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Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie’s Festival Gets Bigger and Gets Free

Illustration by Rich Bernett

One of the more intriguing events on offer this summer is a two-day music festival set in restaurants along the U Street NW corridor and put on by Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie, a new D.C. music blog. When we reported on the festival last month, organizer Dave Mann (who used to have a band called Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie, but nevermind that) had booked 45 acts to play at Bella Cafe on Florida Ave. NW. Now that number's up to 125, and the event is taking place in six different establishments. Also: It's now free.

A bunch of those acts are listed on the festival's Facebook invite, and there aren't too many well-known names (although plenty of local ones you'll recognize). In my recent article on local indie-rock events with art-party aesthetic, I called the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie festival an indie-rock version of Artomatic. Worth noting: The event, set for June 4 and 5, is 21-plus.

Tomorrow, Mann's band Mittenfields is playing the inaugural show of a new monthly concert series, Fuzzy Logic, at Bella Cafe. Notably, the concert features The Invisible Hand, a Charlottesville, Va., band whose ambitious new album is excellent. $8.

Tomorrow's show is from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., and Bella Cafe is at 900 Florida Ave. NW.

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