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Back in December 2011, Title Tracks frontman John Davis played an intimate set in the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of its regular Luce Unplugged series. Toward the end of the set, Davis brought up his old bandmate from Q and Not U, Chris Richards—-now the pop critic at the Washington Post—-and the pair played some new material they’d been working on, their first collaboration in years. That project, you’ll remember, was eventually named Paint Branch, the debut album of which we named among our favorite D.C. releases of 2013.
For next month’s (free!) Washington City Paper-sponsored Luce Unplugged, Paint Branch is returning to the center’s third-floor atrium for an encore set. They’ll be joined by The Walking Sticks, another local group whose tunes we really dig. There’ll be a cash bar, some food, and free tastings from Bloomery Plantation Distillery.
The (free!) show is Friday, Feb. 7, and starts at 6 p.m. Make our happy hour your happy hour, and RSVP here.