There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
In the vast history of D.C.’s ever-fruitful music scene, bands come and go. Sometimes a band’s lifespan is eight months. Sometimes it’s eight years. How does a band secure their own legacy, even if they were around for only a few months? Dudes, the short-lived garage punk band consisting of Hothead’s Laurie Spector, Bless’ Luke Reddick, and Chain and the Gang’s Francy Graham, did it through their only release, the aptly—and snottily—titled Greatest Hits. It’s eight tracks of lo-fi freakouts that kick out the jams better than MC5 could’ve ever hoped to. But the band built its reputation through their unpredictable live shows. Each of Dudes’, er dudes, have gone on to bigger and brighter things musically, but this one-night-only reunion is an apt reminder of some of their humble beginnings. That’s one way of looking at it. But considering Dudes’ songs, like Greatest Hits’ anthemic closer, “Don’t Give” (of which most of the lyrics are “I don’t give a fuck”), it’s likely that there wasn’t much sentimentality put into the decision to reunite. More likely, it just seemed like a fun thing to do. Dudes may not give a fuck, but you should give a fuck about Dudes. Read more>>> Dudes performs at 7 p.m. at Hole in the Sky, 2110 5th St. NE. $5–$10. holeintheskydc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Chefs Michael Schlow and Victor Albisu are teaming up to serve a late night collaboration menu inside Calle Cinco on Saturday night. Dishes, offered a la carte, include spicy crab tostada with charred serrano peppers, frisee, and pickled onion ($11); uni and caviar chilaquiles with salsa verde, charred citrus crema, and wasabi tobiko ($12); and duck carnitas flautas with mole, cotija cheese, and cilantro ($10). Schlow Restaurant Group executive pastry chef Alex Levin will serve desserts like warm buñuelos (doughnuts) with dulce de leche ($7). Visit after 9 p.m., no reservations necessary. Calle Cinco, 465 K St. NW, (202) 629-4662, callecincodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Four-piece alt rock band Wolf Alice performs at 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Local rapper Rico Nasty performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Saturday: Gary Numan’s presence goes far beyond the new wave synth-pop genre he helped pioneer in the ’70s and ’80s with the massive hit “Cars.” The U.K. artist’s works have impressed the likes of Prince, Trent Reznor, Foo Fighters, and rhythmic rockers Queens of the Stone Age, making his music essential listening and his live sets essential viewing. On his latest album, Savage, Numan takes the keys from another hit— “M.E.”—and infuses each track with a bleak and alien pulsating, underneath vocal lovelorn and apprehensive notes. The bleak synths are what make the modern Numan. His look of choice is beneath layers and layers of linen and cotton, with kohl-rimmed eyes piercing beyond a hood. He shrouds himself in literal mystery. His aesthetic and music are very much an embodiment of who he is: mercurial, experimental, and an utter enigma. Read more>>> Gary Numan performs with Me Not You at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Saturday: The 35th annual presentation of The Christmas Revels, a French-Canadian celebration of the winter solstice, returns to the GW Lisner Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $12–$60.
Saturday: The National Symphony Orchestra and Tony-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty perform the annual “A Holiday Pops!” concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $24–$119.
Sunday: Atlanta’s Jagged Edge is bringing on the ’90s nostalgia. Whether you had your own boo or were simply making up relationships in your mind, their songs had you feeling like a lovesick puppy in four short minutes. Known for their upbeat melodies and dope matching ensembles in all of their music videos, the group began singing and dancing their way into the hearts of their fans in 1997. Signed by veteran producer Jermaine Dupri, the group’s identical twins and songwriters, Brian and Brandon Casey, along with Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo, were R&B trailblazers in the boy band era that so many of us unapologetically and unironically loved. Their music just made you feel good, and hits like “Where The Party At” and “Let’s Get Married” are still played today at weddings and cookouts everywhere. And if they aren’t, they should be, especially the remixes. Read more>>> Jagged Edge performs at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Mikala Williams)
Sunday: Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris performs at the Hamilton, with proceeds benefitting Bonaparte’s Retreat, a Nashville-based dog rescue organization. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $90–$250.
Sunday: Andrea Bocelli brings his classical tenor talent to the Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $195–$355.
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