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‘Portlandia’ Star Armisen Gives Free Show on U Street

by Andrew Ramonas November 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm 0

Fred Armisen played guitar and sang for dozens of people crammed into a tiny record store today.

No, it wasn’t a scene from his “Portlandia” show. It was a free concert at Red Onion Records on U Street.

With a guitar bag slung over his shoulder, Armisen strolled up to the shop at 1628 U St. NW about a half-hour before his noon show, greeting fans who waited in line as early as 9 a.m. to see him.

During his performance, the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus played “Catalina Breeze” and other songs from his fake 1970s soft rock band, The Blue Jean Committee.

“Is anyone working today?” Armisen asked the crowd. “How were you able to do this?”

He also took photos of the people inside Red Onion, as well as the dozens of fans who didn’t make it into the store.

“What a great city,” Armisen said. “I love this place.”

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