Legend has it that Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez was discovered while busking on a bench in the wee hours of the morning. Whether or not that’s pure folklore is debatable, but knowing him, it’s possible. His band is trending further away from heartland-loving Americana music à la the Kings of Leon or My Morning Jacket, leaning toward a more polished, pop-friendly sound. Still, Vasquez is one of the wiliest frontmen around, and he’s got the boundless energy of an early-’80s Bono. Read more >>> Delta Spirit performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Dean Essner)
Throughout the month of August, Cuba Libre is offering three new rum flights. Priced from $12 to $23, the flight include a trio of cuba libres (rum, Coke, and lime), something for whiskey lovers, and other rum favorites. They are available for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Stay tuned for “Rum Day Sunday Funday” on Aug. 16 with half-priced rums from 5 to 7 p.m. Cuba Libre, 801 9th St. NW. (202) 408-1600. cubalibrerestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Sara Curtin, one half of local folk-pop duo the Sweater Set, performs at Rock & Roll Hotel in support of her new solo album, Michigan Lilium. (Read our review.) Fellow local folk acts the North Country and Stranger in the Alps open the show. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Chicago-based indie rock musician Ezra Furman plays DC9 with fellow Chicagoan J Fernandez, an electronic pop performer. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Longtime folk performer (and occasional actor) Loudon Wainwright III returns to his roots and takes the stage at the Hamilton tonight with fellow folkie Dean Fields. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $20–$28.
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