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In his hometown of Osaka, Japan, Seiho became a pillar of the city’s dance music scene as it cracked down on nightlife with its infamous “no dancing” ban known as “fueiho.” From 1947 until 2015, “fueiho,” written as an anti-prostitution law, banned dancing in clubs after midnight. But Seiho was instrumental in keeping the spirit of dance alive in Japan with his forward-thinking record label, Day Tripper, and dance party, INNIT, where artists were invited to play original tracks and the audience would vote for its favorite to perform live. Meanwhile, Seiho has created his own sonic universe—somewhere between restlessly hyperactive and harmoniously meditative—with his experimental electronic productions. Read more >>> Seiho performs with Qualiatik and Cos BV at 8:30 p.m. at Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $12. (202) 462-3213. velvetloungedc.com. (Casey Embert)
Subterranean bar Sotto has completely revamped its menu and is taking the small plates approach. Highlights include charred spring onions with almond romesco ($8); pork belly with sunchoke tostones ($10); and grilled head-on prawns with harissa and lemon ($13). The dining room has also been redesigned to give the space a more jazz club feel. Sotto, 1610 14th St. NW. (202) 545-3459. sottodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Still Dreaming, a jazz quartet featuring Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade that pays tribute to and draws inspiration from the 1970s ensemble Old and New Dreams, performs at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$55.
As part of The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts’ SHIFT Festival, members of the North Carolina Symphony play the work of celebrated composers in the Kogod Courtyard between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. 7:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
The joy that comes from a brass band is unlike any other. Feeling the sousaphone groove in your feet, the growl from the trombone in your gut, and the gang vocal choruses in your throat wash away the buildup of the week and make a city’s air breathe a little easier. Gypsy Sally’s provides several flavors with their Battle of the Brass Bands. The High & Mighty Brass Band more traditional New Orleans funk and R&B is sharp, tight, and focused. They can bring the party, but know when to bring the volume down and let the audience simmer. The PitchBlak Brass Band is more often raw and unrestrained as they go for meaty licks that try knock down walls. Their hip-hop influences are front and center with MCs rapping over the band. Both styles are invigorating, and a reminder that another brass bands is never a bad thing. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $12–$14. (Justin Weber)
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