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What began as a simple exchange of nostalgic ’80’s funk mixtapes between Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One has now played an integral role in ushering in a resurgence of feel-good funk and disco records. Together, Hawthorne and Jake One form Tuxedo, which seems like an odd pairing at best, since Hawthorne is known for his neo-soul baby-making music and Jake One has a lengthy history of producing boom-bap hip-hop beats for artists like Drake, Rick Ross, and Kendrick Lamar. But as a duo, Hawthorne and Jake One channel their shared love for boogie to produce their own style of elegant funk music aimed at making people dance. Read more >>> Tuxedo performs with Gavin Turek at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $25. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Casey Embert)
Sunday evenings are special at The Riggsby because they just started offering a New England-style clam bake. The $39 feast includes half a Maine lobster with steamed Little Neck clams, PEI mussels, sausage, fingerling potatoes, corn on the cob, seasonal vegetables, herbs, and grilled lemon. If you order the clam bake, you can also purchase Mai Tai cocktails, normally $13, for $8. The Riggsby, 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW. (202) 787-1500. theriggsby.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The Kennedy Center kicks off its Sound Health program, a collaboration between the arts center, the National Institutes of Health and KC Artistic Advisor at large Renee Fleming, with a performance featuring Fleming, Jussie Smollett of Empire, and Ben Folds, at the Concert Hall. The project looks at the connection between music and wellness. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$39.
Friday: SeeNoSun OnStage begins performances of Doubt, John Patrick Shanley‘s play about abuse at a New York Catholic school, at Anacostia Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $25.
Friday: Composers Thomas Helton and Kevin Patton play an intimate show at RhizomeDC with Melmann, the solo project of Argentine artist Nicolas Melmann. 8 p.m. at 6950 Maple St. NW. $10 suggested donation.
Saturday: “I had long thought about having a festival in the smallest venue possible—literally like a tiny room,” says Matthew Byars of The Caribbean, a quietly beloved D.C. experimental-pop band. His daydream is now an actual thing. It’s called Seventh Stanine, a free all-day event planned for the Dew Drop Inn in Northeast D.C. The lineup is a roll call of artists The Caribbean knows well or at least admires, including edgy-but-amiable acts like Insect Factory, Slip Disco (which features members of Two Inch Astronaut), Aaron Leitko, Time Is Fire, More Humans, Nice Breeze, Sansyou, Boat Burning, ATTEMPT, Big Fresh, and Greenland. Read more >>> Seventh Stanine Festival begins at 2 p.m. at Dew Drop Inn, 2801 8th St. NE. $10 suggested donation. (202) 791-0909. dewdropinndc.com. (Joe Warminsky)
Saturday: Raise money for local homeless advocacy organization Thrive DC by checking out a rock show at the Black Cat Backstage featuring sets from Red Light Distraction, Venn, and Copes. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Saturday: UrbanArias debuts Independence Eve, a new opera from composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren and librettist Daniel Neer about race relations and inequality in America, at Signature Theatre. 8 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $37.
Sunday: John Moreland just won’t leave well enough alone. The Texas-born, Tulsa, Ok.-based country singer obsesses about imperfect relationships and the pain of two people misaligned. He picks and picks at these scabs, turning them into scars right in front of his audience with little more than his ragged voice and simple guitar strums. Moreland has been letting his lyrics stand on their own for years, but the surge in popularity for artists like Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton makes now as good a time as any to get acquainted. Read more >>> John Moreland performs with Will Johnson at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Sunday: In anticipation of theater’s biggest night, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “And the Tony Goes To…,” a song and dance revue featuring classic show tunes, at the Lincoln Theatre. 3 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $25–$65.
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