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Medellin, Colombia’s J. Balvin has become reggaeton’s latest it boy. His Spanish-language vocals are smoother than the genre’s pioneers and he’s melded the style’s insistent dembow beat with other programmed club rhythms. This summer, he teamed up with Afro-French producer and vocalist Willy William to create “La Gente,” a global hit full of repeating horn-like blips and synthetic tones drawn from William’s song “Voodoo,” Danish dance group Enur, and moombahton. Coming across more suave than bad boy, Balvin has also reached an international audience with his appearance on the Latino remix of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Read more >>>J. Balvin performs at 8 p.m. at EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $75–$95. (703) 993-3000. eaglebankarena.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Bourbon lovers should flock to Jack Rose Dining Saloon tonight. The Adams Morgan bar is hosting a bourbon cocktail takeover from 5-10 p.m. Bartenders will mix and stir twelve different bourbon cocktails, priced at $10 each. They include classics like Manhattans and Whiskey Sours, plus six modern twists. No tickets necessary. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW, (202) 588-7388, jackrosediningsaloon.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Local indie-pop quartet Flowerbomb plays the Dew Drop Inn tonight with Atlanta’s Rose Hotel and Maryland’s Conor Street James. 9 p.m. at 2801 8th St. NE. $5.
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center annual Latin American Film Festival kicks off this evening with a screening of director/writer Sebastián Cordero‘s Such is Life in the Tropics. The film’s star Daniel Adum Gilbert will be in attendance for a Q+A after the screening. 7:30 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15.
Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will recall their long careers, influences, and memorable moments as they present “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Lives” tonight and tomorrow night at Wolf Trap. There may even be some banjo playing. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $45-$125.