D.C.-based bassist Tarus Mateen has gained critical acclaim for his involvement with jazz groups led by Betty Carter, Art Blakey, and Jason Moran. But Mateen does more than pluck out improvisational solos as a sideman. With his own group, WestAfroEast, Mateen will add low notes to some reggae, funk, African, and Latin-inspired grooves. While some of Mateen’s music has a smooth-jazz sheen, this eclectic professional and his band should get the notoriously sedate Kennedy Center audience moving to global compositions. Read more >>> Tarus Mateen and WestAfroEast perform at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Steve Kiviat)
It’s Meat Week, which means barbecue joints throughout the D.C.-area are offering specials. Today, stop by Fat Pete’s Barbecue in Cleveland Park and mention Meat Week for 10 percent off your order. Check out other deals at Sweet Fire Donna’s, Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, and the BBQ Bus at Denizens Brewing Company later this week. The full schedule is available here. Fat Pete’s Barbecue, 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 362-777. meatweek.com/cities/washingtondc. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Art Museum of the Americas opens a new exhibition of paintings by Deanna Schwartzberg at its F Street Gallery and celebrates tonight with an opening reception. 6 p.m. at 1889 F St. NW. Free.
Texas rockers the Rocketboys perform at DC9 with the Cowards Choir and Cannonball Cole. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Relive the late ’90s and head to the Fillmore for a show featuring Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, and Authority Zero. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $33.
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