Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Vacationer and Pisco Wars

vacationerVacationer claim to be the “Eastern Seaboard’s foremost relaxation specialists” in press materials, but the Philly- and Brooklyn-based group’s breezy Caribbean beats are just as infectious on a club’s dance floor as they are poolside. Inspired by lead singer/bassist Kenny Vasoli’s love of Polynesian and Tropicália records, Vacationer’s music bounces between light-hearted guitar riffs, dreamy electronic beats, and cheerful ukuleles to achieve what Vasoli jokingly calls a “Nu-Hula” sound. Listen long enough, and you just might find yourself lounging with the sand between your toes in a blissed-out daydream. Read more >>>Vacationer performs with Joywave at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Carey Hodges)

EAT THIS

Get ready for a pisco throwdown tonight. Mixologists from Del CampoRoom 11Farmers Fishers BakersArt & Soul, City Tap House, and the Gibson will compete for the title of King (or Queen) of Pisco at the Liaison Capitol Hill’s rooftop beginning at 6 p.m. The event, hosted by Washington City Paper, will also include food from Art & Soul. Tickets are only $35. Buy them here.The Liaison Capitol Hill Rooftop, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. wcp.xorbia.com/piscofest(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

West African bassist and composer Cheikh Ndoye performs at the Millennium Stage as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Recently reunited rock group Miss Lonelyheart plays its first D.C. show in over a decade at the Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Folk rock guitarist Joe Purdy performs at the Howard Theatre with Brian Wright. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$55.

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