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Labor Day Weekend events: SNRG Fireday V, Volta Bureau, "Moombacon Massive"

September 3, 2011 - 10:55 AM
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This is not your reality. (Flickr/Shazwan)

Here we go, kids, another summer's come and gone. The looming long weekend's probably the last chance you'll get to perfect that summer tan on a sandy beach somewhere far away from tourists, segways and traffic jams. If you're stuck in D.C. this weekend though, here are some things to do in an otherwise bleak scene. 



• The Black Cat's 18th Anniversary Party — in club years, the indie music venue says, it's turning a 112.

SNRG Fireday V marks its one-year anniversary at Jammin' Java with performances from a slew of soul, hip-hop, and r&b artists. K-Prime and EOM debut Dark Nights / Bright Dreams mixtape.

• "Love + Guts: 30 Years of Thrasher Magazine" at The Fridge, an exhibit showcasing the work of photographers and artists over the skateboard mag's history.

• "Art Behind the Art" opens at Blank Space SE. The exhibit features scenes and still photography from area film productions coinciding with the 1st annual East of the River Film Festival at THEARC. Indie features include Adams Morgan: The Movie, an ode to D.C. life in the '90s and Chocolate City, a story of the struggle for survival in the backdrop of a city whose history's disappearing from rapid gentrification.



• BYT's Summer Camp: BACK TO SCHOOL edition at Capitol Skyline Hotel. It's your last chance to lounge out all day and burn crisp under the summer sun. The weekend's forecast is suitable for a pool party. Free burger with admission! $15.

Volta Bureau "Hope" Record Release Party at U Street Music Hall. The local electronic production trio, Will Eastman, Micah Vellian (Miguel Lacsamana) and Outputmessage (Bernard Farley), drop "Hope" before their live debut Oct. 8. Lyrically the track conveys the obsessive nature of hope and the possibilities in the future, while holding onto a bittersweet notion of all things that used to be.

Hope (Original Mix) by Volta Bureau



• It's a Bernie Madoff weekend: After a year-long delay, Imagining Madoff, reworked from its original version, is on stage at Theater J and Chasing Madoff is on screen at E Street Cinema. 

• "Moombacon Massive" at Rock & Roll Hotel. Party with DJs Scottie B, King Tutt, James Nasty, Reed Rothchild, Uncle Jesse, Dj Smudge, Keenan Orr and Denman. Free bacon! Free deep fried chicken! Free condoms! Life is complete.

• Local post-hardcore with grooves trio, the Fordists debut their full length album Watch You at Black Cat. "The Fordists have injected a little creepiness into their bass-heavy, angular sound that goes beyond the already creepy song titles ("Late for the Zombie Apocalypse"). The thundering echo that accompanies the group's harder-hitting moments suggests what might have happened if Jawbox recorded in a haunted house and kept the creaking floorboards in the final mix," writes City Paper's Leor Galil.

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn, celebrating the legends of D.C. music, John Philip Sousa, “Duke” Ellington, and Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go.”


MONDAY: Weep, for the beach is nowhere in sight and this is all that's left.

An acoustic evening with the Weepies at 9:30. Singer-songwriters, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen of the indie pop-folk band met at a bar, then came marriage and the baby carriage. We'd cry 'cause we're still alone and stuck listening to the world spin round.

• Bright Eyes sold out at 9:30 earlier in the week, but the indie rock band's performing at Rams Head Live tonight. Another chance to listen to really depressing tunes and drink yourself to sleep — there's nothing else to do.

Stand By Me and True Grit at AFI Silver Theatre.


That's a wrap. Stay safe and have a good weekend. I'll be trying to survive Electric Zoo.

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