TheScene Shows to Catch

Friday, April 7, 2006


The third annual Six Points Music Festival continues through Saturday with more than 40 performers at 13 venues throughout the Washington area. It's co-sponsored by and the Washington Area Music Association, and participating venues include the Black Cat, the State Theatre, Iota, Velvet Lounge and DC9 among others. For the full lineup of performers and shows, visit the festival's official Web site at .


Longtime and influential blues guitarist Bobby Parker started playing when he was 11, and over the course of his career, he has worked with such artists as Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Little Richard. Parker moved to Washington in 1961 (the same year he recorded "Watch Your Step," which was later covered by both Santana and the Spencer Davis Group) and has been a prominent local figure ever since. You can hear him at Chick Hall's Surf Club (301-927-6310).


I'm a big fan of pop-Americana singer Neko Case, and she's at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) with singer Martha Wainwright. It would be worth going if only one were performing, so to see both is a bonus.


A pioneer of rap takes the stage at the Black Cat (202-667-7960) when the one and only, funny and filthy Blowfly delivers his funky and freaky songs. His alter ego, Clarence Reid, has written for Gwen McRae, Betty Wright, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Sam and Dave, so you know there's talent behind the shtick. But there would have to be. Otherwise he would have been a quick-passing novelty act instead of the long-lasting and influential (many of his tunes end up sampled on modern-day hip-hop songs) performer he is. Also appearing will be Storm the Unpredictable and Despot.


In a show that hip-hop heads know is well worth the time, the literate and lightning quick verbal jabs of rappers Blackalicious will entertain at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab know how to rock a microphone. . . . Franz Ferdinand brings its knowingly dissolute rock to DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328). These guys have their finger on the essence of rock. Also on the bill is Death Cab for Cutie.


Singer-songwriter Corinne West has a captivating voice that soars over bluegrass-flavored Americana. Hear her at O'Brien's Barbecue as part of the Focus Inn Series (301-275-7459). . . . Little Feat has had a career of 30-plus years, and the group's most fervent fans were probably right here in the mid-Atlantic region. The California-Dixie-rock-boogie band is playing at Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111).

-- Curt Fields

© 2006 The Washington Post Company