As a native Staten Islander—keep your comments to yourself, please—I’m crestfallen that my hometown’s most illustrious musical export is coming to town the day I head back to Shaolin for the holidays. Tonight, Wu-Tang Clan returns to State Theatre, the Falls Church venue that probably hosts more cover bands than hip-hop shows (its website offers an all-caps plea for attendees to leave their backpacks at home). But while the venue is a weird pick, this show is nothing to scoff at. Why? RZA is on the bill. His anticipated performance—he didn’t play last year’s State Theatre gig—could lend some insights into the crew’s upcoming album, rumored to be released sometime next summer. Trust and believe that tonight, I’ll have my “W” raised in solidarity, even if the other Bolt Bus passengers glare at me skeptically.

Wu-Tang Clan performs at 9 p.m. at State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $55. 703-237-0300.