The storm last Sunday evening cut short the set at Carter Barron Amphitheatre by local ska heroes the Pietasters, who were headlining a free show sponsored by the Weekend section of The Washington Post. We felt bad for the band and its fans, so we've rescheduled a Pietasters show for 7:30 on Sunday at Carter Barron. It's still free, but you'll need tickets (and you can't use last weekend's), which you can pick up at Carter Barron's box office beginning at noon on Sunday (202/334-4748).
Dynamic local jazz and blues singer Nicki Gonzalez gives a CD-release performance for her debut recording Friday at Felix (202/483-3549). That night at IOTA (703/522-8340), one of Austin's finest, the Gourds, take the stage promoting an excellent new CD. Former member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Jerry Garcia cohort David Nelson rides a new CD into town Friday to perform with his band at Fat Tuesday's (703/385-5717).
Saturday, the Galaxy Hut (703/525-8646) hosts the very strong local group Crowd Scene, whose debut CD was one of last year's undersung pop treasures. At Jaxx (703/569-5940) on Saturday it's former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. Signorello is as close as Washington gets to the Sinatra/Bennett/Torme school of vocalizing. The singularly named singer throws a big band bash Saturday at the State Theatre (703/237-0300) to celebrate his new CD, "Martini Dance." The Smithsonian Associates host a strong Latin Jazz night Saturday at Baird Auditorium with Jerry Gonzalez, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin and Manny Oquendo & Libre (202/357-3030).
Where have all the hardcore punk matinees gone, you ask yourself? Try Nation (202/432-7328) on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Breakdown, 10 Yard Fight and FDA. One of the best soul singers of all time, Bobby "Blue" Bland comes to the 9:30 club on Sunday (202/393-0930), along with Deanna Bogart and Lips Lackowitz.
Monday, the Black Cat (202/667-7960) hosts some truly adventurous music from W.A.C.O. and Leather Hyman. Both have new CDs that blur the lines of avant-noise and orchestrated pop.
Tuesday is the start of a six-night stand at the Improv (202/296-7008) by Will Durst, one of the smartest comedians out there, who brings social and political hypocrisy into sometimes painful focus. At Blues Alley (202/337-4141) on Tuesday, see the fruits of the club's local philanthropy when the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra takes the stage with some of the area's best young musicians.
And do yourself a favor by lying out on Wolf Trap's lawn Thursday to bask in Lyle Lovett's brilliance (703/255-1860).