Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday, August 1

A man of many hats (producer, DJ, booty connoisseur, talent scout), Mad Decent label head Diplo is bringing his troupe of electronic merrymakers to Merriweather Post Pavilion, and he’s aiming for wide appeal. Norway’s Cashmere Cat will provide a seductive blend of hip-hop breaks, and Queens-based EDM and rap trio Children of the Night will deliver clever rhymes. And for those looking for more commercial fare, “I Can’t Stop” producer Flux Pavilion and noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells will be there, too. But for all the talent he’s assembled from around the world, the clear star of MDBP’s ninth iteration is the ringleader himself. Diplo has been a mainstay in the dance music scene for more than 15 years, but despite working with M.I.A. and performing as part of Major Lazer, he’s focused on work behind the scenes. With the success of his recent hit “Revolution” and the breakout of Lazer’s “Express Yourself,” Diplo is finally getting his due as more than just an expert talent hound. Throw on your ironed short-sleeved button-up and expect to hear more tracks from his aptly titled upcoming release, Random White Dude Be Everywhere. The show begins at 2 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45–$75. (410) 715-5550. merriweathermusic.com.

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