Punk rock, in its essence, is intended to be a genre of community: a place where outsiders—or anyone, really—can turn to feel like they’re part of a safe, inclusive, like-minded group. Sadly, that’s not always the case. But if the lineup for the inaugural Breakin’ Even Fest—a two-day pop-punk festival at Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Music House—is any indication, it will be all posi vibes, PBR-soaked high fives, and scream-a-longs. The first night of the fest is stacked with some of the D.C. area’s finest noisemakers, but Saturday’s lineup brings in the out-of-town talent, with Bethlehem, Pa.’s Slingshot Dakota, and New York’s Timeshares (pictured) and Iron Chic. The duo of Slingshot Dakota—anchored by keyboardist/vocalist Carly Comando’s sweet and commanding voice—play the kind of heavy and melodic, yet undeniably bouncy, pop-punk that can bring even the most disinterested of crowds to full attention. Meanwhile, Timeshares and Iron Chic’s particular style of urgent, emotive sing-a-long punk will find all of Breakin’ Even Fest attendees arm-in-arm, singing along together like there’s nothing more important than that moment. Breakin’ Even Fest runs March 4 to March 5 at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$27.50. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com.

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