It’s hard to find much of a common musical thread between the musical acts at Comet Ping Pong on Friday, so sweat will have to suffice. Two bands and two DJs will inspire much dripping from the forehead. Vockah Redu is a New Orleans rap group that draws heavily on bounce, New Orleans’s rump-shaking hometown genre. Standing still while listening to this music is practically a misdemeanor in the Big Easy. Locals Heavy Breathing will play dark, propulsive electronic rock, while DJs Kid Congo Powers and Ian Svenonius will dust off their usual array of vintage funk, R&B and soul 45s before, between and after the bands.
Friday at 10:30 p.m. Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0404. $10.
We can’t tell whether this is ironic: Brightest Young Things, the Web site with the highest hipster quotient in Washington, is hosting a pool party called “Hipster Camp” on Saturday at the Capitol Skyline pool. Feeling nostalgic for the early 2000s? Buddy Holly glasses, trucker hats and “ironic T-shirts” are the suggested dress code. (Back issues of Vice Magazine can probably offer a few suggestions.) DJs will spin indie rock and dance tunes you probably won’t recognize, as well as B-sides and remixes by bands you may have heard of, so download the Shazam for your iPhone and prepare to impress your friends by identifying the Pretentious Version of LCD Soundsystem’s “Yeah.” There will also be a Ping-Pong tournament, because, well, you know. Irony, or something. The $15 cover includes a burger and all the pool time you need. Get there early because the best deck chairs go fast.
Saturday from noon-8 p.m. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. www.brightestyoungthings.com. $15.
One of the most enjoyable nights of the year at the Black Cat is the annual Run for Cover benefit show — when local musicians form one-time supergroups and play cover songs in ways you’ve probably never heard. Seeing the list of bands and guessing what they’ll play is always part of the fun. This year’s list: Su-Su-Suicide, White Brigade, Diff’rent Strokes, the Roasters, Gaga Gaga Hey, Faux Doubt, People of the Sun and Robot Rock. So we’re thinking Phil Collins-style No Wave (Su-Su-Suicide); Ramones-style Lady Gaga (Gaga Gaga Hey); and funk-style Strokes (Diff’rent Strokes). It’s always a good time and benefits another annual D.C. gem, the Fort Reno summer concert series.
Saturday at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.
We’re willing to bet that most people who didn’t grow up in the Washington area got their first taste of go-go with the rollicking beat of E.U.’s party anthem “Da Butt.” In fact, we’re willing to bet that a lot of people around here did the same. E.U. founder/vocalist/bassist Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott has been a tireless advocate for go-go music, and some of the genre’s most famous names will be at the Capital Beltway Best Western in Lanham on Sunday night to help him celebrate his birthday. Acts include Chuck Brown; Suttle Thoughts; Anwan “Big G” Glover of the Backyard Band; Rare Essence’s D. Floyd; White Boy; and Go-Go Mickey. (E.U. is, of course, the evening’s headliner.) The party is hosted by female rapper Nonchalant, and admission includes the usual “free lavish buffet” of appetizers, snacks and birthday cake.
Sunday at 9 p.m. Capital Beltway Best Western Hotel, 5910 Princess Garden Pkwy., Lanham. 202-903-1067. www.sugarbearsallstarbday2011.eventbrite.com. $20 in advance.