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.
Daft Punk’s first album in eight years is kind of a big deal. So much so that there are dueling parties Tuesday celebrating its release. U Street Music Hall will be playing “Random Access Memories” all the way through on vinyl records, beginning at 8:30 p.m. When it’s over, they’ll put the needle back on Side 1 and start again. Early arrivals get free posters and other merchandise. An album-release party seems archaic in this era of Internet leaks and online streaming. But a chance to hear one of the year’s most anticipated albums on the city’s best sound system? That’s a no-brainer. Meanwhile, over at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, John Thornley of U.S. Royalty is deejaying French dance music all night long, which means plenty of Daft Punk and producers from the Kitsune and Ed Banger stables, but also tracks by Phoenix, Stardust and other groovy Gaelic rockers. (Listen for tracks by pre-Daft Punk band, Darlin’.)
Tuesday at 8 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. Free for those 21 and older, $5 for those 18 to 20.
Tuesday at 10 p.m. Napoleon, 1847 Columbia Rd. NW. 202-299-9630. www.napoleondc.com. Free.
How do you choose to celebrate the birth of Christopher Wallace, the rapper better known as Biggie Smalls or the Notorious B.I.G.? If you’re not able to pop a few bottles of chilled champagne while sitting in a hot tub with your closest friends, you could head down to the Howard Theatre for an old-school extended happy hour on Tuesday. DJ Biggs mixes it up from 6 to 8 p.m. for the post-work crowd. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Bad Boy Entertainment’s DJ SNS rocks the classic hip-hop, R&B, reggae and a B.I.G. tribute set. It’s all good, baby baby.
Tuesday at 6 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.notorioushappyhour.eventbrite.com. Free before 8 p.m., $10 after.
The team behind Green Hat Gin dropped its first seasonal gin in April — a lovely summer gin with more sweet citrus and floral notes than the usual spirit. Those flavors will be showcased at a special Green Hat cocktail party at Boundary Road on Thursday. Bartenders will be whipping up drinks with the new gin, including Bee’s Knees made with apricots and a Tom Collins made with rosemary and black pepper. Meet Washington’s first distillers since Prohibition, sample summer drinks and get the Memorial Day weekend started a little early.
Thursday at 5 p.m. Boundary Road, 414 H St. NE. 202-450-3265. www.boundaryrd.com. Free admission, cocktails $10.
Can’t make it out to Rehoboth, Dewey or Ocean City this weekend? There’s no need to worry about missing the sun and the sand, because the World Famous Pontani Sisters are bringing a “Beach Blanket Bingo” vibe to the Howard Theatre. The well-known burlesque dancers are the stars of the “Burlesque-a-Pades Beach Party,” a revue that mixes magic, comedy, vaudeville acts and lots of dance routines featuring swimwear, grass skirts and other exotic costumes. Buy tickets in advance to save $5. (We’d still temporarily unfollow Instagram friends heading for the shore, though.)
Saturday at 8 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the show.