Theo Parrish, the mad scientist of the Chicago house tradition, is known as much for his haunting, darkly soulful productions as for the surprises in his DJ sets. By his lights, "house music" is not simply a four-to-the-floor kick drum at a specific tempo; he goes beyond run-of-the-mill house music to unexpected selections of jazz fusion and classic soul. Parrish comes to D.C. as part of the Forward Festival, a five-night collection of electronic music performances, dance nights and production clinics that has matured admirably in its third year. Opening for Parrish is Trus'me, a young Englishman generating a lot of excitement with his new takes on post-disco and boogie sounds.
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