The Washington Post Sunday - - SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW - Chris Richards chris.richards@wash­

De­spite the un­stylish vibes that con­tinue to in­ex­pli­ca­bly and inex­cus­ably waft across our rapidly de­vel­op­ing city, Wash­ing­ton is still a top-tier tour­ing mar­ket for pop acts of all gen­res and lev­els of renown. So if you’re a cu­ri­ous lis­tener with hun­gry ears, all you need is pa­tience. The car­ni­val will even­tu­ally roll through town.

But ob­vi­ously, we don’t get ev­ery­thing. If you have the means to fly away, an en­dur­ing su­per­star awaits in Las Ve­gas and a rockand-roll refugee camp is form­ing in Los An­ge­les.

I’ll ex­pect to see the rest of you at Tril­lec­tro.


For D’An­gelo, the come­back trail has been long and treach­er­ous, and later this month it fi­nally comes through Mont­gomery County, where the once-trou­bled R&B great will sing from his ex­quis­ite 2014 al­bum, “Black Mes­siah.”

D’An­gelo June 25 at the Fill­more, 8656 Colesville Rd., Sil­ver Spring. 3019609999. www.fill­more­sil­ver­

We don’t even know who’s play­ing yet, but un­like the big­gest big-tent fes­ti­vals in our area — Sweet­life, Fire­fly, Land­mark — the fourth-an­nual Tril­lec­tro fes­ti­val will cer­tainly have char­ac­ter.

For the past three sum­mers, the fes­ti­val’s home­town cu­ra­tors have in­vited an un­ex­pected mix of vanguard rap­pers, DJs and R&B singers to share the stage and let the sparks fly. And so Tril­lec­tro al­ways feels like a party — just like ev­ery fes­ti­val should, though so few do.

Tril­lec­tro Date and venue to be an­nounced.


The re­views are in: Mariah Carey’s new res­i­dency in Las Ve­gas is a big ol’ mess. Her voice sounds spent. Her set list — all of Mimi’s No. 1 sin­gles per­formed in chrono­log­i­cal or­der — feels stiff. Boo, hiss.

But hold up a sec­ond. This woman might be the great­est singer of her gen­er­a­tion, and her ca­reer has been de­fined by more than one un­ex­pected come­back. If Carey man­ages to hit her stride deeper into the sum­mer, she’ll sim­ply be mak­ing good on her rep­u­ta­tion. Check back.

Mariah Carey Through Feb. 21 at the Cae­sars Palace Colos­seum, Las Ve­gas. 8662275938. www.the­colos­

Rock-and-roll is alive, just barely, and some of its most fe­ro­cious sur­vivors are sched­uled to stand up and be counted at Berserk­town, the ex­cit­ing punk-slash-hard­core fes­ti­val in sunny Cal­i­for­nia.

A re­cently re­united Royal Trux and the never-both­ered-stop­ping Dead Moon give Berserk­town’s sprawl­ing bill a grimy grav­i­tas, while an­kle-biters Sheer Mag, Vexx, Priests and Down­town Boys all prom­ise to bite hard. There are more than 100 bands play­ing this thing. Of that num­ber, Rec­tal Hy­gen­ics is the group with the sec­ond-least-print­able name.

Berserk­town Aug. 1416 at the Ob­ser­va­tory, Santa Ana, Calif. www.berserk­

For years, the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art’s out­post in Queens has been invit­ing the planet’s best DJs to blast mu­sic across its court­yard on Satur­day af­ter­noons all sum­mer long. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? This sum­mer’s un­sur­pris­ingly strong lineup in­cludes Lon­don pop-fu­tur­ist A.G. Cook (July 18), Ber­lin techno mae­stro Moritz von Oswald (Aug. 8) and Detroit house hero An­dres (Aug. 22).

And if you go, can you of­fer Melissa Chiu a ride? Chiu is the new direc­tor of the Hirshhorn Mu­seum and Sculp­ture Gar­den, which a few years ago ap­peared to be in­ter­ested in book­ing sim­i­lar out­door events be­neath our city’s most beloved Bru­tal­ist dough­nut. Chiu would be wise to re­visit that idea.

Warm-Up June 27 to Sept. 5 at PS1 MoMA, Queens, N.Y. 7187842084.



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