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While some Washington fans of Western swing blame the parochialism of D.C.s swing-dance scene for the poor attendance at Glen Echo’s monthly Western swing nights, I suspect that Saturday night dances just leave many too tuckered out to make the Sunday soirees. But there’s no doubt that it wouldn’t kill many D.C. swingers to embrace other branches of the genre, and tonight’s a good time to start, when Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys play Twist & Shout. Although they cultivate a retro cowpoke look, their music, which owes as much to Buddy Holly as to Western swing king Bob Wills, often sounds fresh and new. As one of the no-shows at those Sunday Glen Echo gigs, I’ll consider myself duly scolded and show up. Heck, I might even try a two-step. At 8 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. (301) 652-3383. (Mark Gauvreau Judge)