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Weekend Shows: Looking back

April 25, 2012 - 02:28 PM
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Human Nature (Photo: Jeaneem via Flickr)

There always seems to be a competition to find the most cutting-edge, obscure band around. Relax with a break from the rat race this weekend with these old school artists.

Human Nature presented by Smokey Robinson
Friday, Apr. 27 at the Warner Theatre, $37-$62

Australian vocal quartet Human Nature formed in 1989 and scored a ton of pop/Motown hits in their native country. Their buttery voices, rich harmonies, and nostalgic repertoire (they've recorded covers of "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and "Dancing in the Street") are reminiscent of a different era, but what makes this show particularly old-school is its endorsement by R&B singer and producer Smokey Robinson. While Robinson has performed with the group before, it's a little unclear whether Robinson will actually be at this show — it's billed as "Human Nature presented by Smokey Robinson," which could mean that he'll be there to host the show, or it could just mean that he really digs the group.

Chuck Berry
Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Howard Theatre, $95

Chuck Berry is often called "The Father of Rock & Roll" and is best known for songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music". The guitarist is 85 and continues to tour, but who knows how many more chances the D.C. area will have to see him live. (Yes, this show is pricey, but seeing Chuck Berry is actually worth it.)

Lena Seikaly's "Tribute to Ella" with the Alan Baylock Orchestra

Sunday, Apr. 29 at Blues Alley, $25 (two shows)

At this school, old school meets new school. D.C. jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly will be joined by the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and the ensemble will pay tribute to "Queen of Jazz" Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald collaborated with tons of jazz notables, like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and some of her most famous songs include "I'm Beginning To See the Light" (a collaboration with the Ink Spots), "Mack the Knife," and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Louis Jordan.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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