DOCTOR NIGHTLIFE is going to be having Too Much Fun at Joe's Record Paradise in Aspen Hill Saturday, when greased lightnin' guitarist Bill Kirchen, piano powerhouse Daryl Davis and sax attack Ron Holloway, plus DH (designated host) Damien combine for an all-star fun freebie in the parking lot (1:30 to 4; 598-8440). More fun, and more freebies, elsewhere:
TELESCOPING STYLES -- Here we are always moaning about how Washington is a bad-luck town for musicians, and then the band that sweeps the Tampa/St. Pete equivalent of the Wammies takes a flyer on moving here. Makes you wonder about their mindset -- and in fact it is a little fluky, in an intentionally funky way. Deloris Telescope is a polished, clever and restless and yes, lightly angst-streaked progressive rock trio that's been on the Northeast urban club circuit enough times to have granted a few minor concessions to catchy coherence. They make their new hometown debut Friday and Saturday at Julio's on Capitol Hill (546-0060).
COLOR CUES -- Franklin Ajaye, a black comedy cult figure ever since he played "The Fly" in "Car Wash," is now head writer for the new social satire series "In Living Color," but he steps back into the spotlight Friday and Saturday at the Comedy Connection in Greenbelt's Beltway Plaza ($20, dinner package $32.50; 345-0563). "ILC" fans should also note that Damon Wayans and brother Shawn are set for a comedy special next Friday (July 6) at Constitution Hall ($21.50; 432-0200). Well, it's rerun season, after all.
THEY'RE BAAAAACK -- Well, okay, they were just here; but not mentioning a Washington appearance by Marti Jones and her band (featuring EEE's D. D., of course) would be a dereliction of the Doctor's oath. Color Me Gone to Gaston Hall ($18; 638-2008 or 800/543-3041).
OPEN AND SHUT CASES -- It's not exactly a match made in heaven -- more like a blind date -- but it shows a lot of personality, as they say: New-grass/jazz banjo innovator Bela Fleck and the Flecktones open for the soporific-symphonic Chicago at Merriweather Post Pavilion (lawn seats only, $17.50; 800/543-3041).
THE GREAT PRETENDER -- Jackson Browne, whose involvement with anti-nuclear causes and Amnesty International has gradually turned his songwriting focus from the personal to the political, is trying out a true folk simplicity, touring with an acoustic lineup. He appears Sunday at DAR Constitution Hall ($22.50; 432-0200) and Tuesday at Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion ($22.50 reserved, $15 lawn seating; 800/638-2444).
COLOR THEM COMBO -- Les Negresses Vertes does in fact mean "the green black women," and there are a couple of women involved, but none black, and none too innocent, either. The nucleus of Les Negresses is eight guys who play a blend of gypsy, French/Algerian folk, rock 'n' roll and Hungarian circus fanfare; some dance-hall crudes tossed the name at them as an insult and they decided to keep it instead. That kind of style ya gotta like (at the Bayou; $10.50, 333-2898).
KELLY & THE RE-CLINERS -- Those who remember Kelly Willis's Patsy Cline-chime voice and husband Mas Palermo's true-suds writing will be glad to see them back in town at the Birchmere ($10; 432-0200). So okay, they had to move to Austin to get noticed, but a recording contract for even a former Washingtonian (MCA) is still worth celebrating. And at 21, Willis is just warming up.
ROCK AND A JAZZ PLACE -- The violin is not a typical rock or jazz instrument, even electrified; but Jean-Luc Ponty, the Papa John Creach of the critical establishment (the Jimi Hendrix of chamber music?), has made it a worthy and inventive contender. The electric guitar is a more typical jazz-rock instrument, but in the hands of Stanley Jordan, it's a little less predictable than you might think. They run strings around each other at Merriweather Post Pavilion ($20 reserved seats, $15 lawn; 800/543-3041).
D.C. BE FREE -- The very independent District Curators presents the 11th annual D.C. Free Jazz Festival, a noon-to-fireworks (circa 8) festival of music, consumables and collectibles at Freedom Plaza. The music kicks off as Mad Romance drummer Tony Martucci goes out front with his own quintet (including old friend Marc Cohen on piano); followed by the avant-garde trio of Alex Von Schlippenbach (piano), Evan Parker (soprano sax) and Paul Lovens (percussion). Washington expatriate and trumpeter Malachi Thompson brings his Freebop Band in, then the merengue-and-more Peligro ensemble, the U St. Project -- a festival collaboration of local favorites Steve Williams, Doug Carn and Gary Thomas -- and finally the Senegalese ska-funk ensemble Baaba Maal and Brazilian singer and David Byrne sidewoman Margareth Menezes. Chairs and blankets welcome; for more information call 783-0360.
ALTERNATIVE BE FREE -- The somewhat independent WHFS tosses a free all-day concert at Lake Fairfax Park that reminds you of those Fourth of July marathons at racetracks back in the '60s. In Nashville, anyway. Performers include faves the Tragically Hip, Pursuit of Happiness and Winter Hours (this is clearly a Doctor Nightlife prescription), Lori Carson, Concrete Blonde, Neil Cody, the Hackensack Men & the Trenton Horns and local alternative hope Hearsay. Gates open at 10, music 11 to 9. Concrete Blonde sticks around for a stint at the 9:30 club Thursday, too ($12; 393-0930).
OCEAN'S ELEVEN -- Well, Inner Harbor's 11. Wolfman Jack hosts a 30th anniversary of rock 'n' roll show featuring Spiral Staircase, one dog night Chuck Negron, Toto tot Bobby Kimball, Blues Image/Iron Butterfly singer Mike Pinera, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Dennis Yost, Tiny Tim . . . and you probably can't bear any more excitement. Shows at 3 and 7, reserved tickets $18 and lawn seats $9; 800/638-2444. The second audience is invited to stay for the fireworks.
THE HARDER THEY COME -- He may have had a softer image, partly because of his forays into film, but it was Jamaican folk-reggae artist Jimmy Cliff and his subtle subversion who opened the way for international interest in the more overtly political Marley and Tosh. (Not subtle to Jamaican authorities: Ten years ago, hotel bar bands in Ocho Rios were forbidden to play even Cliff's arrangment of the traditional "By the Waters of Babylon.") Cliff and the Nigerian Yoruba-jazz Fela perform at Wolf Trap ($20 reserved seats, $15 lawn; 432-0200).
POST-PUNK PROGRESSIONS -- What do you get when you combine Animal Logic with Sex on TV? No, not sleazy dog tricks, but Party Akimbo, an avant-garde/progressive rock dance band that performs with the Boilers at a free outdoor romp from 8 to 10 at Fort Reno Park (Chesapeake Street NW between Nebraska and Wisconsin). For more information call 836-0552.