Around Town: Vote for Your Favorite Restaurant @ The Rammys, Thru 4/30/19

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Ambar accepts the Rammy Award for Casual Brunch of the Year on June 10, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington will announce The Rammy Awards on June 30! Meanwhile, the voting public will decide the winners in four categories. Cast your votes online for those categories through Tuesday, April 30 at 5pm.

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Excursion: Babalú!!! Musicians of Cuba

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Cuban musicians perform at Hotel Marqués de Prado Ameno, La Habana Vieja, Cuba, in March 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Babalú! Those of us who’ve reached a certain age, or any fan of “I Love Lucy,” will recognize that famous cry. Ricky Ricardo’s celebrated signature song introduced countless Americans to Cuban music and culture. Desi Arnaz, who played the television show’s Cuban band leader, had already made “Babalú” an established musical number for his orchestra in the 1940s.

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Preview: Liberation Dance Party @ DC9, 2/15/19

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Dance to Interpol at Liberation Dance Party (Photo courtesy Matador Records)

Going to Interpol at The Anthem or Metric at The Fillmore Silver Spring? Keep the party going after either show with Liberation Dance Party, the video event that introduced the music of both bands to the DMV! Dance the night away at DC9 on Friday, Feb. 15, with no cover!

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Around Town: Official Hip-Hop Museum Launch Party @ Blind Whino — 1/18/19

IMG_1759 Tony “Big Tony” Fisher of Trouble Funk at the official Hip-Hop Museum Launch Party at Blind Whino on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Thanks to Dave Mays (founder of The Source Magazine), Jeremy Beaver (owner of Listen Vision Studios/founder of Hip-Hop Museum), and Culture House (formerly Blind Whino), DC has yet another museum to add to its proverbial list.

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Around Town: Nominate Artists @ 2019 Wammie Awards, Thru 1/31/19

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An empty stage, waiting for the band (Photo by Aron)

The Washington Area Music (Wammie) Awards live! Nonprofit The MusicianShip assumed stewardship of the 2019 Wammie Awards and opened nominations to the public through Jan. 31. Submit your nomination for the Wammie Awards.

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