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Raised in Philadelphia, vocalist Frankie Beverly moved his group Raw Soul to the Bay Area in 1971, where Marvin Gaye helped them get a record deal and encouraged a name change to Maze. With Beverly singing Gaye-inspired lead vocals and the instrumentalists adding funky rhythms, the ensemble established their polished and danceable sound by the late 1970s. In contrast, co-headliners The O’Jays formed in Canton, Ohio. Mixing the rugged yet soulful vocals of leader Eddie Levert with the more lustrous tones of his colleagues, The O’Jays have had pop success with songs like “Back Stabbers” and the classic “Love Train.” Both Beverly and Levert are now in their 70s, but these two road warriors should make their current vocal ranges work with their bandmates. Read more >>> Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and The O’Jays perform at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$85. (703) 25-1900. wolftrap.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Get ready to hang out in a giant “Summer Snow Globe” at National Harbor. It’s opening weekend for the wintry Harbor Dome, complete with falling snow. The best night to visit is Saturday, when ’90s cover band White Ford Bronco performs. The entry fee Saturday is $25 and the dome is open from 2 p.m. to midnight. Buffalo & Bergen‘s Gina Chersevani provides the cocktails. National Harbor, Intersection of Waterfront Street and National Plaza, Oxon Hill. nationalharbor.com/summersnowglobe. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Comedian Ben Bailey, best known to TV watchers as the driver/host of Cash Cab, performs stand-up at Arlington Drafthouse. 10 p.m. at 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $25.
Friday: Soul singer and all-around showman Lee Fields performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with his band, The Expressions. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.
Friday: The D.C. Black Film Festival continues at the Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row. Films screen throughout the day and tonight, a film and music party takes place at The Fridge. 1 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $15.
Saturday: As Xeno & Oaklander, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride craft minimal, melancholy darkwave with an orchestra of analog synthesizers and instruments. And while their music seems best suited for goth nightclubs, they aren’t all doom and gloom. Their show at the Black Cat Backstage is a benefit for House of Ruth, a nonprofit that provides services for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. They’ll be joined by a trio of acts that explore similar synths and shadows—D.C.’s Technophobia, Philly’s Void Vision, and Charlottesville’s Ships in the Night. Xeno & Oaklander perform with Technophobia, Void Vision, and Ships in the Night at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: The third annual Chuck Brown Day, celebrating the Godfather of Go-Go, takes place at Brown’s namesake park and features performances by the Chuck Brown Band and EU. 3 p.m. at 20th and Franklin Streets NE. Free.
Saturday: New York-based rock act The London Souls plays at The Hamilton alongside Con Brio, a seven-piece funk band from San Francisco. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$20.
Sunday: Alif Laila may be the D.C. area’s greatest master of the intimidating and inspiring sitar. A renowned live performer, Laila, a Bangladesh-born transplant to the region, is no flashy virtuoso, preferring to demonstrate her craft in her interpretations of the ragas, melodic modes that give each piece its framework. Her subtle but significant manipulations of tone and rhythm, and her hypnotic control over her instrument, captivate audiences. Read more >>> Alif Laila performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: In conjunction with the opening of its new exhibit, Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures, Honfleur Gallery hosts the Black Magic Film Festival, a series of short films made by artists of the Black Diaspora. 3 p.m. at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Sunday: Blues guitarist Jonny Langcloses out the weekend with a show at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50.
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