Going Out Guide: Week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights

September 23, 2013

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.

Sebastian Ingrossoand Pete Tong

Echostage is getting ready for one of its biggest weekends yet. Saturday night’s party with Armin Van Buuren sold out weeks ago. Friday, though, has a bit of intergenerational appeal as Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia shares the stage with the legendary Pete Tong. Tong has been a fixture on the BBC for more than two decades, introducing audiences to the latest house, trance and dubstep tracks through weekly radio shows and dozens of mix CDs. (He also has a movie named after him, “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.”) Ingrosso, meanwhile, had success as a solo progressive house producer before becoming a member of the Swedish supergroup. Ingrosso hasn’t been to Washington since 2011, so expect a big reaction for singles such as “Reload” and “Calling.”

Friday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. $40.

Rams Head Tavern anniversary

When Rams Head Tavern opened in Annapolis in 1989, it didn’t have an excellent concert hall, a full brewpub or a wonderful wisteria-covered garden. The Annapolis staple has come a long way over 24 years, and it’s celebrating its birthday by flashing back to the decade of its birth. The no-cover party features music by ’80s cover band the New Romance from 7 to 10:30 p.m., an ’80s costume contest and retro arcade games, but the throwback beer specials also are worth a look: Select drafts cost $1 from 4 to 5 p.m. and $2 from 5 to 6. Domestic cans — sold in an ’80s-themed koozie — will be $3 from 6 to 7. Grills will serve $5 burgers, hot dogs and brats. Arrive early to get the best seats: The bar is tenting the back parking lot to make room for crowds.

Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. 410-268-4545.
www.ramsheadgroup.com. Free.

Art All Night

Washingtonians passing through LeDroit Park and Shaw back in the day may remember the delicious aroma that wafted all over the neighborhood thanks to the Wonder Bread factory. After years of sitting vacant, the factory has been the site of art events as it undergoes a renovation. The Alliance Française and Shaw Main Streets are among the partners turning the building into an immersive sensory experience as part of the Paris-inspired Art All Night event this Saturday. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., view large-scale art installations, dance to DJs and bands, and check out film screenings filling the entire building.

Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW. www.artallnightdc2013.com. Free.

Viewing party and fundraiser

Michael J. Fox returns to television this week on “The Michael J. Fox Show,” in which he plays a newsman who returns to television after taking years off to battle Parkinson’s disease. It may not be 100 percent autobiographical, but it’s close. The young professionals chapter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is hosting a viewing party of the first two episodes at Living Social, with all proceeds going to the foundation. A $25 ticket ($30 at the door) includes food from Luke’s Lobster, Shake Shack and other local restaurants, one adult beverage and a $20 credit for an Uber cab home. The $50 VIP ticket adds an extra drink ticket and a private area for socializing.

Thursday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Living Social, 918 F St. www. teamfoxypdcpremiere.eventbrite.com. $25-$50.

Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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