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Whether they know it or not, every electronic musician that remixes their favorite song, uploads it to SoundCloud, and tries to self-actualize a career in the music business is emulating Ryan Hemsworth. The Canadian talent began the decade editing Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey songs, producing for underground rap innovators like Main Attrakionz and composing his own music. Deftly combining the best bits of electronica, hip-hop, R&B, and pop, Hemsworth quickly developed a signature sound: club-ready beats, swirling synthesizers, and a pervasive sense of melancholy. Not that he has much to be sad about these days, producing for living legends like E-40 and pop stars like Tinashe, helming his own record label, and—in a bucket list move for a video game obsessive—remixing part of the Street Fighter II soundtrack. Perhaps that’s why his latest single, the Afrobeat-infused “Four Seasons,” feels like the sounds of summertime happiness. Read more>>> Ryan Hemsworth performs at 10:30 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Legendary comedian Katt Williams brings his 11:11 RNS World Tour to DAR Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $75–$175.
Friday: The Anthem welcomes multi-instrumentalist alt-rocker Beck. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.
Saturday: If, on the off chance, you’ve never heard of Broccoli City Festival, you’re probably wondering why someone would curate an entire festival dedicated to broccoli. But if you haven’t lived under a rock, like most, you’d be up on this grassroots sustainability-focused organization presenting one of the biggest spring musical celebrations in the D.C. area. As stated on its official website, Broccoli City’s mission is to “build thriving urban communities that sustain future generations by mobilizing and educating urban millennials through social impact campaigns and major events.” It’s a worthy cause, and for the past five years the festival has used great music, specifically black music, as a catalyst for distinct community involvement. Not to mention, the lineups are always fire. This year’s headliners, Migos, Miguel, and baby bumpin’ Cardi B who just killed it at Coachella, are moseying over to give the kids the show they deserve. At a new venue this year, RFK Stadium’s Lot 6, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Nipsey Hussle, Rich the Kid, Lightshow, Grits & Biscuits, and HoodCelebrityy round out the list of expected performers. This year, the BC Fest team is going for bigger and better. Read more>>> Broccoli City Festival begins at 12 p.m. at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. Sold out. bcfestival.com. (Mikala Williams)
Saturday: The Howard Theatre presents Afrofest 2018, featuring Afrobeats, dancehall, soca, and more music of the African diaspora. 11 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$30.
Saturday: Janis Ian, ’70s folk idol of “At Seventeen” fame, performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.
Sunday: During the Great Depression, Hollywood responded to America’s bleak mood with even more glamorous spectacle. Some of the greatest musicals of the 1930s feature a wild visual invention that was positively psychedelic, thanks to choreographer Busby Berkeley, whose elaborate staging turned flanks of chorus girls into geometric patterns synchronized to bubbly pop standards.Gold Diggers of 1933 was the height of Berkeley’s dance imagination. The film is shown on a triple bill with 42nd Street and Footlight Parade as part of a book event for Harvey G. Cohen, author of Who’s in the Money? The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood’s New Deal, who will introduce the screening. You can’t miss Gold Diggers’ famous centerpiece featuring Ginger Rogers wearing a costume made of silver dollars and singing “We’re in the Money”—in pig Latin. But even this escapist entertainment doesn’t ignore the financial crisis in the real world: The movie opens with a rehearsal of a show that’s suddenly shut down because the producers haven’t paid their bills. Read more>>> The film screens at 3:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)
Sunday: California post-punk act The Soft Moon hits the DC9 stage. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$15.
Sunday: Nancy and Beth, a folk duo composed of singer-actors Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, perform at The Miracle Theatre. 8 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $35–$40.
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