Nightlife Agenda: Wine, jazz and Chuck Brown’s birthday

August 20, 2013
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green has reunited with Goodie Mob. The "Dirty South" trailblazers will perform songs from their new album at the 9:30 Club on Saturday night. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for ESPN)

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week's best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.

Tuesday, August 20
For one night, A&D Neighborhood Bar is turning into A&D Raw Bar. Travis Croxton and Bernie Murphy of Rappahannock River Oysters and Union Market's popular oyster bar are teaming with A&D for Shawshuck Redemption. There will be Olde Salt and Rappahannock oysters ($8 for a half-dozen, $16 for 12) and specialty cocktails ($8) from 7:30 p.m. on. (You don't have to RSVP for the event, but if you do, you'll be entered into a drawing for prizes. Just sayin'.)

"Electric" is the album that turned the Cult from trippy psychedelic goths into hard rock heroes. "Love Removal Machine" is one of the band's best singles, even if it does liberally borrow from "Start Me Up," while other songs feature brawny riffs out of the AC/DC playbook. The English band's current tour, which visits the Fillmore tonight, features the band playing "Electric" in its entirety to mark the 25th anniversary of its release.

Wednesday, August 21
You like American wine. You've gone tasting in central Virginia. You know your California Cabs and Oregon Pinot Noirs. But you still might not be prepared for the Grape American Road Trip class at the new Barracks Row wine shop DCanter. Andrew Stover, who created the wine lists at Sei and Oya, is tasting six wines from mostly unsung parts of the county, including New York's Finger Lakes, the High Plains of Texas, the Snake River Valley in Idaho and even Maui, Hawaii. Intrigued? Tickets are $50 and include cheese pairings.

Thursday, August 22
Chuck Brown's birthday was always one of the parties of the year. The Godfather of Go-Go would assemble his band, his friends and his fans, and then just play for hours. Though Chuck passed away last year, the tradition of celebrating his birthday continues. The Chuck Brown All-Star Band will be joined E.U.'s Sugar Bear, Junkyard Band's Buggs and other old-school go-go heroes at the Howard Theatre.

Fritz caught JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Rock and Roll Hotel a few months ago, and couldn't stop talking about the band afterwards: Upbeat '60s-style soul played by dynamic musicians for a crowd that didn't want to stop dancing. Brooks's sweet falsetto and come-on growls fit perfectly over soul music that wasn't afraid to rock out. The Chicago group just announced a "last-minute" show at Tropicalia, opening for House of Soul, a six-piece band that seamlessly plays the kind of disco and early house music that's ordinarily found only coming from a DJ's turntable.

Friday, August 23
The only all-'90s DJ night to sell out the 9:30 Club, No Scrubs finds DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion dropping hits by R. Kelly, Bel Biv Devoe, Nirvana, Big Audio Dynamite, TLC and dozens of other artists, keeping packed houses moving for at least five hours straight. Part of the fun is trying to remember the dance moves that went with that Kid N Play song, or discovering that yes, you really do have all the words to "Regulate" stuck in the back of your brain.

DJs D-Mac and Stereofaith are bringing back Booty Harvest, a night of all things bass, though they've moved it from Dodge City to Little Miss Whiskey's. The selecters spin boogie jams and low end, funky bootlegs all night, with a healthy dose of ghetto funk, the melange of breakbeat and electro-funk that's become its own movement the past few years.

Saturday, August 24
Don't look now, but fall is only a month away. Dogfish Head is getting a jump on the change of seasons by releasing its famous Punkin Ale this weekend at its three alehouses. Each will have beer and music, and the Gaithersburg alehouse will party from Friday through Sunday. The centerpiece is "The End of Summer," a day-long outdoor pig roast on Saturday. The spicy pumpkin beer - usually one of the best around - starts flowing from the taps at 11 a.m. Outside of brews, you'll find corn hole and other games on the patio, and kids are invited to play games for the whole family. Singer-songwriter Stephen Heller will perform from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Last weekend, the Fairgrounds shook to the sounds of Wale, Nadastrom and Phil Ad at the Trillectro festival. This Saturday will be a bit more sedate, but the music will be no less compelling. Go-to jazz site CapitalBop is sponsoring the New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest, where you can sample wine while digging a spectrum of local jazz artists. The performers include Donvonte McCoy, the straight-ahead trumpeter whose weekly sets at the Eighteenth Street Lounge pull funk and go-go into the mix; clarinetist Todd Marcus, whose mix of classic jazz and traditional Egyptian sounds landed him on NPR's list of 2012's best jazz albums; the global jazz-and-funk grooves of the Funk Ark; and more traditional vocalist Christie Dashiell, who has performed at the Kennedy Center. Admission is on three tiers: $30 if you just want to hear the music, $55 if you want to taste eight wines while listening, and $110 if you want to add VIP seats near the stage.

Cee Lo Green's boundless talent and focused hustle has made him a pop icon. He's alternately known as the "Crazy" guy (Gnarls Barkley), the "Forget You" guy, a strutting peacock at the Grammys or a judge on "The Voice." Along this journey collecting accolades, Cee Lo continued to promise fans that Goodie Mob, the hip-hop group that thrust him into the spotlight and coined the term "dirty south," would reunite and record again. Next week, Goodie Mob releases its first album with all four members since 1999. Televised performances of the single "Special Education" show Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo operating with the old chemistry intact and Cee Lo back to rapping, instead of crooning. They'll be bringing that reunion energy to the 9:30 Club.

Canada's k-os has been consistently lauded in his native Canada, but he's just known as a consistent journeyman beyond those borders. His chameleon approach to hip-hop reshapes itself into rock, R&B and electronic forms; his 2013 album "Black on Blonde" is a double record with one collection of straight hip-hop tunes and another of rock and pop. Get a live taste of it at the Howard Theatre, along with such k-os as "Crabbuckit" and "Superstarr Pt. Zero."

Sunday, August 25
The Throwing Shade podcast is getting edging closer to its 100th episode, but its quirky, pottymouth humor shows no signs of losing steam. Each week, "Feminasty" Erin Gibson and "Homosensual" Bryan Safi hold forth on subjects ranging from Russia's anti-gay laws to being insulted by Richard Simmons for "smelling like tacos" at his Beverly Hills studio. The two have a wonderful rapport, and you feel like you're listening in as two old friends gab about sex and the dark side of Bikram yoga and things we can't mention in the paper. What started at the Los Angeles Upright Citizens Brigade morphed into the podcast in 2011, and now (naturally) has moved to Funny or Die. Gibson and Safi are on tour doing the schtick for live audiences, which could make the experience at the Black Cat's mainstage only more comic.

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