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When The Weeknd first emerged six years ago, he was an anonymous singer-songwriter, his gentle tenor cutting through the fog of ambient, electronic R&B and telling tales of late night love affairs and drug-dazed comedowns. The Toronto-based talent (born Abel Tesfaye) explored that territory for a few years, carving out a space as R&B’s preeminent creepster, his beautiful voice belying the seediness of his sex-and-drug ballads. When The Weeknd brings his world tour to the Verizon Center (with Rae Sremmurd, 6LACK, and Belly in tow), expect a catalog-hopping set that’ll make you want to shower after attending. Read more >>> The Weeknd performs at 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.$90–$425. (202) 628-3200. verizoncenter.monumentalsportsnetwork.com. (Chris Kelly)
SerbFest is this weekend in Potomac, Maryland with live music and Serbian food and drinks. Try things like flash-fried smelt with french fries, strudel, salads, Serbian beer, and Rakija (Serbian brandy). Admission and parking are free. Visit Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. SerbFest, 10660 River Road, Potomac. serbfestdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Local electropunk duo Jack on Fire burns down the Brixton one last time when it plays its final show at the Black Cat Backstage. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW.
Dreamcar, a new supergroup featuring members of No Doubt and AFI, performs at 9:30 Club with opening act Superet. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra entertains audiences of all ages when it plays the score of E.T. the Extraterrestrial during a screening of the classic film at the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $17.50–$99.
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