This is what winning looks like at Songbyrd's monthly music trivia night; photo courtesy of Joe Lapan

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Songbyrd Music Trivia Night

Want to start the week on a winning note? Head to Songbyrd Music House for its monthly music trivia night. You’ll get bonus points if you know which R&B group’s original lineup featured Dawn Robinson, Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Over the course of two hours, contestants will battle it out for prizes including vinyl records and merchandise from Songbyrd’s sister business, Byrdland Records. Competition ranges from individuals, teams, and whole tables. The only rule, according to host and trivia mastermind Joe Lapan (Songbyrd’s co-owner and marketing director), is that you can’t use your phone. That means music fanatics should take some time to prepare ahead of the event. This week, the planned categories are: Very Creepy; Jamaica, Jamaica; Potpourri; and 1992. Although Songbyrd advertises that Wikipedia is your best friend when preparing for trivia night, the evening is also the perfect incentive to get familiar with D.C.’s music scene. That’s because each monthly event features #dcmusic as a standing category. That makes sense, given that Lapan sees music trivia nights as a “natural” expansion of Songbyrd’s mission, bringing together local crowds for music activities that go beyond live music. If you still need convincing, Songbyrd’s music trivia nights have a proven track record. Thanks to original questions and community-oriented evenings, these nights have been going on for five years, even thriving in a virtual format throughout 2020. It’s not too late to start studying—“you’re never gonna get it, my lovin’,” if you can’t figure out the bonus question—and head on over to Songbyrd’s new Union Market location. You’re guaranteed to have a pitch-perfect time. Songbyrd Music Trivia Night starts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Songbyrd Music House, 540 Penn St. NE. songbyrddc.com. Free. Proof of full vaccine required and masks must be worn when not actively eating or drinking.