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Let me set the scene for you: You’re lying on a lawn with your besties on a warm summer night. In your picnic basket, there’s a nice plate of cheese and crackers. You spend the evening knocking back several bottles of rosé, chatting and laughing through the evening. Your soundtrack? Some Lorde, maybe some Fleetwood Mac, or HAIM, or Alanis Morissette. Welcome to the summer of roséwave. And one of the staples of roséwave—a term recently introduced by NPR Music to define the unapologetic pop tunes that soundtrack those chill nights of sippin’ wine in the grass with your nearest and dearest—would be Natalie Merchant, the former 10,000 Maniacs singer whose solo career blossomed when she left the band in 1993. Read more >>> Natalie Merchant performs at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$75. (703) 255- 1900. wolftrap.org. (Matt Cohen)
It’s a soggy day, but Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue at the National Building Museum returns tonight. The summer pop-up featuring Texas-style barbecue, drinks, and live music is back every Thursday through Sunday until the end of the summer. The menu includes a “Texas Cheesesteak,” with chopped brisket, Serrano chilies, caramelized onions, and queso ($15), a pulled pork sandwich ($15), and a hot link sandwich with sauerkraut ($15), each of which comes with one side. Drinks include frozen cocktails ($10) and Shiner Bock beer ($8). Today and Friday it opens at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday it opens at noon. Find it on the west lawn of the museum. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. (202) 272-2448. hillcountry.com/dc/backyard-barbecue-back. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Jamaican reggae artist Jesse Royal plays The Hamilton with Ras Slick and Signal Fire. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $22.50–$28.
Philadelphia-based trioCayetana headlines a night of indie rock at Songbyrd featuring sets from Worriers and Camp Cope. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$14.
Truthworker Theatre Company presents Truthworker: Boxed In & Blacked Out in America, a piece about the nation’s mass incarceration problem, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of the D.C. Hip Hop Theater Festival. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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