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Music history is littered with famous songwriting partnerships—Lennon-McCartney, Page-Plant, Jagger-Richards—but there are also lesser-known creative unions that, while they may not have written “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Stairway to Heaven,” or “Start Me Up,” probably deserve respect beyond their niche. Among quirk-rock aficionados, there is no duo more adored than Dean and Gene Ween—né Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman—of Ween. For more than two decades, the pair has composed an oddly endearing and confoundingly eclectic stream of songs—from the funky freakishness of “Voodoo Lady” to the goofy novelty of “Push th’ Little Daisies” and the mop-topped pop of “Pork Roll Egg and Cheese.” Now Gene is striking out on a solo acoustic tour to play stripped-down versions of the best moments from his collaboration with Dean and perhaps prove in the process that you don’t need to play something off Tattoo You to make the quirk-rock fans go wild.
GENE WEEN PERFORMS WITH THE BLACKBERRY BELLES AT 9 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $20. (202) 667-7960.