There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Since shortly before Elvis’ death, Robert Gordon has embraced rockabilly full-time. Sporting pompadour and sideburns, he has vocalized the straight-ahead ’50s catalogs of Southerners like Billy Lee Riley and Gene Vincent. Rather than getting real gone, Gordon has used his mannered, theater-trained baritone and his love of ballads as a guise that resembles the King’s later crooning days. Thanks in large part to his careerlong usage of ace guitarists like Link Wray, Danny Gatton, and Chris Spedding, this revivalist has maintained enough wild-eyed tuneage from rock’s formative period to keep his repertoire from getting too soft. With local veterans Billy Hancock & the Sidekicks at 9:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)