City Paper is not for tourists
Who declared that sincerity can’t be a lot of fun? After performing more than 2,000 shows, scorched romantic Frank Turner digs deep to craft insightful songs his fans sing along to. He transforms the forlorn despair of hitting rock bottom into a noisily joyful anthem backed by a full band in “Recovery,” from 2013’s Tape Deck Heart. In advance of Inauguration Day, Turner also has a song that sums up his audience’s reaction to the event. “Pain can be killed, with aspirin tablets and vitamin pills. But memories of hope, and glorious defeat are a little bit harder to beat,” he wails near the end of 2008’s “Love Ire & Song,” an angry, yearning call to arms for when optimism feels impossible. Read more >>> Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls perform with Murder By Death, Arkells, and Will Varley at 6:45 p.m. at The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $28.50. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Diana Yap)
Bluejacket brewed a special beer for inauguration called “People are People” that’s now available at all Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurants and bars (ChurchKey, The Partisan, Iron Gate, EatBar, and more). All proceeds from the bone-dry Belgian-style saison ($6 a glass) will go to D.C.’s Immigrant Justice Legal Service Grant Program. Multiple locations. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates American composers with a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and other pieces by Leonard Bernstein and John Williams at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15–$89.
9:30 Club hosts “And Still We Dance: A Dancefloor Journey,” a late-night dance party celebrating the last night of the Obama era with music from DJs Ultra Naté and James “DJ Dub” Graham. 11:30 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30–$40.
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