TheScene Shows to Catch
Femi Kuti carries on the family tradition (his father is the late, legendary Fela Kuti) with a driving, polyrhythmic Afrobeat show at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . The extremely funny Sheryl Underwood continues an engagement at the DC Improv (202-296-7008) through Sunday. . . . Popular local group Bicycle Thieves returns to the stage at Iota (703-522-8340). The pop-rock group hasn't performed locally in a few months, so if you've been missing them, now's the chance to get your fix.
International jazz star Hugh Masekela is performing two vibrant shows at Zanzibar on the Waterfront (202-554-9100) . . . The Decemberists team up with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Merriweather Post Pavilion (202-397-7328). The indie group's music often seems as if it's from another time and should lend itself well to orchestral treatment. . . . Mos Def is a man of many talents. The rapper who became such a fine actor that some folks probably forgot that he was a rapper (starting out with the Native Tongues crew back in the day) is doing an early show at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . Club Glow (info line 202-271-1171), the long-running dance party, moves to a new home at Ibiza (1222 First St. NE). Christening the new space will be up-and-coming DJ Blake Jarrell , along with Pete Moutso and Dan Sampson .
Two Cow Garage is a hardworking band. The group plays a few hundred gigs a year, rolling down the road to show after show. It can get frustrating, as they acknowledge in such songs as "Should've California," on which Micah Schnabel sings, "Should've gone to college and made a lot of money / I should've been blue collar like my father / Bustin' knuckles / I shouldn't be wasting all of my time in these basement bars with this rock and roll band." However, I'm wagering that if you go hear the group at the Red and the Black (202-399-3201), you'll be quite glad that Two Cow Garage has stuck with it and kept rocking. Show the group some love, because between the latest CD, "III," and the endless miles on the road, it's earned some.
Vienna Teng is a fine pianist (she's played since she was 5). Her music falls, as she puts it on her Web site, "somewhere between folk and pop, with a bit of classical and jazz." Check her out at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). Also, she'll be at Rams Head Tavern (410-268-4545) on July 20.
-- Curt Fields