Over the past few years, the electronic music world has seen the resurgence of the modular analog synthesizer, those boxy consoles that look like a switchboard and allow performers to fully customize their whirs, buzzes, and beats. And while it has become a bit of a boys-and-their-toys scene, it wouldn’t be possible without the work of one innovative woman, Suzanne Ciani. Ciani’s decades-long career encapsulates the range of these limitless machines. A classically trained pianist, Ciani studied with influential synthesizer designer Don Buchla and computer music innovator Max Mathews before getting into the commercial music business, making sound effects for Coca-Cola and General Electric. Soon, Ciani was providing sound effects for the disco version of the Star Wars soundtrack and composing scores for TV and film before helping to kick off the new age music movement. Now, she’s able to engage in a music world influenced by her own innovations, teaming up with spiritual successor Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on the 2016 album Sunergy, still plugging and patching her modular synth for a well-earned victory lap. Read more>>> Suzanne Ciani performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Chris Kelly)
Spend Saturday celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown. A bag piper will play every two hours from noon to 10 p.m. to enliven the mood. Patrons can also enjoy special Irish cocktails only available once a year. Think Irish mimosas, Irish lemonade, and the “Nutty Irishman.” Guinness will be flowing from the taps and Harp Irish Lager bottles will be available for purchase. The kitchen will crank out classics like shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. Martin’s Tavern, 1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (202) 333-7370, martinstavern.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Renowned German cabaret artist Ute Lemper performs at Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39–$79.
Friday: The Fillmore Silver Spring welcomes folk artists Mat Kearney and Andrew Belle. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $32.
Saturday: There may not be a more apt event title than The Black Love Experience. Much more than a pop-up, party, or concert, it’s a celebration of black excellence. Or, as the women behind Anacostia Arts Center boutique Nubian Hueman put it: “a conglomerate of artistry and inventiveness geared toward creatives, revolutionaries, kindred souls, and fearless visionaries celebrating ourselves under the canopy of all things black.” Sounds about right. Like always, art, shopping, food, and live music will be available, including local rappers Sa-Roc and Tabi Bonney, and local African percussionist Jabari Exum. This year’s event is also its 5th anniversary bash. With space in the store, the hallways, and the lobby seating area, it’s set to take over the Anacostia Arts Center. And thanks to last year’s sold-out show, the fun is expanding into The Hive 2.0 (a coworking space inside the Center) and Honfleur Gallery (next door). The Black Love Experience’s 2018 theme is just as apt: Passport to Wakanda, with a focus on how to continue the spirit of the billion dollar-grossing smash Black Panther film. A portion of the proceeds will go to local organizations and schools, giving some of that black love back to the community. Read more>>> The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $25–$55. blackloveexperience.com. (Kayla Randall)
Saturday: UK rock band The Hunna performs at U Street Music Hall. 6 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $17.
Saturday: Writer, director, and producer Je’Caryous Johnson presents a production of the classic heist film Set It Off at the Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $95.50–$99.50.
Sunday: After leaving The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2010, bandleader and sidekick Kevin Eubanks picked up his long-dormant recording career—and got slapped with the epithet “smooth jazz.” Whoever made the charge hadn’t been paying attention. Eubanks, the second of three jazz-playing brothers from Philadelphia, is certainly a groove-minded fusion guitarist who’s equally strong as a melodist. A lazy ear might immediately peg him as a smooth guy. But Eubanks doesn’t make music for the lazy ear. His funky rhythms are subtly complex, his improvisations are remarkably sophisticated, and his vocabulary on the guitar accounts for the full spectrum of jazz history with the instrument. More to the point, though, Eubanks loads his music with soul. It takes on several shapes, from hot riffs to exquisite ballads, and no small amount of humor and wit as well. It’s real, and it’s undeniable. Read more>>> Kevin Eubanks performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35–$40. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Michael J. West)
Sunday: Irish folk group The High Kings hits The Birchmere stage. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35.
Sunday: The Theater at MGM National Harbor welcomes R&B singer Kem. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill. $72.28.
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