There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
If you think it’s hard to be a woman rocker now, consider Wanda Jackson’s story. In 1954, she had a country hit at the age of 17 (and the Grand Ole Opry made her cover her shoulders before performing it onstage). Two years later, Elvis Presley encouraged the Oklahoma native to sing rockabilly. “Fujiyama Mama” topped the charts in Japan, but American radio programmers never really warmed to Jackson’s impassioned, high-pitched take on three-chord barnburners. Fifty years later, Jackson is finally getting her due as a pioneer, and she’s on the road again. She may have been born again in the meantime, but I’ll bet she can still growl out “Mean Mean Man.” Jackson plays with Rosie Flores at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-7960. (Steve Kiviat)