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FRIDAY

It’s rare for me to leave a local band’s show humming one of their original songs. So when I walked away from hearing Cecilia with an entire head full of inescapable melodies, I realized that this family band from Vienna just might be the Next Big Thing. I’m not alone. Last month, the group went to Nashville for a series of showcases. Even though they’re not the least bit country, the happy, radio-ready sound they call “Hodge Pop” set off a feeding frenzy among industry bigshots. And Cecilia has something else going for them: From the Andrews Sisters to Hanson, America has shown it loves a family act. And the Veltz brood is picture-perfect. With the harmonies of sisters Laura (19) and Allison (17) out front, some tasteful guitar from their brother Drew (21), and Dad smiling away on rhythm and drums, it’s the happiest musical clan since the Partridge Family—without all that sitcom nonsense. You’ll be hearing the lively ska-tinged “Something About You,” the plaintive “It Don’t Matter,” and the bouncy “No Time” all over the air soon. Come watch the A&R sharks circle their prey at tonight’s gig and be sure to pick up Cecilia’s self-produced CDs, Buckle My Shoe and Kitchen Mix, before they’re re-released at major-label prices. At 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at That’s Amore, 150 Branch Road SE, Vienna. $5. (703) 281-7777. (Dave Nuttycombe)