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.
Lady Alma is a product of the influence of a couple of generations of divas — Chaka Khan, Loleatta Holloway, Jocelyn Brown — but she has carved out a lane for herself. She brings gospel and blues to dance music as well as a sophisticated jazz style to modern soul. Whether belting out a club-smashing house banger or seductively cooing over sparse, skittish down-tempo tracks, Alma stamps her singular imprint on every song she touches while enhancing the producer’s original intent. King Britt, 4hero and Mark de Clive-Lowe have all delivered classic records with Alma at the microphone. Then there’s her live show, which embodies the ideal of leaving it all onstage. Blues Alley may not be able to contain her.
Wednesday at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $20.
We know that 2012 is only a couple of days old, but we’re ready to make the prediction that the Garland of Hours/Gordon Withers show at the Black Cat will be the cello rock concert of the year. Garland of Hours is the cello-centric project of Amy Domingues, who has added her talents to albums by the likes of Ted Leo and Fugazi but takes center stage to celebrate the release of her band’s new album, “Lucidia.” If music at Renaissance fairs sounded like this, we’d be there (okay, probably not). Withers, who plays cello for D.C./Baltimore rock band Office of Future Plans, opens.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $8.
We’ve seen some pretty bizarre Elvis-themed parties, but it’s hard to top the Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club. Last year featured Elvis impersonators, Elvis trivia, tassel-twirling burlesque dancers, ’50s-themed skits and highly choreographed “fights” between Colonel Sanders and a giant chicken, Sarah Palin and a drag queen, and Abraham Lincoln and a guy dressed as the Washington Monument. We have no idea what to expect this time around, although the preview video on the Fight Club Web site includes a talking toilet, and burlesque queen Lil’ Dutch always pulls together a solid lineup of dancers. And we strongly suggest going to the late show. Just a hunch.
Saturday at 8 and 11 p.m. The Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 202-321-2878. www.elvisbirthdayfightclub.com. $16 in advance, $20 at the door. 21 and older.
Bell’s beers should be familiar to most bargoers: The award-winning Michigan brewery’s hoppy Two Hearted and summery Oberon are on draft across the area. But the Bell’s Beer Dinner at RFD on Jan. 10 will feature five rare brews that almost never make their way to Washington, including Black Note, a blend of Expedition Stout and Double Cream Stout that’s aged in bourbon barrels, and Hopsoulution, a double IPA made with hops from Germany and the Pacific Northwest. All five beers will be paired with food, including a manchego mac and cheese made with Hopsoulution, but the star of the night will be what’s in your glass. Tickets include tax and gratuity; get them before they sell out.
Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. RFD Washington, 810 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-2030. www.lovethebeer.com. $60.