There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Plenty of electronic acts are content to entertain their crowds by simply twisting knobs, exhibiting their talents with all the flair of a sleepy soundman. Others may tack on a frenzied light show to compensate for the lack of physical performance. Ital’s work is good enough not to necessitate any live-show frills, but the man puts on an impressive footwork display. When Ital performed at DC9 in September, he stomped and slid like an aquaphobe caught in a rainstorm behind his table of gear. The small crowd seemed happy enough with the jittery sounds, but not quite as thrilled as Ital. His shimmying showed a visible passion far more entertaining than any eye-straining laser show could ever be. The small turnout at the D.C.-bred musician’s September show was surprising, especially considering the excellent acts he shared the stage with, including Laurel Halo and his partner in Mi Ami, Damon Palermo. A turn at Comet Ping Pong could fare better with hometown support from Maxmillion Dunbar and a DJ set from Protect-U.
Ital performs with Container, Maxmillion Dunbar, and Protect-U at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.