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Few bands can transport an audience to another state the way Mipso can, making the Chapel Hill, N.C., four-piece a true marvel. Using a cello, a fiddle, and the occasional banjo, the band’s music firmly plants scenes of the Appalachian Mountains and the Old North State in the minds of its listeners. With every word and strum, Mipso keeps to the mountain gospel—but that’s not to say the band adheres blindly to tradition. Its original ballads pack an emotional punch, and its cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” makes the song far more fun with the addition of a mandolin. Read more >>> Mipso performs at 7:30 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $20–$27. (301) 581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Time is running out to visit Chief Ike’s Mambo Room one last time. The longtime Adams Morgan bar will close Saturday. In the days until then, the bar is hosting a number of events. Tonight is an open mic comedy night with $1 Absolute flavors. Read more about Chief Ike’s closure and this week’s events here, and check out an interview with owner Al Jirikowic here. Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road NW. (202) 332-2211. chiefikes.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has moved its Luce Unplugged concert series from Sunday afternoons to Thursday evenings. Lively local punk band Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists kick off the first Thursday show. 5:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Americana artist Nora Jane Struthers and her band, the Party Line, celebrate the release of their new album, Wake, with a performance at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s. Nashville-based band Humming House also performs. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $18.
Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel headlines the Black Cat Backstage with his new act, Lieutenent, that also features members of The Head and the Heart, Modest Mouse, and Sunny Day Real Estate. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
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