The DJs, bands, dance nights and parties you need to plan for in the next seven days.
Wednesday, July 16
The Corcoran's impending union with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art has put the future of its popular events in doubt. The monthly Corcoran Uncorked happy hour goes on hiatus after tonight, so if you haven't been, this is your chance. In honor of the new Albert Paley “American Metal” exhibition, tonight's Uncorked features DJs spinning rockin’ heavy metal tunes in the atrium while guests tour the show, watch welding demonstrations and sip wine from the Muse cafe. Admission is $12; the event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 17
Groundbreaking hip-hop producer J Dilla created gems for many of the heaviest names in hip-hop and soul before his untimely death from a rare blood disease in 2006. It's a testament to the annual DC Loves Dilla tribute concert that many of the artists who worked with Dilla have graced the event, including De La Soul, the Pharcyde and Slum Village, while a band of local luminaries flawlessly performs Dilla's works live. The 2014 edition sees no reduction in the star power of Dilla's peers: The slate includes Pharoahe Monch, N'Dea Davenport, Bahamadia and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, as well as Washington's own Asheru, Kokayi, Gods'illa and Ra The MC. J Dilla's hefty discography comes to life at the Howard Theatre.
Since the Heurich House Museum began hosting monthly beer tastings in early 2013, the History and Hops series has focused almost exclusively on breweries from D.C. and its suburbs. That's set to change in July, as the featured beers come from the award-winning Devils Backbone, a few hours southwest of here in Roseland, Va. Come tour the Victorian home of D.C. brewing magnate Christian Heurich and you'll get unlimited pours of Vienna Lager, Turbo Cougar Blonde Bock and a cask version of 8 Point IPA, dry-hopped with Citra and Centennial hops. The $30 tickets must be purchased in advance; tastings and tours run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 18
Surprise: Del Campo has a rooftop deck. Okay, so technically it's the rooftop of the office building in which the South American restaurant is located. But it's a rooftop space nonetheless, and Del Campo is hosting its first public event there this week. Del Campo at Dusk features a special menu by chef Victor Albisu and Jonah Kim, late of Baltimore's Pabu Izakaya. An all-inclusive $65 ticket features a summery raw bar menu of ceviche, sushi and other dishes paired with sake and pisco cocktails from 6 to 9 p.m.
Whether you've known the words to "Rocky Top" since you were a baby or just love Tennessee sippin' whiskey, you're invited to the Tennessee State Society's annual Moonshine party at Southern Hospitality. Festivities kick off at 8 p.m. with two hours of free George Dickel whiskey and Dickel-based cocktails. From 10 to 11:30 p.m., Dickel drinks are $7. But this night is about mere than whiskey: There's danceable Southern rock and funk from Alabama band the Good Doctor, free Southern-style hors d'oeuvres and a raffle. And if you want to keep the party going after 11:30 p.m., Mason Inn is hosting the official after-party. All-inclusive tickets are $25, or $20 for state society members.
Saturday, July 19
This weekend is the kickoff of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, with 10 days of parades, concerts and bull riding. What's a homesick Wyomingite to do? Head to Eastern Market for C.O.W.P.I.E., the Wyoming State Society's 37th annual celebration of its home state. The main event is a mechanical bull riding contest -- the winner takes home the official Cheyenne Frontier Days belt buckle -- but there's also dancing to live country music by the Wil Gravatt Band, unlimited whiskey and beer, Wyoming-style snacks, a raffle of Wyoming products and an outdoor patio area with hay bales. Cowboy hats and boots are suggested attire, but not required. Tickets are $35 through July 17 through the state society Web site, and $50 at the door. A $25 designated driver ticket, available at the door, includes admission but no drinks.
At most beer festivals, you just stand around and drink beer. Not at the annual Artists and Artisans festival hosted by 3 Stars Brewing Company, an event dedicated to showcasing local musicians, graffiti artists, clothing designers, food trucks and distillers. Among the highlights of the July 19 festival: A live set by buzzworthy rock band Spirit Animal, graffiti art, food truck snacks and a tasting with New Columbia Distillers. There will also be plenty of 3 Stars beer, of course, including their new radler. Tickets are $15 in advance, and they sold out in advance last year.
Sunday, July 20
You'd be hard pressed to find a DJ who seems to love his job more than Maseo of De La Soul. After 25 years of holding down the turntables for the greatest duo in hip-hop history, Maseo still brings the same drive and fun to his party-rocking DJ sets. Day parties are a really great way to enjoy a DJ set, as you can cool out on a patio as the sun sets, share some food and drink, then get down on the dancefloor once night falls. Maseo will still be in town this Sunday after De La's Saturday night show at the Howard Theatre, so he'll be behind the decks for the Sunday Session day party at The Lodge at Redrocks. An 4 p.m. set from Maseo is a special treat, as the format allows him to explore an even wider range of genres.
Bebel Gilberto stands on the shoulders of her influential parents João Gilberto and Miúcha, but she's never in their shadows: In Bebel Gilberto's hands, the bossa nova sound her parents innovated is the base for a career of new explorations. At times sensual and at times driven by a dancefloor beat, Gilberto's sweet vocals have brought the sounds of Brazil into soul, electronica and Latin pop. Gilberto performs at the 9:30 Club in support of her seventh studio album "Tudo."