There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Considering this year’s phenomenal success of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and other retro-swing practitioners, it’s odd to find Roomful of Blues moving away from swing, a genre the band polished in the ’70s and maintained until 1997. A big reason for the shift was undoubtedly the nine-piece band’s chaotic past year, during which several members suddenly bolted. The lineup for Roomful’s current release, There Goes the Neighborhood, includes five newcomers, including lead vocalist McKinley Odom, whose soul-tinged rock stylings mark something of a departure for the band. While Neighborhood is less consistent than 1997’s Under One Roof, it does feature a suave cover of Percy Mayfield’s “Lost Mind” and a handful of rollicking blues numbers. In any case, a three-decade-old outfit that has the moxie to survive such trauma deserves some kind of credit. Catch them at 9 p.m. at Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. (301) 340-9732. (Louis Jacobson)