City Paper is not for tourists
Despite working as a professional vocalist for more than half her life, Tiwa Savage has come into her own as a solo artist only in the past few years. Now, after releasing two albums and a number of videos, she has established herself in the largely male world of Nigerian pop and recently signed with Roc Nation. She alternates between singing sweetly, sometimes with an autotune-altered timbre, or in a warm, lower tone over skittering synth rhythms. Those beats distinctively meld Nigerian patterns with American R&B, Jamaican dancehall, and Trinidadian soca. Read more >>> Tiwa Savage performs at 10 p.m. at Bliss, 2122 24th Place NE. $20–$150. (202) 808-8600. blissdc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
These are your last days to cash in on DC Burger Week, when more than 30 restaurants are showcasing their best burger for $7 each. Participants include Rebellion, Slash Run, Scion Dupont, The Sovereign, Stoney’s, and The Prospect. Think you have food-tography skills? Snap a pic of your bloody good experience and tag #DCBurgerWeek on Instagram for a chance to win gift certificates to participating restaurants. Winners will be printed in the Aug. 5 issue of Washington City Paper. DC Burger week at various restaurants. dcburgerweek.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Saturday: The music of London electronic music producer SOPHIE is like an energy drink: a DayGlo blast of caffeine and carbonation that leaves teeth chattering and thoughts racing. SOPHIE puts a range of bubblegum pop—from ’90s U.K. girl groups to millennial boy bands to contemporary K-pop—in a blender, pushing elastic synthesizers, heart-palpitating bass, and helium-dosed vocals to their hyperkinetic limits. Read more >>> SOPHIE performs with Danny L Harle, Absrdst, and Nick Garcia at 10 p.m. at a.i., 1720 I St. NW. $20–$25. (800) 263-7643. facebook.com/aiexperience. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: It’s National Dance Day and the best place to celebrate movement is the Kennedy Center, which features workshops, performances, and demonstrations beginning at 1 p.m. Among the featured dancers are Alex Wong (seen on So You Think You Can Dance) as well as local companies Bowen McCauley Dance and Capoeira DC. 1 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Saturday: Run for Cover, the annual fundraiser for Girls Rock! DC in which local bands perform songs made popular by other artists, returns for another year at the Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Sunday: When What Cheer? Brigade takes the stage at Comet Ping Pong, things will get a little sweaty. The 20-piece brass band, hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, is known for throwing raucous shows at street festivals, beneath highway overpasses, on college quads, or wherever its members can bring their unique blend of New Orleans brass, Klezmer, samba, hip-hop, and Balkan music. But the music is only half the story. A What Cheer? show is a communal event, like a punk show without the mosh pit. Read more >>> What Cheer? Brigade performs with The Torches at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Kevin Carty)
Sunday: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa bring their High Road Tour to Jiffy Lube Live. Draw whatever conclusions you’d like from that title and remember that marijuana use is illegal in Virginia. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $26–$60.75.
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