- Girl, flex: Shabba Ranks is at DC Star tomorrow night.
The Washington City Paper's Ally Schweitzer has called the next seven days "The Worst Week Ever" in terms of live music offerings. And, boy, does she ever make a case. Ke$ha, a Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow double-header, and an "American Idols Live!" show are among the concerts coming to town in the coming week. There are, however, a few good shows hiding beneath the crap. A few weekend gems:
Shabba Ranks (Saturday at DC Star)
Shabba! Unless you're a real die-hard dancehall fan, your first introduction to the reggae sub-genre was probably via this man, who brought a mainstream-friendly version of the slack sound to American radio in the '90s. 9 p.m. doors. $40 admission.
The Junkyard Band reunion (Saturday at the Crystal City Hilton)
Amel Larrieux (Friday at the Park)
The bohemian songstress, who was one half of the '90s soul duo Groove Theory, will sing adult contemporary favorites such as "Get Up" and "Gills and Tails" at one of the classiest joints in town. 5 p.m. doors. RSVP to email@example.com before 7 p.m. for free entry.