Nightlife Agenda: ‘End of Summer’ party, jazz and wine, and a rap reunion


Musician Cee Lo Green performs at the ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event at Tad Gormley Stadium on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for ESPN)
August 19, 2013

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.

‘End of Summer’ party

Don’t look now, but fall is only a month away. Dogfish Head is getting a jump on the change of seasons by releasing its famous Punkin Ale this weekend at its three alehouses. Each will have beer and music, and the Gaithersburg alehouse will party from Friday through Sunday. The centerpiece is a day-long outdoor pig roast Saturday. The spicy pumpkin beer — usually one of the best around — starts flowing from the taps at 11 a.m. Outside of brews, you’ll find corn hole and other games on the patio, and kids are invited to play games for the whole family. Singer-songwriter Stephen Heller will perform from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Dogfish Head Alehouse, 800 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-963-4847. www.dogfishalehouse.com. Free.

New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest

Last weekend, the Fairgrounds shook to the sounds of Wale, Nadastrom and Phil Adéat the Trillectro festival. This Saturday will be a bit more sedate, but the music will be no less compelling. Go-to jazz site CapitalBop is sponsoring the New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest, where you can sample wine while digging a spectrum of local jazz artists. The performers include Donvonte McCoy, the straight-ahead trumpeter whose weekly sets at the Eighteenth Street Lounge pull funk and go-go into the mix; clarinetist Todd Marcus, whose mix of classic jazz and traditional Egyptian sounds landed him on NPR’s list of 2012’s best jazz albums; the global jazz-and-funk grooves of the Funk Ark; and more traditional vocalist Christie Dashiell, who has performed at the Kennedy Center.

Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. The Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. www.newvintage.capitalbop.com. Admission to the festival is on three tiers: $30 for music; $55 for music and wine; and $110 for VIP seats near the stage.

Goodie Mob

Cee Lo Green’s boundless talent and focused hustle has made him a pop icon. He’s alternately known as the “Crazy” guy (Gnarls Barkley), the “Forget You” guy, a strutting peacock at the Grammys or a judge on “The Voice.” Along this journey collecting accolades, Cee Lo continued to promise fans that Goodie Mob, the hip-hop group that thrust him into the spotlight and coined the term “dirty south,” would reunite and record again. Next week, Goodie Mob releases its first album with all four members since 1999. Televised performances of the single “Special Education” show Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo operating with the old chemistry intact and Cee Lo back to rapping, instead of crooning. They’ll be bringing that reunion energy to the 9:30 Club.

Saturday at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $40.

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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