Before most Curren$y performances, a cloud of weed smoke signals the artist’s arrival, so his visit to the Howard Theatre right after D.C.’s legalized pot is a timely one. The New Orleans-bred rapper’s penchant for getting high is well known to listeners, but his appeal extends beyond that particular passion; the jester carves out a niche in modern hip-hop by mixing his razor-sharp wit with a goofy sense of humor. His smooth drawl and delivery are punctuated by random pop-culture references that range from sitcoms like Family Matters and Full House to the more infamous moments from MTV’s The Real World. Read more >>> Curren$y performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $30–$65. (202) 803-2899. Kimble)


Oyamel has kicked off its annual Tequila & Mezcal Festival. Today through Thursday and March 9 through 12 from 4 to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy complimentary tequila and mezcal tastings at the butterfly bar. The restaurant will also have a number of specialty cocktails and dishes for the festival over the next two weeks. Oyamel, 401 7th St. NW. (202) 628-1005. (Jessica Sidman)


Post-punk outfit Gang of Four has hit the road in support of its new album, What Happens Next, and plays the 9:30 Club tonight. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.

The Kennedy Center opens its IBERIAN SUITE festival with a performance in the Eisenhower Theater featuring Portuguese fado singer Carminho, American soprano Harolyn Blackwell, and Spanish ballet dancers Ángel and Carmen Corella. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$60.

Estonian rock quartet Ewert and the Two Dragons takes the stage at DC9 with Virginia folk-rock act Save the Arcadian. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

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