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Calendar: Where to Tune Out SOTU Noise

The president’s annual State of the Union address is one of those Washington things that takes over. But what if you don’t give a hoot about the SOTU and would prefer to catch some tunes that night?

Most District clubs appear to have opted out of competing with POTUS on the night of Jan. 28, but a few have decided to provide some live music.

Alas, the big get for the night is already sold out: Jason Isbell’s show at the 9:30 Club. There are a handful of other D.C. spots for one’s head-nodding pleasure, though, so have at it.

Native Texan and Howard University alumna CaShandra J. plays two sets, one at 8 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. $20.

The Alan Jay Palmer Trio, the Caverns’ January residence, plays two sets, one at 7 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

  • DC9 — 1940 Ninth St. NW.

Sylvan Esso headlines a show at DC9 starting at 9 p.m., along with opener PLOY. $10 in advance, $ 12 at the door.

The Farewell Drifters celebrate their new folk album, “Tomorrow Forever,” with opening act Adrian Krygowski. It all starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door.

The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows take to the Kennedy Center’s free venue at 6 p.m.

Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko, in his D.C. debut recital, performs with pianist Inna Firsova as part of the 35th Young Concert Artists Series. Tickets are $35.

Alto Saxist Marty Nau revs up his Tuesday night gig for two shows, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. Ten bucks.

Bencoolen, Tycho Brahe and Carbon Dioxide rock out at a show that starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for those 21 and older, $10 bucks for those 18-20 years of age.

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