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.
Every April 2, the 14th Street NW restaurant Marvin remembers Marvin Gaye, one of the most important musicians to come out of Washington, with a birthday party in the upstairs lounge. This year features a performance by members of the Marquees, which was Gaye’s first band. Gaye’s longtime bandleader, Gordon “Guitar” Banks, leads a jam session with a cast of local R&B artists, including Wes Felton, Tamara Wellons and Nea Posey, taking on Gaye hits. Filmmaker Damian Bailey will screen his new short film, “Music: A Marvin Gaye Story.” DJ John Morales follows the music with a set of rare and unreleased Gaye tunes. Admission is free, and all proceeds from food and drink sales go to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Marvin, 2007 14th St. NW. 202-797-7171. www.marvindc.com. Free.
Meshell Ndegeocello has absorbed it all over her long, rich career. The D.C. native started with go-go before breaking into the mainstream with funk, rock and pop. She also has explored hip-hop, electronica and jazz. This diversity is why every fan will be curious to see what she does with Fats Waller’s songbook, as the Kennedy Center presents a free night of modern takes on his ragtime and stride tradition. Ndegeocello will be the vocalist for an ensemble led by Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center’s artistic adviser for jazz. Before the performance, at 8:30 p.m., take an hour-long “Soul of Jazz” dance class led by Maija Garcia, creative director and assistant choreographer for the musical “Fela.” Free tickets will be distributed at 8 p.m. in the Nations Gallery.
Friday at 9:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Local scene-making site Brightest Young Things recently found itself at the center of a plagiarism storm — its managing editor resigned after being accused of copying material from other Web sites — but the site’s promoters are still organizing hip events that few competitors can match. Its D.C. Emerging Artists Super Sampler brings a dozen buzz-worthy locals to the Hamilton on the same night. It’s not all hipster fodder; the show will also feature engaging female rapper Ra the MC, tuneful garage rockers Shark Week, glossy Balearic electropop group Black Hills, atmospheric post-rock band Drop Electric and synth-driven hip-hop duo Beyond Modern.
Saturday at 8 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $20 in advance, $22 at the door.