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True story: I walk into the lobby of a swanky hotel in Tysons Corner. Defying logic, a major music-industry confab is taking place. Further defying logic, a gorgeous blonde in a strapless black velvet gown strolls by, stops, turns, and says, “You’re Dave Nuttycombe, aren’t you?” Not only do the two of us gamble with fake money ’til the early hours for a chance to win Mariah Carey’s debut album (it gets better: our dealer is Jon Lovitz’s cousin!), but I share hallway space with twin rockers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and either Tony, Toni, or Tone from Tony! Toni! Tone! But the biggest attraction of the night is half of Cheap Trick. Not the interesting half, but the half that look like slightly taller versions of Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. Because Tuesday is Robin Zander’s birthday, you may want to bring 49 candles in addition to the Bic, ’cause the Tricksters are playing with Harmony Riley at 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Dave Nuttycombe)