'The Wiz' at Ford’s Theatre: Twist of fate: In 2009, “In the Heights” director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire helmed a concert version of the all-black “Wizard of Oz” musical “The Wiz” for New York City’s “Encores!” concert series. Now “In the Heights” is the second musical in the Kennedy Center’s new “Encores!”-style Broadway Center Stage concert series. The seven “Heights” concerts, from March 21-25, are sold out, while a new full production of “The Wiz” — a seven-time Tony winner in 1975 — eases down the road at Ford’s Theatre from March 9 through May 12. Times and ticket prices vary.
Fabulously Funny Females at BlackRock Center for the Arts: The touring comedy show celebrates International Women’s Month with stand-up sets by Veronica Mosey (Comedy Central, “Oprah"), Erin Jackson (“Last Comic Standing”) and Angela Cobb (Broadway Comedy Club). 8 p.m. $17-$25.
D.C. Bluegrass Festival at Sheraton Tysons Hotel: The annual celebration of Americana music is full of award-winning musicians and songwriters, including Friday night headliners the Gibson Brothers and featured Saturday performers the Becky Buller Band, the Molly Tuttle Band, and Appalachian string-band legend Tim O'Brien. Saturday also features workshops covering songwriting and various instruments, from mandolin to fiddle. Friday from 5 to 11:15 p.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. $21-$210.
Saturday, March 10
Washington Women in Jazz Festival: This annual series features eight days of concerts, jam sessions and workshops featuring creative musicians from the D.C. area and beyond. Highlights include local trombone player Shannon Gunn honoring female composers and lyricists during a free show at the American Art Museum at 6 p.m. Saturday; Viennese bassist Judith Ferstl joining an all-star quartet of local musicians for a free concert at the Embassy of Austria at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and New York composers and musicians Anna Webber and Angela Morris leading the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra during a free performance at THEARC at 4 p.m. on March 17. (Most of the festival’s events are free, though some require RSVPs.) Through March 18. Free-$20.
Ireland on the Wharf: Start the St. Patrick's Day celebrations a week early on the Southwest Waterfront. An afternoon-long party features live music by the Aine O'Doherty Band, the Danny Burns Band and the ShamRogues; performances by Irish dancers and bagpipers; a beer garden; and family activities. 2 to 6 p.m. Free.
Jessica Lea Mayfield at Songbyrd: At just 28, Jessica Lea Mayfield has a lifetime of musical experience. At 8, she performed with her family’s bluegrass band, One Way Rider; as a teenager, she made her professional debut; and she has already released four albums of plaintive folk fare. And although Mayfield has always sounded world-weary beyond her years, that’s never been more true than on “Sorry Is Gone,” an album that addresses the damage of her abusive marriage in painful detail (“The human body’s an amazing thing/ Bruises heal and your mind can change”), often with the quicksand tempos and alternately fuzzed-out and reverb-wet guitars of grunge. 8 p.m. $15-$17.
Romeo Santos at Eagle Bank Arena: If you’re going to one arena concert this month, make it Romeo Santos. The singer mixes reggaeton beats with the whispery vocals of bachata. Like Justin Timberlake, who’s performing at Capital One Arena on March 18, Santos burst onto the scene as a lead singer in a boy band (the New York bachata troupe Aventura), then launched a solo career that has propelled him to super stardom as one of Latin pop’s biggest names. Wear comfortable shoes: No one stays seated when Santos hits the stage. 8 p.m. Sold out.
Jonny Sun at Politics and Prose: The charming and witty @jonnysun Twitter account, written from the perspective of a lost extraterrestrial learning about life on Earth, has racked up more than 500,000 followers with its creative and typo-filled prose. Now Sun has written and illustrated his first book, “Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too,” which he'll discuss with NPR editor and podcast host Linda Holmes at the upper Northwest bookstore. 6 p.m. Free.
Sunday, March 11
Washington D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade: The 48th annual parade features marching bands, Irish dancers, floats and community groups filling Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW. NBC News reporter Pat Collins serves as the Grand Marshal. After the parade ends around 2 p.m., the party moves to Irish pubs, including the Dubliner and Fado. Noon. Free viewing along parade route; grandstand seats $15.
Quarry House Tavern reopening: The Quarry House Tavern has been a fixture in Silver Spring since the 1930s, but a fire and a flood have kept the basement dive bar closed for the last three years. Now, after an extended refurbishment, the beloved bar is ready to welcome back its regulars and greet new customers. 4 p.m. Food and drinks priced individually.
U Street Music Hall Eight Year Anniversary: Some bars and clubs host a blowout party when their anniversary rolls around. U Street Music Hall — a consensus pick for the best small dance club in the D.C. area — throws a full week of celebrations. This year’s top shows include go-go legends Trouble Funk (Sunday), a showcase with veteran local hip-hop emcee and producer Oddisee (Wednesday), and the always explosive Moombahton Massive, featuring genre-bending DJs Nadastrom, SpydaT.E.K. and Gingee (March 16). Through March 18. Prices vary.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Emily Codik, Chris Kelly, Nelson Pressley, Winyan Soo Hoo