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Remember piano rock? It gets a bad rap now, but Elton John could really kick the jams out of pianos for a brief, bright period there before they descended into schmaltz. Now here to rescue pianos from middle school recitals and YouTube covers of pop songs comes Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie. Its members have a reputation for performing barn-storming live shows, and none other than D.C. personage Barack Obama is a fan. He put the band’s standout song “Boozophilia,” which name checks his stomping grounds on the South Side of Chicago, on a summer playlist in 2015. Read more >>> Low Cut Connie performs with Skribe at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $10–$15. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Will Sommer)


Poke Papa is now open serving poke bowls downtown like “The Beach Bum” with shrimp, scallop, octopus, jalapeño, cilantro, fresh lime, and sea salt ($11.49). Guests can also choose to customize a poke bowl Chipotle-style by choosing a base, size, protein, sauce, toppings, and “sprinkles.” Poke Papa, 806 H St. NW. (202) 393-7653. pokepapa.com. (Laura Hayes)


Singer and composer Emily Wells, who sat in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, plays the Black Cat Backstage with local opening act Be Steadwell. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12–$15.

The Octopus Project, an experimental pop act out of Austin, takes the stage at DC9 with Deaf Scene, a Baltimore-based prog rock ensemble. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.

Renowned jazz guitarist Stanley Clarke performs at The Birchmere with his namesake band. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.

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