May will be here sooner than you think, which is why you should make plans now to attend Washington City Paper‘s May 20 show at the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Usually we book two local bands for our Luce Unplugged concerts, but this one is extra special: We’ve got Beauty Pill with a horn ensemble, performing as the Beauty Pill Symphonette. 

If you don’t know about Beauty Pill (which is highly unlikely if you’re a regular City Paper reader), it is perhaps the most dynamic band in the city. Fronted by musician/producer/humorous Twitter personality Chad Clark, Beauty Pill plays experimental pop music built by the vibrant soundscapes created by Clark and bandmates Drew Doucette, Basla Andolsun, Jean Cook, and Devin Ocampo. It’s 2015 album Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are wasn’t just one of the finest local albums of the year; it received accolades far and wide, from outlets including NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork.

As with all our Luce Foundation shows, the event is free and all ages, and features free beer tastings from a local brewery (there’s also cash bar with drinks and snacks). It starts at 6 p.m. at the Luce Foundation Center, situated on the top floor of the museum. Go ahead and RSVP here.

Photo of Chad Clark by Darrow Montgomery