We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
You may not remember Nick Cannon as Autopsy Agent One in Men in Black II or the voice of Garfield in the less-than-noteworthy Garfield: The Movie, but Cannon’s fish-out-of-water role as Devon Miles, a talented street drummer from Harlem in the 2002 movie Drumline, was so outstanding that the percussion-driven film inspired a spinoff. DRUMLine Live, created by the music team behind Drumline, brings show-style stick tricks and showmanship to the theatrical stage. The performance showcases intensely choreographed marching band routines and music adapted from hip-hop groups and R&B titans like Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power. Coupled with a sweepingly powerful brass line and a toothsome dance team, DRUMLine Live’s precision and pulsing energy evince Cannon’s drummer-movie-mantra: “Half time is game time.” DRUMLINE LIVE PERFOrMS WITH GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S DRUMLINE, THE MEAN GREEN, AT 7 P.M. AT THE GMU CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 4400 UNIVERSITY DR., FAIRFAX, VA. $22–$44. (703) 993-8888.