Here we are, a couple of days from the weekend, and you’re looking for some musical happy-hour plans—-good. On Friday, Washington City Paper is collaborating with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center (not for the first time!) on this month’s installment of the Luce Unplugged series. For the event, we picked two of our favorite local acts—-Janel and Anthony and Teen Mom—-who’ll perform in the Luce Foundation Center’s intimate and gorgeous atrium on the museum’s third floor.
Teen Mom, you’ll know, from its dreamy, fuzz-dipped jangle pop, to which the band adds more gloom and gravitas on its latest EP, Gilly. And experimental cello and guitar duo Janel and Anthony are a prolific presence in D.C.’s avant-garde scene, but their music never prizes braininess over feeling. Pick up their latest full-length, the earthy and approachable Where Is Home, but don’t expect to hear too much of it on Friday. The pair is performing a work inspired by Gene Davis‘ “Hot Beat,” a painting in the Luce Foundation Center’s collection about which the Washington Color School artist said: “It seemed to feel right, as we entered the sixties, to have color that leaped right off the wall, that almost assaulted you. I wanted the painting to attract attention and be noticed. It’s almost as if I wanted to shout, rather than to whisper.” As a prompt for Janel and Anthony, that sounds about perfect.
The free concert runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.—-and for the first hour, there’ll be free beer from Port City Brewing, plus a cash bar. Cool? Cool. RSVP here; jams below: