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Performances by L.A.-based Vallenato quintet Very Be Careful quickly turn from musical events into dance parties. Vallenato, a Colombian folk genre similar to cumbia, is characterized by its use of accordion and rhythmic percussion—practically ordering the listener to move in time to the music—but Very Be Careful doesn’t just cleave to its Colombian musical roots. The band’s live sets incorporate a variety of influences, giving each show an unpredictable DIY feel, whether it’s a big festival like Glastonbury or a smaller, more intimate affair. Read more >>>Very Be Careful performs with Son Cosita Seria at 8 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com. (Caroline Jones)
Skip the cherry-flavored Cherry Blossom Festival specials this year, and head to Occidental Grill & Seafood for a “sherry blossom” cocktail competition tonight. From 6 to 9 p.m., six top D.C. bartenders will each create a sherry cocktail that “embodies the blossoms and the awakening that comes along with the spring seasons.” Among those battling it out are bartenders from Ambar, Bluejacket, Rasika, Dram & Grain, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Gypsy Soul. A $35 ticket gets you nine cocktail tastes and light hors d’oeurves. Vote for your favorite cocktail to help determine the winner. Tickets are available here. Occidental Grill & Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 737-4147. occidentaldc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Indie-folk band Good Graeff, featuring twin sisters Brit and Brooke Graeff, takes the stage at DC9 with Northern Virginia-based rock trio the Duskwhales. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Emerging folk act Joseph performs at Clarendon’s Iota with Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, an Americana band from Michigan. 8:30 p.m. at 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12.
Author Ian Caldwell reads from his latest historical thriller, The Fifth Gospel, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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