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Personality is essential to a lyricist’s success. That ability to connect with an audience—that earnest charm—endeared listeners to Maryland rapper Phil Adé when his debut, Starting on JV, was released five years ago. His likability and effortless flair for flipping syllables had him pegged as the next local artist on the brink of stardom after releasing four projects in 2011, and that same charisma made his triumphant 2013 return from a year-long hiatus seamless. Tonight, Adé and D.C. rapper Lightshow will perform at the A3C Festival Circuit show at U Street Music Hall, a small extension of the annual hip-hop gathering that takes place in Atlanta each fall. Read more >>> Phil Ade performs with Lightshow and DJ Kidd Marvel at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Julian Kimble)
To kick off its new outdoor patio, Thai restaurant Soi 38 is giving away complimentary tastes of its Thai coconut-jackfruit ice cream and spicy ginger lemonade today beginning at11:30 a.m. The new patio, which is surrounded by a potted garden of Thai herbs, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday plus Sunday and 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Soi 38, 2101 L St. NW. (202) 558-9215. soi38dc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Folk-rock act Twin Forks, fronted by former Dashboard Confessional vocalist Chris Carrabba, takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
L.A. folk act Miner performs at the Black Cat Backstage with Baltimore’s Joy Classic. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Classic prog-rock practitioners YES plays the Warner Theatre with British rock group Syd Arthur. 8 p.m.at 513 13th St. NW. $37.50–$77.50.
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