A D.C.-based ensemble, the Cornel West Theory combines spoken word, instruments, electronics and vocals, and draws from genres ranging from D.C.'s own go-go to jazz to rock. In fact, you could say the results are as far-reaching as the band’s namesake, a professor, activist, historian, theologian, philosopher, and, with a couple rap/spoken-word albums to his credit, something of a wannabe hip-hop star. (Fun fact: West actually worked on a recording with the band last year.) Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Tickets are free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.