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When it came time for Rita Ekwere to pick a stage name, she chose Ray BLK, short for “Building Living Knowing.” That positive mantra seems to be a throwback to neo-soul and the golden age of conscious rap, a sound she updates for the new millennium. On her 2016 debut Durt, the 23-year-old singer/song-writer/rapper resembles Lauryn Hill, if she grew up in South London rather than South Orange. Over breezy productions that bound between electronic R&B and acoustic hip-pop, BLK is unafraid to think outside the box. Read more >>> Ray BLK knows that she’s building something, even if she has plenty of living to do. Ray BLK performs with Blaquestone at 8:30 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$17. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Adams Morgan bars are hosting a fundraiser tonight for the officers injured in a hit-and-run last week. Expect live music, food, drinks, raffles, and giveaways at bars including Madam’s Organ, Bossa Bistro, Songbyrd Music House, Johnny Pistolas, Bourbon, Black Squirrel, Club Heaven and Hell, Columbia Station and Roofers Union. Johnny Pistolas, for example, will hand out wristbands for discounted drinks and all proceeds from wristband sales will be donated to the officers’ families. Multiple Adams Morgan locations. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Tomorrow is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of all things James Joyce, and Upshur Street Books kicks off the party early with its out-loud reading of Ulysses, which begins tonight at Third Floor. 5 p.m. at 4200 9th St. NW. Free.
Canadian poet and musician Daniel Romano performs at DC9 with local opening acts Venn and Tomás Pagán Motta. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
Israeli funk-pop act A-Wa, originally known as The Haim Sisters before a trio from L.A. coopted that name, takes the stage at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at 600 F St. NW. $20–$25.
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