There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
People liked to throw money (also flowers and underthings) at Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Peter Gabriel was no different. Khanwho came from a line of singers that stretches back five centuriesrecorded at least nine albums for Gabriel’s Real World label, gaining a global audience. The Holmes Brothers also got some work courtesy of the former Genesis frontman, as did Papa Wemba. Gabriel, in turn, took from these artists, but he copped mostly in spirit and has never quite been able to capture their authenticity. Still, Gabriel’s pop outings are for the most part good (half the songs on So are probably still lodged in your head), and even when he’s stunted by his own sensibilities, he can be relied upon for some of the best damn radio-friendly tracks around. Maybe your ticket dollars will help finance the next Sevara Nazarkhan release when Gabriel plays at 7:30 p.m. at Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $10-$88.50. (202) 432-7328. (Mike Kanin)