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Sometimes rejection breeds inspiration. In late 1977, disco diva Grace Jones invited bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist Nile Rodgers to see her on New Year’s Eve at legendary nightclub Studio 54. When they arrived, they were denied entry. The Chic founders expressed their frustration with a jam session that birthed a signature classic: “Le Freak.” Originally the refrain was “Fuck Off,” but that transformed into “Freak Out.” Edwards died in 1996, but Rodgers, who survived prostate cancer earlier this decade, continues to lead a group with one of the funkiest catalogs of the ’70s and ’80s. Grammy-winning legend Chaka Khan, the funk queen who has also created an insane catalog since her days with Rufus, joins Rodgers for a night of old school funk, soul, disco, and R&B that could teach the kids a thing or two. Read more>>> Nile Rodgers & Chic and Chaka Khan perform at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$75. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Pat Padua)
OH AND ALSO
Genre-bending Philadelphia indie rock band Hop Along performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Worcester, Massachusetts rapper Joyner Lucas brings his I’m Kind of a Big Deal tour to Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$100.
The Phillips Collection presents Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, an exhibition featuring the work of nine artists, showcasing the many contemporary art practices of Aboriginal Australia. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12.
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