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All punks should age as gracefully as John K. Samson. Originally the bassist and genteel crooner of politically charged Canadian punk band Propagandhi, Samson left in 1997 and formed The Weakerthans. After four excellent studio albums, The Weakerthans officially hung it up a few years ago. Samson has since recorded two solo albums, though 2016’s Winter Wheat saw him collaborating with many of his former Weakerthans compatriots. Whatever project Samson’s writing for, his songs conjure a sense of warmth and familiarity, the audio equivalent of curling up with a novel beside a crackling fire. Read more >>> John K. Samson & The Winter Wheat perform with Worriers at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $20–$22. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Matt Siblo)
The Yards DC and Navy Yard restaurants are going all out for Nationals’ opening day. Osteria Morini and Agua 301 will offer happy hour specials until 7 p.m. and ticket holders who show their stub for the game can get a mini ice cream cone in Ice Cream Jubilee’s new flavor: Nats Red Velvet. Due South and Bluejacket will both open their outdoor patios for the season. Festivities in the park run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. theyardsdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Electro-folk vocalist Half Waif plays DC9 with local favorite Stronger Sex. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
The latest edition of DEMO by Damian Woetzel at the Kennedy Center focuses on the intersection of song and dance and features performances from Broadway star and clown Bill Irwin, dancers from the New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Hamilton star Christopher Jackson. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$59.
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