The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has traditionally showcased crafts and music from specific cities, states, regions, and countries every summer, but 2017 will look a little different. In its 50th anniversary year, the event was supposed to highlight the culture of Cuba. After that fell through, organizers decided to focus almost entirely on circus arts, along with a few immigrant-related items under the heading “On the Move,” and some evening concerts, including one with the Chuck Brown Band. And in traditional festival style, the June 29 show featuring accordion-led dance sounds from Texas conjunto band Los Texmaniacs and Louisiana Cajun greats BeauSoleil Quartet avec Michael Doucet, along with the approaching sunset view of the Washington Monument, should inspire jaded locals and excited tourists alike. Read more >>> The festival runs June 29 to July 9 on the National Mall between 7th and 12th streets. Free. (202) 633-6440. festival.si.edu. (Steve Kiviat)
Graffiato is trying to re-create the feel of the Jersey Shore with its menu today through July 2. Specials include seafood salad ($14), lobster rolls ($16), and steak fries with meat gravy and mozzarella ($11). Try them for lunch weekdays or for dinner Saturday and Sunday. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. graffiatodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Norwegian teenager and electronic music producer Jerry Folk comes stateside for a show at U Street Music Hall with opening act Seba Yuri. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.
Pronoun, the emo solo project of Alyse Vellturo, plays at Songbyrd Music House with Us and Us Only, a Baltimore-based trio. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.
Enjoy some Americana tunes tonight when Love Canon, a country band out of Charlottesville, takes the stage at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$20.
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