Arts Desk

Tonight: Memphis Gold, Buke & Gass, Don Zientara, Tango and More

Thursdays are often busy music nights in this area and tonight is no exception. Here are a handful of live music choices, plus a DJ event and a movie about tango with an after-party with dancing.

Rent Party for Memphis Gold at the Surf Club: This soulful D.C. area bluesman was a tree trimmer by day until he fell from a tree in 2008.  He’s recovered a bit but still needs financial assistance. He is performing tonight on a D.C. Blues Society-arranged bill with other locals including, the Mary Shaver Band and Bobby Parker.

Don Zientara and Dave Smalley at Black Cat: Zientara is best known for engineering and producing lots of Dischord releases at Inner Ear, but he also plays guitar and sings. (He’s got a nice solo folky version of the Kinks' “Waterloo Sunset” on YouTube.) Dave Smalley was a guitarist/vocalist for hardcore, emo and punk bands like DYS, All, Dag Nasty, and Down by Law.

Buke & Gass at the Rock 'n' Roll Hotel: This Brooklyn duo’s album Riposte has shown up on NPR’s top 50 albums of the year. Singer Arone Dyler strums a baritone ukulele while Aron Sanchez picks a homemade guitar-bass and operates some percussion with his feet. Their sound blends early-‘80s postpunk with prog-rock and folk.

“Salsa Picante” with DJ Neville Chamberlain at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar: Back from record-finding expeditions, DJ Neville will be playing salsa, boogaloo, merengue and more, all on vinyl of course.

“Tango, a Story with Jews” is showing at 8:30 at the D.C. Jewish Community Center as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and will be followed by a 9:45 tango party with D.C. based, Buenos Aires born tango instructors Viviana and Isidoro Levinson. The Gabriel Pomeraniac directed 2009 movie is an hour long documentary that tells the story of Russian Jewish musician emigrees to Argentina who played a role in the development of this dramatic Latin American musical style.

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