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Buena Vista Social Club wasn’t the only band bringing old-school Cuban dance music to the rest of the world 20 years ago. Trumpet player Jesus Alemany, then in his early 30s, put together Cubanismo, which played the sleek yet powerful rhythms like cha-cha, rumba, and son, but unlike the elder statesmen, added some non-Cuban touches and got a little more frenetic and funky. Live, the band’s 14 members all keep busy: The vocalists adeptly mix call-and-response vocals while doing Latinized Motown choreography as the horn section blares and the percussionists feverishly tap away on timbales, cowbell, bongos, and congas. Read more >>> Cubanismo performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $29.50–$65. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Steve Kiviat)
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OH AND ALSO
Comedian Todd Glass brings his popular podcast to the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery as part of the ongoing District of Comedy festival. 8:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15.
Singer-songwriter Kevin Morby performs his intricate and delicate songs at Rock & Roll Hotel with opening act Jaye Bartell. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $14.
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