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Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief at the Hamilton Sunday

When Tom Meyer, president of the Clyde's Restaurant Group, saw how Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Eastern seaboard, he sprung to action.

This Sunday, the Hamilton in D.C. plays host to a concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

The fundraising event concert is highlighted by BandHouse Gig's tribute to the Band's Last Waltz. In 1976, the Band played a Thanksgiving Evening farewell show, documented in the Martin Scorsese film "The Last Waltz." BandHouse Gigs features local musicians that will replicate that night.

The "Last Waltz" tribute at the Hamilton was already scheduled. With the Thanksgiving mindset of that evening, Meyer felt it natural to turn it into a charity event.

"Right after the hurricane hit and the images started coming in, I started thinking we should do something," Meyer said by phone. "It was all right there for us."

The rest of the evening came together quickly. There will be a turkey parfait dinner, a raffle and silent auction.

"That's what we do," Meyer said. "We're able to put it together."

Meyer said that no one has said "no" as he's reached out for donations and support, and added that he has a goal of at least $50,000 raised.

"Everybody has been very generous," Meyer said.

When: Doors at 6:30 p.m., special talk at 7:15 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Info: $25 for standing room, $100 VIP; thehamiltondc.com.

Novemberfest 2012 at Rustico Saturday

This is kind of like Oktoberfest, but, well, in a different month. Enjoy at least 40 seasonal craft beers at Rustico in Alexandria, plus a bunch of food selections. And if you needed any more reasons to go and drink a bunch of great beer, there will also a be a Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

When: Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday

Info: $15; rusticorestaurant.com

American Freedom Festival with Chicago and Kansas at the Patriot Center Saturday

Go buy a lighter and head out to the Patriot Center for this epic night of 70s rock. Or, a safer option is to download a lighter app on your smartphone. Enjoy hits such as "25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday In The Park," "If You Leave Me Now," "Carry on Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind."

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: $39.50 to $139.50; patriotcenter.com

D.C. Beerathon Saturday

Another big beer event with a clever name, this one in D.C. It's like a marathon, but with beer. And no running. And no goal or purpose, other than to try 26 beers at 26 different area bars. Need any more reason to sign up?

When: Check in between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday

Info: $65; dcbeerathon.com

An Evening of Comedy & Music hosted by David Alan Grier at the Kennedy Center Sunday

Comedian David Alan Grier teams up with Kennedy Center Jazz Artistic Advisor Jason Moran for this Sunday evening of comedy and music. With the Big Bandwagon, Faizon Love and Marina Franklin. At press time, box and orchestra seats still remained.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Info: $20 to $55; kennedy-center.org

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