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4 shows to catch in the Washington area over the next several days

August 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Trombone Shorty will perform at Wolf Trap on Friday. (Wolf Trap/)

Trombone Shorty

New Orleans native son Trombone Shorty’s name is a bit of a misnomer. He’s most well known for his trombone work, but he also blows the trumpet, beats on the drums and picks the guitar. And it doesn’t end there. He updates the Big Easy’s brass-band sound with colorful flourishes of R&B;, funk, hip-hop and rock, transforming the traditional style into a modern mosaic that bridges generations and reflects the changing directions of those genres. Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap . $30-$60.

Mura Masa

Mura Masa is the quintessential Internet-bred producer. When the British electronic artist stumbled upon Hudson Mohawke and James Blake as a teenager, he did a deep dive into their catalogues and those of artists in their orbit. And like any true millennial with entire discographies and access to music communities at their fingertips, Mura Masa pirated the programs to make his early beats — jazzy electro productions and ethereal R&B; remixes of 112 and Aaliyah — and took lessons from YouTube. These days, the 22-year-old DJ has traded his humble bedroom for plush studios where he reimagines the pop landscape as a stunning electronic collage. Friday at 8 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $30.

Ra Ra Riot

The popular phrase goes “third time’s a charm,” but some bands get it right on the first try. Ra Ra Riot released its debut album, “The Rhumb Line,” in 2008, and it still stands as a beacon of triumphant indie pop — the kind the band can still tour around a decade later. But as much as that LP trampolined Ra Ra Riot to another level, it also exists as an homage of sorts to its co-founder, co-writer and drummer John Ryan Pike, who died nearly a year before its release. That emotional context can make the album feel more mournful than it actually is, but it also elevates it. Propelled by gorgeous strings and charming melodies, it is Ra Ra Riot’s seminal release and worthy of celebration as regal as the album itself. Saturday at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $25.

Shabba Ranks

It’s not everyday that someone — namely, A$AP Ferg — makes a catchy rap song in your name, but Shabba Ranks can claim that accomplishment. The Jamaican dance hall legend is one of the most well-known to transcend the Caribbean island to become a bona fide crossover star stateside. There are few within the dance hall genre whose names represent a cultural moment and a musical infiltration of both reggaeton and hip-hop. The influential artist epitomizes what it means to render the voice an instrument, so even when some may struggle to understand the patois, the very sound of his vocals is a rhythm unto itself. Sunday at noon at RFK Stadium. $69.99-$175.

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