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Listening to the Ohio Players’ catalog of music is most fun when playing a game of sample Shazam. Catch a synth section, a drum kick, an organ riff and try to place it with the contemporary hip-hop or pop producer that has slipped it into the hit that you know and love. My 10-year-old blew his own mind tracing the origin of synthesizers from Biggie’s “Big Poppa” and Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” to the Players’ “Funky Worm.” The song has more than 250 sample credits tagged to it alone, with many West Coast producers pulling from it to create the music of the G-Funk sub-genre of hip-hop. Then of course there are the group’s more well-known hits like “Love Rollercoaster” and “Fire,” to which you just have to dance. To say that the Players are part of the pantheon of musical gods that inspired the sounds we grew up grooving to is not hyperbolic. This concert is a must for any crate diggers and producers out there worth their weight in musical matters. Read more>>> Ohio Players perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Hamzat Sani)
OH AND ALSO
The DC Moth hosts a Storyslam, an open mic storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute themed story to tell, at the Miracle Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $10.
Suns Cinema screens O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s award-winning documentary that chronicles the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, from his time as a football player to his high-profile murder trial. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Free.
Country singer Wil Gravatt performs at Pearl Street Warehouse with Americana artist Chris Rentch. 7 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. Free.
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