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They’ve graduated from jamming in their parents’ basements to, well, jamming in their own. Last week at the Black Cat, lawyers threw down at the fourth annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands. In a hard day’s night for the summer associates in the crowd, 10 bands played from 7 p.m. until about midnight, rocking out on everything from the bongo drums to the cowbell (needed way more of that). The bands, some of which were made up of musicians from different firms (conflict of interest, anyone?), mainly played cover songs of classic rock favorites with a few pop hits tossed in, such as a soulful rendition of Britney Spears’ ” . . . Baby One More Time” by Crowell & Moring and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker’s group, One for the Governor. Beats Workin’, White House press secretary Tony Snow’s band, played without their “spokesperson” because Snow was, well, workin’. (So much for that jazz flute solo!) But his bandmates managed to get the crowd revved up. Until then, the audience was looking a little timid, only swaying to the music and refusing to get within 10 feet of the stage. But as soon as Beats Workin’ broke out “I Feel Fine” by the Beatles, the audience crossed the invisible barrier and formed a giant dance circle. One man even did the “sprinkler.” (Don’t ask.) The winner was Miller & Chevalier’s King Cadillac — which won for the third year in a row and proved that even though the firm might be having a spate of trouble keeping its practice groups intact, it can still corner the field in terms of drum solos. The show was put on by Gifts for the Homeless, a group that raises money for the District’s homeless population. Each year, eager groupies vote for their favorite law firm rockers with cash, and the band with the most money at the end of the night wins the gig. All the proceeds go to buying winter clothes and other necessities for the homeless, and last week’s show brought in the most money yet: $75,000, more than $7,500 raised by King Cadillac alone. The band’s front man, Miller partner Shane Hamilton, gave a shout-out to Legal Times when he accepted the trophy. Hamilton said that maybe this newspaper should stop focusing on tough times at his firm and instead give a nod to how hard they rock. You got it, Shane. Shine On, You Crazy Diamond.
Attila Berry can be contacted at [email protected].

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