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APRIL 16

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First as leader of Bronx doo-woppers the Belmonts and later as a mystical folkie, Dion DiMucci has proved himself more than just another Golden Oldie, influencing such disparate artists as Lou Reed, Fairport Convention, Mott the Hoople, and Richard Price, who named a novel after Dion’s ’61 hit, “The Wanderer.” Likewise, Dion has tapped into a wildly varied songbook throughout his career (on his classic ’68 Laurie solo album, he covered Lightnin’ Hopkins, Hendrix, and Leonard Cohen, among others). So it should be no surprise that, after years on the born-again revival circuit, Dion has hooked up with former Dictators/Del-Lords punker Scott Kempner; after all, both are streetwise New Yorkers to the bone. The pair’s new project, Little Kings, is on the road and ready for a record deal. Nil Lara opens at 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15. (703) 549-5919. (Eddie Dean)