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Whether or not you regard the Rock & Roll Hotel as the, erm, jewel in the Atlas District’s crown, there’s surely no better place to see live, local music this weekend. That’s because the H Street NE venue enters its preschool years this weekend, celebrating its third birthday with six events and more than 20 acts — and, coincidentally, a whole lotta craft beers.
Tonight’s show in the venue’s main space, sponsored by Instrumental Analysis, is all about big hooks and singalong choruses: Area favorites Jukebox The Ghost are headlining , and the piano poppers say they’ll be testing out some new songs. And John Davis’ (Q And Not U, Georgie James) power-pop outfit Title Tracks, whose debut drops early next year, should have some fresh material to show off, as well. And in the upstairs bar, All Our Noise sponsors a free dance night with DJ sets by Micah Vellian and Outputmessage.
On Saturday, the pendulum swings from ra-ra rock to artier (or least idiosyncratic) pop, with an early show headlined by D.C.’sDeath By Sexy, with local support from Meow vs Meow and Dj Doc Rok. Out-of-towners Starlight Mints(one of the few bands I’d describe as psych-twee) and Gringo Star also will play sets. Show up early and there’s free PBR(!). Stay in the same space after that, and queer dance nights MIXTAPE and Taint are teaming up all Voltron-like.
Full deets for the six events after the jump:
Friday, Aug. 14 | Jukebox The Ghost, Title Tracks, Bellman Barker, Tereu Tereu, and John Thornley from U.S. Royaly (DJ set) | Rock & Roll Hotel downstairs | 8 p.m. | $14 | 18+
Friday, Aug. 14 | Flat Out! featuring DJs Michah Vellian and Outputmessage | Rock & Roll Hotel upstairs | 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. | free | 21+
Saturday, Aug. 15 | Death By Sexy, Gringo Star, Starlight Mints, Meow vs Meow, and Dj Doc Rok | Rock & Roll Hotel downstairs | 6:30 p.m. | $10 | 18+
Saturday, Aug. 15 | Garutachi! dance night with DJ Austin, DJ Ca$$idy, DJ Fabiana, and JHN RDN | Rock & Roll Hotel upstairs | 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. | free | 21+
Saturday, Aug. 15 | Queer dance night with MIXTAPE and Taint | Rock & Roll Hotel downstairs | 10 p.m. | $8 | 21+
Sunday, Aug. 16 | D.C. Beer Week opening “Unity Jam” with See-I, The Blackjacks, Laura Tsaggaris, and Jeff Wells | Rock & Roll Hotel downstairs | 2 p.m. doors, concert at 4 p.m. | $10 (plus $20 for beer tasting) | 18+