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Friday

Catfish Hodge’s new CD, Twenty Years, captures various stages of the bluesman’s career—all caught live on various stages. And live is always the best way to encounter blues and boogie music, and certainly the best way to encounter Hodge. The album includes such signature ‘Fish tunes as “The Boogie Man,” “To the Left,” and “Eyewitness Blues,” as well as several more quiet and personal recent songs. “After all these years, I am still doing the job I most love to do,” Hodge reports from the road, which, he admits, “is tough on the old body, but the reward I receive from being able to share my gift with folks is mighty.” And the mighty Catfish gives just as good as he gets. Hodge pulls into town with the legendary James Cotton at 9 p.m. at the Garage, 1214 B 18th St. NW. $18. (202) 331-7123. (Dave Nuttycombe)