2001 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
One of the best options for a stellar vocal performance in this town resides in Akua Allrich. Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Allrich’s Afrobeat- and jazz-infused music; the Howard University graduate, who composes many of her own tunes, is a searingly effervescent singer with a sort of earthbound optimism. She’s not telling you any lies, at least not without a wink. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.