TheScene Shows to Catch
China Forbes, the lead singer of retro lounge group Pink Martini for about a decade, has recently released her second solo CD, " '78." On it, she takes a singer-songwriter approach. She plays guitar and piano on the album and delivers personal pop songs with a rich, clean voice. Hear her at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . Rapper Jim Jones of "We Fly High" fame is at Love (202-636-9030).
Top trance DJ Ferry Corsten has been voted into the top 10 in the prestigious annual DJ magazine poll for five years in a row. But even though he unquestionably is at the top of his game, he's not content with the same old sound. In the past year or so, he has been incorporating more electro house and other styles into his sets, without leaving his trance roots behind. It makes for an exciting session. Corsten is spinning at the Glow party (202-271-1171) at Ibiza nightclub. . . . If you can't hear the phrase "What's the word" without thinking "Johannesburg," then you're a Gil Scott-Heron fan. The longtime performer, who also brought us such works as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," is at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) for a seated show.
The irreverent and lively humor of Good for the Jews comes to Jammin' Java (703-255-1566) along with the Alexandria Kleztet.
Joe Ely's music has been called a lot of things: country, outlaw country, Americana. It doesn't really matter what you label it, because he delivers it with enough wit, passion, style and energy to make an audience whoop. He's at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . "Justice Tour '08" rolls into the Black Cat (202-667-7960), featuring the Nightwatchman (a.k.a. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave). Each stop on the tour incorporates a day of activism focused on social justice in America. The issue in the District will be peace and veterans' care. Joining Morello will be Boots Riley of the Coup, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Wayne Kramer of MC5 and others. . . . The Levon Helm Band plays at Rams Head Live (410-244-1131). Helm, of course, was the drummer for the Band. His live shows are feel-good affairs mixing rock, country and R&B.
-- Curt Fields