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Weekend Music Roundup: We Are the World Edition

After spending a few weeks down south, I returned to D.C. reminded of how much this city constantly has to offer.  So after quite literally returning from the backwoods to write this weeks' roundup, I felt like I was setting up booths at some high school multi-culti "We Are the World-inspired festival. Granted, not my high school or even yours, but I'm making the analogy anyway. Tonight, Mr. "Fuck You" himself  goes head to head with Das Racist, while Americana roots-rocker Justin Jones is at the 9:30 Club. You get the picture; if not, there are lots of visuals after the jump.

Whatever you choose, the weekend will look and probably feel a lot like this:

The Best of Friday:

Cee-Lo Green. American University's Bender Arena. Call for more information. (202) 885-3267

Das Racist. Rock and Roll Hotel. SOLD OUT.

I may be woefully undereducated about rap music, but I'm not entirely sure whether I should trust a few Wesleyan-educated, Coogi-sweater-clad rappers to school me in what rap music looks like today. The post-colonial dream team Das Racist seems to know its stuff, and with hyper-referential, irreverent lyrics, it wants to make sure you do as well. From the group's 2010 Sit Down, Man mixtape, the song "hahahaha jk?"  taunts, "we're not joking, just joking, we are joking, just joking, we're not joking." It's an apt summation of Das Racist's mission to confuse, sanctify, maintain, and deliver.  Questioning if these guys are the real deal is likely, but they're having an awful fun time playing at the fact that they might be. With Ardamus and the Metaphysical, Fat Tony.

The directions are simple: First bring canned goods and whole grain cereals to benefit the punk-rock collective Positive Force and the senior services nonprofit We Are Family. Then you benefit from punk, pop, and rock stylings of Pulling Teeth, Magrudergrind, Give, and Hot Mess. $8/$10.  St. Stephen's Church. 6 p.m.

The Best of Saturday:

Socket Records Showcase: Hume. Skeletons. Buildings. Laughing Man. $12. 9 p.m. doors. Black Cat.

Last time around, faithful retro-soul crooner Eli "Paperboy" Reed squashed his competition, Mayer Hawthorne. He and his band brass-heavy boys, the True Loves, are back. With Spirit Kid and The Shifters. 8:30 doors. $14. Rock and Roll Hotel.

Urban Arias. $15. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Artisphere

The Best of Sunday:
Prince vs. Prince: The 10 Year Anniversary. $10/$12. 9 p.m. Black Cat.
Party like it's actually 1985, before Prince disbanded the Revolution and the world was awash in the harmonies of Purple Rain, when Dynasty wouldn't let Billy Dee Williams be great, and Quincy Jones produced super sessions that could change the world.

Funk 4 The Dream: Afrika Bambaataa. Asheru. Fort Knox Five. Jahsonic. Rex Riddem. Mustafa Akbar. $10. 9 p.m. show.U Street Music Hall.

The Rest of Friday:

Vocalist Akua Allrich. 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.  Friday and Saturday. Twins Jazz.
Justin Jones and The Driving Rain. With Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. $15. 8 p.m. doors. 9:30 Club.
All Good Funk Alliance. Price set at door. 10 p.m. show. 18+. U Street Music Hall.
Musicband. Thee Lexington Arrows. Yell Country. The Bam Bams. $8. Comet Ping Pong.
Truth & Salvage Co. A Thousand Horses. Black Dog Prowl. $10. 9 p.m. show. Red Palace. 18+
The State Department. Vita Ruins. Loose Lips. $10. 9 p.m. show. Black Cat.Practically Einstein. With Zelos and Kindlewood. $10. 9 p.m. Iota Club. Quaman Fowler Quartet. $15/$20. 8:30 p.m. show. Friday and Saturday. Bohemian Caverns.
V0calist Julie Nixon. 8:30 p.m. $34. Friday and Saturday. Artisphere.

The Rest of Saturday:

Virginia Coalition. With Danni Rosner, School of Rock DC. $15. 6 p.m. show. 9:30 Club.
Chopteeth Big Afro Funk Band. 9: p.m. $15. Iota Club. Sleeper Agent Presents: Lo Fi Muay Thai Release Party. Ozker. Reemstar & Navi. $10. Comet Ping Pong.
BSO: Icarus at the Edge of Time. $14 – $88. 8 p.m. Strathmore.

The Rest of Sunday:

Reaction 2011: Susan Morabito. Guy Smith. $35. 10 p.m. show. 9:30 Club.
Eternal Summers. Maybe, Baby. Flourescent Scents. $8. 8:30 p.m. show. All ages. Red Palace.Jean-Paul Bourelly. $15. 7 p.m. show. Bohemian Caverns.

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  • steve kiviat

    The late Dave Giegerich's memorial is Saturday at 2pm at the Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts in Baltimore (3400 Norman Ave). There's a picking potluck after the service for this DC area dobro player who was in the Hula Monsters and other local roots groups.

    David Giegerich, 57, who made his mark as a Dobro and steel guitar player at venues throughout the Washington region, died Dec. 29 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The cause of death was complications from aplastic anemia. He was co-founder of the Hula Monsters, a Hawaiian, swing and country combo

  • steve kiviat

    More Stuff:

    Sunday: Afrika Bambaata at U St. Music Hall

    MLK Monday:

    Patti Labelle and the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Georgetown University will award the ninth annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery—a leader in the American Civil Rights movement. Note: Free tickets will be given away two (2) per person in line in the Hall of Nations at 4 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 17 on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The Toasters (ska) with Alma Tropicalia (Brazilian-American) at Jammin Java

    The Golden Era of Jazz in DC Discussion at 11AM–12:30PM At the Strathmore Mansion, Shapiro Music Room-- WPFW 89.3FM's Rusty Hassan gives an insider's look at jazz in Washington as he shares the lore of the Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns and One Step Down and the music of Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn and Buck Hill. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Tribute and Celebration at 4 pm at The Music Center at Strathmore (Announcing the 2011 Recipients of The Children of the Dream Award, The Humanitarian Award, & The Literary Arts Award) and Featuring Performances by 2010 Winners of How Sweet the SoundMen of Valor with gospel jazz saxophonist Brian Lenair and smooth jazz performerMarcus Johnson. FREE

    Mother's Finest at the Birchmere

    Tyvek at Comet Ping Pong