This week's essential DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.
Tuesday, March 10
Pete Rock's jazz samples and crackling drums featured prominently during the golden age of East Coast hip-hop, as his influence shaped the early work of late hip-hop producer J Dilla and his group Slum Village. The admiration was mutual, and resulted in a Pete Rock feature on Slum Village's classic second album "Fantastic Vol. 2." Almost a decade after Dilla's passing, Esvee is still bringing their Detroit boom bap and currently touring with Pete Rock on the turntables and rhymes. It will be a night of true school hip-hop when they hit the U Street Music Hall stage.
Happy birthday Chuck Norris! The tough-guy martial artist, known for his roles in "The Way of the Dragon," "Delta Force" and "Walker, Texas Ranger," turns 75 today, and Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town honors Norris with a lineup of beers that are almost as powerful as one of his trademark roundhouse kicks. Taps at the Chuck Norris Birthday Bash include Port City's Colossal 4, Schlafly Bourbon Ale and Eggenberg Samiclaus, and all beers are half-price from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11
Both the University of Maryland's men's and women's basketball teams are rolling right now, just in time for March Madness. Geoff Lively, the head brewer at the Rock Bottom Bethesda brewpub, has created a new beer in honor of the two top-10 teams: Terps Red Ale is a "hoppy red ale" made with all-American hops, including Cascade, Centennial and Crystal. Lively will tap the beer at 6 p.m. on the first day of the Big 10 Tournament, though Maryland has a double bye and doesn't play until Friday. Stop by the bar for free samples of Terps Red Ale until the first keg runs dry, and the bar will be collecting donations for the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
Hill Country BBQ marks its fourth birthday on March 11 with all-day deals, including free cupcakes and $3 pints of Shiner Birthday Beer, a chocolaty anniversary stout. (Order one and you get to keep the special pint glass, while supplies last.) A special birthday edition of the Rock 'N Twang Live Band Karaoke begins at 8:30 p.m. in the basement Boot Bar. There's no cover charge.
Thursday, March 12
The Funk Parade rolls into the U Street Corridor on May 2, but the festivities kick off this week with the ladies leading the charge. DC soul diva Deborah Bond hosts a night of diverse women performers ranging from Brazilian percussion troupe Batala to Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret. The Funk Parade All-Stars band will anchor the jam at the Howard Theatre fronted by Kim Jade Fry. Proceeds from this show benefit the parade, as well as the charity Becky's Fund.
If you've been to Prague, you may have tried an unpasteurized version of Pilsner Urquell, served straight from large metal tanks in pubs called tankovas. This is a cloudy, bright-tasting version of Urquell that's far superior to the usual bottles or kegs. Usually, you have to go to the Czech Republic or a select number of London pubs to sample this fresh, unfiltered version, but the World of Beer chain is shipping one keg of this rare version to each of its outlets on March 12, including bars in Ballston and Reston. Supplies are limited, so you'll want to get there early: World of Beer Ballston is tapping its keg at 6 p.m.
Friday, March 13
Outside of Halloween, Friday the 13th might be the best night to watch "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Libertine is showing the cult film at midnight, complete with actors and audience participation, but is building up to the screening with an evening of special snacks (Frank-n-Furters in a blanket), cocktails (the Bloody Eddie, with Rogue Chipotle Spirit and tomato juice) and 10 percent discounts for "Rocky" fans who show up in costume. Doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is free.
DJ Dredd and O's Cool are flashing back to the '90s at the Black Cat, as a special "East Coast vs. West Coast" edition of the retro hip-hop night Close 2 the Edge takes over the club's main stage. Biggie vs. Tupac! Snoop Dogg vs. Tim Dog! Expect plenty of great music all night from the best of L.A. and New York, with a $10 cover.
Quantic –also known as Will Holland – became a dance club favorite by producing raw, retro funk music that draws on Latin jazz, salsa and cumbia influences, as well as American and British soul. While most of his music is original, his current "45 RPM: A North American Tour" finds Quantic and partner in crime Sinkane spinning nothing but 7-inch vinyl records, ranging from exclusive dubplates to soulful classics. They visit Tropicalia on Friday night, where tickets are $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the show.
Saturday, March 14
"Mingering Mike's Supersonic Greatest Hits" is the American Art Museum's must-see show of the spring. But instead of just looking at the imaginary soul and R&B record covers created by self-taught D.C. artist Mingering Mike, you can dance to some of the best soul and funk hits of the 1960s and '70s at a special party in the museum's Kogod Courtyard from 5 to 8 p.m. Mingering Mike's Supersonic Rewind features a performance by the Vybe Band, and soul classics spun by DJ Harry Hotter. The exhibit will be open, and food and drinks will be available.
The Belleville Three are the Detroit equivalent of the New York DJ triumvirate that birthed hip-hop. But out in Detroit, Derrick May and his peers Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson were experimenting with drum machines and developing the blueprint for techno. Where May once was the future of the genre, his influence now continues to reverberate in the present. He brings his decades of dance music experience to the decks at Flash.
More low-key than some of the other Irish-themed bar crawls visiting D.C. this month, the DC Leprecrawl stops at six bars in Penn Quarter and Chinatown, including Penn Social, Iron Horse and Jackpot, for $3 Bud Light, $4 Magner's Cider and $4 whiskey shots, plus various food specials. The dress code goes beyond "Kiss Me I'm Irish" t-shirts: There's a $100 prize for the best leprechaun costume. Tickets are $25, and the deals are good from noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 15
Tickets for Tiesto's Saturday night appearance at Echostage are long sold out, but you can still see one of the world's biggest DJs in Northeast Washington on Sunday night. (A bonus: Tickets are $40 for the second night, which is $20 cheaper than Saturday.) There's really nothing else to say about Tiesto at this point: He's helped make EDM the worldwide phenomenon that it is, and if you've never experienced him in person, it's worth a trip to Echostage.
We've covered party brunches and boozy bottomless brunches, but a brunch dedicated to Winona Ryder's glory days is new to us. Sticky Rice's Grunge Brunch features "Reality Bites" and other classic '90s films on the projection screen, '90s trivia games, and an acoustic set of grunge-era songs by singer Amy Lettis. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., so you can spend the whole afternoon snacking and slacking.