Prepare to journey beyond Riverdance.
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington will present The New Century American Irish-Arts Company in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 805 Wayne Ave. Silver Spring. More than 20 of the company’s talented traditional musicians and dancers will perform a hybrid of traditional Irish sounds, visuals and innovative, foot-stomping choreography. New Century’s directors — composer and arranger Peter Brice and choreographer Kate Bole — will be joined on stage by tenor banjoist Bob Smith and pianist Donna Long. Catherine Marafino will present choreography derived from her background in Irish step and tap dance. Tickets are $16 for non-members and $13 for FSGW members. Guests are asked to avoid parking in the Whole Foods/Strosnider’s parking lot adjacent to the church. Some street parking is available, as well as the Wayne Avenue Garage a block away at 921 Wayne Avenue. For more information, visit www.fsgw.org.
Also on Saturday, winged serpents will emerge from their keep once again in Prince George’s County as the second annual National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta takes to the waves. Boasting some of the East Coast’s finest dragon boat teams, the event will feature racing in multiple distances over the course of the day. Registration is closed for racing, but the event is free to the public to watch. For more information, visit www.nationalharbordragonboat.com.
In Fairfax, creative forces will clash when Jammin Java presents the Ninth Mid-Atlantic Band Battle, featuring the of regional faves Holly Would, Sub Radio Standard, Cyrenic, Simone & the Spectrum and The Tattooed Beachsluts. Top prize is $2,500, a headlining show at the venue, studio time and more. For more information, visit www.jamminjava.com.