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This week's Washington, DC concert picks at Howard Theatre, Blues Alley and more

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The top of this year is yielding some great concerts and musical events here in Washington DC. Our nation's capital is known for being very diverse and rich in culture and the music here directly reflects that. Eclectic lovers of music will appreciate this week's following DC concert/event picks:

Dumpstaphunk/ Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers have been on the scene since 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Anyone who attends one of their shows will say it's an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals. They all will be here at the Howard Theatre for 2nd Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball Tour. The concert is Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Howard Theatre Showtime at 8:00pm, Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $27.50 - $62.50. For more info please visit at: http://thehowardtheatre.com

Tuck & Patti have been traveling the world for the past 29 years with nothing more than voice and guitar, and in doing so have pleased the masses. Their subtly serenade ballads through a style that intertwines with vocally vivacious spurts. Tuck Andress & Patti Cathcart will be in concert this Thursday 2/27- Sunday 2/02 at Blues Alley with nightly shows at 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm Tickets $25.00 More info at www.bluesalley.com

The F.R.E.S.H. Artist Showcase Part 2: Featuring performances from Marley Kvsh, John Michael, Pinky, KillaCorn, Pro 'Verb, Jay Mills, UNIQUE, Elijah LX Harvey, Javier Starks, DonaVyn, DeAngelo on Friday, February 28th 2014 At Sports Zone Georgetown 3140 M St NW DC from 6:30 pm Door 7:00 pm Show at Sports Zone in Georgetown $10 Cover | $15 VIP (Includes One Drink) Please visit http://freshpart2.eventbrite.com/ for more information.

DJ ?uestlove ( aka Questlove) is most notably known for pivotal role in an membership of The Roots, Philadelphia’s most influential hip hop band. More than that though, this Grammy award-winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He also boasts production credits for Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, Justin Timberlake and D'Angelo, among many others. His uncanny ear for picking the perfect song for the perfect moment landed him the position of musical director of The Dave Chapelle Show. Come out this Friday, February 28, to see him. Showtime is at 11:00 pm and tickets are $17.50 in advance, and $22.50 day of show. For more info please go to at: http://thehowardtheatre.com

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