Shannen Moser’s songs are steeped in tradition. Her debut LP, Oh, My Heart, kicks off with a sacred harp sample—a traditional form of hymnal chorale music originating in the deep South—that serves as an apt introduction to Moser’s Appalachian folk songs. Hailing from Berks County, Pa., the Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter records deeply personal anecdotes of friendship, heartbreak, and the delicate balance of life and death. There’s a weary wisdom to Moser’s lyrics, especially in songs like “Yr Undertaker,” “A Funeral, A Friend, My Sanity,” and “October,” which paint vivid, often heartbreaking portraits of life’s hardest moments. Read more >>> Shannen Moser performs with Sorority Noise, Forth Wanderers, and The Obsessives at 7:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Matt Cohen)
JAWS is showing outdoors tonight at Walter Pierce Park in Adams Morgan at 8:30 p.m. To make the screening even more appetizing, nearby restaurant Pop’s Sea Bar will offer a “Beach Box” containing an order of boardwalk chicken, corn on the cob, fries, and a can of Coke in a koozie for $10. Preorder by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I WANT CHICKEN.” Walter Pierce Park, 2630 Adams Mill Road. facebook.com/events/1880275885562632. (Laura Hayes)
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Legendary funk and jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra returns to D.C. for two shows at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $20–$35.
Emerging pop singer Ella Vos, known for her popular hit “White Noise,” performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12.
As part of its Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, the Library of Congress hosts a screening of Shake ’em On Down, Joe York and Scott Barretta‘s documentary about Mississippi bluesman Fred McDowell. 4 p.m. at 101 Independence Ave. SW. Free.
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