Going Out Guide: Nightlife agenda

By Going Out Guide
Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The hits and trends in dancehall reggae churn so rapidly that it's easy to miss them if you aren't involved in the scene. But every now and then an artist will drop something that resonates beyond Jamaica and its diaspora. With its minimalist piano line and lilting melody, Gyptian's "Hold You" became a huge crossover hit in 2009 and is still going strong. It's a song that's equally at home in an authentic reggae party set or on a pop chart. Gyptian followed that smash with "Nah Let Go," which is being just as warmly received. While his brand of lovers' rock is comparable in style to that of the socially conscious Sizzla, Gyptian seems poised to follow the path to stardom blazed by international star Sean Paul.

10 p.m. Wednesday. Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. http://www.crossroadsclub.com. $20.

Elegance on the Harbor

We've reached the point where "oldies" stations are now playing tunes from the 1970s and even early '80s, relegating the R&B and soul of the '50s and '60s to a gray area that's before the Beatles but not quite reaching sepia-toned big band nostalgia. Elegance on the Harbor at National Harbor is a Columbus Day tribute to two local doo-wop acts. The Memories, formed in 1957, still feature two of the vocalists who performed on the 1961 hit "Love Bells." Pookie Hudson's Spaniels honor the memory of Hudson, author of the standard "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and a longtime Washington resident, who died in 2007. (Hudson performed with the group before his death.) The concert, held at the dueling piano bar Bobby McKey's, also features dancing to classic tunes spun by DJ Watts.

6 p.m. Sunday. Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, 172 Fleet St., National Harbor. 202-509-9538. http://www.eleganceontheharbor.com. $30.

The Board Administration Showcase

For the past few years, the hopes of the D.C. hip-hop community have rested on Wale. His crossover tactics -- getting a guest spot from Lady Gaga on "Chillin'," rapping over a track by electro duo Justice, performing on MTV -- have landed him a large, diverse audience. Now he's trying to help some talented DMV rappers get the same kind of exposure. The Board Administration is his new label, founded with UCB vocalist Tre, and you can get a look at two of its members at a U Street Music Hall Showcase. Straight out of Alexandria is Black Cobain, a deft MC whose pop-culture references and pop-oriented hooks show a definite kinship with Wale, and Fat Trel, whose rhymes on his new "No Secrets" mixtape are darker and more sinister than Wale's upbeat party jams. Go-Go favorites UCB, who've backed Wale everywhere from MTV to the 9:30 Club, provide the beats.

7 p.m. Tuesday. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. http://www.ustreetmusichall.com. $10.

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