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Take 5: Allison Miller, burlesque at Black Cat and more

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Friday: Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom at Strathmore
When Allison Miller was growing up in Olney, someone -- she can't remember who -- gave her a copy of the Miles Davis album "Miles Smiles." That's what turned her on to small-group improvisational jazz.

Miller is now a renowned jazz drummer. Her band Boom Tic Boom just released a new album, "No Morphine, No Lilies," and she performs Friday at Strathmore.

"I think Maryland had a really heavy influence," said Miller of growing up locally. "I've always loved the music coming out of Maryland and D.C. and Virginia because it has this kind of laid back swing feeling that has a little bit of a Southern feeling to me, but it still has a little edge."

In addition to work with her own band, Miller records and performs with a number of well-known artists, and she teaches.

One of her greatest influence was her drum teacher growing up in Montgomery County, Walter Salb. He's since passed away, and she dedicated her new composition "Spotswood Drive" to him.

"He had a huge influence on me," Miller said. "He became a really good friend."

The title "No Morphine, No Lilies," comes from something her partner muttered while she was seriously ill and in the hospital.

"For me it kind of symbolizes not running from the pain, kind of accepting it and moving through it," Miller said. "That's what a lot of this music is about, dealing with that pain."

"I come to music with so many different influences and inspirations," Miller added. "When I write, I don't try to put a new composition into a specific genre. I just try to let it speak for itself and see what comes out."

Info: $25; strathmore.org

When: 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Joss Whedon Tribute Burlesque Show at the Black Cat
Yes, a burlesque tribute to the multitalented Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Info: $10 in advance, $15 day of; blackcatdc.com

When: 8:45 and 11 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion
Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P. and so much more.

Info: $25 to $45 for Friday, $40 to $60 for Saturday; merriweathermusic.com

When: 5 p.m. doors Friday, 10:30 a.m. doors Saturday

Saturday: NSO Teddy Bear Concert: 'Teddy and the Ten Hats' at the Kennedy Center
Little kids dress-up alongside playful NSO musicians in this story about a bear whose zany collection of hats represents a variety of music from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. For families with young children.

Info: $18; kennedy-center.com

When: 1:30 p.m.

Saturday: Kentucky Derby viewing at the Red Derby and Bayou on Penn
It's time for the first jewel of the triple crown. At the Red Derby, enjoy a Big Hat brunch, $5 mint juleps and something called Derby Pie on the house. Bayou on Penn offers numerous drink specials, including $3 mint juleps and appetizers. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Info: redderby.com, bayouonpenn.com

When: All day

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