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The weather outside is frightful … kind of. But the fire inside is so delightful. You get where I’m going with this. I apologize. At any rate, what I’m trying to tell you is that our next Luce Unplugged Community Showcase is taking place next month, on Friday, Jan. 19th. The weather may indeed be frightful on that day (of course, it may not be, thanks global warming), but one thing I can assure you: The tunes inside the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum will be delightful, with Time is Fire and Light Beams performing in our winter showcase.

Fronted by Iranian-born Sufi poetKamyar Arsani, Time is Fire makes groovy, psychedelic post-punk that sounds like music from a country that doesn’t exist. Featuring an all-star cast of local music scene vets—Jim Thomson, Matthew Perrone, Kai Filipczak, and Jeff Barsky—Time is Fire is one of the fiercest live bands in D.C. 

They’ll be joined by another band of notable local music veterans, Light Beams, the trio of Justin Moyer, Sam Lavine, and Arthur Noll. Drawing influence from artists like Lee “Scratch” Perry and Sheila E., Light Beams makes forward-thinking dance-pop that’s impossible not to groove to.

As always, the show is free and all ages. It starts at 6 p.m. and there will be free beer tastings for the 21 and up crowd from Right Proper Brewing Company. RSVP here.