There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
On his forthcoming release, simply titled Mem Shannon’s 2nd Blues Album, the 38-year-old New Orleans guitarist and cabdriver defeats the sophomore jinx with 11 more down-home tales that don’t traffic in going-to-the-crossroads 12-bar-shuffle cliches. As a youngster, Mem Shannon played clarinet on jazz and funk standards, experience that seems to have informed his approach nearly as much as the B.B. King records he heard his dad play at home. Whether quietly relating vignettes about crack dealers and wise old men over minor chords or forcefully emoting about the power of music over gospel organ, thumb-picked bass, blaring saxes, and his own barbed picking, Shannon displays a craftsmanship in which no elements are wasted. At 8:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $7. (301) 652-3383. (SK)