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.
The basement bar at Georgetown’s Pizzeria Paradiso just received a facelift that added more tables and expanded the standing room next to the bar. The space is much more comfortable and less cramped — even on a Friday night. To celebrate the new look, the basement beer bar is offering three nights of grand reopening specials. Tuesday features a dozen Italian craft beers on tap, including Baladin, Del Borgo, Loverbeer and Del Ducato. (The beers will be on all night, but make sure to go between 5 and 7 p.m. when they’re half off.) Wednesday brings a dozen smoked ales and lagers – again, half-price at happy hour – with $2 antipasti plates. Thursday is Dollar Night: Your first draft beer is $1, no matter what it is. Same goes for your first order from the new bar snacks menu. That’s a deal you can’t pass up.
Tuesday through Thursday. Birreria Paradiso, 3282 M St. NW. www.eatyourpizza.com. 202-337-1245. Free.
Most of Washington’s rock clubs are slow or dead this week because of the South by Southwest music festival, but U Street Music Hall is chock full of must-see shows to celebrate its third anniversary. On Wednesday, Dave Nada, who invented the slowed-down dance genre known as moombahton, and partner-in-crime Matt Nordstrom headline the 24th edition of their Moombahton Massive dance party with guests Sabo and Munchi. German DJ Michael Mayer, the founder of the influential tech-house and electro label Kompakt, is in charge on Thursday.
Things get deep on Friday, when Chicago house legend Derrick Carter and New York’s Kenny Dope — one-half of Masters at Work — join D.C.’s own soulful house king Sam “The Man” Burns for a dance party until the wee hours. Scuba, the English dubstep DJ and founder of Hotflush Recordings, and South London Ordinance test the limits of U Hall’s famous bass system on Saturday. And everything wraps up with a Sunday appearance by Goldie, the pioneering drum ’n’ bass DJ who founded the Metalheadz label and recorded some classic jungle tracks, including “Kemistry” and “Inner City Life,” when he wasn’t acting in James Bond films or “Snatch.” It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the city’s most dynamic dance club.
Wednesday through Sunday at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $10 for most events.
Hiatus Kaiyote jumped out of Melbourne, Australia, in 2011 and hit the ground running hard. It has earned breathless praise from multiple, seemingly incongruous points of the musical compass. Its future soul and jazz leanings have Gilles Peterson, Questlove and Erykah Badu on swoon mode. But the group’s flirtations with electronic beatcraft as well as indie-pop make its music as difficult to explain as its name. And with a name like Nai Palm, and vocals that are alternately operatic, warbling and cooing, its lead vocalist makes you focus on the band’s deliciously confounding approach to making truly unique music. Hiatus Kaiyote is one of those bands you’ll be telling folks you saw at the cusp of much bigger things to come. You’ll get that chance at Liv nightclub, where the group performs on its first U.S. tour.
— Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson