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Going Out Guide: Week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at

End of Summer Backyard Barbecue Bash

It’s time to face that summer is ending. The Hill Country Backyard Barbecue, which has been equal parts neighborhood picnic and community festival the past four months, is leaving the National Building Museum’s lawn this weekend. But before the tents are taken down, there are a few more chances for fun. Chief among them: The HariKaraoke Band, which backs amateur singers at Hill Country’s weekly Rock and Twang country karaoke, is performing Thursday at a special alfresco karaoke night. The band starts at 5:30 p.m., but you’ll want to get there earlier to pick a song — the list fills up quickly. While you wait for your moment in the spotlight, grab a hunk of smoked brisket and a side (potato salad, coleslaw or corn bread) for $10.

Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Hill Country Backyard Barbecue, Fifth Street between F and G streets NW. 202-556-2050. Free.

Mixtape fifth anniversary

The Mixtape Dance Party is aptly named: When Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer are on the decks, you’re never sure what you’re going to hear — Robyn or Whitney Houston remixes, Kylie Minogue or Pet Shop Boys hits, the odd throwback track from Missy Elliott or Guns N’ Roses. What you can be sure of, though, is that the songs will flow like an expertly curated mixtape made by your most clued-in DJ friend. The monthly night has been a bit nomadic in recent years, hopscotching between the Black Cat, Town and the Howard Theatre, but it’s celebrating its fifth anniversary at the Howard this week. Bring your dancing shoes.

Friday from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $12.50.

Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story

SpeakeasyDC is known as a performance incubator for storytelling, but it has taken on a multidisciplinary approach for a new exploration of go-go music. Created by director Jess Solomon, “Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story” features the all-female go-go band Be’La Dona as a pit orchestra supporting a collection of stories delivered by Washington artists connected to the go-go scene. The cast includes author Natalie Hopkinson, go-go journalist Kevin “Kato” Hammond, playwright Nina Angela Mercer and dance crew Da Originalz.

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. $30.

Soundwaves Boat Party

How would you like to spend Sunday afternoon dancing to house music on a pirate ship? The Soundwaves Boat Party is taking over the Boomerang Pirate Ship, a Jolly Roger-inspired party boat with a full bar and plenty of deck space on which to groove. DJ Kevin Yost, who fuses electronic beats with a jazz sensibility, is the headliner; R&B and Chris Burns also will spin during the four-hour trip along the Potomac River.

Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Boomerang Pirate Ship departs from Washington Harbour, near 31st and K streets NW. 202-417-2055. $25; $20 early-bird tickets available for a limited time.

— Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson


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