City Paper is not for tourists
Along with patriotic cookouts, Labor Day weekend also brings the go-go takeover of several area clubs. The Kings of Go-Go show featuring Trouble Funk, Experience Unlimited, Junkyard Band, and Proper Utensils take place at the Howard Theatre and Team Familiar plays Café Asia, but only one gig highlights some newer bounce beat go-go as well. The 3rd Annual All White End of Summer Jam indicates the appropriate dress code in its title, but it’s the homegrown racket with touches of melody coming from the stage, not the color of audience members’ clothes, that will invigorate fans. Headliner Backyard Band has been adding hip-hop swagger, along with bits of noisy crank and R&B sweetness, to its go-go since the early ’90s. TCB, aka the Bounce Beat Kingz, was founded by Polo, who died in 2013, and originated the fast-tempoed, rototom drum beat with shouted vocals that became bounce. TOB adds unusual keyboard sound effects, sampled female vocals, and echoed rhythms to its chanted male vocals and frenetic, percussive pounding. The staccato beats will ring through Shaw until Monday morning. Backyard Band performs with TCB, TOB, Spill Gang, and Shooters at 11 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.