City Paper is not for tourists
The big question in early August is whether to seek an opportunity to cool down or to embrace the inevitable sweat. This Wednesday, Bossa offers a fine compromise—the chance to boogie to a lineup of D.C. funk and soul outfits while sipping on a refreshing caipirinha. The night includes sets from Betsy and the Bicycles, a District-formed funk band with original tunes that recently played a sold-out July show on a barge at the Gangplank Marina. Also on the docket: singer-songwriter Lennon English, who’ll play with the New Soul Republic. English creates the kind of rhythmic, percussive music that might play in a movie as someone walks with purpose down a metropolitan street, lost in intent thought. Need a perfect pick-up line to practice for the evening’s festivities? Here’s a free one: “Is that sweat on your shirt or did you just slosh a drink all over yourself?” Betsy and the Bicycles perform with Katie McD and Lennon English and the New Soul Republic at 9:30 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com.