Thursday, July 26, 2007; 12:00 AM
Thursday, July 26
Last month, we wrote about the debut of the Modernist Society at Bourbon, a new salon-style event that mixes an open-bar happy hour, a Q&A session with a newsmaker (in that case, Vice Magazine's Trace Crutchfield) and DJs spinning funk, soul and international grooves. Despite a few hitches -- including Crutchfield arriving three hours late after his flight from New York was cancelled -- the series got off to a promising start. (You can read Fritz's full review here.) The second edition takes place tonight, and it should be more intellectually stimulating: The guest is Josh Rushing, a former Marine who worked as a media-relations officer for the military during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. After growing disillusioned with his role, he left the Marines to become a correspondent for the Arabic satellite news network al-Jazeera, which some U.S. officials have called anti-American. Host Jason Mojica moderates an hour-long interview with Rushing, beginning at 9. Get there between 8 and 9 for free Absolut Vodka drinks, then stick around for DJs Neville Chamberlain and D-Mac from 10 until last call. There's no cover charge or reservation required.
Good: Happy hour on Thursday. Better: Outdoor happy hour on Thursday. Best: Outdoor happy hour on Thursday with $3 drinks and a cover charge that benefits a good cause. Tonight at Chloe, you can help the Lupus Foundation by showing up and donating $5 to $10 in exchange for $3 beers and $4 mixed drinks from 6 to 7:30, hanging out on the bar's lovely back deck and meeting new people. (If you can't make it early, drink prices only go up a buck after 7:30.) Get more information and RSVP on Meetup.com.
Wonderland party starter DJ Meistro has been added to the DJ rotation at Vegetate along with Dredd, Dave Nada and Harry Hotter. Catch his selection of white label funk breaks and boogaloo flavors tonight, and don't overlook the restaurant's half-price small plates until 8 p.m.
Friday, July 27
If there's one thing we've learned while writing this column, it's that otherwise too-cool-for-school hipsters and indie rock kids love-love-love the idea of putting on suits and taffeta dresses and reliving the magical, mystical prom experience. Expect a raucous, over-the-top party atmosphere when local pop-punkers the Dance Party celebrate the release of their new album "Friction! Friction! Friction!" with a prom-themed show at the Black Cat. Normal gigs by the local quartet have a tendency to get out of hand, so a CD release show on a summer Friday night, be prepared for anything -- including a backdrop for prom-themed glamour shots. Read more about "Friction! Friction! Friction" on the GOG blog.
Saturday, July 28
Though Maxi Priest hasn't had chart-topping hits since the early '90s, the English-born "King of Lovers Rock" keeps a steady touring schedule, playing "Close to You" and "Wild World" for longtime fans and sprinkling in newer songs that are tinged with the same mix of reggae, pop and R&B. A veteran of those big-time Reggae Summersplash tours, Priest's D.C. fans will love a chance to get much more intimate with the singer during with an appearance at Zanzibar's crowd-pleasing ReggaeFest, alongside Jamaican dancehall singer Red Fox and the local Storm Reggae Band. Doors open at 9. Tickets are $25 in advance through Ticketmaster, or $5 more at the door.
With Los Angeles's reputation for the plastic and superficial, you wouldn't peg the City of Angels as a place where deep, soulful house music could thrive. If L.A. conjures up images of glow sticks, silicone and velvet ropes, Marques Wyatt has labored for almost a decade to add Latin percussion, organic keys and soaring vocals to the mix. He's one of the major DJs whose name is synonymous with a residency that becomes a phenomenon of its own, and Wyatt's DEEP parties at Hollywood's Vanguard nightclub gather a devoted flock of house heads from all over southern California. Wyatt recreates the energy of his homebase at Five tonight, with DJ Tom B adding the local flavor.
If you haven't heard of Global Seduction Radio, we won't blame you -- it's a local-access cable show that wants to mix the best of Opie and Anthony, Maxim Magazine and "Loveline" into a package with music and "tips" on dating and romance. It's wildly hit and miss and relentlessly juvenile, but we think that's the point. Anyway, hosts Shaun Cox and Jimmy Showtime are coming out from behind the microphones tonight to host Seductionfest 2007, which features live music by cover band 8 Track Jones and metal outfit Almost Human, stand up comedians and DJ sets. It's at the Rock and Roll Hotel, and doors open at 9:30.
Sunday, July 29
We're too young to have experienced d.c. space, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it. Starting in the 1970s, the F Street spot was one of the first venues in the city to embrace punk, as well as other types of outsider music. A quick stroll through Post archives finds late-1970s reviews of the likes of James Chance and the Contortions, Anthony Braxton and John Cale. Score! In the next decade the venue would become more identified with the D.I.Y. rock scene, hosting legendary shows by the likes of Minor Threat, Nation of Ulysses, the Melvins, Beat Happening and basically any band worth a 25-page bio recap by Michael Azzerad. The club closed in the early '90s, but its history of avant garde and punk music assures that it lives on in local lore. Thirty years after d.c. space first opened its doors, its veterans are gathering for one more evening tonight at the 9:30 club. The evening has been designated as a benefit for Tom Terrell, a music journalist and former d.c. space DJ who finds himself in that all-too-common predicament of needing medical treatment (for prostate cancer, in this case) that he simply cannot afford. The list of names appearing tonight is simply too long to get into, but highlights include 9353, Beatnik Flies, Chuck Brown (performing with avant garde jazz saxophonist Oliver Lake), Rustbuckit and Jenny Toomey. It will be a marathon event, starting at 4 and lasting past midnight, with most sets limited to 10-15 minutes.
There's certainly a small bit of irony in the fact that on the night of the d.c. space Reunion, the city's best "for artists, by artists" venue says goodbye. The demise of the Warehouse Next Door was as depressing as it was inevitable; with tax hikes going into effect across the city, small spots like the Warehouse are getting priced out of their locations with regularity. This isn't exactly the final hurrah -- there will still be a Negativland show there next Sunday and special events like Art Romp will go on as planned -- but it will be the final night of full bar service. There will be drink specials in addition to the regularly scheduled Fringe Festival and Art in Heat performances, and owners Paul and Molly Ruppert might just tell you their future plans if you ask nicely.
Monday, July 30
Sol Edler's emotional balladry draws from the rich church music tradition that produces many of Washington's best local working musicians. Like many of the current crop of young soul and jazz talents, Edler honed his craft in Bar Nun's open mike scene, eventually working his way into a position singing backup for Eric Roberson. Once reluctant to perform outside of the group setting, the warm reception he received from audiences spurred him to complete a solid solo album. Edler brings his soulful baritone to Blues Alley for a solo show tonight, and we have the feeling it won't be the last time.
Tuesday, July 31
While 50 Cent models jewel-encrusted bulletproof vests and takes out actors posing as enemies in his videos, Immortal Technique aims to redefine the "gangsta" archetype by attacking the powers that be. With the same raw approach that can make the most nihilistic rap compelling, Immortal Technique takes aim from the far, Marxist left at corruption in the govermental, social and political spheres. At the 9:30 club tonight, Immortal Technique spits hard bars that range from conspiracy themes to astute analysis to simple aggression.
When summer rolls around, it's time to put away the dark, heavy stouts and porters in favorite of lighter, more refreshing wheat beers. Year after year, we find ourselves drinking plenty of Allagash White, a cloudy Belgian-style brew from Portland, Maine. It's got just the right amount of citrus and really quenches a thirst when you're, you know, actively hanging out on a patio. While the White may be the best known (and easiest to find) beer from Allagash, the brewery produces a number of ales worth checking out. Tonight at Cafe Saint-Ex, Allagash brewer and owner Rob Tod is leading a tasting of five beers accompanied by food, and the treats include Musette, a barrel-aged Scotch ale; Hugh Malone, a dry-hopped limited-edition ale; and the Inoculator, brewed in the Belgian Triple style with cherries. Tickets are $50 and Saint-Ex's beer dinners tend to sell out in advance, so call and make reservations now.
Wednesday, August 1
Yes, David is just a little obsessed with Double Dagger (listen) these days. He talked about the Baltimore trio on the latest edition of the Nightlife Agenda podcast, reviewed their new album in a blog post, singled them out as the highlight of last weekend's Whartscape festival and you better believe they will be making an appearance on the August Mixtape. That about covers it. If you check them out tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel, you'll understand what all the excitement's about. Double Dagger is one of those bands that makes you feel alive. The band's setup couldn't be much more stripped down -- just vocals, bass and drums -- but it whips up quite a racket within those confines. This is punk rock that should appeal to fans of Fugazi and Unwound. It's ferocious, it's angry and it will get your heart pumping fast. In the right live setting, Double Dagger can give any band a run for its money. Even in the wrong setting -- and if being the first of four bands on a Wednesday night at the Rock and Roll Hotel doesn't qualify, I'm not sure what does -- they will still snap you to attention. XBXRX, Edie Sedgwick and The Mae Shi will all have a tough act to follow.
When she's not sitting on a drum throne embodying the type of Afro'ed goddess whose likeness possibly inspired scores of velvet paintings in the '70s, Cindy Blackman moonlights as a nuanced and thoughtful jazz drummer. Exploring her jazz side allows her to follow paths of meter and dynamics that vary widely from her better-known role pounding a backbeat for Lenny Kravitz. Blackman brings her combo to Blues Alley tonight.