Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events, including Bastille Day celebrations, at www.goingoutguide.com.
Most of your favorite progressive hip-hop and soul stars of the past decade have rocked over a beat created by J Dilla: Busta Rhymes, Janet Jackson and Erykah Badu are just a few. And since Dilla’s death in 2006 from complications of lupus, the DC Loves Dilla benefit concert series has featured a number of them, including Pharcyde and Slum Village. So how do you top that? This year’s show at the Howard Theatre features De La Soul and Roots vocalist Black Thought as well as Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, the classical composer behind the “Suite for Ma Dukes,” an orchestral project based on Dilla’s works. As usual, all proceeds benefit the J Dilla Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington D.C.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show.
When temperatures begin falling, we look forward to seasonal Christmas ales — the rich, spicy beers that pack enough alcohol to get you through a snowy evening around a fire. But in July? Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Evolution Winter Migration and Mikkeller’s Santa’s Little Helper may be delicious, but they would be the last thing we’d crave. Unless, that is, it was time for the Black Squirrel’s Ho Ho Hot party, a Christmas in July where guests can snack on free Christmas cookies while sipping eight very non-summery brews. Arrive before 7 p.m. for the free snacks; the beers — on tap and in bottles — will flow while supplies last.
Friday beginning at 5 p.m. The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. 202-232-1011. www.blacksquirreldc.com. Free admission.
Get a taste of the local blues scene — and a tasty fish sandwich — at the D.C. Blues Society’s annual Hotter Than July Fish Fry and Show. Ten bands, including Eddie and the Blues Drivers and Cooking With Gas, will play half-hour sets from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at Silver Spring’s American Legion Hall. The $15 cover includes a hot fish sandwich; bring a potluck dish to share, and you’ll receive a copy of the D.C. Blues Society cookbook.
Saturday at 4 p.m. American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. 301-322-4808. www.dcblues.org. $15.
U.S. Royalty became a sure bet for D.C.’s Next Big Thing in 2010 after attention-grabbing performances at the SXSW and CMJ festivals. (The fashion-conscious group bolstered its cred even further after Esquire named it the “best dressed” band in New York.) But then its debut album, “Mirrors,” a rootsy, swaggering collection of tunes that recalled Fleetwood Mac and Band of Horses, quietly went nowhere, and U.S. Royalty fell out of the limelight. The band is hoping to recapture the buzz with a new album, “Blue Sunshine,” in the fall. Get an early listen at a special show at the Industry Gallery, where local artists will set the scene with installations and screen printing.
Saturday at 9 p.m. Industry Gallery, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. www.usroyaltymusic.com. $15.