Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
Before dubstep metastasized into brostep, cracked the Grammy-nomination barrier and popped up in action films, Mala and his Digital Mystikz crew were rinsing deep tunes on London pirate radio stations and steering the genre’s development with club nights like DMZ. Ever evolving, Mala traveled to Cuba with Gilles Peterson as part of the Havana Cultura project, which resulted in his “Mala In Cuba” album. Mala takes to the decks and bass bins at U Street Music Hall along with the Author and Deep Sessions crew.
Wednesday at 9 p.m. U Street Music Hall. 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.
Happy hour, live soul music and a late-night dance party on a rooftop deck: That is what’s on tap in Rockville on Friday. (What, you thought H Street had the lock on rooftop deck parties?) The free performance features Stax and Motown tunes performed by a group of veteran D.C. musicians, including sax whiz Marshall Keys and keyboard player Benjie Porecki, from 8 to 11 p.m. The evening kicks off with happy hour from 5 to 8, and it winds up with a DJ spinning deep house until 1 a.m. The kicker: Admission is free all night.
Friday at 5 p.m. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.rockvillerooftoplive.com. Free.
Part regatta, part bacchanalia, the Yacht Week cruises each summer draw sailors from all over Europe for seven days of cruising and beach parties on the Mediterranean. Now, for some reason, the organizers are bringing the jet-set Yacht Week atmosphere to Washington, more specifically, to Town Hall’s two-level courtyard and deck. Sailor caps, sunglasses and boat shoes are a must for this nautical day party, which includes unlimited Palm Belgian ales, $3 cocktails and discounted food all afternoon while a DJ spins. (Just don’t request the “Love Boat” theme song, please.)
Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Town Hall, 2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-5640. www.theyachtweekdccourtyard.
New Orleans is known for producing eclectic musical acts, and Bonerama is one of the more unusual brass bands you’ll ever hear. Its songs draw from '70s wah-wah funk, old-school reggae rhythms, jam-band grooves and tightly syncopated classic rock riffs — although performed by a wall of trombones instead of guitars. The band is known for its love of jazzy, free-flowing covers of songs by Led Zeppelin and the Allmans; a swirling version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” appears on the new album “Shake It Baby.” In short, Bonerama is a brass band for people who don’t think they like brass bands, and a must-see for those who do.
Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $22.50 in advance, $24.50 the day of the show.
— Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson