City Paper is not for tourists
With chokers back in fashion, O.J. Simpson free, and Britney Spears selling out shows, it really doesn’t feel like the ’90s are that far in the past. One awesome local band, White Ford Bronco, doesn’t want you to believe it ever ended. Even though WFB plays all your favorite jams, don’t call them a cover band—they put on a killer live show that rivals in sheer entertainment and talent any of the ’90s bands whose songs they play. Thanks to how popular the group has become in recent years, it’s rare to see them play a venue as intimate as Rock & Roll Hotel. The show is all ages, so bring your kid sister, that ’00s baby, and school her on how good music used to be back when boy bands ruled and wallet chains were the it accessory. Read more>>> White Ford Bronco performs at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $25. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Diana Metzger)
Compass Rose’s Divas from the Dead party is this Saturday night starting at 11 p.m. The bar and restaurant will have a karaoke contest and the songs will come from a list of gone-too-soon female singers. The winner of the contest, hosted by the spirit of George Michael, receives a free khachapuri (the restaurant’s signature cheesy Georgian bread dish). No tickets are required. Compass Rose, 1346 T St. NW. (202) 506-4765. compassrosedc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: British folk musician This Is The Kit performs at DC9. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Friday: D.C. rock band Paperhaus performs at Black Cat’s Mainstage.8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Saturday: I don’t want to be anywhere other than at this concert. Gavin DeGraw, known worldwide for holding the illustrious honor of singing the One Tree Hill theme song, croons soul-searching tunes that take listeners through every possible kind of break-up. His first album, 2003’s Chariot, hooked fans with its emotional rollercoaster-style music. They were so hooked that they bought more than one million copies, and the record was certified platinum. DeGraw has stayed busy since then, releasing five more albums, most recently Something Worth Saving in September of 2016. While he does have fresher material to perform, it’ll always be about Chariot classics “I Don’t Want To Be” and “More Than Anyone,” so don’t miss your chance to belt those lyrics back at him. Read more>>> Gavin DeGraw performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW. $45. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Laura Hayes)
Saturday: Comedians Jenny Slate, Max Silvestri, and Gabe Liedman present a version of their comedy show, The Big Terrific, at the Lincoln Theatre as part of the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival. 8:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35.
Saturday: The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the 100th anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie‘s birth with a small exhibition dedicated to the legendary jazz musician on its first floor. 11:30 a.m. at 8th and F Streets NW. Free.
Sunday: Every time you buy organic lettuce at Whole Foods or slather goat cheese on a cracker, you should thank Alice Waters. Just as Julia Child introduced American audiences to the wonders of French food, Waters taught us how to appreciate vegetables that didn’t come in a can and weren’t grown with the aid of insect-killing chemicals. In her new memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, Waters paints a vivid picture of Northern California in the 1960s and describes the experiences that led her to open her own restaurant when she couldn’t find the food she wanted anywhere else. She’s no stranger to D.C., either—Michelle Obama consulted with Waters as she planned the White House Kitchen Garden. Read more>>> Alice Waters reads at 3 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Caroline Jones)
Sunday: Young dancers tell a story about summertime friendships in Grey Skies Blue, a movement piece presented by SHAPESHIFT Theatrical at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20.
Sunday: Swedish singer/songwriter LEON performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
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