The DJs, bands, dance nights and parties you need to plan for this week.
Thursday, August 7
Bar crawls in Clarendon have (somewhat deservedly) gotten a bad rap lately, but Thursday brings a night of bar-hopping that probably won't involve nudity and/or the cops. Earlier this summer, the staff of Lyon Hall and Liberty Tavern partnered with Evolution Brewing to create two unique casks of the Salisbury brewery's Lot #3 IPA. They'll tap them both at 5 p.m., and then customers are invited to bounce between the two bars to compare. Liberty's is dry-hopped with Centennial and Crystal hops, while Lyon Hall's features spicy Willamette and Ahtanum hops. There's no charge to participate, and the event runs concurrently with happy hour at both bars.
Though beers from Frederick's Brewer's Alley and Monocacy breweries have been showing up at some D.C. beer bars for the past two years, the two breweries only officially entered the local market this week, thanks to a new distribution deal. The event is being marked with a series of happy hours hosted by head brewer Todd Perkins. On Thursday, they'll be pouring drafts from both breweries at DC Reynolds' popular buy-one, get-one-free happy hour, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. On Friday, it's off to the roof deck at Roofers Union for more beers and a glassware giveaway from 5 to 7 p.m.
Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Georgetown's preppy hotspot was the Chinese Disco, a weekend party that took its name from its unlikely location at a Chinese restaurant called the Day Lily. A 1982 Washington Post story about the wild dance parties at "ChiDi" referred to "the neon green and hot pink, all-cotton, collegiate crowd for whom 'The Preppy Handbook' is not just a best seller but a way of life." It's no secret that Georgetown's modern preppy scene has been stagnating, and in an effort to recapture some of the old magic, the list-only George has been rebranded Chinese Disco and given a new bar, new booths and new dance floor. There's a preview party with discounted growlers and buckets on beer on Thursday night, beginning at 10 p.m.
The TB-303 and TR-808 drum machines fueled '80s dance music and hip-hop, and they're "rediscovered" by every subsequent generation, all the way to the trap music and pop sounds of today. Most producers who use their iconic sounds are working with digital copies, but that's not the case with Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh. He is bringing the original hardware on stage with him at Tropicalia, performing the acid house from his landmark 1982 album "10 Ragas To A Disco Beat." Washington duo Protect-U shares the bill.
As Tiny Ruins, New Zealand singer Hollie Fullbrook crafts gorgeous, intricate folk-pop. Despite fingerpicked guitars and occasional horns, Fullbrook's hushed vocals are the main instrument: Her affecting lyrics have the charm of short stories. Except a wonderfully intimate show at DC9.
Friday, August 8
After months of waiting, the Bardo Beer Garden and Brewpub on Bladensburg Road NE is finally tapping its own beer. The official "World Premiere" includes some old favorites from Bardo's days in Arlington, including Marionberry Ale and Ginger Ale, plus an IPA, pale ale and stout. To make it a real party, the prices are being rolled back to Bardo's 1994 glory days: $3.45 pints and $9.91 pitchers. Doors open at 6.
"Summer Scream" sounds like a radio station-sponsored festival at a suburban amphitheater, but it's actually a rock-solid night of metal at Comet Ping Pong. The night is based around a set by Judas Priestess, billed as "The World's Only All-Girl Tribute to the Metal Gods" (aka Judas Priest), and these leather-clad New Yorkers cover all the bases, from "Breaking the Law" to "Victim of Changes." When the Priestesses aren't onstage, entertainment comes from DJs and video projections. Admission is $12, doors open at 10.
Saturday, August 9
On a hot summer day, few things are more refreshing than a water slide — or a giant water gun battle. Thankfully, you can get both at Yards Park’s Splash Yards party this Saturday. Try wading pools or water slides while listening to '90s cover band White Ford Bronco and a team of DJs, including Rock Creek Social Club's Jerome Baker III. Take part in human hamster-ball races and grab a drink at a tiki bar sponsored by Bluejacket before the giant water fight -- balloons and Super Soakers provided -- at 4 p.m. There's no entry fee, but you must be 21 or older.
The three ladies of KING drove modern soul music fans into a frenzy three years ago with their debut three song EP, "The Story." Since then, the trio has released two singles, giving them an official output of only five songs, outside of a few collaborations. What's driving fans crazy is that KING's very limited output. Lush, multi-dimensional production and crystalline vocals make every KING song an event, to the point where even Prince took the group under his wing. KING makes its DC debut at U Street Music Hall, cranking up even more anticipation for the fall release of the group's first full-length album.
The annual New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest, a day of grooving and sipping sponsored by jazz chroniclers CapitalBop.com and the Petworth Jazz Project, returns to the Half-Street Fairgrounds this weekend. The diverse lineup features soulful saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad, the straight-ahead bop sound of the Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet, and the breathtaking piano of Allyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary. As the music plays, artists from Art Whino paint murals, food trucks serve snacks and wine experts pour samples of 15 different varieties. A $20 ticket will get you in the door for the concert, which runs from 2 to 10 p.m.; pay $40 and you'll get admission and tastes of eight wines of your choice.
3 Stars beers have become so ubiquitous at D.C. bars that it's easy to forget the brewery is barely two years old. Founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman celebrate 3 Stars' second birthday this weekend with a barbecue on the patio of Meridian Pint. A dozen of 3 Stars' best beers will be on draft, including the Citra Lemon Saison, Danny Greene Double IPA, and even the out-of-season Winter Madness strong ale. The fun begins at 4.
Techno fans, you have all winter to spend in a dark, clammy club listening to your favorite dance music. It's summer. Get outside. The Tech Oceans cruise finds DJs DeepCutta and Chris Nitti spinning driving techno, hard house and tech house while sailing down the Potomac aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship. The two-hour tour costs $10 in advance, and there's an optional $25 open vodka bar and $25 bottles of champagne. The ship sets sail from the Georgetown Waterfront at 4:30 p.m., and the dress code is "pool/beach attire."
Sunday, August 10
Over three decades, Ed Motta has delighted his followers with a uniquely Brazilian marriage of MPB (Música popular brasileira), rock, soul, funk and jazz. He has played all of the instruments on his solo albums and lent his talents to collaborations with Roy Ayers and Marcos Valle. As a curator of rare Brazilian records, he writes about Brazilian musical traditions and produces radio programs to bring the music to new generations. Washington fans of Brazilian sounds should flock to his Washington show at the Howard Theatre, which also features local fave Cissa Paz.