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Brooklyn’s Anbessa Orchestra may not have any Ethiopian members, but the group has quickly developed a reputation for its ability to play funky, instrumental covers of classic ’60s and ’70s songs from the nation—and to play originals influenced by that era. The band, whose name means “lion” in Amharic, formed in 2014. Leader Nadav Peled, an Israeli guitarist and arranger, was first inspired by the unique feel of the genre’s pentatonic scale framework after working with an Ethiopian singer in 2010. In the group’s hands, this swinging music is propelled by a rhythm section, horns, and keyboards that draw largely from soulful jazz, Ethiopian traditional sounds, and atmospheric movie soundtracks. Now, the lions will bring their take to D.C. for a night with local Ethiopian-led Feedel Band who mix golden era tunes with straight-ahead jazz. Read more>>> Anbessa Orchestra performs with Feedel Band at 9 p.m. at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Shake Shack introduced a new burger that’s only available at the chain’s D.C. restaurants. But it’s not stuffed with half smokes or glazed with mumbo sauce. Instead, the Mushroom Swiss Shack features a patty topped with caramelized onions, crimini mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and an herb cheese spread ($6.89). Shake Shack, multiple locations, shakeshack.com/area/washington-d-c. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Catch pop singer/songwriter Phoebe Ryan, who first gained national attention with a mashup of Miguel and R. Kelly hits, at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Comedian and actor Adam Ferrara performs at the DC Improv. 7:30 p.m. at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20.
MilkBoy ArtHouse welcomes straight-ahead jazz troupe Warren Wolf and the Wolfpack. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $10–$30.
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