By the end of last summer, we thought we had seen the last of the Coolout parties on Beacon Hotel's rooftop deck. Between the rotating cast of DJs spinning great soulful house, Latin funk music and hip-hop, and the fashionable crowds, the two-year-old Sunday afternoon gatherings had become an institution. They had also become so popular and unwieldy that organizers were making noises about not returning this year. But lo and behold, this week marks the comeback of the Coolout, with longtime resident Harry Dixon joined by local D.C. indie rockers U.S. Royalty, who have their own funky residency on Wednesdays at Chi-Cha Lounge. Throw in a set by rising local hip-hop star Phil Ade, and you've got a perfect kickoff to the weekly summer series. (If you went last year, note the new time -- 5 to 11 p.m. -- but admission is still free.)
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