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The best summer songs transport listeners to another time and place, even if they can’t escape the concrete confines of the office for a vacation this weekend. So it’s appropriate that local ambient-folk group Near Northeast will celebrate the release of its first album, full of songs that sound both familiar and otherworldly, during the dog days. For the release of Curios, the group will perform at Trinidad’s newest venue, the Logan Fringe Arts Space. When the quartet picks up its instruments to play “Delmarva,” a delicate pop song dressed with surf sounds, the crowd will dream of days spent on the shores of Delaware. Read more >>> Near Northeast performs with Andrew Grosman, Takunda M., and Lenclair at 8 p.m. at the Logan Fringe Arts Space of Capital Fringe, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $8. (202) 737-7230. capitalfringe.org.
With July 4th around the corner, it’s time to celebrate two all-American things: pies and drinking. Little Red Fox will combine both at One Eight Distilling from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You can try a blueberry ginger “whiskey sour” pie, which uses One Eight’s white whiskey, and a strawberry basil “vodka martini” pie, which uses District Made Vodka. A slice will cost $4 and a full pie, with fancy decorative designs, goes for $24. Little Red Fox at One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie St. NE. (202) 636-6638. oneieghtdistilling.com. (Josh Solomon)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Explore the origins of Incan society and commerce at the National Museum of the American Indian’s latest exhibit, “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.” 10 a.m. at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.
Friday: California-based rock band Ceremony celebrates the release of its fifth album, The L Shaped Man, with a performance at Rock & Roll Hotel featuring Olivia Neutron-John, Tony Molina, and Pity Sex. 7:45 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $14.
Friday: The Gypsy Soul Garden returns to Tropicalia tonight. Edy Blu and Kino Musica headline the show and Haile Supreme also appears. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
Saturday: Trinidadian artist Bunji Garlin, who since 1998 has been popular in the Caribbean diaspora thanks to his exuberant, rhythmic soca dance music, has built a wider following in recent years. His 2012 single “Differentology” is no formulaic island party track. Sure, it’s about showing off swagger during the annual Carnival parade, but the joyful song’s catchy melody, chanted verses, and distinctive beats sound just as good at home on the couch as they do in a festival celebration. Read more >>> Bunji Garlin performs at 9:30 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $30. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: Mark Sultan/BBQ plays a late show at Comet Ping Pong with local rock band the Ar-Kaics and Connecticut-based act Jacques Le Coque. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Saturday: Moody songwriter Sondre Lerche takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with young Norwegian performer Jonas Alaska. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Sunday: If you think D.C. summers are hot, be glad you’re not part of the Pollitt family. The dysfunctional clan at the heart of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof come together one sweltering summer night for what devolves into the most awkward birthday party in all of American theater. Dupont Circle’s Keegan Theatre first staged this play in 2001, with co-artistic directors Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea playing the troubled Brick and Maggie. Now they’re reviving the classic, this time as co-directors, to launch a new season and christen the stage of the newly renovated Andrew Keegan Theatre. The play runs June 27 to July 26 at Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $25–$36. (202) 265-3767. keegantheatre.com. (Anya van Wagtendonk)
Sunday: Close out the weekend at Bossa with a lively performance by local ska mainstays the Scotch Bonnets. Find more details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $5.
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