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Two of the area’s leading roots-rock acts take the stage tonight in a fantastic double bill. First up are the Towering Bouffants (pictured), who revive and revitalize girl-group and other pop, rock, and soul hits of the early to mid-’60s. Vivacious lead singers Diana Quinn, Jane Quinn, and Melinda Root also harmonize sweetly, delivering faithful renditions of such classics as “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave,” “Chain of Fools,” and “Leader of the Pack.” Not only is their music great, but the talented ladies (who plan to release a full-length CD this summer) are a visual treat as well, with their synchronized choreography and marvelous fashion sense. (Tonight, they’ll be pulling on white go-go boots and premiering new spring minidresses.) Headlining is Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun (bassist Johnny Castle and drummer Jack O’Dell), who will provide a rollicking set of the traditional rock ‘n’ roll, Western swing, rockabilly, and blues that have made the band a top local and national draw. Kirchen’s next studio recording, Raise a Ruckus, will be released next month and features an all-star guest cast including accordionist Flaco Jimenez, fiddler Bobby Flores, and the San Antonio Horns. Get a rockin’ and rollin’ preview at 9 p.m., Friday, March 19, at Lewie’s, 6845 Reed St., Bethesda. $6. (301) 652-1600. (Ken Roseman)