For a brief moment at the beginning of the decade, Tumblr was turning Zeitgeist-wielding teens into pop culture stars. That’s how Justine Skye, a purple-haired singer and Brooklyn native, inked a deal with Atlantic Records with little more than a hearty follower count and a cover of Drake’s “Headlines” to her name. A few EPs of hip-hop-flavored R&B followed, but failed to make waves. That might change with her debut album, ULTRAVIOLET, which was released in January. Now, the 22-year-old has the backing of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, and more importantly, has found her voice: an elastic tone that moves from half-rapping to half-lidded balladry with ease, as comfortable alongside R&B crooner Jeremih as she is with Afrobeats star Wizkid. The personality that got her all that Tumblr attention in the first place animates her tales of broken hearts and late night texts: “I know I’m cool ’cause I know what this is. I know I’m cool ’cause I’m a realist,” she sings on “Don’t Think About It.” Read more>>> Justine Skye performs at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Legendary Irish folk music band Altan performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$27.
Motown: Hitsville U.S.A., a musical stage performance of the record company’s biggest hits, nears the end of its run at Signature Theatre. 8:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $35–$70.
The National Museum of American History presents The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100, an exhibition that with artifacts highlights the life of iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Constitution Ave. NW, between12th and 14th streets. Free.
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