Boat Burning Credit: Mike Maguire

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Museums are sacred places, shrines for some of the best artworks ever created. And, through our partnership with the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, that museum is also a sacred place for musicians to perform. Once a season, City Paper teams up with the good folks at the Luce Foundation to present some of the D.C. area’s finest and most forward-thinking musicians at the museum. Join us on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. for our fall showcase, featuring the sounds of Boat Burning and Aaron Leitko.

Over the past several years, Boat Burning has established itself as one of the D.C. region’s most exciting ensembles. Led by Andras Fekete, the “maximalist-minimalist” ensemble has pushed the boundaries of live performance with its mass guitar orchestra concerts—last year’s performance at the 9:30 Club featured nearly 100 (!) guitarists. With its simplistic, mesmerizing composition, Boat Burning warps sound, playing a single musical phrase with so many different players and tones until it takes on a life of its own.

Aaron Leitko has been a fixture of the D.C. music scene for years. As one-half of the deep house duo Protect-U, Leitko and bandmate Mike Petillo have been at the forefront of the District’s deeply cool and innovative electronic music scene. But as a solo performer, Leitko takes a deep exploration into unknown sonic territories via modular synthesizers. On his solo debut, released in 2016 through D.C.’s own Atlantic Rhythms imprint, Leitko embarks on a journey through cinematic synthesized landscapes that it’s equal parts intense and beautiful. 

As always, Luce Unplugged’s community showcases are free and all ages. There will be free beer tastings for those old enough to enjoy, as well as drinks and snacks for purchase. Join us!

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