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Eight years ago, New Orleans’ Stooges Brass Band lost all of its possessions—including its instruments—in Hurricane Katrina. Although the loss set the band back, it quickly returned to performing, playing concerts and joining in the Big Easy tradition of second-line parades. In the past few years, the group began reaping some rewards for its visceral blend of funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Stooges Brass Band won the Red Bull “Street Kings” competition in 2010, represented the U.S. in a series of gigs in Pakistan in 2012, and just recently released Street Music, its first recording since 2003. The ensemble has a more serious side, but since New Orleans music tends to prefer jubilance in the face of tragedy, look for Stooges Brass Band to focus on party-friendly rumpshakers. (Steve Kiviat)
Stooges Brass Band performs with The Good Thing at 8:30 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20–$30. (703) 875-1100. artisphere.com.
D.C. Beer Week starts this weekend. We may be biased because Washington City Paper is hosting it, but we highly suggest you check out “Hop Chef,” a food and beer pairing competition at the Long View Gallery on Sunday. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., eight local chefs, including Pizzeria Orso‘s Will Artley and Beuchert’s Saloon’s Andrew Markert, will serve up dishes with brews. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased here. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tonight: Do you have a burning question that you’d like to see answered? Ask away during Ask Roulette, a live show at Politics & Prose hosted by WNYC’s Jody Avirgan. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose.
Tonight & Saturday: Jazz trombonist Reginald Cyntje plays Twins Jazz in support of his gorgeous new album, Love. Aug. 9 at 8 p.m., Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. at Twins Jazz. $15.
Saturday: Rappers Killer Mike and El-P don’t seem compatible at all. Last year, Mike released the excellent R.A.P. Music, which condemned Reaganomics, crooked cops, and the U.S. justice system. His album’s producer, El-P, is way more psychedelic: His high-wired recent album, Cancer4Cure, embraced spacey break beats and meditative flows. If the albums have anything in common, it’s that they both won heaps of praise. But at least the odd pairing is a fruitful one: In June, Mike and El-P dropped an LP from their new collaborative project, Run the Jewels. 8 p.m. at the 9:30 Club with Kool A.D. $20.
(Marcus J. Moore)
Saturday: Electronic music duo Beautiful Swimmers, featured in our cover story about Future Times Records, open for Martyn at U Street Music Hall. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $10.
Saturday: Legendary local soul veterans Father’s Children play THEARC. 7:30 p.m. at THEARC. $25.
Sunday: The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performs a suite of dances paying tribute to the influential Ballets Russes. 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art.