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5 things to do in D.C. this weekend

March 8, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Jonathan Wilson’s psychedelic folk will fill the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday. (Bella Union/)

March 8
Jonathan Wilson
Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE; Thu., 8 p.m., $20.
After spending last year singing Pink Floyd songs on tour with Roger Waters, California guitarist (and producer) Jonathan Wilson has returned to his solo career, releasing “Rare Birds,” his first album since 2013, last week. The psychedelic journey of a record is influenced by his time playing Pink Floyd tunes (the singers from Lucius, who also toured with Waters, even make an appearance), as well as the West Coast folk sound he’s championed for years. Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty also guest on the sprawling album.

March 8
Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy
The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Thu., 8 p.m., $35-$75.
The Hamilton makes a rare foray into comedy with former “Saturday Night Live” star Jim Belushi (who recently appeared in the revival of “Twin Peaks”) and his troupe The Board of Comedy. Delivering a mix of sketch and improv comedy, Belushi and his group of comics will take suggestions from the audience and riff on whatever comes to mind for this “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style performance.

March 10
Toubab Krewe
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Sat., 9 p.m., $15-$18.
In the mid-2000s, North Carolina-based Toubab Krewe pioneered a fusion of West African and American music that relied heavily on the kora, a 21-string instrument that’s like a hybrid harp, lute and guitar. The band has been on hiatus from the road for the past two years but has returned to touring after last week’s release of the funky, mostly instrumental “Stylo,” Toubab Krewe’s first album in eight years.

March 11
Washington Women in Jazz Festival kickoff
The Brixton, 901 U St. NW; Sun., 6:30-9:30 p.m., free.
To help launch the annual festival, which runs through March 18 and showcases the women of D.C.’s jazz scene, the Washington Women in Jazz trio will act as the house band for the weekly jazz jam at The Brixton, during which musicians of any gender can sit in.

March 11
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Sun., 8 p.m., $20-$23.
New Orleans funk act Dumpstaphunk is no stranger to D.C.: The band played here twice last year, despite having not released a proper album since 2013. The quintet does have a newish socially conscious anthem “Justice,” which you’ll likely hear at Gypsy Sally’s Sunday. D.C.’s own funk crew Capital Funk Squad, made up of several local musicians, opens the show.

Rudi Greenberg is the features managing editor at Express and writes about comedy, music, beer and D.C. life.

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