Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide staff highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events on www.goingoutguide.com.
If you’re reading this while eating lunch at your desk, you’re not alone: Surveys have found that between 20 and 30 percent of employees rarely take lunch breaks, and another survey found 39 percent of workers didn’t leave their desks while taking a break. (You can guess that this is probably not a good thing for a variety of reasons.) But a new event at Penn Social wants to shake up our workaholic Washington ways. The Noondance party tries to bring a nightclub vibe to the daytime with DJ Lord Cashmore spinning Prince, Madonna, Rick James, the Rapture and Bruno Mars from noon to 1:30 p.m. Beer is available, but you’re not required to drink while hitting the dance floor or playing a couple of games of skee-ball or shuffleboard. Think of Noondance as hitting the club without stressing about finding a late-night ride home, or a light aerobic workout without having to bring a change of clothes.
Wednesday at noon. Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. 202-697-4900. noondancedc.eventbrite.com. $7. $5 in advance. $12 brown bag option includes lunch.
On the 69th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, the Howard Theatre will sway to the pulse of the roots rhythm that he spread to the world. One of the top women in reggae for 30 years, Sister Carol has earned the sobriquet of “Mother Culture” for the conscious threads always woven into her music. To pay homage to the king of reggae, Sister Carol will be paired with the Itals. Local band the Arkives opens the show.
Thursday at 8 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25.50. $20 in advance.
As a founding member of New Orleans’s beloved Cowboy Mouth, Paul Sanchez specialized in a vibrant fusion of roots rock and R&B that could tear the roof off any club. As a solo artist, he trades in witty, funky singer-songwriter material that leaps from his acoustic guitar. His poignant tales of the Crescent City find an appropriate home at the Cajun-themed Bayou in Foggy Bottom. But be warned: The small size of the bar means the show is expected to sell out in advance.
Friday at 10 p.m. Bayou, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-223-6941. www.bayouonpenn.com. $20.
It’s hard to believe that DC9 is a decade old. The scrappy little club near Ninth and U streets had plenty of challenges during the years, but it enters its second decade stronger than ever, thanks to a rooftop deck, improved sound and a wide-ranging booking policy that means lucky fans can boast about having seen Cold War Kids and the xx there years before they were selling out much bigger venues. A full week of 10th anniversary events kicks off Sunday with a night of certified D.C. rock stars. Regents is a hard-core band featuring ex-members of Frodus, Battery and Sleepytime Trio; J. Robbins was the frontman for mid-1990s heavyweights Jawbox before founding Burning Airlines and Channels; Title Tracks is led by singer/guitarist John Davis, formerly of Q and Not U and Georgie James. Subsequent shows are headlined by Chain and the Gang, Justin Jones and Dead Meadow before wrapping up with a reunion of the wildly popular Nouveau Riche DJ night.
Sunday at 7 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $10.