixon line perform at the Black Cat tonight: rustic, alt-folk trio Megafaun and solo guitar composer William Tyler.

Saturday
As part of a month of Mexican music concerts, the "Frida Kahlo: Her Photos" exhibition, the Arlington venue hosts Mexican Institute of Sound, one of the country's most renowned electronic groups.

The Dunes continues to be a community catalyst by connecting emerging artists and local activism. The Come Play! benefits Horton’s Kids and the Anacostia Watershed Society. Featured bands include North of Bondi’s modern bluegrass and The Moderate’s southern rock.

By and Rhome Anderson  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Categories:  Music

 
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