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After Gil Scott-Heron died last May, some of his former collaborators got together and formed The Gil Scott-Heron Experience. The six-piece band includes members of Scott-Heron’s erstwhile groups Midnight Band and Amnesia Express. “Their mission,” according to this press blurb, is “to honor Gil’s legacy of 40 years of working for peace and standing for human rights.” Tonight, the band performs Scott-Heron’s music at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley. $20.
U.K. house producer Mark E plays his first D.C. set tonight, courtesy of local DJ and promoter Solomon Sanchez. Mark E’s very good debut LP, Stone Breaker—-released this year on Spectral Sound—-is pulsating and cerebral, and your Wednesday evening should be, too. Barry Shaw and Sanchez open. 9 p.m. $5.
Anthony Hamilton‘s “Woo,” the first single from his forthcoming album Back To Love (and his first collabo with Babyface), has fared well on the Adult R&B charts, following the success of his (fantastic) 2008 album The Point Of It All. It doesn’t hurt that Hamilton is a master of tender, heartbroken gems (notice I didn’t say “jams”): His best songs are slightly unpolished, deeply felt, and wholly unraunchy. 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring. $40.
Ralph Nader alert! The former Green Party and Independent presidential candidate is in the house at Busboys & Poets on 14th Street Northwest this evening, speaking alongside University of Maryland professor Gar Alperovitz, who wrote America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy. Other speakers include John Cavanagh (Institute for Policy Studies) and Ted Howard (Democracy Collaborative). 7 p.m. Free.
New York Times food columnist and seriously seasoned cookbook author Melissa Clark wants to drop some delicious recipes on you in her latest book Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make. Clark’s aim is to demystify the whole seasonal cooking thing; her message is: Do not fear the farmer’s market. Clark speaks tonight at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Tickets are $10, or get two tickets when you buy the book ($30) from Sixth & I.