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Its cultural influence spans the world, but the American Southwest doesn’t have a single distinct sound. Since 2011, Phoenix, Ariz., natives Jared Kolesar, Michael Carter, Chuck Morriss III, Larry Gast III, Josh Morin, and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues have come together as Jared & The Mill to play their musical approximation of the desert: a blend of rock, blues, country, and bluegrass. The accordion-accented string band quickly went from playing bars and coffeeshops for crowds of a few dozen people to opening for major acts like Zac Brown Band, the Killers, and the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb. Songs like the newly released “Hold On” highlight tight, upbeat harmonies and celebrate the group’s love for the people and places they know back home. Now, as the band traverses the U.S. on its spring tour, its members bring that same intimate passion to the Black Cat, which they’ll fill with sing-along vocals and a few previews of their forthcoming EP. Jared & The Mill performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $13–$15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.