Eight Gigs: F Street Stompers

Fri., July 17, 9 p.m., Fox & Goose, $5

Any band that uses a washboard is one that's guaranteed to play fun, upbeat music. F Street Stompers do exactly that. This acoustic band from Sacramento has been known to take circa-1900s ragtime music, update it, change some words here and there, add a bit, subtract a bit and jazz it up just enough for 2015 audiences. One might also hear some F Street versions of Merle Haggard at a live show. Also on the bill is Melissa Ruth and the Likely Stories with original bluesy songs about folks who might be found in noir stories—a little bit ragtime, a little bit doo-wop twang. 1001 R Street, www.facebook.com/FstStompers.