Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
We’re not really surprised that “Yeezus” leaked. The Kanye West album, which everyone is either hailing as a train wreck or a transcendent, visionary work, is blowing up all digital communication networks and sending critics scrambling to put it in context after a few rushed listens. Let’s all take a pause. Hold those “classic” proclamations, and take off the earbuds, step away from the keyboard and get immersed in the album with other real-life humans. The record will be played end to end twice in a row on U Street Music Hall’s sonic temple of a sound system, and then DJ Baronhawk will spin his way through other highlights from the Kanye catalogue.
Tuesday at 10 p.m. 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. ustreetmusichall.com. Free for age 21 and older; $5 for ages 18 to 20.
Noche de San Juan is one of Puerto Rico’s biggest festivals. (After all, Saint John is the patron saint of the island and the namesake of its capital.) In Washington, it’s a time for Puerto Ricans — and fans of Puerto Rican music — to come together and celebrate. At Cuba Libre, DJs from Puerto Rico will join the SalBomPle Band for a night of dancing. Arrive early to beat the lines, save $5 on the cover charge and take advantage of drink specials. Beers and cocktails are discounted before midnight.
Last Friday was one of our favorite holidays: National Bourbon Day. If you missed the chance to celebrate America’s native spirit, make sure you have this Saturday circled in red on your calendar. The D.C. Bourbon Bash is a whiskey-flavored crawl around Dupont Circle, with eight bars pouring eight bourbons. Science Club will be offering Eagle Rare 10-Year Single Barrel, for example, while at the Front Page, it will be Four Roses Small Batch. Tastes of eight bourbons are included with admission, but don’t need to try every one — there’s no excuse for heading to Madhatter for Maker’s Mark if you haven’t sampled the 1792 Ridgemont Reserve at the Board Room. Admission includes food and drink specials at each location. Proceeds benefit the Lead the Way Fund, which benefits wounded Army Rangers and their families. (Note: No tickets will be sold at the door.)
Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets must be picked up at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St. NW) or at James Hoban’s Irish Bar (1 Dupont Cir. NW) between noon and 3 p.m. dcbourbonbash.com. $55. VIP tickets ($75) include admission at 11 a.m. and a lunch entree.
In France, the summer solstice arrives with a national celebration of music and the arts. The Fete de la Musique finds amateur and professional musicians filling town squares, museums and public spaces — anywhere they can find room to play. The Alliance Francaise is continuing the tradition on this side of the Atlantic, taking over the new Malmaison — a sister restaurant of Adams Morgan’s Napoleon and Georgetown’s Cafe Bonaparte — for a 13-hour party on the banks of the Potomac. A dozen jazz, pop, funk and folk bands will perform for free from 2 to 11 p.m. After that, DJs will spin into the wee hours of Sunday morning. (Bring the kids to a special drum workshop, which runs from 2 to 3 p.m.)
Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. Malmaison, 3401 K St. NW. francedc.org. 202-234-7911. Free before 11 p.m. After 11: $5 in advance, $10 at the door.