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Charles Bradley’s unlikely rise to fame has been literally well-documented: The singer’s turn from hard-luck James Brown impersonator to soul music revivalist at the age of 62 was chronicled in the 2012 documentary Soul of America, and since breaking through with No Time for Dreaming in 2011, Bradley has released two more albums marked equally by the heartache of a troubled life and the joy of his inspiring second act. His songs groove, shimmy, and shake like classic Atlantic and Stax records, and his best known ones—his covers of Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and Black Sabbath’s “Changes”—call to mind Otis Redding’s genre-hopping cover of the Stones’ “Satisfaction.” Read more >>> Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires performs with Seratones at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
The week of drinking events leading up to Savor craft beer festival continues. Today, head to ChurchKey for a showcase of Southern craft brewers. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Logan Circle bar will pour draft brews from Louisiana’s Great Raft Brewing and Parish Brewing Co., Kentucky’s Country Boy Brewing, and North Carolina’s Burial Beer Co., Wicked Weed, and Fonta Flora Brewery. Admission is free. ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW, (202) 567-2576, chuchkeydc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recruits native son John Waters and a full Broadway cast for a concert production of Hairspray, the musical inspired by Waters’ 1989 film, at the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $50–$110.
Disgustingly named but always lively Nashville rock band Diarrhea Planet performs at the Black Cat with DJ Soul Call Paul as part of Oskar Blues Brewery’s Hit the Can event. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Get your groove on at the Trinidad Theatre when Capital Fringe hosts a funky triple bill featuring local acts Time Is Fire, Kings, and Sistr Mid9ight. 9 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.
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