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If you missed the unbridled energy of What Cheer? Brigade at Comet Ping Pong a few weeks ago, don’t worry. Rock & Roll Hotel’s 10th anniversary party has you covered. Co-founded by What Cheer? Brigade’s former tubist, Downtown Boys bring the same untamed exuberance to the stage. Breakneck tempos, lyrics hurled like projectiles, and a ragged saxophone that sounds like it could cut through two-by-fours make listening to the Downtown Boys a visceral experience. Political protest music can too often rely only on words to bring attention to issues. Downtown Boys want to shake people awake with its music, too. Read more >>> Downtown Boys performs with Big Hush and Bad Moves at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
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Try something different at Shake Shack. This week only, the burger chain is serving a burger created by TODAY’s Al Roker that features an Angus beef patty topped with pulled pork, American cheese, red-eye mayo, and pickles for $7.49. One dollar from every burger will benefit No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood hunger in America. Try it today through Friday at all local Shake Shacks except Nationals Park. Shake Shack, multiple locations. shakeshack.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar moonlights as an author. He reads from his latest book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
It’s been nearly two decades since “Livin’ La Vida Loca” filled everyone’s ears, but Ricky Martin continues to delight fans with his hip-shaking abilities. Tonight, he kicks off a two-night stand at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$125.
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