If you like your Americana gritty and full of the coarse and chaotic gravy of life, leavened with a load of piquant observations about the state of humankind—sung from the back of a vibrating fantail whilst the sounds of a banjo or mandolin drifts longingly over the whole affair—then have we got news for you. And a band, too. The ensemble is called Dirty Brown Jug Band and the news is that you’ve got something worthwhile to do after all. Check out vocalist and string master Jer Killinger, bassist Justin Roque and drummer Justin Salazar on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Steel Bender Brewyard (8305 Second Street NW). By gum, you’ll climb that hill, winter or no winter! 6pm • Free • 21+.