June 22: Bokante
Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Thu., 7:30 p.m., $27.75-$54.75.
Michael League, the leader of progressive jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy, recruited some of his bandmates, Guadeloupe-born singer Malika Tirolien, lap steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier and more for his latest project, Bokante. The band’s name means “exchange” in Tirolien’s native Creole, and its music — on debut album “Strange Circles” — melds African vocals and percussion with soulful guitar licks and jazzy interludes for a true cultural exchange.
June 23: National Eat at a Food Truck Day
Food trucks around the country are celebrating National Eat at a Food Truck Day on Friday by offering a free meal to a pal. Just drag a companion away from his or her desk and visit a participating truck, say “food truck friend” and when you buy a meal, your fellow diner gets a meal for free. Greatest American Hot Dogs, above, Tasty Kabob, South Meets East and Mangia Tutti are among the trucks participating here (see neaftd.com for the complete list).
June 23: John ‘Papa’ Gros
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Fri., 8:30 p.m., $15.
New Orleans-based piano player John “Papa” Gros went solo after his funk band, Papa Grows Funk, disbanded in 2013. Like his hero and collaborator Allen Toussaint, who died in 2015, Gros pays tribute to the history of New Orleans through his music, while also carrying the sound forward. He released his second solo album, “River’s on Fire,” last year and is touring with a new band that will mix rock, soul, balladry and reggae at Gypsy Sally’s on Friday. Jonathan Sloane Trio opens the show.
June 23-24: Brooks Wheelan
Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW; Fri., 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., 7 & 9 p.m., $20.
Brooks Wheelan’s “Saturday Night Live” career was such a blip that when he appeared as himself in a “Celebrity Family Feud” sketch, the joke was that nobody knew who Brooks Wheelan was. Wheelan was fired after his first season on the show in 2014, and it might have been the best thing to happen to him. He focused on his stand-up career, releasing the very funny album “This Is Cool, Right?” in 2015, took on TV roles and hit the road hard.