On the shortlist for the title of D.C.-est thing ever: a band that fuses jazz and go-go. It’s so D.C., in fact, that it feels like it should be incredibly obvious, and yet it actually took a uniquely talented and hardworking artist, tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, to put the pieces together as The JoGo Project. Balbed is a well known, hard-swinging commodity, and a highly acclaimed one to boot (not least by Washington City Paper). He’s also an alum of the final iteration of the Chuck Brown Band, which seems to have some cache around these parts. In short, he’s a professional groove maker, and that’s the core principle that makes this brand of fusion possible. Well, that and a host of fellow veterans of both scenes who have recently recorded the One for Pops EP, the release of which they’re now celebrating. Read more>>> The JoGo Project performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. $26. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Michael J. West)
The long-delayed Morris American Bar is biding its time by doing a pop-up inside Republic Restoratives in Ivy City today through Nov. 16. Visit the distillery from 6-11 p.m. to try drinks from David Strauss, including an East New York Flip with bourbon, tawny port, honey, egg yolk, cream, and nutmeg. Cocktails are $12 each and there will also be cheese and charcuterie. Reservations can be made here. Morris American Bar will eventually open in Shaw, hopefully before the end of the year. Republic Restoratives, 1369 New York Ave. NE, (202) 733-3996, republicrestoratives.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Alec Baldwin partners with Trump scholar Kurt Andersen on a new satirical Trump memoir: You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody). The two discuss the book at GW Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $45.
Utah rock band The Used perform at Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $37.
The Kennedy Center welcomes Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan and Dutch pianist Reinbert de Leeuw. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39.
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