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It hasn’t caught on in the States yet, but the “Kofi Annan,” an Afro-hip-hop dance created by Nigerian singer Yemi Alade and named after the Ghanaian former UN Secretary General, has entertained millions across the African diaspora. “Annan” is no one-off novelty number. The track, from Alade’s second album Mama Africa, is one of several Afro-pop compositions that quickly turned this diva into a superstar on the continent. Alade employs a sing-songy, conversational vocal style with clever enunciation on those two funky hits, but she also intones in a sweeter style on other tracks. Working with top African producers, Alade exuberantly shines, whether singing in Nigerian languages, English, French, or Swahili. Read more >>> Yemi Alade & The Ovasabi Band perform at 11 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $40–$60. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Get very familiar with D.C.’s signature cocktail, the gin rickey, on Sunday at the 9th annual Rickey Month Competition. Eight finalists chosen from a pack of 20 competing bars will showcase their version of the cocktail that dates back to 1883 and consists of gin, lime juice, and sparkling water or club soda. The competition starts at 1 p.m. at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Tickets are $30 at the door and include bottomless rickeys and snacks. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Visit the “City of Stars” under the stars when the National Symphony Orchestra performs the score of La-La Land while the movie screens at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$60.
Friday: Forget about the current White House crises and celebrate former president Barack Obama‘s birthday in Shaw. Restaurants will offer themed food and drink specials, and Shaw Main Streets screens the documentary Believe: The Story of Barack Obama, at the Cornerstone Lot. 7 p.m. at 625 T St. NW. Free.
Saturday: It was 2000 at a drag ball in Detroit, and Vjuan Allure was set to DJ after lugging cases of vinyl all the way from the D.C. suburbs. Frustrated by the stagnation of the music at drag balls like that one, Allure returned home and remixed Masters At Work’s “The Ha Dance.” In Allure’s hands, the track turned into something more frenetic and aggressive, its iconic “crash” a dance floor weapon, and the ballroom beats genre was born. A few years later, a young DJ named MikeQ heard one of Allure’s tracks at a Newark club and was inspired to make his own ballroom beats. The New Jersey producer would soon become a pioneer and global ambassador for ballroom beats and vogue house, bringing a queer subculture to audiences whose only interaction with drag balls might have been Madonna’s “Vogue.” Read more >>> MikeQ performs with Vjuan Allure, Uptown Nikko, Jack Inslee, Wreck Tech, and Ayes Cold at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $5. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com.(Chris Kelly)
Saturday: The Summer Spirit Festival kicks off at Merriweather Post Pavilion with performances by Bel Biv Devoe, Fantasia, Common, and many others. 2 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $54–$450.
Saturday: Comedian and sitcom starGeorge Lopez films his latest comedy special in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $59.50–$79.50.
Sunday: Chick Corea came up in the jazz world as a hungry, young pianist playing with swing bands, Latin groups, and avant-garde collectives. Corea’s sweeping synthesis of styles from across the Americas and around the world was highly influential on a young banjo picker named Béla Fleck, who aimed to extend the boundaries of traditional bluegrass. Together, these exemplary musicians will present a night of intense improvisation and head-spinning stylistic synthesis. Read more >>> Chick Corea Elektric Band performs with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones at 7:30 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$65. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: Mysteriously named rock ace Slaughter Beach, Dog headlines a night of deconstructed Americana music at Songbyrd Music House, featuring sets from Shannen Moser and Bleary Eyed. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$14.
Sunday: Close out the weekend at the Black Cat where local indie psychedelic band Nah. celebrates its EP release. Del Florida and Demille Music open the show. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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