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The Holmes Brothers perform both Saturday-night and Sunday-morning music: We’re talking body-swaying soul, rockin’ roadhouse rhythm, and Pentecostal testifyin’ all rooted in the sounds these guys heard growing up in Christchurch, Va. Based in New York City for the past 40 years—and together as a band for 21—the trio of Sherman Holmes, Wendell Holmes, and drummer Popsy Dixon began to move beyond the chitlin-and-blues-bar circuits only in 1989, when they released the first in a string of CDs (the most recent of which was produced by Joan Osborne). Their latest, the mostly gospel Speaking in Tongues, quavers most powerfully when Popsy’s falsetto, Wendell’s gritty tenor, and Sherman’s solid baritone soar over a drum loop and guitar groove from an old Sister Rosetta Tharpe number. Watch

them transform a weeknight at 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)