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February 28, 2011

Feb. 28 - March 6 in nightlife: Celebration, "Putty Hill," Novo Festival and Big in Japan

Novo2011_20211.jpgThe five-day Novo Festival starts Tuesday, ensuring that there will be at least one musical performance almost every night this week. Elsewhere, there are parties for "Putty Hill" and Celebration, and one for both on Saturday night upstairs at the Ottobar. 

On Monday, DC DJ Billy the Gent spins at Metro Gallery's No Rule party. 1700 N Charles St. Starts at 10 p.m. Free.

On Tuesday, The Out of Your Head Collective kicks off Novo, the all-instrumental music festival that's now in its second year. Doors at the Windup Space, 12 W North Ave, open at 9 p.m. Free. The festival's schedule is below.

On Wednesday, Sidebar will host the last Bent party in three months as the DJ, Josh Jaworsky, goes on tour with Abiku. 218 E. Lexington St. Starts at 9 p.m.

On Thursday, Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche host a $5 screening of "Beetlejuice," the fourth edition of Gunky's Basement at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Also: four female-fronted punk bands - The Creepshow, Dead End Lane, The Revelevens, and the Firecrackers - perform at the Sidebar. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10.

On Friday, Deep in the Game returns to Hippo, 1 West Eager St. City Paper had a great profile of Adam Schwarz, one of the party's DJs, last week. Schwarz has a new album coming out, called, "Deep in the Game," natch. The first single can be downloaded here. $5 after 11 p.m. Over 21 only. Also: Dustin Wong performs at a party for "Putty Hill" at Metro Gallery. $5 or free with movie ticket stub.  

On Saturday, Celebration releases its first album in three years, "Hello Paradise," at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. Future Islands and Arbouretum, out with their own new album, will open. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets, at $10, can be bought at missiontix or at Red Emma's and True Vine. Katrina Ford will spin at the Ottobar later that night at a joint Celebration and Putty Hill party. Starts at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

On Sunday, Lower Dens perform at the Ottobar. The band is out with a new 7-inch, featuring a cover of Mayo Thompson's "Dear Betty Baby." $8. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Novo Festival schedule, from their Facebook event listing:

The Out of Your Head Collective featuring guest artist Andrew D'Angelo

Star FK Radium
Of The West
Deaf Scene

Susan Alcorn
Chris Farmer (formerly of Breadwinner)
Decapitated Hed

Big in Japan
Do You Need the Service
Gifts From Enola

Omoo Omoo
Dead Drums
Teenage Souls

Tickets are $5 Wednesday and Thursday and $8 Friday and Saturday.  The Windup Space is selling advance tickets as well as a $20 package for all five days of the festival.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 1:54 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Nightlife Pocket Guide


This is a whole week of celebration. It's gonna be awesome.

Actually the Big in Japan playing at NOVO Fest on Friday is the Baltimore-based band (

@luvean: updated

luvean! Nic are you coming up this friday?

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