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Tonight’s Nightlife Agenda: Stone happy hour and Jesse Boykins III

Looking for something to do tonight? These are our picks for after-work fun.

Jesse Boykins III is creating R&B that merges traditional themes and a smooth set of pipes with contemporary music. (Photo courtesy of The Chamber Group)

R&B lovers disillusioned by the genre's upper tier of performers jumping on the pop-EDM train, or being usurped by auto-tuned rap "singers," will find hope in Jesse Boykins III. Boykins isn't a throwback artist, as his sound draws influences from electronic music, but a solid set of pipes, memorable melodies and heavily romantic themes keep him solidly in the R&B camp. Boykins headlines the Howard Theatre, while locals Redline Graffiti open.

Scion Restaurant in Silver Spring celebrates its first anniversary tonight, and is celebrating with the kind of event we don't see much of in Montgomery County: a first-class beer tasting. California's acclaimed Stone Brewing Company will have a dozen of its bitter and flavorful beers on tap. Hop heads will love Ruination, Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and the 2014 Imperial Russian Stout, while those seeking rare and delicate brews should try Matt's Burning Rosids, a smoked saison, or the black rye kolsch Sprocketbier. The best part: All stone beers are $4 from 5 p.m. until close.

John Legend performs at a free concert at the Kennedy Center Opera House tonight. The catch is that you're going to have to get down to Foggy Bottom pretty early: Tickets will be given to those in line in the Hall of Nations at 6 p.m. There's more information about the ticketing process and the concert's full lineup on the Kennedy Center's Web site.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.



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