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Songhoy Blues came together in Mali’s southern capital, Bamako, where the band’s core members met after they individually fled the north where jihadis had temporarily taken over. Guitarist Garba Touré’s father was a percussionist in the late Ali Farka Touré’s band, and from his dad he developed an appreciation for John Lee Hooker and traditional Malian music. But as a teenager he also listened to rap and rock. All of these influences seamlessly come together on “Bamako,” the funky single from the band’s recently released second album, Resistance. Songhoy Blues also expands the droning axework approach with guest performances by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Damon Albarn of Blur on its debut album, Music in Exile, and Iggy Pop and grime MC Elf Kid on Resistance. Read more>>> Songhoy Blues performs at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Steve Kiviat)


The Oktoberfest parties roll on. Next up: Roofers UnionThe Adams Morgan bar is throwing a German-themed festival tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. Bartenders will pour a selection of Oktoberfest drafts to pair with beer-poached bratwursts and veal heart sausages served on pretzel buns. The evening will also feature trivia for a chance to win beer boots and beer mugs and a best-dressed contest for guests who show up in traditional Oktoberfest garb. No tickets necessary, but space is limited. Roofers Union, 2446 18th St. NW. (202) 232-7663. roofersuniondc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Sing loud and proud at DC9’s A People’s Choir DC celebration. Tonight’s theme is international, so be sure to memorize the lyrics to “99 Luftballons.” 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. Free.

Organist Cameron Carpenter performs with National Symphony Orchestra in a Kennedy Center performance dedicated to talented composer Aaron Copland. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15–$89.

Contemporary jazz group The Rippingtons perform with Russ Freeman at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50. 

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