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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Tropicalia: ‘Stepping into a river of culture’ on U Street

Walk by the corner of 14th and U streets NW on a weekend night, and you’ll hear bubbly, joyful dance music blasting out of a new nightclub called Tropicalia .

[Video by Gabe Silverman/The Washington Post]

What makes this basement bar stand out from other recent arrivals in the neighborhood is that several times a week, the sounds drawing crowds onto the dance floor come from musicians instead of a DJ. “I want people to randomly pop into the club, dance and hear something that blows their mind. That makes me happy,” said the club’s Jim Thomson.

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